How to send spam calls directly to voicemail

How to send spam calls directly to voicemail

Never worry about picking up a spam call again using these tips for both iPhone and Android devices - send spammers straight to voicemail

by Nora Hogan

Tell scammers to leave a message at the sound of the tone!

If you never want to accidentally pick up a spam call (or a call from anyone you don’t know) ever again, follow these simple steps to send calls straight to voicemail on both iPhone and Android devices.


How to send spam calls directly to voicemail

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If you want to send scammers directly to voicemail on your iPhone, you must have iOS 13 or later installed. Some phone carriers let you detect Junk callers and silence them, while some carriers only let you display the caller’s business ID information when calling.

You can also silence unknown callers which is a great option to send any call from someone you don’t know directly to voicemail.

Call Blocking & Identification

silence junk callers

  • Open your iPhone Settings
  • Scroll down and tap Phone
  • Tap Call Blocking & Identification

If your phone carrier offers it, you can toggle on:

  • Silence Junk Callers – this option will automatically silence calls your phone carrier thinks is spam or junk
  • Business ID – this option will display the caller’s verified business ID so you have a better idea if it’s a junk caller or someone you may know


Silence Unknown Callers

silence unknown callers

  • Open your iPhone Settings
  • Scroll down and tap Phone
  • Tap Silence Unknown Callers

When this is toggled on, any call from someone who isn’t in your contacts, recent calls, Siri Suggestions, or texts will get sent straight to Voicemail.


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If you have a Google device like a Pixel that is updated or is from 2018 or later, your phone has a feature to filter out spam calls automatically. You can block (and sometimes report spam) calls in your phone’s settings.

  • Open the Phone app on your Android
  • Tap the three dots for more menu options on the top right
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Caller ID & Spam
  • Toggle on “Turn Caller ID & Spam”
  • Turn on “Filter spam calls” or “Block spam and scam calls” which will send them straight to voicemail

block all spam and scam calls on an Android

Learn more ways to keep your devices private here.



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