With Android 12, Google has incorporated some handy features that might prevent you from having to deal with spam calls as well as the time-consuming and annoying process of going through call menus. Even if you don’t have a Pixel, some of them are available.
Call Screening Feature
What is the process of call screening? When you get a phone call from someone who isn’t on your contact list, you’ll see a “Screen call” button along with accepting/deny choices. If you select “Screen call,” the caller will hear an audio message asking them to identify themselves and the reason for their call. The message’s transcribed text as well as their response will appear on your screen. You can then decide whether or not you want to take the call.
Unfortunately, as we all know, Android phones can differ dramatically depending on the manufacturer and model. As a result, one of the most recent features, automatic call screening, is only accessible on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro for the time being.
This article deals with how the call screening feature works on the Pixel devices but if you have a Samsung device you can get some of these features by downloading the Google Phone app from the Play Store, and these instructions should work for you as well.
How to Use the Feature on Pixel 6 Variants
Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the Phone app, then navigate to Settings > Spam and Call Screen. You’ll see two controls at first, which you can toggle on and off: “See caller and spam ID,” which allows you to see the caller ID for businesses that have been validated as legitimate, as well as “Verified Calls,” which allows you to see the caller ID for businesses that have been verified as legitimate.
Tap “Call Screen” for all other controls. This is where you may determine what to do with calls that are classified as spam, probably phony numbers, first-time callers, or concealed numbers. In every scenario, you have two options: have the phone ring and then manually pick whether or not to screen the call, or have Google automatically screen the call and decline it if it’s a robocall. The only exception is spam calls, which you can silently decline in order to prevent your phone from ringing at all.
Each of these categories must be specified separately: tap on the category name and choose how you want those calls to be handled. The default is to ring the phone and let you choose whether or not to screen the call manually, so if that’s your preference, you can leave things alone. One thing to keep in mind: automatic filtering won’t work if you’re listening to music through headphones or speakers, according to Google.
There are two more features in Call Screen that you can enable. You can record the audio from any screened calls. You can also have a female or male-sounding voice answer the screening call; the default is female, so tape on “Voice” if you want to change it.
The aforementioned steps should work on other Android devices as well. Furthermore, the Android 12 update has brought a slew of features that have enabled users to carry out tasks such as SMS sharing swiftly and efficiently. We can’t wait to see what other features will be rolled out by Google in the coming weeks.