Truecaller with real-time Caller ID launches for Windows Phone 8.1

Truecaller, which allows smartphone owners to see who is calling them, has been available for Windows Phone owners for some time. Today, a new update for the app has been released specifically for Windows Phone 8.1 users that adds real-time Caller ID features.

Truecaller claims they have the first Windows Phone app that provides live Caller ID features. It states, "Now, when Truecaller users are using a 3G or WiFi connection, live Caller ID will identify numbers from all over the world, even if it is beyond what is written in the user's contact books. Not only will Truecaller show the names of incoming calls that are not in your phonebook, but it will also notify you if one of those calls is a spam call reported by the 85-million user Truecaller Community."

Truecaller worked in partnership with Microsoft to add this new feature in their app. The company quotes Mikael Stendahl, Head of Partner and Developer Relations at Microsoft, as saying:

"We are very happy to be able to support Truecaller in bringing this great functionality globally to Windows Phone for the first time. Our partnership goes back several years and we have seen that Truecaller is a very dedicated company focused on delivering a great service for its users."

Windows Phone Lumia users who update the Truecaller app to the new 4.2 version by October 30 will also get 30 days of free Premium access.

Please note that it does require Windows Phone 8.1 to work, and it may be just for Lumia devices as it also needs the Network+ update.

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295 Comments
  • I'll try this right away. It seems worth the try.
  • Yup me tooo
  • Whats the point of this app if you can just block numbers which is by the way the feature of the OS itself
  • It shows you who is calling. If you have never received a call from the number before you don't know whether or not it is spam. Could keep you from answering those annoying calls, and then you can block the number to avoid that number in the future.
  • I personally never answer a call from a number I don't recognize, if it's important they will leave a message.
  • @Stevied1991 I am the same way, but this could take the guesswork out of whether or not you know the caller. Sometimes people leave me a message and I call them right back. Could have saved time if I knew who they were and I answered it right away.
  • I never answer calls from numbers I don't recognize but that means I sometimes miss important calls. Not everyone leaves a message, sometimes they just want to try you again later. If this app works well, it will be easier to skip spam calls
  • I guess its not working. Its says to update network+ which is already updated. At least for me on L720 it's not working.
  • Me too....
  • +720
  • Same issue with mine... I'm on 3G wp8.1 with cyan network+ updated but live CALLER ID appears not to work
  • Me too having the same problem on Lumia 820
  • exact Same Problem with my lumia 525
  • Agree
  • As a comment, not really to convince anyone who has made up their mind, but something that is important isn't always viewed as such by callers and vice-versa.  Addtionally, voicemail... who checks that anymore??  I can't wait until transcription services are available via Cortana or other integrated service we opt-in (like Google Voice).  "If it is important, leave a message..", tell that to my bosses, or their bosses, or the emergency room, or police departments.  I should probably have their numbers added to my phone as I do my doctor's and also those of everyone near any family member or close friend.  Still, even my doctor's office and veternarian calls using different numbers.  One can't always document a number in their phone book.  This app is providing reverse look up PLUS what amounts to a spam filter real-time. 
  • Apples and Oranges dude. This app will give you detailed info in real time about the caller. How do you know if you want to block a number if you don't know who it is first?
  • I'm puzzled how it gets the data.. My home number is ex-directory(private). If the number isn't in yellow /white pages.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truecaller  
  • TY, RayWP7, for the link to the Wikipedia article. I am soooo not a fan of this app. My friends may not realize that when they sign up for TrueCaller, they're giving out MY information. "The service gains global coverage from its crowd-sourced data, which enables it to work even in countries such as the UK and India where public data is not available. It works like - If you have saved someone's cell no., lets say George, on your phone and you register on Truecaller, the people who have registered on Truecaller but haven't saved George's number can view his name as the way you saved it. The app is available in all countries." So it's not an invasion of my privacy, it's an invasion of my contacts' privacy. Nice.
  • Well ... if unidentified number calling you (those who don't exist in your contact list), how would you know that the caller is spammers, annoying telemarketers, etc that you don't want to deal with? This app is telling that by the report of other users. Imagine Waze but in telephone number information.
