Truecaller is an app that has gained a fair bit of popularity. Whether someone is trying to stalk you or someone you know over the phone or is trying to play hide and seek - there are ways to find out the identity of a caller - when you are using an Android device. Truecaller is an app that you can install and use in your Android phone and resolve the mystery of apparently unknown callers by a single click. Let's get the details of Truecaller and its interesting features.
What is Truecaller?
Truecaller is a mobile app that finds contact details globally given a name or telephone number and has an integrated caller ID service to achieve call-blocking functionality and social media integration to keep the phonebook up-to-date with pictures and birthdays. It was developed by True Software Scandinavia AB, a privately held company in Stockholm, Sweden founded by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam. It was initially launched by BlackBerry on 1 July 2009 and released widely on 23 September in the same year.
Which type of features does it offer?
Create your own profile
When getting started with Truecaller, you get to set up your own profile and you can customize it in the way you like. You can add your picture, your name and additional information like an address, email ID or a website. You can even connect your Truecaller profile to your Google or Facebook accounts. If you are concerned about your privacy, then you can go to General settings in the app and choose who gets to see your profile.
Make video calls
Yes, it is possible to make video calls via Truecaller. Just note that the call will be made via Google’s video calling app Duo so you need to have that installed too. Just go to Truecaller, and select the information icon next to the person you wish to call. This will open a page that has the options of Call, SMS, Video Call, Edit, and Block. Select the option of the video call, and Truecaller will automatically call the person via Duo.
Truecaller has tied up with several banks including HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Axis Bank for Truecaller Pay. The app lets users create their own Virtual Payment Address, and after this, they can send or receive money using UPI. Users can also get prepaid or postpaid recharge done through this feature.
Mark 'people' as spam
Too annoyed of various people calling you to sell some schemes and offers? With Truecaller, you can block them. Once a number has been blocked by too many people, Truecaller will show you a red colored contact card when you receive a call from that number to notify you about spammers.
Check who is calling without Internet
If you are not connected to the Internet, Truecaller may tell you that it requires a data connection to work properly. However, if it has identified the number one, the app will identify it whether or not you are connected to the Internet.
The app can not only be used to block numbers and protect yourself from spammers, it is also a directory. Just type in the name of the person you wish to search the number of, and Truecaller will show you results from its database. However, you need to upgrade to the paid version of the app to get this information. Similarly, you can also search for numbers using email IDs. The ‘Search’ option in Truecaller also offers numbers of various services such as airlines, railways, healthcare, banks, hotels etc.
Set as your default dialer
In order to do this, open the app and click the hamburger icon and go to ‘Settings.’ Select the option of General and scroll down to ‘Missed Call Notifications.’ On enabling this, the app will ask you for various permissions in order for it to become your default dialer.
Set as your default messaging app
Truecaller will prompt you a number of times to enable this. Setting Truecaller as your default messaging app lets you identify spam messages, identifies senders of unknown messages, block spam and telemarketing messages, etc.
Use spam folder for SMS
Open the app and click on the ‘Message’ icon on the bottom left. Enable Spam protection. This will prompt a message alerting that Truecaller will become your default message app. Press Continue on the card. Finally, Truecaller will show you another card to notify of changing the messaging app. Click ‘Ok’ to proceed.
To send a Flash Message, tap on the lightning-like icon next to the person’s name in your Truecaller call log. Type your message and hit send. The person you send it to will see your Flash screen for the next 60 seconds.
Edit your number from the app database
If you don’t want your number to appear in Truecaller database, then you need to visit https://www.truecaller.com/unlisting. Just type in your number there including the country code, select Unlist Phone Number, and you’re done. However, you cannot have the app installed if you do so.
See who is online
Open the app and select the information icon next to the contact. You’ll be taken to the contact card that has all the information about the contact. Here, just below the name and tag of the person, you’ll be able to see when they were last online or whether they are on a call. Want to disable this for your contact card? Head to settings, select General and disable Availability.
With TrueSDK, Truecaller has been able to ease out the process of a user onboarding and verification in mobile apps through its partnerships with key digital brands, app developers and startups across verticals.
Hope this article helped you to know Truecaller features in the better way. You can share your experience with us in the comments. Thank you!