Truecaller update: Group voice calls, inbox cleaner and smart SMS features added in latest Android upgrade

    In the latest Truecaller update, the company has added support for three useful features for users on the latest version of its Android app – group voice calls, inbox cleaner and smart SMS. Here’s how you can get access to them.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jun 17 2021, 09:25 AM IST
    Truecaller has released a major update on its Android-based app.
    Truecaller has released a major update on its Android-based app. (Truecaller)
    Truecaller has released a major update on its Android-based app.
    Truecaller has released a major update on its Android-based app. (Truecaller)

    Truecaller is one of the most widely used caller identification and spam blocking applications today, and the Swedish company has added new functionalities over time. From identifying and blocking spam calls to filtering out unwanted messages, the app has rolled out a number of valuable features for users. Truecaller has now added three new features for Android users -- group voice calling, Smart SMS and Inbox Cleaner. These new features have been added to the latest version of Truecaller but are not available on Apple iPhone at the moment.

    Whether you use Truecaller to filter unsolicited messages and spam calls, or if you look up phone numbers using the search function, new features like Smart SMS, Inbox cleaner and the group voice calling feature could come in handy, depending on what functionality you need. Let us take a look at each of these three new features to see what they offer users on the app.

    Truecaller: Group Voice Calling

    The first new feature introduced by Truecaller is called Group Voice Calling, and it will let Truecaller users on Android add eight participants to a call. Not only can users add numbers to a call without saving them as a contact, but the app will also identify a spam user if they have been added to a group call without their knowledge. Truecaller says it will also inform users about the other users availability -- in case they are already busy on another call or offline. The city each participant resides in also gets displayed. The company says calls will be protected by symmetric encryption, but it is unclear if end-to-end encryption has been implemented.

    Truecaller: Smart SMS

    While SMS is still a very popular mode of communication in the US, most users in India will not be able to recollect when they last sent or received an SMS to their friends on a regular basis. Truecaller says that nearly 80 percent of SMS received by users come from businesses. These can clog up your SMS app and make it look untidy, so the company has introduced a new Smart SMS feature, which will also use algorithms to identify spam callers inside your SMS too. Users in India, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa will have access to the feature first, while Sweden, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the US will receive it in the future.

    Truecaller Inbox Cleaner

    The third feature from Truecaller is called Inbox Cleaner, and it allows users to get rid of all older SMS in your inbox. Many of the messages in a user’s inbox are usually OTPs for transactions which have been completed, or simply spam messages from businesses. The company has introduced the new Inbox Cleaner to quickly clean up the older SMS from your device, by tapping the Clean Up button to get rid of them immediately. While there is no word on when these features will come to iOS, users on Android devices can get the feature right away.

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    First Published Date: 17 Jun, 09:25 AM IST
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