  • @Blade800 Few things: (1) The OS "itself" does not support blocking numbers, it is an API exposed for OEMs. Samsung and Nokia use it; HTC and other OEMs do not. So there is no call blocking on the HTC One. (2) As pointed out by others, this is not call blocking, but as the title indicated Caller ID to see who is calling from a number not in your contacts. Very big difference.
  • Okay okay, chill. Dont beat me over it. I personally have no problem answering the call and if it is someone annoying I just hang up and block the number. Didnt knew about the HTC so my bad. When I was writing it I wrote "feature of the phone" first but then I edited it. And I was actually right lol.
  • What are the premium features. How do we get.
  • Hi Bunty,   Thanks for your comment. When you're trying to "unlock" a phone number while searching on names, you will be asked to buy Premium. That is the only way for the time being, we are not pushing the Premium features as the feature "People you may know" is not included yet.   /Truecaller
  • Right.... I am amaze win phone ppl don't know much about applications and its functioning.
  • There is no call block in WP. It is a Nokia update only. Which is shame. I also would like to have an option to add wildcards in the phone numbers, when they use a phone central with several numbers to call you.
  • Samsung has call blocking and call ignoring, so definitely not a Nokia only feature.
  • Whatever. Both are different system apps, not built-in into WP but added by the manufacturer.
  • Would be useful for WP to have a global app, that has a spam list. That doesn't need to steal your private phone numbers.
  • Umm ok HTC 8x you can not block calls so this is good
  • Truecaller has this big database of phone numbers.. So u get the name of the person who is calling you even if he/she is not in your contacts.
  • I used to think the feature would never come.. But finally!! Thanks TC.. I ll give you a 5 star rating right away.
  • Hi there, Thanks for the amazing feedback. We appreciate all the love! /Kamran from Truecaller
  • why Truecaller removed from wp 7.8 marketplace?
  • Hey kamaran,   the Caller ID feature is not working it asks to update Network+ but its already updated Any thoughts??
  • For those who wander this is great for small restaurants and businesses in general.
  • Yahoo.....I've been badly waiting fr this updte.....
  • All the ratings for that app look like ass.
  • That's because they were all written before this feature came out. Before this update, the app didn't do much at all. It allowed you to look up a number that keeps calling you, but only after the fact. Kinda useless.
  • Mostly because it only did caller ID stuff after the call, which makes it a gimped app. People had expectations, they were not met, so they left bad reviews, which is a bit unfair. It's not Truecaller's fault as real-time Caller ID required deeper access to the OS, which is what Microsoft gave them--hence the "partnership". This is also why you need the Network+ update from last week. Try this new version, which is just for 8.1 devices, and see if it works.
  • I saw the ratings about two weeks ago and skipped the app. This information sheds new light on the problem, thanks
  • Ditto! I will try it now! Thank you Daniel for pointing this out! Thank you John for the article too
  • @Daniel Rubino: Exactly. I use it so often for unknown numbers. But, as others stated, I could use it after the call itself. Now, this app is on par with Android.
  • Hi Daniel,   Thanks for briefing everyone about how Truecaller works, we appreciate it! /Kamran from Truecaller
  • As I have anyway mentioned in one of my mail, this comments section contains the problem faced in turning on the caller id.
  • Live caller ID isn't supported on HTC 8X w/ dev preview :'(
  • It's cause it didn't have live caller ID.. People were annoyed that android had it and WP didn't.
  • I'll try it... ;-)
  • My caller id aint getting active on 720 :/
  • Reinstall the app. And it only works with 3g or wifi and not 2g.
  • what about 4G?
  • 4G too
  • You are not alone bro..
  • Hey..!! Install the app directly on phone memory and not SD card (like I had, uninstall the app change it from storage sense for apps installation on phone do not transfer the app, directly install it from app store on phone memory it will work :)
  • I already installed and tested with my Lumia 1520 (Preview for Developers)... Running flawless!
  • YAY
  • Great!!
  • No dice for a Nokia Lumia Icon running developer preview + Black firmware.
  • Did you update network+? Because according to the article, you need that as well.
  • Maybe Cyan also..
  • I tried dat its up to date and still my caller id aint getting on , on my 720:/
  • Same problem here. Needs cyan apparently.
  • Hey man.! Install the app on phone memory after uninstalling it from ur SD card .! It will work do not transfer the app but directly install it from store
  • My apps installed directly to memory by default, this did not change the fact it's not working for my with Dev Preview on my 1520.
  • Hi there, Truecaller requires the latest Cyan version, Network+ and WP 8,1. If you have any more problem or wants specific links to the webpage to upgrade then please contact our support@truecaller.com   /Kamran
  • Hey,how to get the 30 day free premium trial?
  • Well, officially confirmed by truecaller. It needs Cyan.
  • The app still does nothing, I have all 3 updated an running.
  • Just got confirmation from the manufacture that it's not working on the developer preview editions.
  • feel not like as good as it sounds, but will try.
  • I hope this works.  Although I really don't understand why the carriers don't inslude this info as the call comes in.  If they can do it for landlines, why not to a cell?
  • Not compatible with my firmware.  Thanks T-Mobile for NOT updating my 925 to cyan, you're the best. (sar) 
  • Great
  • Awesome
  • Why is this an app? Surely MSFT can bake this into the OS?
  • Surely you are mistaken ;) Caller ID lookup is akin to a service, not a one-off thing you write. It requires access to databases around the world for the relevant information. This is more like Songza/Spotify for Music, as opposed to just an MP3 player.
  • MSFT have no difficulty updating Cortana, she's both baked in and updated via the cloud.
  • You are bascially telling Microsoft to get into the phone database business, creating a new division in the company, replicating services already available, and hiring a new team to create and manage. I really think you are glossing over what is involved here. Companies to do not have bottomless pits of money to just endlessly create departments and divisions for apps or services with niche audiences.
  • They can integrate truecaller in the OS itself. It would be good.
  • Maybe a purchase of the company itself and rolling it into skype maybe but it's kind of crazy to expect MS to go through this much trouble for a small feature like this.
  • Was about to tip you guys when I saw this. Its rating won't go below 4 now.
  • doesn't work without Cyan update. unlucky having a Verizon phone.. :(
  • Or T-Mobile, my poor 521 suffering here. :c
  • At least you don't have an 810...
  • Yep - shit out of luck with the icon from Verizon. They suck balls
  • Amen to that
  • Unfortunately true caller is blocked by SA government
  • Cus they got them rich oil fegs. xD
  • Your firmware do not support caller id on Lumia 530 with 8.1 update 1
  • Mine too. HTC One M8
  • MY HTC 8X says the same thing.
  • It's only for Lumia devices
  • Only for Lumia devices?? Completely wrong. The app is not called "Lumia Truecaller". It needs Cyan/official WP 8.1 to work.
  • I have the cyan update and the updated network+ app. It's still not letting me turn on caller id. Any ideas why?
  • I have the same problem....
  • Move the app to phone memory it works for me...
  • Not working
  • It was already in phone memory
  • Same here..
  • Uninstalling the app and then installing the app directly to the phone did the trick. Caller id is now working.
  • Real time caller ID does not work with the developer preview version. 
  • Works for me. WP 8.1 Update 1 with Cyan.
  • Yep me to came to know that the caller id works when installed on phone memory and not SD card .!
  • Does your phone operate on the preview for developers ?
  • It's wierd cause while i was installing the new update, it showed that this feature won't work with my phone's firmware version. It's working fine with other devices running Cyan 
  • Cyan is needed.
  • A pointless app. A proper "Whitelist" which only allowed calls from certain numbers would surely be better offering and something that is missing from WP. I have sent Microsoft this request before. At the moment we can only block unknown numbers after they have called and Cortanas quiet option is too restrictive. I should be able to block all calls that aren't in my phonebook automatically like I could on Android. I don't care if this app can tell me which spamy company is ringing me. If I can block it automatically then its not an issue. My bank etc is already in my phonebook and if its anything important they will write anyway. Come on Microsoft/developers give us this feature already.
  • Can you not add your entire phonebook as your inner circle and then keep quiet hours on always?
  • It's sort of an emergency workaround but means having the Cortana Moon Icon thing running at the Top status bar at all times as well as turning off Notifications. I'd prefer a simpler "block all unknown calls" in the OS with a divert to voicemail option.
  • Looks like MSFT won't be offering the feature you requested.
    I too miss being able to block numbers when I was using Android.
  • I think (hope) at some point Microsoft may offer this feature. When I filled in the feedback online there were lots of other threads requesting a "Whitelist" block everything else option. It's also good for parents to block any unknown callers to their family devices to stop things like bullying etc. The option I used to use on Android was a 3rd party app not sure if this developer could make something similar but if so they could sure earn some dollar from it.
  • The app also provides more infromation during an incoming call - that's not pointless.
