Truecaller will soon start making its caller identification service available over WhatsApp and other messaging apps.
WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app, boasting around 2000 million active monthly users. The platform has also become a reliable free calling alternative that only requires a stable internet connection to enable audio or video calls. Nonetheless, this feature has also contributed to the increase in unsolicited calls on WhatsApp.
Thankfully, Truecaller, a well-known caller identification service, is developing a solution. According to Reuters, Truecaller aims to extend its caller identification services to messaging apps like WhatsApp. This will help users in detecting and filtering out fake or spam calls they receive on the platform.
Truecaller call identification feature will launch for WhatsApp
Truecaller, a caller identification app, has over 350 million users who rely on its caller identification process. India is the app’s largest market, accounting for about 250 million users. Truecaller generates revenue from various sources, such as ads, subscription services, and business listings. The company has also launched an AI-powered SMS fraud protection feature that enables users to block spam or fraudulent messages.
What this means for WhatsApp users
Spam calls have been on the rise in recent years. A 2021 report from Truecaller revealed that users in India get approximately 17 spam calls a month on average. With the new partnership between Truecaller and WhatsApp, users will be able to easily identify potential spam calls over the internet. It’s also worth noting that this feature will be available for both video and audio calls on WhatsApp.
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When will Truecaller be available on WhatsApp?
According to Alan Mamedi, Truecaller’s Chief Executive, the feature is currently in the beta phase. He added that users should expect the feature to roll out later this month (May). However, no dates were given.
How to protect yourself from spam calls
As we wait for Truecaller to come to WhatsApp, here are a few tips to protect yourself from spam calls.
1) Use a Call Blocking App
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself from spam calls is to use a call-blocking app. Many options are available, such as Truecaller, Hiya, and RoboKiller. These apps use powerful algorithms to identify and block spam calls before they reach your phone. They can also flag suspicious numbers and provide detailed information about the caller’s identity.
2) Don’t Answer Calls from Unknown Numbers
If you receive a call from an unknown number, it’s best to let it go to voicemail. Scammers often use spoofed numbers or fake caller IDs to trick people into answering their calls. If you don’t recognize the number, don’t pick it up. If it’s important, the caller will leave a message.
3) Be Careful with Your Personal Information
Many scammers use the information they find online to target their victims. Be careful about what personal information you share on social media or other websites. Avoid giving out your phone number unless it’s absolutely necessary. Also, be on the look for phishing scams, where scammers try to trick you into giving them your personal information over the phone.
4) Use Call Screening Features
Many smartphones now come with built-in call screening features. These allow you to see who’s calling before you answer the phone. You can also choose to send the call directly to voicemail or mark it as spam. If you’re using an iPhone, you can enable the Silence Unknown Callers feature to automatically send calls from unknown numbers to voicemail.
In conclusion, Truecaller’s integration with WhatsApp is a game-changer for users looking for a reliable solution to combat spam calls on the platform. Truecaller and WhatsApp taking this step will definitely improve user experience and security. With 350 million Truecaller users, this integration will be a hit among WhatsApp’s user base.
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