Truecaller adds backup functions to Android smartphones

Truecaller reaches milestone
Truecaller reaches milestone.
Truecaller adds backup functions for Android users.
Truecaller adds backup functions for Android users.

On January 15, 2018, Truecaller announced the launch of Truecaller Backup for Android, a new feature which allows users to backup and restore their contacts, call history, block list and settings to Google Drive.

According to the firm, every day, thousands of people are switching to a new phone, getting a new SIM card, resetting their device or in general having to start their journey anew. This inevitably leads to lost contacts, blank call logs and lost data.

As stated by the company, Truecaller Backup has been one of the most highly requested features by its users worldwide and will simplify a user’s transition to a new phone or SIM card by securely backing-up their contacts and settings, stored on your Google Drive, providing a holistic solution, according to the company.

Users will be able to customise the frequency of a backup between daily, weekly, monthly and on demand. The upgrade enables the recovery of any lost data from Google Drive which Truecaller can restore to its last saved state. This is according to the company.

Truecaller Contacts now lets a user even search for contacts whose details they haven’t saved but have previously communicated with. The Truecaller Contacts view contains all the contacts a user has liaised with on call or text. This makes it easier for users to recall and communicate with temporary contacts without saving them in their phonebook, keeping it compact and efficient.

Initially, the backup file will only be available for Google Drive users, but the plan is to expand the options to other backup storage in a near future. If you don’t already have a Google Drive account you’ll be prompted to create one.

Late last year Truecaller announced that it will be making Africa a key priority region and increasing its presence on the continent. The company will be setting up headquarters in the region and scouting for key personnel for its operations.

According to the company, more than 250-million people around the world are using apps such as Truecaller to see caller IDs and know who’s calling, even if the number is not stored in their phonebook. This app also enables users to block calls as well as SMS and report spam callers and messages, allowing the larger community of users to avoid the spammers too.

Edited by Dean Workman
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