  • True, not "completely" pointless but I think there efforts would have been better spent on a true safe list option. This app can never be accurate and lots of sales/spam/debt companies withhold there numbers anyway or use pools of digital numbers everyday to random call. Also, this App could get you into trouble. Identifying the true caller on your screen rather than just a random number could be embarrassing in some situations. Imagine your phone flashing up at a family restaurant that the Alcohol Anonymous New York is ringing back or the Las Vegas Strip Club? Haha
  • If an app isn't what you're looking for, then don't install it. I get calls from around the country that are not in my contact list that I need to take, as they may be a new customer. However, I'd like to know if the number calling has been reported by others as a spammer. I love this idea. Just got the app to work by moving it from SD to the Phone memory. Now working on my Lumia 520 with 8.1 and Cyan.
  • "Block All Unknown Calls" will be great!
  • Calling this app "pointless" makes everything else you posted irrelevant. Just because you don't see the use in something, doesn't mean it is useless. I would far prefer the features of this app over a blanket white list... though I can see the usage scenarios for both. Get over yourself.
  • there is no update for Network+, Truecaller is asking again and again to enable caller id, not working at the moment
  • Move the app to phone memory...
  • Thanks! Good tip!
  • Not working still
  • Thanks for the help.
  • its working! thanks
  • Dont move install the app fromstore after changing storing option to phone memory it will work then too..!
  • in my phone true caller is already in phone memory.....bt not working ....
  • Needs Cyan, thanks Verizon for continuing your quest to stuck as much as possible.
  • Some of us are still waiting for Black, you know...
  • nevermind :)
  • Difference between Premium and Free one is......
  • For those of you who, like me, are on a T-mobile Lumia 810 and therefore suffer from not yet having received the Black (no less the Cyan or Denim) update, it is worth pointing out that Truecaller doesn't work on the Black firmware... Sucks.
  • I don't suppose Microsoft has any plans to release Cyan to the Preview users on TMoUS anytime soon...
  • It's been known for a long time that the Lumia 810 will not received any more updates.
  • At least you know you won't get any more updates. Wish Verizon would tell us one way or the other.
  • Well, it has EOL'd at T-Mo, but that doesn't mean Microsoft has stopped supporting it (nor what was formerly known as NOKIA). Also, my 810 is on Dev Preview...
  • Nice enhancement to the OS and great to see Microsoft working to add useful features.
  • So does this mean they brought back the option to just use the address book like in the good ole days of wm6.x(instead of subscribing to a caller id package from service provider)
  • Not working on nokia lumia 1520 too neither on wifi nor on 3g
  • Amazing update. Btw for those this feature is not working, try moving the app to Phone storage from SD Card. It will work.
  • No its still not working! Any other tips??
  • Uninstall the app..change the setting to install mew apps in phone memory..then reinstall truecaller app
  • have you updated the network+ application. and it will require an restart of phone :)
  • How much will Premium access cost after the first 30 days?
  • .0.99 US dollar a month
  • Well I don't bother taking a call unless it's from a known contact or repeated calls from the same unknown number... But sure what's the harm in trying it out
  • Somebody tell me what are the premium features.
  • A big "tack så hemskt mycket" to the TrueCaller team who never gave up on us WP users. This feat is long awaited. It's here and its all because of a company that actually cares about its user. From the bottom of my heart, its been a long ride, thnx for sticking with us.
  • I'm all over this. Not only is it a great tool, but the developer is responsive and a cool guy. All the "pointless" critics need to try stuff before dismissing others work.
  • Finally!
  • Working like charm!
  • Finally......:)
  • caller id feature is not turning on when i try to turn it on it asks me for confirmation when press ok it get turn off automatically
  • Try moving the app to phone memory.. It ll work..
  • Can anyone check the date of the update of Network+. Because mine is 10.09.2014  and truecaller is not working. i mean i installed it but nothing happens when someone calls me. its just the wp
  • Whats premium update
  • What does Premium access bring you and how much does it cost? I'm guessing it is a monthly fee?
  • Don't see that option.
  • L925 dev preview. Firmware not accepted. Da fuq? I blame TMO bitches
  • Only works with Lumia Cyan. Does not work with Ativ SE
  • Finally incoming caller id
  • App is still fked up. Not working with update 8.1 cyan.
  • Not Working... Ni update available for network+
  • just installed. Hopefully it ID's business and other useful calls that i might somtimes send to voiceail not recognizing the #.  I get some spam calls and many without caller ID (no names) and this can help especially when i don't want to limit my "contacts" to people i call regularly.
  • cool now watsapp update.
  • "Your phone firmware version does not support caller ID." Great, another feature I am forever denied on my 810. Thanks, T-Mobile.
  • Lol. Carriers killing windows and Microsoft watching like a fool. When is this gonna change, I wonder.