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Google Voice now lets you screen specific types of calls

The latest update to Google Voice can help you distinguish people in your address book from anonymous callers.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
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Google Voice users can now tweak their settings to screen unwanted callers in favor of family and friends.

Users of the call-forwarding service have apparently been asking for a way to handle callers not in their address book. And Google has answered that request, as detailed in a new blog.

Two new groups of callers are now available in the Google Voice settings menu -- people in your address book and anonymous callers.

You can customize the response received by people in your address book by setting a special voice mail greeting. You can also set a different greeting for or simply screen anyone who is not listed as a contact or does not have a caller ID.

To set up the new options, log into your Google Voice account. Click on the Settings icon in the upper right corner and select Settings from the popup menu. In the Settings window, click on the link for Groups & Circles. You'll see see the range of caller types that can be customized, from all callers to anonymous callers to friends and family.

Google Voice also provides spam filtering so that calls, texts, or voice mails identified as such in the company's database can automatically be dumped into a spam folder.


How to screen a Google Voice call: