What are the differences between Google Voice and Skype?

Let us understand the concepts of Google Voice and Skype before learning the differences between them.


Skype is a telecommunication application that provides the feature of video and voice calling to the user with the help of the internet via computer, laptop, tablet, smart phones etc.

Skype was launched in the year 2003 by Niklas Zennström, from Denmark. However, it gained popularity from 2010. In the covid-19 situation, skype acquired a huge market. In March 2020, Skype was used by 100 million people on a monthly basis and by 40 million people on a daily basis, which was a 70% increase in the number of daily users from the previous month, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The strategies adopted by skype for grabbing such a huge market are as follows −

  • Introducing the video and audio call features via the internet.

  • It is less costly because the calls are via the internet only.

  • With the help of skype we can do conference video and audio calls i.e. in a single call we can add many people at the same time.

  • In the time of coronavirus where all the work is done online only then skype takes the advantage of this time very efficiently and effectively.

  • Skype also gives you the advantage of instant messaging.

  • Easy to handle or use.

  • Time saving.


The advantages of Skype are as follows −

  • It is practically pervasive (more than 600 million supporters) and it's anything but difficult to convey (accepting your IT strategy doesn't preclude it) you can be ready for action in no time.

  • It is easy to understand; everybody has heard accounts of grandmother utilizing it to interface with their terrific children. Along these lines, if grandmother can utilize it, it must be straightforward, which can't generally be said for all work area video customers.


The disadvantages of Skype are as follows −

  • Multi-Party Audio/Visual Conference Calling Reliability

  • Sound/Visual Integration

  • Multiple People in a Meeting Room for Video Conferencing

  • Clear Audio for Multiple People in Audio Conferencing

Google Voice

It is used to make calls to all Google users all over the world and was launched in the year 2009. It provided a lot of features along with voice calls like free messaging, blocking unwanted numbers, showing call history, etc. It is an internet-based telephony service.


The features of Google Voice are as follows −

  • Call forwarding
  • Voice mail service
  • Text message
  • International call termination
  • Free of cost
  • Call history
  • Call screening
  • Blocking of unwanted calls


The advantages of Google Voice are as follows −

  • Simple to use
  • Internet only service
  • Call forwarding
  • Calls on smartphones
  • Good connectivity


The disadvantages of Google Voice are as follows −

  • Limited Functionality
  • International support is not there
  • Multiple numbers on single account
  • Remove empty messages
  • Not available in all of the countries


The major differences between Skype and Google Voice are as follows −

SkypeGoogle Voice
Skype was launched in the year 2003 by Microsoft incorporation.It was launched in the year 2009 by Google
Skype is not original features of MicrosoftIt is an original feature of Google
Skype offers video calls, voice calls and instant messaging.It provides instant messaging and voice calls
Skype has more users.Google voice has less number of users
Skype does not require a phone number for having an account.Google voice requires phone number
Skype will offer video callsIt will not offer video calls
Skype provides conference calls during video calling.Google Voice does not provide conference calls.