Google Phone for Android update adds filter to prevent spam calls

Google Phone for Android update adds filter to prevent spam calls
Google had been testing a new feature that would theoretically prevent spam calls from ruining your day for a few months now. Back in April, the Mountain View company kicked off a beta program for the Google Phone app, which would test exactly this feature.

Now, the app's support page has been updated to reflect the new changes, which apparently have already been activated on many devices. Basically, you find a new feature in the Caller ID & spam menu of the Google Phone app, which should prevent suspected spam calls from disturbing you when enabled.

All calls that the app identifies as spam will be redirected to your voicemail and you won't even be notified about it. Obviously, you can still listen to your voicemail if you want to, but you won't know if the app has detected a spam call.

Don't forget that you can enable this new feature by going to Settings / Caller ID & spam, and tapping the toggle Filter spam calls option. Naturally, you can disable it at any time if you don't trust that Google's app can really handle spam calls for you.

source: Google via The Verge

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4 Comments

1. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Mobile phone spam calls have realy ramped up in the past year. I like the current Spam Warnings we get, and taking it further is welcome.

4. Jimmy3251

Posts: 7; Member since: May 24, 2018

Yeah it has gotten really bad in the past year but there is a few things you can do to minimize the amount of spam calls you receive like adding your phone number to the do not call list, it has helped since I did that I'm not getting nearly as many spam calls also I have been enrolled in the beta program this article is speaking of and have been updating it whenever a update was available so it probably contributed as well to blocking spam calls. I think the ultimate solution to stopping spam calls is finding a way to stop apps we download from selling our information I'm pretty sure that would nip it in the bud.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is welcome for sure, now if carriers could only help us out on our homeliness with blocking spam, life would be good. Trouble is, they turn a blind eye to it and pretend it's our problem, or the gov.i think the carriers are making a profit off of it somehow.

3. Jimmy3251

Posts: 7; Member since: May 24, 2018

I think what's going on is apps we download and accept the terms of agreement is selling our information to 3rd parties and once our number is in their system they spam the hell out of you. And yeah carriers probably do somehow profit off the spam calls as well.

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