10 Things You Can Do While Talking on Your iPhone

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Just because you’re in the middle of a phone call, it doesn’t mean you can’t multi-task and use your device for other purposes at the same time. If you want to know what you can do on your iPhone while talking, keep reading. We’re going to find out. 1. Start a Second Call ? Whilst on a call to my Mum on my iPhone SE, managed, with my ear to put her on hold, select Apple support and dial the number. Trouble is that it was a US number and cost me £1.25 for 6 seconds. Then managed to phone…

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Just because you’re in the middle of a phone call, it doesn’t mean you can’t multi-task and use your device for other purposes at the same time.

If you want to know what you can do on your iPhone while talking, keep reading. We’re going to find out.

1. Start a Second Call

It’s not the 1990s anymore. These days, you can start a simultaneous second call and jump between the two with a tap of the button.

Joking aside, this has practical benefits. For example, you can keep your place in a hold queue, or call a colleague to check specific details during a business call.

To start a second call while talking on your phone, tap on Add Call from the in-call menu. You can either select one of your contacts, or tap the Keypad tab to enter a number manually.

2. Switch to FaceTime

To switch to FaceTime, tap the FaceTime icon on the in-call menu.

If the person you are talking to is a fellow iOS user, you can convert your phone call into a FaceTime call. FaceTime lets you see each other on the screen and introduces additional features such as Memoji, Live Photos, and incoming call alerts.

3. Make Conference Calls

Surprisingly few people are aware of this trick. Your iPhone offers an easy way to create conference calls for up to five people. To begin, follow the same steps as detailed above for starting a second call (press the Add Call button).

Once the receiving party has accepted your call and you’ve established a connection, the on-screen in-call menu on your iPhone will change and reveal a couple of new options.

Tap on the Merge Call button, and the two phone calls will connect on a single line. To add more participants, repeat the Add Call > Merge Call process.

If one member of the conference call hangs up (including you), the other callers will stay connected.

4. Put the Phone on Speaker

This is an obvious one, but for the sake of completeness, we’ll mention it.

To put your iPhone on speakerphone, tap on the Speaker button on the in-call menu. The call audio will then play through your device’s speakers instead of the earpiece.

5. Browse Your Contacts

We’ve all been there. You’re chatting with someone on the phone when they ask if you’ve got the number of a friend, business contact, or colleague.

It’s easy to search your contact list while you’re in a call on iOS. You don’t even need to return to the home screen first. Instead, there is a dedicated Contacts button on the in-call menu.

Using this method (rather than accessing your contact list through the Add Call button) means you won’t accidentally end up making a second call while you’re searching for information.

6. Respond With Instant SMS

Phones have a habit of ringing at the most inopportune moments. Whether you’re about to start driving or standing up to give a big presentation, there are times when you need to speak to the caller, but you’re unavailable at the precise moment.

One way to acknowledge the caller without getting bogged down in a lengthy chat or instant messaging thread is to send an automatic SMS to the person.

To send a message, tap on the Message button while the phone is ringing. There are three pre-written options: Sorry, I can’t talk right now, I’m on my way, and Can I call you later?. You can also enter a custom message by tapping on the appropriate option.

You can overwrite the three default options by going to Settings > Phone > Respond with Text and entering your desired phrases.

7. Mute the Call

This is another obvious one, but the ability to mute a call is vital. You can use it if you need to chat privately with someone in person while you’re on a call, or if you’re in a conference call and there’s too much distracting background noise.

To mute a call on iOS, tap on the Mute button from the on-screen in-call menu.

8. Set a Call Reminder

There’s a second option available to you while the phone is ringing—you can set a reminder for yourself. It’s another feature that’s useful in situations where you can’t answer and don’t want to forget to return the call later.

Two reminders are available. The first will automatically remind you about the missed call in one hour. The second will trigger a reminder when it detects you have left your present location.

The second is more useful if you’re stuck in conferences and meeting rooms. If you’re driving, cooking, showering, or performing some other short-term task, use the time-based reminder.

For the location reminder to work, you need to ensure that the Reminders app is allowed to access your location. To enable the feature, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and set Reminders to While Using the App.

9. Play a Game

Let’s wrap up with two fun tricks you might not think of. After all, everything on your phone is available if you return to the home screen.

