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#1 2017-02-16 22:22:06

Registered: 2016-11-24
Posts: 98

Google Pixel Spam Blocking

Holy-a-Smokes its 2017. Shouldn't we be past the point of dealing with spam calls and texts on our supposedly "smart" phones already?

If you have a Pixel, thank your lucky stars -- for the answer is a resounding "yes." The phone's software actually has some pretty advanced spam-blocking tools, and all you have to do is get in the habit of using 'em.

The next time you get a call from someone questionable, head into your Phone app and tap the clock icon (the second icon from the left) at the top of the screen to pull up your call history. Find the offending number, then press and hold it for a second and select "Block/report spam" from the box that appears. Once you confirm that's what you want to do, Google will prevent that number from ever reaching you again and will also report it as spam to Google's own evolving database.

Any numbers you block will be prevented from texting you in Google's Messenger app, too, and best of all: Your list of blocked numbers will automatically sync up with any Android phone you use in the future (as long as it also runs Android 7.0 or higher).

Oh, and one more thing: You can see a list of all the numbers you've blocked -- and manually add a number to the list, if you're ever so inclined -- by tapping the settings icon in the upper-right corner of the Phone app and selecting "Settings" followed by "Call blocking."

And while you're in the Phone app's settings, take a minute to look under the "Caller ID & spam" option and make sure that option is activated. It'll allow Google to show you the name of an incoming caller even if their number isn't saved in your own contacts and will alert you when an incoming call is from a number associated with spam.

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