Google has updated its Nexus Phone app for Android to add spam call protection, making it easier for users to dodge unwanted calls. When caller ID is enabled, the app will warn that a “suspected spam caller” is on the other end of the line.
After rejecting the call (assuming you probably won’t answer it), the Phone app will give you the option to block and report the number. Your device will then block future calls from the same caller automatically.
Caller ID is enabled by default on your Nexus or Android One device, but if you’ve turned it off and forgotten how to get it back, simply open up the Phone app, tap the options button, then choose “Caller ID & spam protection.” You can then use the toggle to re-enable it.
Google warns that “your phone may need to send information about your calls to Google” when this feature is enabled, presumably so that spam callers can be added to its database and blocked. But there’s no need to worry about the company calling all your friends.
The FCC has already told telecom companies that they must start blocking spam callers for free, with more complaints received over nuisance calls than anything else. But until that finally happens, features like this one from Google are more than welcome.
You can download the latest update for the Nexus Phone app from the Play Store now.