If you have an iPhone 8 or earlier, tap the Home button to return to the iOS home screen. For users of an iPhone X or later, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Now you can entertain yourself while you wait for the hold queue to get smaller or for the other person to stop talking. Just open your favorite game in the usual way, and it will work.

10. Listen to a Video or Podcast

Did you know that your iPhone can play audio from both your call and apps like YouTube simultaneously? The call will not mute while you play other audio.

This means that you can watch a video, listen to music, or play a podcast while also keeping an ear on the conversation. Return to the home screen using the instructions detailed above, then open your app of choice.

More Useful iPhone Tips for You

The in-call options on an iPhone are diverse. They allow you to perform any number of tasks to keep your day moving in the right direction.

If you would like to learn about more cool iPhone tips, check out our lists of essential tricks for Safari and handy tips for using the iPhone keyboard.

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How to Record a Phone Call on an iPhone

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As you may know, there’s no built-in way to record phone calls using your iPhone. As a result of country and state-specific laws, Apple doesn’t make it particularly easy to record a phone call. However, it’s not impossible. You can record iPhone phone calls using some workarounds. If you’re going to use any of these methods, make sure you notify the person on the other end of the call that they’re being recorded. Provided they know and consent, there’s little chance of landing yourself in hot water. Use Speaker Mode and Record Using Another Device This is probably the quickest,…

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As you may know, there’s no built-in way to record phone calls using your iPhone. As a result of country and state-specific laws, Apple doesn’t make it particularly easy to record a phone call.

However, it’s not impossible. You can record iPhone phone calls using some workarounds.

If you’re going to use any of these methods, make sure you notify the person on the other end of the call that they’re being recorded. Provided they know and consent, there’s little chance of landing yourself in hot water.

Use Speaker Mode and Record Using Another Device

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This is probably the quickest, easiest, and “dirtiest” way of recording a phone call from your iPhone. You’ll need another device with a microphone that can record (like an iPad, computer, or portable recording device) to make it work. Check out our microphone recommendations if you don’t have anything else for this.

Provided you’re in a quiet environment and can use your iPhone’s speakerphone, it couldn’t be simpler to pull off:

  1. Call your contact and tap on the Speaker icon. If you have Bluetooth headphones connected, you’ll need to select the iPhone speaker from the list.
  2. Notify the other party that you’ll be recording the conversation. On your external recorder, start recording.
  3. Place the phone close enough to the microphone so that when you speak, it picks up your voice clearly too.
  4. Save the recording when your phone call is finished.

On an iOS device, you can record the call using Apple’s Voice Memos app. On a Mac or PC, we’d recommend free audio editing and recording workhorse Audacity.

Record Incoming iPhone Calls Using Google Voice

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Google Voice is a free voicemail and calling service available in the US and Canada. It provides you with a free US phone number, voicemail inbox, and the ability to make calls both domestically (free) and internationally (as per Google’s rates).

Use of Google Voice requires the Google Voice app, which is available for the web, plus Android and iOS devices. One perk of the app is its ability to allow you to record phone calls. Before you can do this, you’ll need to take some time setting up the service:

  1. Download the Google Voice app for iPhone, open it, and sign in using your Google account.
  2. Tap Search and select the phone number you want to associate with your Google Voice account.
  3. Confirm your number, then hit Next until you’re asked to enter your phone number.
  4. Enter your iPhone’s phone number, confirm, then wait for a verification code.
  5. Verify your new Google Voice account using the code you just received.

There’s one final step you need to complete before you can record calls. Log into the Google Voice website using your Google account. Now click on the three-dot icon on the left-hand side of the page, and select Settings. Under Calls, enable Incoming call options.

Now when you receive a phone call via your Google Voice account, you’ll be able to press the 4 key on your iPhone to start recording the conversation. When you do this, Google will notify the other party that they are being recorded. You’ll find your recording in your Google Voice inbox, where you can download it for safekeeping.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to record an outgoing phone call using Google Voice.

Use a Third-Party Service to Record Messages

There are all manner of third party iPhone call recorders available. These services are not free, and either charge a flat rate for unlimited use or a per-minute rate using credit. These generally all work using the same method:

  1. First download and launch your chosen call recorder app on your iPhone.
  2. Start calling a contact or other number you wish to record.
  3. The app will place your call using the provider’s servers, which also records the conversation.
  4. You can then download the recording from the server once the call has completed.

