The trick to know if a missed call is spam and how to block it

On June 29, the last change applied to the General Telecommunications Law came into force. Then they were Unsolicited commercial calls prohibited so common… and they still are. Article 66 states that “the previous restriction will not apply as long as there is prior consent from the consumer and/or user to receive commercial communications that enables them.” That is to say, done the law done the snare.

This consent hides in the terms of use of the products and services that we accept without reading, so the change is more apparent than real for the final consumer. Furthermore, many of these terms of service include the transfer of data to third parties for commercial purposes, so it is not uncommon to receive spam calls from companies with which you have never had any contact. What to do then to know if a missed call on your mobile is spam?

There are applications that provide this service, more necessary on iOS than on Android, given that Google’s operating system has Native options to detect and filter spam callswhich the iPhone does not have.

How to identify and filter spam calls on Android

Android has two features to protect users from unwanted commercial calls: Caller ID and spam call filter. The first is activated by default, but not the second, and allows you to see information about the people or companies that call you and whose numbers do not appear in the contact book, they are unknown.

Google does not access the user’s contact list, but with these functions activated You do receive information about calls to determine if they are spam or not. Android Caller ID shows the name of companies and services that have a listing on Google My Business, the Google service through which companies and businesses appear on Google Maps, and various directories. The user sees the name of the company from which a call comes from on the screen and decides whether they are interested in answering or not.

The spam call filter must be activated by the user so that unwanted commercial calls and voice messages stop entering their terminal. They are recorded in the call history where the number and time of the call will appear along with a warning icon and the spam call label. To activate these options, you must follow these steps:

  • Open the app Phone on your mobile.
  • Tap on the icon More options (the three vertical dots), select Settings and then Caller ID and spam.
  • Make sure the option View caller ID and spam is activated.
  • Active Filter spam calls.

If you receive a call that Google does not identify as spam, you can notify them with these steps:

  • Open the app Phone.
  • Tap on Recent on the bottom.
  • Hold down the phone number you want to report.

From the drop-down menu, tap Block or mark as spam.

How to block spam calls on an iPhone

Apple allows users to silence calls from unknown numbers, but this option covers more than spam calls. For an effective filter you need an app like TrueCaller either Call Blocker. To silence calls from unknown numbers on iOS, follow these steps:

  • Go into Settings of your iPhone.
  • Choose Phone.
  • Scroll down, tap Mute strangers and activate the slider.