Google Voice Gets 'Do Not Disturb' Setting
Article by George Norman
On 12 Apr 2010
The great thing about Google Voice is that it acts as an umbrella for all your phone numbers. Give someone your Google Voice number, and when that someone calls it, you can have all your phones ring – which is great if you want to make sure that you are always available.

But there will be times when you will not want to be available. Say you are in an important meeting for example – you do not want to be disturbed by someone calling your Google Voice number, do you? Or even worse, would you like to be disturbed while relaxing and watching your favorite movie?


With these scenarios in mind, the Google Voice team has rolled out a new setting called “Do No Disturb”. After you enable the “Do Not Disturb” setting, all incoming calls will be directed to the voicemail.

“This setting can be toggled on or off from the Settings menu or by calling your Google Voice number. And you can set a timer so that it only remains active for a set period of time. We’re excited to continue to give you more control over your communications,” commented Software Engineer with Google Voice, Anthony Jawad.

In related news, Mountain View-based search engine giant Google gave its Google Voice app some messaging muscle by releasing a new feature called Inbox synchronization. As you already know, Google Voice delivers voicemail transcriptions and notifications about new voicemail messages via SMS for free. Getting these notifications can take up to 15 minutes – thanks to Inbox synchronization (Android only) notifications are sent within seconds of making it to your Google Voice Inbox. More on this topic here.

In further related news, rumor on the web has it that Google is testing a Google Voice desktop app that is very similar to Skype. According to sources close to Google, the app is being tested internally.

Tags: Google, Google Voice
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