If you suffer from a lot of cold callers and spam voicemails then Android's latest update may be exactly what you've been waiting for.
We live in a world where our information is out there for pretty much anyone to see. Even the most careful of web users can't entirely protect all of their info. Unfortunately, aside from living in the woods Ron Swanson-style, it's almost impossible to have absolutely none of your details out there for the taking.
Email addresses are a big thing, but thankfully there's a way around it. Most inboxes now have a built-in spam or junk filter so we don't have to see all the things we don't want to see. When it comes to phone calls though that's not as easily done. How many times a week do you get called by someone trying to sell you something or to help you save on bills? If you're like us then you're hanging up on unwarranted calls more often than you'd like.
Life Hacker's latest news about an update to Android's phone app may very well be the answer to all of your prayers. The update allows users to change their settings so that anything that appears to be a spam call is sent straight to voicemail, so basically like hanging up on all of those pesky callers without even having to answer the phone and speak to them yourself.
If you have an android phone and all of this sounds extremely appealing to you, then this is how to get it done. First of all, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of the Phone app. From there, open the app, click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner, head to Settings and then Caller ID & Spam. Once you're there, tap Turn Caller ID & Spam and finally Filter suspected spam calls.
Be warned, from there it is up to Google what is and isn't a spam call. That means there is every possibility that a call or two you're not looking to swerve is sent to voicemail. If you feel as though you are getting inundated with a litany of annoying and unwanted calls, however, missing the odd wanted call will probably be a small price to pay.