Spam calls suck any way you look at it.
Worse yet, they’re difficult to consistently avoid, but if you own a Pixel or Nexus smartphone, you’ll soon get some relief thanks to a new update to Google’s first-party Phone app.
Moving forward, the app will automatically send spam calls to voicemail rather than let them ring.
Google’s Phone app already flags spam numbers and lights up the display bright red when one is coming through. Now, the tech giant is taking things a step further and sending these unwanted calls straight to voicemail, without even notifying the user of the call in the first place.
Google is rolling out the feature worldwide over the next few weeks. It’s only available via the company’s first party Phone app. If you own a Pixel or Nexus smartphone, you can start using the feature now by enrolling in the beta test Google is currently holding.
To do so, visit the Phone’s app Google Play store page, scroll down and tap the “become a tester” icon.