How to send spam calls straight to voicemail with Google's phone app

Joanna Estrada
July 17, 2018

All calls that the app identifies as spam will be redirected to your voicemail and you won't even be notified about it.

While some calls might slip through Google's detection, these can be reported as spam to help improve the system.

The new features would work on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

To set it up open the updated Phone app on your Android phone and then tap the hamburger menu (the three dots on top of each there in the top right corner) and then Settings followed by Caller ID & Spam. The Android smartphone will not even ring. 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. You will still be able to see filtered calls, and you can still check your voicemails when you want.

Google explained how to activate the Android spam call blocker through a dedicated Google support page. But what if it's that phone call from the bank or that delivery service and you need to take it? Turn on both "Caller ID & Spam" (which warns you of incoming spam calls with a bright red screen) and "Filter suspected spam calls". To make sure that the feature is enabled users can check through the Settings menu under the Caller ID & spam option. It will then show you information about the people calling you and if it's businesses, it will also reflect there even if they're not in your contacts list. Google adds that to stop spam calls from ringing, users should turn on Filter suspected spam calls. Tap the call, then on "Block/report spam". 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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