While apps like Truecaller are useful in blocking spam calls and identifying unknown numbers, they also put your privacy at risk by listing your number on their database. For some people, this may not be the ideal tradeoff. If you use a landline phone, your home address may also be visible on such apps. Luckily, there are a few ways of fixing this. In this article, we bring you the best methods to block your number and hide your caller ID on apps like Truecaller.
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Remove your number from Truecaller
In order to remove your phone number from the Truecaller database, you will need to deactivate your account first. You cannot use Truecaller without your number being listed on their database. Here’s how you can deactivate your profile and unlist your number on Truecaller.
Step 1: Open the Truecaller app and tap the ellipses (three dots) at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select Settings and go to Privacy Center.
Step 3: Scroll down and select Deactivate.
Step 4: Go to https://www.truecaller.com/unlisting.
Step 5: Enter your number and click on ‘Unlist.’
Your number will be removed from Truecaller within 24 hours.
Hide your Caller ID on Android
You can also hide your Caller ID on an Android smartphone while calling other numbers. Here’s how you can do it on an Android smartphone.
Step 1: Open the Phone app on your smartphone and tap the ellipses (three dots) at the top right corner of the screen. Select Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and select Supplementary Services.
Step 3: Tap on ‘Show your caller ID’ and select Never.
Hide your Caller ID on an iPhone
Here’s how you can hide your caller ID on an iPhone.
Step 1: Open Settings and select Phone.
Step 2: Select ‘Show my caller ID’ and turn the toggle bar off.
Hide your Caller ID before making a call
If you live in the US, you can hide your caller ID for an individual call without changing the call settings on your phone. In order to do this, type *67 before the number you’re going to call. For example, if you’re going to call the number ‘1234567’, type ‘*671234567’ to hide your caller ID from that number. In UK and Ireland, you can do the same by typing 141 before any number.
Ask your network service provider for added services
Some network service providers let you hide your caller ID at an additional cost. Dial the customer support helpline number of your network provider and see if they provide the service. The price to activate this service varies across different networks.
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These are the best methods to block your number and hide your caller ID on apps like Truecaller. If you want to retain your anonymity without hiding your caller ID, you can use apps like Google Voice and Hushed to set up a virtual number which can also be used as a ‘burner’ number. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments!
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