Unknown number: “Hey, how are you doing? Long time!”
You: “Umm good. Sorry, I don’t have you saved in my contacts — who is this?”
Unknown number: “What?! How can you not have me in your contacts?”
Sound familiar? You don’t mean to offend that unknown person, but well, you can’t help it. Save yourself the blushes and get Truemessenger, a new text messaging replacement app for Android that identifies unknown numbers (and does other cool stuff).
Truemessenger uses Truecaller’s phone book database to match phone numbers to people. You will need an active Internet connection, though. Truemessenger also prompts you to set it as the default app in Android, but there is no need for this if you don’t want it as the default.
In my testing, I saw the app get the name for every unknown number in my text messages. Admittedly, that was an anomaly, as I have never had the same luck with Truecaller. Like its parent app, Truemessenger probably won’t work every time, but it will work fairly accurately most of the time.
Want to add a name to your phone book? Open the message, tap “Add to Contacts”, and you’ll be taken to your favorite contacts app with the name and number fields already filled in.
Text message spam is a big problem, but unfortunately, there is no Gmail-like spam filter for them in most SMS apps. Well, Truemessenger is here to change that.
The first time you start the app, Truemessenger asks you to mark what is spam and what isn’t. Take the time and follow through with this. There’s a simple reason.
In my case, I want text messages from my bank. I don’t want texts from other banks spamming me about their credit cards or “lucrative loans”. By selecting the unwanted banks and not selecting my bank, Truemessenger understood what I wanted. When I got an unwanted spam text from a bank, it smartly filtered the message to Spam. I quickly conducted an online transaction (for which I get text alerts), and that text alert landed in my inbox. Perfect.
Apart from this smart filtering, you can send a message to the spam folder at any time. Plus, Truemessenger also has custom spam filters to block a number, block a series of digits in any phone number, or block a sender by name.
When you start Truemessenger, it asks for your basic details to log in: Your name, your phone number, your email address. This way, Truemessenger (and Truecaller) builds its phone book. It also asks for access to a user’s Contacts, cross-matching it with other users and creating a library of publicly sourced phone numbers.
You get the option of selecting who gets to see these details: friends of friends, only by request, or anyone in the world. That’s the extent of your privacy control in Truemessenger, or in the Truecaller universe at large. It’s not one of those messaging apps that take your privacy seriously.
Apart from the privacy, there’s also the security concern. The app is reading all your text messages, has access to your contacts, and so much more that it’s something to be wary of. Thankfully, Truemessenger told Techpp that the app processes data locally and doesn’t transmit messages to their servers. Only the sender’s number is transmitted to their servers.
Can Truemessenger Replace Your Messaging App?
Yes, you should install Truemessenger. But should you make it your default messaging app? That depends on how you use text messages.
If you get a lot of spam and are mainly contacted by unknown numbers via text, then Truemessenger is worth it. Personally, that’s exactly what my usage is like, since I mostly use WhatsApp with WhatsApp Web to talk to people I know. If the app is updated with quick reply and contact sharing, then sure, it can even be anyone’s default messaging tool.