Google Phone App will now act as a Blocker for Spam Calls

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The problem of dealing with unwanted and pesky calls has grown multifold over the years.

The new features would work on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. 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. To use "caller ID and spam protection", the user's phone may need to send information about their calls to Google. Google adds that to stop spam calls from ringing, users should turn on Filter suspected spam calls. Caller ID and spam protection is on by default, but users can choose to turn it off. You will still be able to see filtered calls, and you can still check your voicemails when you want.

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If the caller does leave a voicemail, you also won't get a notification, though you'll have the ability to view missed calls and voicemails that have been "filtered". 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. As per the updated page, the Phone app can now filter out calls by automatically detecting spam calls. This step is completely optional and depends on individual's choice.

To disable the feature, open the Phone app, tap the three-dot symbol, and then open Settings Caller ID & spam Off. However, there are questions about its functionality.

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