Google Phone app on Android can auto-filter spam calls to voicemail

17 July, 2018, 11:28 | Author: Sammy Rose
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You can also report a call as spam by going into the phone app and looking at Recent calls.

The Google Phone app replaces your default caller app on your Android device and you will need to switch to that as your default to be able to use this feature. The support page for the Phone app also says "When you make or get a call with caller ID and spam protection on, you can see information about callers or businesses not in your contacts or warnings about potential spam callers". You're doing something important like a writing sprint or a hard report for work or school when suddenly your smartphone rings. Google recently updated its help page pertaining to spam calls to note that the phone app for Android cannot only weed out spam calls, but now it can prevent those potentially annoying calls from barging in on you.

From there, tap to "Turn Caller ID & Spam" on and then "Filter suspected spam calls" to have them sent straight to voicemail. Tap the call you want to report as spam and then select "Block/report spam" from the menu (not everyone has the report as spam option).

And even if those callers do leave a voicemail, you still won't get notified about it.

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Turn Caller ID & spam on or off.

Calls that have been blocked will still show up in the history, but the phone won't ring when the call comes in, and there won't be any notification to warn the user of a missed call either.

The Google Phone spam filter, however, may not be able to catch all unwanted calls. But what if it's that phone call from the bank or that delivery service and you need to take it? Go to the Block / report spam option and you'll be asked if you want to report it and block it.

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