Google’s Data Liberation Front team has just added the ability to export your Google Voice via Google Takeout. Google Takeout allows you to export and save your data in open, portable formats, allowing you to easily import it to other services/sites.
Now you’re Google voice data, everything from call history, to voicemail (including transcripts!), to greetings and recordings can be exported with Google Takeout.
Voicemail messages and greetings are exported as mp3s, text messages as microformatted html, and forwarding phone numbers as a vcard.
Google internal efforts to provide simple ways to export your data becomes more important as Google grows. Both for consumers and for Google itself. The ability to export your data in open formats will allow users to seamlessly move to any other service they choose. Allowing users an easy method of leaving a Google service will keep regulators off the back of Google as they continue to expand the number of services they offer.
You can export your Google Voice data with all your Google Takeout data, or by itself. For more information and an overview of Takeout check out my previous post:
Google Takeout–Google Lets You Take Your Data With You.