New Android App Tool Helps Avoid Scammers

New Android App Tool Helps Avoid Scammers

Unwanted calls are a frequent nuisance, and scam calls have become a serious issue for many phone users. While the Google Phone app already included some caller ID functionalities, Google has now introduced a new “Lookup” button to simplify identifying unknown callers.

Identify Unknown Callers More Easily

Typically, when you receive a call from an unknown number, you face the dilemma of whether to answer it or risk missing an important call. If you opt not to pick up, you might end up manually entering the number into Google or directories like Truecaller to find any relevant information.

This inconvenience will soon be eliminated with the Lookup feature on Google’s Phone dialer. Now, when you receive a call from an unknown number, you can simply tap the Lookup button within the Phone app. The app will then automatically search for information about the number without requiring you to switch to another app or manually copy and paste the number.

Efficient Scam Identification

The results from the Lookup feature can vary based on the number’s activity. Ideally, for scam calls, a search should reveal the nature of the scam being attempted. This confirmation can help you decide whether to answer the call and, if it is a scam, you can report the number.

Even if the “Lookup” button doesn’t give definitive answers, it can still be useful. If the caller is legitimate and you didn’t pick up, they can leave a voicemail for you to check later. For less important calls, the caller can also follow up with a text message.

Gradual Rollout

The Lookup feature was initially announced as part of the June Feature Drop for Pixel devices. However, according to Android Police, the update now appears to be rolling out independently. This means it might not be immediately available on all devices, including those that received the Pixel update.

The positive aspect is that the Lookup button doesn’t seem to need any user activation. It should simply appear within the Phone app at some point during the current rollout. So, keep an eye out for this new feature and make the most of the additional information it provides when dealing with unknown callers.

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