Google’s Phone app can now prevent some spam calls from interrupting you


Google has rolled out “caller ID and spam protection” on its Phone app with which the app itself would be able to filter out calls that it detects to be spam, eliminating all notifications and alerts for those calls as well. “You’ll still see filtered calls in your call history and be able to check any voicemail you receive,” the search engine giant wrote in a post on Friday.

To use “caller ID and spam protection”, the user’s phone may need to send information about their calls to Google. Caller ID and spam protection are on by default, but users can choose to turn it off. The new features would work on Android version 6 and above.

The option to turn it off is available in the settings area of the Phone app.

Google’s Phone app can now automatically filter out calls that it detects to be spam, sending them directly to voicemail. Your phone won’t ring, and you won’t even get a missed call notification for any calls that Google weeds out.
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If the spam callers leave a voicemail — you know, like the usual spiel about charges being filed against you over back-owed taxes — that will still find its way to your voicemail inbox. But again, there won’t be a notification about it. “You’ll still see filtered calls in your call history and be able to check any voicemail you receive,” Google says on its help page.
Most important of all, you won’t be getting constantly interrupted by a vibrating phone as the calls come in. You can enable the option with a simple toggle from the settings area of the Phone app.

The Phone app already identifies suspected spam callers by turning your phone’s entire screen red when it rings, which is a clear visual indicator that you shouldn’t pick up.