GrowlVoice 2.0 – Google Voice in your menu bar.

GrowlVoice puts Google Voice in your menu bar.

  • Compose texts and place calls in seconds
  • Quickly read and reply to new text messages
  • Listen to new voicemails and read their transcripts
  • Return new missed calls immediately from your menubar
  • Notifies you instantly of new messages, unlike other Google Voice apps that can take minutes

GrowlVoice is a lightweight menubar app that links securely with your Google Voice account to notify you and allow you to respond to new text messages, voicemails, and missed calls.

GrowlVoice can either notify you through Growl (, or through “basic” notifications that require no third party software. To reply to a notification, just click it.

If you have unread messages, GrowlVoice displays the count succinctly within its icon in your menubar.

In GrowlVoice’s drop down menu, you can view the unread count for your inbox, texts, voicemails, and missed calls. Clicking on one of them will take you to the respective Google Voice inbox in your browser.

A Google Voice account is required to use this app.

To ensure that GrowlVoice is able to alert you of missed calls, enable “Place missed calls in the inbox” in the “Calls” tab in your Google Voice settings.


Version 2.0:

  • Full interface overhaul (light & dark themes)
  • Added support for starred, voicemail, text, history inboxes
  • Full redesign of the text conversation interface
  • Clickable links in conversations
  • Support for multiple Google Voice accounts
  • Full message search
  • Full support for Google Voice inbox shortcuts
  • New GrowlVoice icon by TJ Kohl
  • Complete rewrite of back-end Google Voice synchronization architecture
  • Multithreaded to improve performance
  • “Infinite” scrolling in inboxes
  • Improved and added to message marking abilities (star, mark as spam, etc.)
  • Ability to hide unread count in menu bar icon
  • Ability to hide contact images in inboxes
  • Account labels
  • New feedback and crash reporting system
  • Many bugfixes
  • Added support for opening URLs with the schemes: “tel:” (e.g. tel:1234567890), “sms:” (e.g. sms:1234567890), and “growlvoice:” (e.g. growlvoice:1234567890?text, growlvoice:1234567890?call)

GrowlVoice 2.0

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