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Alexa FAQ: Can I Block People from Being Able to Call Me?

With the latest update to Alexa devices, you can now call and message other Alexa device owners. However, you cannot block others from calling or messaging you.

That, by itself, may be the death knell for this feature for a lot of users. Why? Well…Amazon uses your smartphone’s contacts list to locate others in your list that also have Alexa calling and messaging enabled and then adds these people to your contacts list. In like manner, it does the exact same for anyone who owns an Alexa device and has you in their smartphone contact list.

Think about it…

Do you really want anyone and everyone to be able to call you or message you? Probably not.

As people are starting to realize this, its becoming quite a thing. The privacy implications alone are staggering.

So, those that are bothered by this want to uninstall the new calling and messaging feature but they can’t.

Really? They can’t?

It’s true. Amazon did not include the ability to opt-out of the calling and messaging feature. The only resource is to call Amazon directly and they’ll deregister you from the service. Details here: Alexa FAQ: Deregister from the Calling and Messaging Feature

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