How To Change your Name in TrueCaller

Need to change your name in TrueCaller? Want to set it as your default dialer app? Want to make it your default message app? All these things and more are possible with this up and coming app.

TrueCaller is a neat smartphone app that shows details on incoming calls. Even if the caller isn’t in your contacts list it can acquire and display details on the caller so you can make an informed decision about whether to answer or not. If you use your phone for business or are plagued by marketing calls, this app could be useful.

The app works on both iOS and Android and will need either WiFi or mobile data to work to its full potential. TrueCaller was created as a caller ID app but has since grown to offer some neat features that include calling, messaging, number or person searching and more. It has enjoyed phenomenal growth over the past couple of years despite having a few privacy concerns.

If you use TrueCaller, there are some ways you can make it even more useful than just identifying incoming callers.

Change your name in TrueCaller

For some random reason, when you install the app and register, it can sometimes display your name incorrectly. Fortunately it is easy to fix.

  1. Open the TrueCaller app on your device.
  2. Select the three line menu icon.
  3. Select Edit profile and change your name in the next window.

The change can sometimes take a little while to be uploaded and corrected but once done, it should continue to show your correct name.

Record calls with TrueCaller

It is unfortunately sometimes necessary to record calls for evidence or to prompt someone into action. As long as you tell the person on the call they are being recorded, it is perfectly legal to do. Premium users of TrueCaller can record calls from within the app.

  1. Open the TrueCaller app on your device.
  2. Select the three line menu icon and select Settings.
  3. Select Call Recordings and toggle Record Calls to on.

When a call comes in, you will see a Record button in the phone app, select it and the call will be recorded for you. If you want to listen to the recording, navigate back to the Call Recordings menu and they will be listed on the page. Select to play back.

Remove your number from TrueCaller

If you don’t want your phone number to be searchable by other users you can remove it from the database.

  1. Navigate to the TrueCaller website.
  2. Select your country and enter your number in the boxes.
  3. Complete the Captcha and select Unlist Phone Number.

Removal can take a few hours but once done, you should no longer see your own number when performing a search.

Make TrueCaller your default phone app

If you have really bought into TrueCaller, you can use it as a replacement dialer app on your phone. This will switch from using the default Android or iOS dialer app and will use TrueCaller to make and take calls instead.

  1. Open the TrueCaller app on your device.
  2. Select the three line menu icon and select Settings.
  3. Select General and Missed Call Notifications.
  4. Confirm and allow the app permission to become your default phone app.

Make TrueCaller your default messaging app

You can do the same for messaging if you like. When you first install it, TrueCaller will ask you if you want it to handle messages. If you initially said no it will periodically ask you whenever you use the app or read a message within it.

Scan phone numbers with your camera

If you don’t want to manually add someone’s number into your phone, you can take a picture of it written down and TrueCaller will add it as a contact. This is a very neat feature and one reason this app is so useful. It is ideal for collecting business contacts from newspapers, business cards or scribbled on a Post-It note.

  1. Open the TrueCaller app on your device.
  2. Swipe left from the side to open the preview window.
  3. Select Payments and Scan & Pay.
  4. Point the camera at the phone number and take a picture.
  5. Correct it, name it and save it if necessary.

I’m fortunate enough not to be hounded by marketing calls and messages so have little need for TrueCaller. If you’re not so fortunate, it seems like a great little app to use. Do you use TrueCaller? Like it? Loathe it? Got any concerns or stories related to it? Tell us about your experiences below!

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