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Got a missed call from an unknown number? It might be spam, or it might be a genuine concern. The easy way to find out is if you have the new Truedialer app, made by the team behind Truecaller, a free caller identification app Four Free Caller Identification Apps That Will Annoy Your Telemarketers [Android] Four Free Caller Identification Apps That Will Annoy Your Telemarketers [Android] Sick and tired of unknown callers hammering away at your sanity? The vast majority of such calls originate from commercial entities, rather than your friends or loved ones calling from roadside assistance phones. But how... Read More .

The app stands out from the crowded market of the best phone dialer apps on Android What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? What Is the Best Contacts & Dialer App for Android? You don't have to settle for your phone's built-in contacts and dialer apps. Read More , of which Contacts+ is our current favourite. Truedialer’s approach is to integrate your phone book with a globally crowd-sourced phone book, so that it can fill in contact information that you are missing.

What Is Truedialer All About?

Truedialer’s feature list is quite cool, even for just a phone dialer app:

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  • Swipe left on any contact to send them a text message. It’s a handy shortcut that some dialers already have, like the default Phone app in Samsung handsets.
  • Swipe right on any contact to view their details. Here, you can also add a contact to your phone book. If a contact is in your phone book already, you can choose to edit their details.
  • If a phone number has been marked as spam by several Truecaller users, you will be notified of that in a dark red message before the calls is placed, in case you want to play it safe and hang up.

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Once you start using Truedialer, you might just realise how many calls you get from people you know, but don’t have them stored in your phone book. There are websites to identify people by phone numbers Top 8 Sites to Identify The Owner Of A Phone Number Top 8 Sites to Identify The Owner Of A Phone Number Read More , but it’s obviously easier to have it right on your smartphone. Not only does it help you return those calls, but you can also quickly add those people without the worry of filling out appropriate information.

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Where Truedialer Falls Short

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Right now, Truedialer cannot become your default dialer on a phone, which makes it severely restrictive. To combat this, the developers have given a workaround of having a shortcut to Truedialer in your notifications bar, but it’s still not as convenient as making it default. You can work around this by choosing to always call from Truedialer, but there are small things that you will still miss. For example, you cannot dismiss missed calls directly from Truedialer. For that, you need to open the default phone app and dismiss them there.

A user on the Play Store points out that Truedialer also does not work well with dual-SIM phones. It dials only with the primary SIM and can’t make a call with your secondary number.

How Accurate And Safe Is Truedialer?

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Truedialer uses the same crowd-sourced phone book as Truecaller, so the same privacy concerns apply here. It will take your contacts list and upload it to its server, so you have to be prepared for that. Yes, it seems like a violation, but if you want to use the numbers saved by others, you need to give back to the community.

In our tests, we found that Truedialer’s database is a little outdated. For example, we tried a phone number which was used by a person over a year ago for a short while, and has been used by a different business for the last year. Yet, Truedialer identifies it with the person, not with the business.

Should You Install Truedialer?

Personally, I quite like the app for its simplicity and the added functionality it provides. I often return to my phone to see several missed calls, often from people I don’t know, so to see who they are before I call is a welcome change. The app also looks pretty good and the T9 dictionary as well as the swipe-to-message features work flawlessly, which is a nice bonus.

If you get several calls from unknown numbers and habitually like to return calls that are important, the Truedialer app is a good way to save yourself from calling back telemarketers and such.

Truedialer is also available for Windows Phone, but the interface is significantly different and it lacks some of the features of the Android version.

Download: Truedialer for Android (Free)

Truedialer for Windows Phone (Free)

What Do You Think Of Truedialer?

Apps like Truedialer raise an interesting question about privacy. Would you be willing to give out your own contacts to gain access to the world’s phone books? Where do you draw the line in privacy?

  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2015 at 12:20 am

    You would think that the White and Yellow Pages app people would create a dialer based on this.

    Also an obvious partial solution of this privacy problem for the Truedialer people would be to allow people to manually exclude any contacts they wanted to. And perhaps charge for the app. Additionally, they could perhaps do a deal with the White & Yellow Pages people & provide that data for an additional one time fee.

  2. Tamar
    December 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Ohad,
    Can you recommend a contacts app that actually reads Hebrew? My Gmail (on my PC) has Hebrew in the contacts list, but it always shows up as ?????????? in all the contacts lists/apps I have tried.

    ????, ???

    • ohad
      March 3, 2015 at 5:19 am

      Sorry tamar, but I'm not familiar with the problem you described.
      Maybe it's just a character encoding issue in your browser, try to switch encoding (to unicode or utf-8).
      Or, try another browser...

  3. ohad
    November 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

    The keyboard is built-in... its not my system keyboard.
    The built-in keyboard on truedialer is in English only, BUT all my contacts details are written in Hebrew. So i cant search for a contact, and that's a BIG deal-breaker for me, and probably for anyone who's native language isn't English.
    Otherwise, truedialer could be a very nice alternative to the default dialer.

    • Mihir Patkar
      November 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Ah, I didn't check about the languages in the keyboard. That's a great point!

    • Shy
      March 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Ohad,

      If you press the blank key on trudialer for 2 seconds or so you can select the language you like, including Hebrew. Myybe this is new.

    • ohad
      March 3, 2015 at 5:20 am

      Thank you, I'll check it again.

  4. hazem elsaiegh
    November 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    when typing numbers will reveal numbers from its database , that's really a big violation to privacy

    • Mihir Patkar
      November 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Agreed. Reason enough for you to not use it?

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