Now you can filter spam calls using Google’s Phone app

Reportedly, Google started the Beta programme for the 'Caller ID and Spam protection' feature on the Phone app in April this year.

Google on 13th July announced on its blog post that a new feature will detect the spam calls that will just get forwarded to voicemail. Once this is done, users won't get missed call or voicemail notifications, but they'll still see filtered calls in your call history and be able to check any voicemail they receive. The feature is called "Caller ID and spam protection". All calls that the app identifies as spam will be redirected to your voicemail and you won't even be notified about it. You can choose to turn it off. Although third-party applications have existed on the App Store for preventing and blocking spam calls, there has been no guarantee about their efficiency of detecting these calls.

The app now has a "filter suspected spam call" option in its settings. To enable the setting, you first need to make sure you have Google's phone app installed (it comes standard on some phones, like the Pixel, but for some phones you'll need to download it separately and set it as your default phone app).

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The Google Phone app isn't included with every Android phone, as some manufacturers opt to include their own dialer, but those that do should be receiving the update already.

Optional: To stop spam calls from ringing on your phone, turn on Filter suspected spam calls.

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