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Truecaller latest update for iOS 11 lets you filter junk SMS

Enabling SMS filtering for Truecaller makes your verification codes from banks vulnerable.

  • Published: September 27, 2017 4:00 PM IST
Truecaller iOS 11 SMS filter

Truecaller has rolled out a new update for iOS 11. With the latest update, Truecaller has integrated SMS filtering on the iMessage app. You can now filter junk SMS and MMS on your iOS 11 devices with Truecaller. The update is available for download on App Store, and will be valid only for iPhones updated to iOS 11.

This feature will be disasbled by default, and you will need to enable it by following these simple steps. Under the Settings menu, and open Messages. After this tap on Unknown & Spam which will be found under Message Filtering. Just below the iMessage Filtering option, you will see SMS Filtering for Truecaller. You can simply toggle on to activate the feature. However, note that in doing so you are directly providing you SMS details to Truecaller.

Truecaller iOS 11 update

Before turning this feature on, Truecaller itself shows a disclaimer about the fine print. The text on the popup window reads, “Enabling this SMS spam filter allows your device to send to the developer of this filter all the text, content and sender information included in incoming SMS and MMS messages that you receive from senders who are not in your Contacts, These messages may include verification codes from banks of other institutions as well as other personal or sensitive information that may be in SMS and MMS messages.”

This would particularly apply for online payments where a One Time Password (OTP) is required. The OTP can be received by SMS only, and the sender is not registered on your contacts. Considering Truecaller already has a disclaimer, it is advised that you are aware of it before activating the feature. Truecaller will filter the junk SMSs and MMSs, but won’t delete it. On your iMessage app, a separate folder will be created called ‘SMS Junk’, and it will be visible on top of the app. iOS 11 already allows you to manually hide unwanted alerts on iMessage, but Truecaller will automatically filter out junk SMS. ALSO READ: Truecaller integrates ‘Request Money’ feature in its UPI-based payments system

  • Published Date: September 27, 2017 4:00 PM IST