Android FAQ

Android FAQ

Getting Started

The fail-safe: Consider the fail-safe the app version of calling IT Support and them asking if you restarted your computer.

However, it’s important to note that when you uninstall the app, you will lose the numbers in your blocklist if you have not yet signed in with your Google or Facebook account. 

  • Uninstall Hiya
  • Restart your device
  • Reinstall Hiya

Caller ID

If your number is incorrectly labeled as spam, or you notice that wrong information is shown or missing from your own number or someone else’s or, if you would like to remove your information from our services altogether, please click here and we can help you.

Hiya’s database ingests billions of records every month from a variety of public sources to provide you the most accurate, up-to-date information on incoming callers. If a number isn’t available today, it might be tomorrow because we’re constantly adding more information. Hiya works to identify as many telephone numbers as possible – but some information may not be available. Unfortunately, while we wish we could, we cannot identify all numbers.

Open the sliding Navigation Drawer in the upper left, select “Call Settings” then uncheck “Identify outgoing calls”.

You have the ability to reduce the alert, hide it or move it to a different area of your screen. To move the alert, tap it and drag it up or down to the area of the screen that you want it to appear. To hide it altogether, slide the Navigation menu, select “Call Settings” and uncheck “Identify incoming calls”.

Make sure Caller ID is turned on within the app's settings. Open the sliding Navigation Menu, tap “Call Settings“ then verify that the boxes are checked for “Identify incoming calls” and “Identify outgoing calls.” If a number is still unidentified, it might not yet be in our database. The Hiya database is growing on a daily basis. If a number isn't identified today, it might be tomorrow.

Call Blocking

There are two ways to block a number:

  • When viewing the contact page, tap the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner and select "Block".
  • Open the sliding Navigation Menu in the upper left. Select "Call Blocking" and hit the plus sign in lower right corner. Enter in the phone number and select "Block".

After you receive a call it should show in the Hiya call log.  You can then tap on the entry in the log and then tap on "Report."  Tap on the type of call it was and then you have the option to leave a comment.  

 

For older versions of Android we used to be able to block numbers from going to voicemail. However, on recent versions of Android, all call management apps (like Hiya) are prevented from hanging up on blocked calls (but you can still send blocked numbers straight to voicemail). If/when Google lifts this limitation, we will gladly make it available to you.

In the Android app, click on the three horizontal lines in the upper left to open the Navigation Drawer.  Then click on call blocking.  Click on the + symbol at the bottom right and you should be able to choose the option to block "Numbers that begin with." You can then input any area code and prefix that you might be having issues with.  

Please be aware that the block option will block all calls with your area code and your prefix.  Even those in your contact list. This is something that we hope to fix in a future release.   

You can unblock a number that you have blocked with the following steps.  In the Android app, tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper left to open the Navigation Drawer.  Then tap on call blocking.  Then tap the 3-dot menu in the upper right corner and select "Edit".  After that, you should have the option to remove the block on each number listed.  

Open the sliding Navigation Drawer in the upper left and select "Call Settings". From there, you can change your preferences.

Upon enabling Call Screener, Hiya began screening all unknown callers for you. When you receive a call from an unknown caller, we block the call and send the caller a text message asking them to identify themselves. To disable this feature (we’ll still screen your calls for spam and scam), click on the icon to the left of the Search icon.

When you block a number, you prevent the next call or text from going through to your phone. Your phone typically will not ring (with exceptions for some versions of Android). You will be able to view the blocked calls and texts in the Hiya app. There's also the option to turn off all blocked number notifications so you won't even know that a blocked user tried to contact you.

Depending on your phone and carrier there may be a few seconds of time where the device is between the incoming call and blocking process, and so it flashes and might even ring briefly.

Because the call you are on will be disconnected. We wish we could, but it's a limitation built into most smartphones.

To view blocked call and texts, go to your call log. Blocked calls and text messages are displayed there.

Upon signing up for Hiya, you agree to share your contacts, but we keep all contact data private and don’t sell it to third parties or use it to market to your contacts. Because we’re not awful human beings. More information can be found here.

For full functionality, yes. We use it for the smart dialer, to autocomplete suggestions, to whitelist spam functionality, for sharing functionality and for adding to block list functionality. With that said, you don’t have to grant contacts permission, but the app will have some limited operation.

Troubleshooting

From the home screen, open the sliding Navigation Drawer in the upper left. Under “Settings”, tap “Call log” and then tap “clear all history.” Selecting this will delete all data in the app. 

Please note that you can currently only delete the the entire call log and not individual entries.  

Go to your phone settings, and open Apps. Find the Hiya app and tap notifications to disable your notifications.

The hiya app is only compatible with versions of the Android OS newer than 4.4. To ensure that you have an app that works we default to one of our older apps that is compliant when we detect an older version of Android.  

We match the contacts in your call log with your phone book photos. If a contact does not have a designated photo, just add a photo to the contact and Hiya will update it within the app.

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