There are a few issues with this method. The first is that caller ID won’t match your number for the person you’re calling. They probably won’t know who you are—or worse, will get an Unknown Number depending on where you live, and who you’re calling.

The other is the obvious security issue of having a service record your calls for you. If the subject of your calls is sensitive in nature, you’re best off avoiding this method. If you’re simply recording calls so you can refer back to something later, this is less of a concern.

Record a Phone Call Using Your Voicemail

This final method depends largely on your carrier for whether it works and precisely how useful it is. First you need to check whether your carrier allows you to download your voicemail messages (a feature introduced in iOS 9).

Launch the Phone app on your iPhone and tap on the Voicemail tab in the bottom-right corner. If you see a list of voicemail messages appear, that’s great! You can download them and keep them on your device, so this method has some use to you.

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If you only see a Call Voicemail option, bad luck. You can still try this method, but your recording will be stuck in your carrier’s voicemail inbox. You’ll need to find another way to save it externally, perhaps using the speakerphone method we discussed above.

To go ahead with this method, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Call your contact and notify them you want to record the call. Ask them to hold the line for a second.
  2. On your iPhone, tap the Add Call button to start a three-way conversation.
  3. Call your own phone number. If it goes well, you should get straight to your own voicemail inbox.
  4. Wait for the voicemail greeting to finish, then tap Merge Calls to start the conference.

Your conversation should record as a message you can retrieve from your voicemail inbox. If you’re able to see your individual voicemail messages under the Phone app, you can download the call for safekeeping.

My cheap Australian carrier wouldn’t let me record using the three-way voicemail trick, nor did I have any way of downloading the message. Your mileage may vary, but if it works, it’s a free voice recorder—so it’s worth remembering!

Which Call Recording Method Works for You?

The two most reliable ways of recording a phone call on your iPhone are using the speakerphone method, or paying for a third-party service to record the call for you. In either case, you should always make sure you notify the other party that you are recording them to stay on the right side of the law.

Got an Android phone? Recording a phone call on Android isn’t quite such an ordeal, but it still has its quirks. If you have both devices, you might want to go with Google on this one.

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6 Amazing Truecaller Features You Need to Use Regularly

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Whether you’re on Android or iOS, Truecaller is an app you need to have on your phone. Its many features make it the best contacts and dialer app on Android today. In fact, it’s so filled with features that you might not be using some of the best ones. What Is Truecaller? In case you are new to it, here’s a brief introduction to Truecaller. At its core, this is an app that identifies who is calling you. Such caller identification is useful to thwart telemarketers, spam calls, and fraudsters. In Truecaller’s case, the color of the incoming call’s contact…

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Whether you’re on Android or iOS, Truecaller is an app you need to have on your phone. Its many features make it the best contacts and dialer app on Android today. In fact, it’s so filled with features that you might not be using some of the best ones.

What Is Truecaller?

In case you are new to it, here’s a brief introduction to Truecaller. At its core, this is an app that identifies who is calling you. Such caller identification is useful to thwart telemarketers, spam calls, and fraudsters.

In Truecaller’s case, the color of the incoming call’s contact tells you whether it’s spam or not. A blue contact card usually means it’s safe, while a red contact card means you shouldn’t pick up.

Truecaller figures out who’s calling by using phone books of users and user input. This is a privacy issue, which we’ll discuss later. But for the base purpose of identifying callers you don’t have in your contact list, Truecaller is the best.

The app has gone beyond that, however, and added several features that make it even better.

Download: Truecaller for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

1. Record Phone Calls

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Truecaller recently introduced call recording for all Android users, and it is the smoothest call recording app I’ve used. If Truecaller is your contacts app anyway, it will feel seamless.

You can choose to record select calls manually, or record all of them automatically. Don’t worry about the space needed; Truecaller will upload these recordings to your Google Drive account during the regular backup.

If you’re recording manually, it’s as simple as flipping a switch before or during your call. Truecaller is one of the few apps that gives you the option to record either before you pick up or while you’re already on the call. This can help circumvent some of the legal questions about recording calls.

Truecaller’s call recording is currently available only on Android. The free version has a 14-day trial, but you will need to upgrade to the paid version for unlimited access. You’ll have to install an additional app to record calls on iPhones.

2. Back Up Your Contacts and Call Lists

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We’ve said it many times: you need to set up automatic backups on your phone. In case it’s lost, stolen, or broken, you won’t lose your data. Truecaller now has its own backup feature to store everything about your contact book.

