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Amazon Adds Call and Contact Blocking to Alexa Devices

Just after Amazon rolled out the Call and Messaging feature for its Alexa devices, many realized quickly that anyone with your contact information could intrude into your life at any time. Amazon had overlooked a simple function of calling and messaging and that was to block unwanted calls and messages.

Late Monday, Amazon rolled out that missing feature in an Alexa app update for iOS (the Android version should be updated soon). To use it, you simply go into the updated Amazon Alexa app, select the Contacts icon on the Conversations page and tap “Block” on any of the listed contacts you no longer want to receive calls or messages from.

Want to block all calls and messages in one fell swoop? Alexa Tip: Using Alexa’s Do Not Disturb Feature for Calling and Messaging

Want to opt out completely from the Calling and Messaging feature? Alexa FAQ: Deregister from the Calling and Messaging Feature


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