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Google’s Messages app gets Truecaller-like spam filter: Here’s how to enable it

Spam protection feature is now live on Google’s Messages app. Here’s how you can activate or deactivate it.

tech Updated: Dec 29, 2018 12:45 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
San Francisco
How to enable or disable spam filter in Messages app
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Google has begun rolling out its spam protection feature for Messages after almost over six months of developing it for Android users.

Based on reports from a handful of tipsters, that spam protection feature is now going live, though not everyone seems to have it just yet, the Android Police reported late on Friday. Several users were seeing a prompt called “New! Spam protection” soon after opening Messages.

“The change appears to be server-side and in a limited rollout for the time being, as other devices we’ve tested, including my own, don’t have it just yet. When it does hit your device, you should see a notification similar to that above when launching Messages,” the report added.

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The company has maintained that Messages is its primary communication solution for its users.

Earlier this week, Google announced it was planning to shift its Messages web app -- which allows users to manage SMS/MMS messages on their phone from another device -- from to

The move is seen as the tech giant’s plan to minimise the use of the word “Android”.

How to enable or disable spam filter in Messages app

Open Messages app on your phone.

Tap on the three dots menu on the top right corner of the screen.

Go to Settings > Advanced > Spam protection.

Toggle the button next to enable spam protection to activate the feature.

Exit the settings.

Data about spam messages is to improve the search engine giant’s ability to “detect future spam for users”.

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(with inputs from HT Correspondent) 

First Published: Dec 29, 2018 12:45 IST

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