The app backs up contacts, call history, call logs, block list, and settings preferences. All of this is stored on your Google Drive account.

To restore it, install Truecaller on a new phone, go to Menu > Settings > Backup and sign in with your Google Drive account. You’ll be prompted to restore your file, and Truecaller will retrieve all your details.

Please note that even though Truecaller has integrated the Truemessenger SMS app, it doesn’t back up text messages. You’ll need to use something else to back up and recover SMS on Android.

3. Integrate With Other Apps

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Truecaller isn’t about making you use only Truecaller features. It also acts as a gateway to other apps.

For example, open any contact and scroll down. You’ll find their WhatsApp profiles ready to tap so you can start a conversation with them on WhatsApp instead of text message.

As the above two features suggest, Truecaller is best when used with a Google account. Google Drive is handy for all your backup and storage needs, but Truecaller has also integrated Google Duo.

If you and your contact both use Google Duo for video calls, you can start a video call directly from Truecaller. It’ll take you to the Google Duo app, of course. But hey, it works on both Android and iOS, so you can use it across platforms.

4. Look Up Numbers With Your Camera

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One of the coolest unheralded features of Truecaller is its camera lookup. When you come across any number, whether on a piece of paper or a giant sign somewhere, go to Truecaller > Menu > Scan a Number.

It’ll activate the camera in a tiny window in the menu. Point the camera at the number, and in a jiffy, Truecaller will show you the contact details.

You can normally use the app to check any number, not just incoming ones. But you need to type out that number and call it for Truecaller to search for it. The camera lookup is a much easier way to do that.

5. Green Dot, Red Dot, and “Call Me Back”

This is the simplest feature of Truecaller, but perhaps the most useful addition. Each Truecaller user gets to set a status, triggered automatically. Green means they are available, while red means they are on a call.

When you try to call someone who is already on a call, Truecaller will give you a prompt. You can choose to call anyway, or send them a “Call Me Back” request. When that person hangs up their call, Truecaller will send them a push notification with your request.

It’s a simple and efficient solution to a problem that has plagued us for years. It gets rid of the “Hey, was trying to call you, let me know when you can talk” text messages.

6. Get Truecaller Pro for Free

Most people are happy to use the free version of Truecaller, but if you use the app regularly, the Pro version is worth paying for. Heck, you don’t even need to pay for it—there’s a clever little loophole to get it for free.

Truecaller has an in-app referral program. Send an invitation to a friend who doesn’t have Truecaller. When they install it, both you and the friend get Truecaller Pro free for a week. The more friends you add, the longer you can get the benefits of the Pro without having to pay anything.

As already stated, Truecaller Pro gives you unlimited call recording. You also get the “who viewed my profile” feature, which is frankly pointless. Additionally, it removes ads from Truecaller. Ads can drain your battery and your data, so avoiding those adds value. Truecaller Pro also gives you 30 contact requests per month.

Check out the feature breakdown of Truecaller Free vs. Pro if you need help deciding.

Privacy: How to Unlist Your Number on Truecaller

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Truecaller often gets called out for being a privacy nightmare. And that’s true to an extent. The app’s privacy policy is crazy and unrealistic, as pointed out by Fat Security. Even upgrading to the Pro version doesn’t let you escape those violations.

The only option to get out of Truecaller’s all-seeing gaze is to deactivate your account, uninstall the app, and then unlist yourself from the site.

Here’s how to unlist your number on Truecaller:

  1. If you’ve installed Truecaller at any time, then start the app and go to Menu > Settings > Privacy Center > Deactivate.
  2. After deactivation, uninstall the app from your phone.
  3. Go to the Truecaller unlisting page, choose your country, and type in your phone number with the country code. You can look up your country code on Google if you don’t know it. But make sure to do so, because it won’t work without the country code. Then click Unlist phone number and you’re done.

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That said, Truecaller isn’t the only app with such privacy violations. You’ll find a different version of privacy attack on every caller ID app.

Other Android Apps to Make Your Life Easier

Truecaller reduces daily annoyances like spam calls, and simplifies a lot of the tasks you need to do on a regular basis. It’s an app that exemplifies what good technology is all about: getting out of the way to let you do your work. If you like it, you will also love other Android apps to make your life easier.

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