Instead of going through the elaborate process of blacklisting a phone number or using government’s Do Not Disturb / Do Not Call registry feature (it is different for every countries), you can use Truecaller app on your iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.
Using this free app, which was updated in February (2015), you can quickly block all the spam calls that makes you go crazy. And there’s more: Truecaller will also identify calls that should be blocked in your area and gives you a list of names (with phone numbers).
All these data can be used to your advantage. In fact, we found that blocking phone calls on our iPhones from those telemarketers and god-knows-what spams callers made our life a little more easier. And in this how-to tutorial, we will explain you everything you need to know to get started with Truecaller.
Truecaller App For iOS: Why It’s Worth It!
If you haven’t used Truecaller before, here’s a quick little fact: Truecaller is downloaded by over 100 million people. It’s a free app that will track the caller ID name (when you insert the unknown phone number) and block phone numbers so you cannot receive future calls from them on your iOS device.
Here’s an example of how I use Truecaller daily: Sometimes I could never pickup phone calls – and I quickly launch the Truecaller app to find the name of the person. And if I know them, I return the call.
Note that Truecaller for iPhone is absolutely free to download. There is a premium version as well – and it costs $1.99 per month. You can use Truecaller Premium to get more features although they may not be required at this point of time.
If you like what Truecaller does, upgrade to the premium version.
Truecaller can be downloaded on your iPhone by going to the App Store and searching for “Truecaller” (the full name is: “Truecaller: Number Search & Block”). Or you can visit our page for more info: New Truecaller Update for iOS 8
How to Block a Phone Number in Truecaller App
In this article, our focus is primarily on blocking known and unknown phone numbers. So, say, if someone is calling you in the middle of the night with unknown number, or trying to play a prank on you, giving you missed calls repeatedly, then read on to see how you can permanently eliminate these folks from your life.
Part 1 of 2: Activate Block Feature
Step 1: Assuming you have downloaded Truecaller and registered your account (shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes), open the app and tap on the Block button.
Step 3: A “Permission needed” popup window may appear asking you to give permission to Truecaller to read your contacts. Tap on “Let’s do it” (if you select “Later”, Truecaller will not be able to activate the blocking feature on your iOS device)
Step 4: Toggle the Contacts switch to give Truecaller access to your iPhone’s contact.
Part 2 of 2: Blocking Phone Number Manually
Step 1: Relaunch Truecaller app on your iPhone and go to the Block button. This time you will notice the number of spam callers in your region along with the option to add a number.
Step 2: Tap on “Add a number” and insert any phone number of your choice. You can always copy and paste the recent number from your iPhone’s call list into Truecaller. Next, give a name to this number.
That’s it — you have successfully used Truecaller to manually block a phone number. It can be a mobile phone number or a landline number, Truecaller will block ’em all.
Q: Is the blocked phone number treated as spam?
A: Yes, Truecaller will identify this call as spam in the future.
Q: Should I add the country’s extension before the number?
A: From our test, it is not required.
Q: How do I see the list of people blocked?
A: Go to Block and scroll to find a “Block Numbers” section. Here you will find “Top spammers” along with the numbers you have blocked.
Q: How to unblock a blocked number?
A: Click on the contact name in the “Block” page and you will be able to see the complete contact details. Here, notice the “Remove from Block list” link. Click on this to delete the person from the blocked list.
Q: How to disable the block option?
A: Tap on the “Me” button at the bottom-right (it’s your profile) and click on the Settings icon at the top-right. Select “Block” – turn it ON or OFF.