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

Doris Richards
July 17, 2018

The app now has a setting that will detect spam calls and automatically send them to voicemail.

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

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.

If you want to turn on the feature, head into the phone's Settings - Caller ID & Spam, and then select the Caller ID & spam toggle. The Android smartphone will not even ring. Google filters out such spam calls with caller ID and weeds them out without ringing your phone or notifying you. You'll need the latest version of the app for it to work. Turn on both "Caller ID & Spam" (which warns you of incoming spam calls with a bright red screen) and "Filter suspected spam calls". If a spam call is coming, now you won't even receive a notification for it, the service simply blocks the call and only the voicemail can be accessed by a user.

What happens now is that whenever someone that's marked as spam will call you, you will not receive the call or even a notification that you missed a call. Obviously you have to turn it on.

Turn Caller ID & spam on or off. If the option is showing up, tap Report call as spam, and then tap Block. Otherwise, you can just tap Block here, which is what I've been doing to good ol' Ann when she calls to kick her straight to voicemail.

In case there's a number that still goes through your calls, you can mark them as spam, therefore giving Google the information for future reference. Still, Ann is still able to get through from other numbers.

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