#BootlegWeek How TrueCaller Works

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(Last Updated On: October 6, 2015)

Truecaller has become an incredible important application for smartphone users today. Several myths have been bundled around how this app works.

Delivering an experience that goes way beyond the limitations of phone book application, Truecaller has quickly gained popularity across continents.

Whereas questions have been raised about it infringing on privacy, the application comes in handy and majority of the smartphone users have Truecaller as a must-have mobile phone app.

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Search Beyond Your Phonebook

The Truecaller search tool helps users search beyond their contact list. The data is crowd-sourced from the millions of users who have downloaded the application on their smartphones.

Know Who Is Calling

Truecaller guards users’ mobile phone by instantly informing them who is calling before they pick up. This modern mobile phone application gives its users the information of the person who is trying to get in touch with them but isn’t in their contact list.

Block Unwanted Calls

One of the apps most lovable feature is the ability to block unwanted contacts. Truecaller gives its users an immediate access to an expansive list of top spammers, allowing them to block calls and messages from numbers reported as spam.

How Trucaller works

If you have already used Truecaller, you might have seen that Truecaller only allows either Facebook, Yahoo! or Gmail to access Truecaller app. Facebook, Gmail and Yahoo! are the most widely used social networking sites that contain phone numbers and other contact details.
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So, when you use one of the social sites, your entire contacts including phone numbers, contact names, email ids will be uploaded to a secure Truecaller server. In case you login to the app using your mobile phones then your entire address book will be sent to the Truecaller servers. These are organised into records and each number will be assigned a Truecaller ID. When some one searches the number using Truecaller number search, the caller id associated with that number will be displayed.

The application was developed by True Software Scandinavia, a privately held company based in Stockholm, Sweden and is available in over 35 languages. Its popularity in Kenya has soared over the recent past months and it’s one of the must-have apps amongst smartphones users in the country.

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