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Google has made its Phone App more efficient to filter out spam callers and directing them to the voicemail. That means you’ll not be notified either by ringing your phone or displaying any missed call notifications on your display.

And even if those callers do leave a voicemail, you still won’t get notified about it. Google has publicised the new feature on its help page by saying:

You’ll still see filtered calls in your call history and be able to check any voicemail you receive.

How to Activate Google’s Spam Filter

Google has set the Caller ID and Spam Protection on by default. However, you can choose to turn it off. However, keep in mind that your phone may need to send information about your calls to Google in order to use caller ID and spam protection features.

If you’ve set the spam protection to off, follow these simple steps to re-activate the handy feature:

  • Open your device’s Phone app.
  • Tap More Settings Caller ID & spam.
  • Turn Caller ID & spam on or off.

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To stop spam calls from ringing on your phone, turn on Filter suspected spam calls. You won’t get missed a call or voicemail notifications, but you’ll still see filtered calls in your call history and be able to check any voicemail you receive.

The Phone app identifies suspected spam callers by turning your phone’s entire screen red when it rings, which is a clear visual indicator that you should not pick up and it is a spam call. More interestingly, you would not get interrupted when the call rings.