How to install Google Voice

Oh jeez, really? A blog post about doing something so easy? Well, yes because it took me about an hour of messing around and so if this helps save one person from the pain, then it’s worth writing. If you’re in a rush or already bored, jump to the short answer.

If you use gmail, you may see the option in the Chat widget to “Call phone”:

Call phone link

Great. Sounds fun, let’s try it:

No plug-in installed

Oh dear. We don’t have the plug-in installed. We are told “Please download the voice plug-in to make a call.”

Here comes the problem. The link takes you to a download page that has javascript errors preventing your from completing the download:

Bad js

Refused to display document because display forbidden by X-Frame-Options. Uncaught TypeError: Object [object DOMWindow] has no method ‘onInstallButtonClicked’

Hmm, ok, what next? May I suggest at this point you don’t waste your time trying a different browser, then a different operating system, then a different machine. It’s stupid, you’re not thinking clearly. Take a break and drink some water.

The problem was with the initial link: http://www.google.com/intl/en-GB/chat/voice/. (I assume you will get a different link depending on your language/location.)
 
Thankfully, a working page does exist, you just have to find it. https://www.google.com/chat/video. Just go there, the page looks different, has no errors, and allows you to call people without resorting to Skype.

7 thoughts on “How to install Google Voice”

  1. THANK YOU. This was making me so mad. Probably has to do with trying to install this out of the country, hence the broken international page, because it works fine in the US. You’re a life saver!

  2. hi is there any way to resort back to the old google voice for my PC.. I hate this retarded new google hangouts. I’ve no use for it and just want the basic dialing capabilities (don’t need video).

    I deleted the old google voice and tried the hangouts but I cant stand it..why would they go from a simple design to a retarded one where everything is hidden behind icons and folders..google voice was very simple and basic.

    any advice cheerfully accepted
    PS I am using win7/ie10

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