Spam in your Gmail inbox is annoying, but worse is getting a telemarketer phone call just as you’re about to sit down to dinner. If you use Google Voice, you can now mark these intrusive phone calls as spam and enjoy your dinner in peace. Google has added a new feature in Google Voice settings that now allows you to block not only specific numbers, but “global spam” as well — much in the same way that you block spam in Gmail. Google says this is thanks to the thousands of users who have been marking calls received via Google Voice as spam. Google now has a good idea of what numbers are known to be spammy, and can pass this knowledge on to its users via an option in Google Voice to block these numbers as a group of spam. Says Google:
“Thanks to the help of the thousands of Google Voice users who mark calls as spam every day — and our own spam identification tools — it is now possible to automatically redirect calls, texts, and voicemails from any of the numbers in our database directly into your spam folder.”
To block these telemarketers and other spam in Google voice, just visit your Google Voice’s call settings and check the “Global Spam Filtering” box. You will see a list of these blocked numbers in your spam folder, so if a number ever ends up incorrectly marked as spam, you can easily unblock it by selecting the message and clicking the “Not Spam” button in your spam folder.
Google notes that it still needs Google Voice users to help keep refining the global spam filter by continuing to mark numbers as spam, and also correct any numbers mislabeled as spam. To read more about this new feature, you can read Google’s announcement of the global spam filter at the Google Voice blog.