How to Save Verizon Voicemails using Google Voice

4-11-14     1:38pm hands-untied-from-rope

Puzzled by how to save your Verizon voicemails? Feel trapped on their network because you don’t want to lose the precious, special, or important sounds in their system? I was and did. I even tried saving them through the Verizon system but it left me with a file only that phone could read. Some people think it’s stupid that I save voicemails but it’s really important to me to be able to hear the sound of my loved ones’ voices. It soothes me, especially when I can’t be around them or if/when they die. Google Voice solves the problem.

What you’ll need:

  • Active Verizon voicemail account
  • Google Voice account
  • Phone #1 – phone that does not have a Google Voice account linked to it OR phone whose Google Voice number is not the same as the number whose voicemails you’re recording.
  • Phone #2 – a second phone that your Google Voice number rings to (cannot have the same number as the phone number whose voicemails you’re retrieving.)
  • time
  • patience

Directions:

  1. Go to Google Voice www.google.com/voice
  2. Log in if prompted.
  3. Click on the gear icon in the upper right.Screenshot 2014-05-02 21.38.16-1
  4. Choose “Settings.” Screenshot 2014-05-02 21.38.25-1
  5. Uncheck all phones but Phone #2. Note – Settings is also where you can choose a different number for your Google Voice number to ring to.
    **Remember to put the settings back when you’re finished recording! Screenshot 2014-05-02 21.39.37-1
  6. Click on the “Calls” tab and check the “Enable Recording” box.Voice Settings
  7. From Phone #1, call the Google Voice number that rings to Phone #2.
  8. If prompted when answering, press 1 to accept the call on Phone #2.
  9. Don’t hang up.
  10. Call your Verizon number from the keypad on Phone #2.
  11. Press # during your voicemail greeting and enter your Verizon voicemail password when prompted.
  12. Merge the two calls (making it a 3-way).MERGE
  13. Mute the mic on both phones to ensure only your voicemail is recorded.
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  14. Press 4 on the Google # line to start call recording.
    **Make sure you hear the recording announcement.**
  15. Listen to the first message.
  16. During the message, press the keypad to minimize the numbers & then “manage conference.”kk
  17. Listen to the message.
  18. When the message is over, quickly press to control the Verizon #’s keypad, enter command (save/skip/etc.).
  19. Merge calls again before next message starts.
  20. Repeat steps 16-19 until all desired messages have been recorded.
    Note – It may take a few tries to get the timing down. I recommend trying this with one test message before recording all of them.
  21. When you are finished recording, press to control the Google #’s keypad from the calling phone.
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  22. Press 4 to stop recording.
  23. Make sure you hear the end-recording announcement.
  24. Hang up both lines.
  25. Check your Google Voice account to make sure the recording showed up. It will appear as a very long new voicemail.

Congratulations! You can now download an mp3 of your voicemails or listen from your inbox. You are free to move about the globe contract free!

I really hope this helps. It took me SUCH a long time to figure out and I’m still not sure how exactly I did it. I just know I finally did. Let me know if it works for you. I know it gives me peace of mind that my memories are safe as I switch to T-Mobile.

© Michelle Routhieaux 2014

How to Move Verizon Backup Assistant Contacts to Gmail

7-6-13

I have been wondering how to do this for some time now – brooding over it actually – and today I figured it out. Way easier than I had anticipated, given my previous attempts last year online. I wanted to share the process.

You are approximately 10 minutes from contact freedom!

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  1. Log in to your wireless account at www.verizonwireless.com.vblog0
  2. Scroll down until you see something like this. If you are the primary account holder, click “Manage my Device.” If not, skip to step 3. vblog 7
  3. Click Manage My Contacts
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  4. If prompted, sync your Backup Assistant contacts to the cloud. You will have the option to add in contacts from other email accounts. When it gives you the option, click that you are done setting up.
  5. Next you will see your Verizon Contacts page. Click “Select All” or manually select the contacts you want exported.
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  6. Then click the Gear icon for the dropdown settings menu and select “Export Contact.”
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  7. This popup will appear. Select “Export my contacts to an email service…” Then click “Export.”
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  8. Another popup will appear asking you to name the file you are saving & pick a destination. Then click “Save.”
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  9. Next, log in to your Gmail email account.
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  10. Choose Contacts from the Gmail dropdown menu on the upper left.
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  11. In the center of the page, click the “More” dropdown menu and select “Import.”
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  12. When prompted, choose the file you saved earlier and click “Import.”vblog 12
  13. All of your contacts in the saved file will be imported to your Gmail account under a new label. You can rename this label by clicking on the label name in the list of labels on the left, then choosing “Rename Label” under the More dropdown menu.vblog 14
  14. You may be prompted to merge duplicate files automatically. If not, you may do this from the More dropdown menu. If you do not like how the files were imported or want to undo them for any reason, select “Restore Contacts”
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Your Verizon Backup Assistant contacts will now be available in your Gmail account and any synced Android device. A copy will remain with Verizon but your contacts are now yours. Congrats!

© Michelle Routhieaux 2013