Truecaller is a simple app that started out as a means to identify unknown numbers and block spam calls, but has bloomed into a smarter phone-book; replacing the need to save phone numbers for some.
The caller ID feature, which is the coolest thing about the app till date, has become a bother (to some), thanks to the way in which it collects numbers. If I installed the app for instance, all my contacts (and the names I have saved them as) are uploaded on their database and cross-referenced with the over 1.6 billion numbers which they have on their database. The new ones not on their database get uploaded and saved. What that means is that if I had saved your name as “John BigHead,” and I was the first one to get your number on their database, you’re stuck with that name.
There is also the bigger issue of privacy, giving (almost) public access to your name with just your phone number, is a loophole that can be exploited to great length.
All that considered, if you decide to take your number off the service, you can, but you should note that your number is blacklisted for life, meaning, you won’t be able to get it back on the database. If that’s not an issue, first delete your account using the following process:
- Android/iPhone: Open the app, go to – Me> Settings > About Truecaller > Deactivate account.
- Windows Phone: Open the app and press on the ’3-dot menu’ at the bottom right corner > Settings > Help > Deactivate account.
After that, hit this link to unlist your number.