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Amazon is rolling out an update to its Alexa app that lets users of its voice-calling feature block specific people from calling them using the company’s voice-activated assistant.

The update comes about a month after the company rolled out the feature for making calls between Echo devices. Some users were surprised to find that they couldn’t keep specific contacts from calling them when the feature was enabled, if those contacts had their phone number and had enabled Alexa voice-calling themselves.

An Amazon spokesperson told GeekWire this afternoon: “Starting today customers will begin to receive an updated Alexa app, which includes the functionality to block contacts. Android and iOS customers can expect to get this update over the coming days.”

Here’s how the blocking works, according to Amazon.

  1. Select the Conversations icon
  2. Select the Contacts icon
  3. Scroll down and select Block contacts
  4. Find the contact you want to block and select the “Block” button
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