So, you’re shuffling to a busy business meeting, and you get stopped by an annoying spam WhatsApp call. You have to take your phone out, unlock it, open the app, and block the number. That’s inconvenient, but WhatsApp has a solution. According to a new report, WhatsApp will let you block spam numbers from your lock screen. This comes after news of WhatsApp letting people reply to Community Announcement messages.
Spam calls are very annoying, and having to unlock your phone and open WhatsApp to block the numbers is SUPER annoying. WhatsApp does a good job of blocking spam numbers, but some do slip through, and they manage to disrupt your workflow. People want a quicker way of swatting away these annoying messages and blocking the numbers associated.
Thankfully, WhatsApp now lets you block spam numbers from your lock screen
Now, blocking those annoying numbers is as easy as 1 2 3, and neither of those steps involves you unlocking your phone. The company posted a short video showing just how the feature works. The video comes complete with a fancy animation.
Basically, when you get a call from an unknown number, you’ll see a notification pop up. Simply expand that notification to reveal the additional options. These are the Reply button and the Block button.
When you tap the Block button, you’ll see another pop-up appear. This pop-up will give you the option to report that contact. Whoever, if you want to report it, you’ll have to check the checkbox on the pop-up. This option will actually send the last five messages sent from that number to WhatsApp so that the company can see what that user has put up to.
As for the availability, this feature is rolling out now. It should be available on your device already. However, if it’s not, then you will want to check to see if your app is updated. Sometimes, updates take a little while to reach certain devices based on region. So, if you don’t see the update, you may just want to wait a few days