You only answer phone calls from non-spam contacts/numbers

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Our smartphones are versatile tools, allowing us to take photos, record videos, consume media, play games and browse the web. But the core functionality has always revolved around, you know… phone calls.

We wondered how many readers actually answer phone calls these days, though. Is it reject every call, answer every call, or something in between? Here’s how you voted in our poll last week.

Do you answer calls on your phone?


Nearly 2,400 votes have been counted at the time of writing, and it turns out that a whopping 70.49% of respondents say they’ll answer a call whether it’s from a contact or if it’s not is not listed as spam. It also makes sense given the increase in spam calls in recent years, with networks trying to tackle the problem in recent years. Even Google has tackled the problem with features like call filtering and spam protection.

Related: How to Block Unwanted Calls on Your Android Phone

In second place, by far, are users who say they answer all phone calls (21.92%). A reader noted that he has registered with various deactivation databases in his country, which makes him more willing to answer all incoming calls.

Finally, less than 10% of respondents (%) say they refuse to answer all incoming calls. One reader said he rarely uses his smartphone for voice calls due to call quality compared to a landline. Yet, it seems that this camp represents only a small group of surveyed readers.


  • Tony’s Texas Hots: If I don’t recognize the number, I let it go to voicemail. If it’s important, they’ll leave a message.
  • Walter Kowalski: I answer the phone but the pixel is really good at filtering spam
  • Bonedatt: Of course, it depends on who’s calling (and if I’m in the mood to talk).
  • Albin: I limited calls to the contact list for a few years, the only real problem is forgetting to turn off the block when it’s a new acquaintance or a business entity using a number 800 or whatever to call back – I missed such calls back but was recorded by voicemail. (Skype for international LD ​​calls. Ended landline service years ago.)
  • C Peterson: I rarely use my cell phone for voice calls. Because the quality sucks compared to a landline (a problem that hasn’t been solved since the early days of cell phones), and because cell phones are ergonomically horrible to hold at the side of my head. It’s rare that I need to talk to someone when a landline isn’t available, and where a quick text or email wouldn’t do the job much better.
  • Chris Laarman: I live in the Netherlands and I am registered in the “do not approach me” databases (mail, telephone). I barely recognize the ringtones of my smartphones… Incoming calls are likely to be related to medical appointments, from people or institutions forced to hide their phone numbers. I therefore accept them, as well as the few social calls.
  • Tony Talks: It fluctuates so much. I sometimes let calls go through if I’m busy. But most of the time, I will answer. I still talk quite frequently on the phone compared to my peers.

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