You may now choose who goes to voicemail on Google Voice.

You may now choose who goes to voicemail on Google Voice.

Google’s Voice service now allows you to modify how it handles incoming calls. You may now set the app to redirect calls from individual or groups of contacts to a linked phone number or your voicemail starting today. You can also create a rule that plays personalized voicemail greetings for particular contacts. You can even tell it to screen persons if you don’t want to take calls unless they’re absolutely necessary.

The new choices, according to Google, allow users to route incoming calls in ways that match their current operations. Go to the Google Voice website and select the cog symbol near the top of the page to begin using the function. Then go to “Calls,” then “Choose a rule.” It’s worth noting that you can only access rules you’ve already defined on the mobile app; you can’t create new ones – at least not yet.

Despite the fact that Voice is one of Google’s oldest services, it has received only occasional attention from the search giant in recent years. Before today, the company’s most recent upgrade for Voice had disabled one of its most beneficial functions. This has led to speculation that Google will shut down Voice shortly, but today’s update suggests that the service is still alive and well.