Tired and frustrated of spam and spoof callers annoying you with calls throughout each day? Yes, I am too. I get at least five spam/robocallers a day and it never stops. I’ve registered my cell number with the National Do Not Call Registry, but that hasn’t seemed to help. If you have never registered your number, you should do it now. It’s a one time registration that is good forever. If you’re not sure if you have registered before, you can verify your status here. Samsung knows that spam calls aren’t getting better and has been offering a free feature in its Galaxy devices that automatically provides caller ID and spam protection. Samsung calls this service Smart Call. It’s not on out of the box, so you’ll need to activate it.
Here’s how to activate Caller ID and spam protection on the Galaxy Note 8
- Open the phone dialer application
- At the top right of the app, click on the three dots to find Settings
- Open Settings and click on Caller ID and spam protection
- Next, click on the toggle to turn On Caller ID and spam protection
Once the feature is turned on, it will automatically start detecting fraudulent or spam callers immediately. It doesn’t identify all potential spam callers since the numbers have to be reported to a database. It does find about 75% of the callers I get as spam and works better than expected. Smart Call uses the hiya database of spam callers. If you don’t want to use this feature after activating it, simply turn it off and your phone will revert back to normal. This feature is available for the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, S7 Active, S8, S8, S8 Active and the Note 8.
If you own a non Galaxy device and want the same feature on your iPhone or other Android, simply download and install the free to use Hiya app from the links below. It’s highly rated by actual users in the App Store and Google Play Store.