Today, you may need to share your phone number with many people from work colleagues to some strangers you may never meet. In most cases, you just have a temporary communication with these people. However, this may expose your phone number to the public and you may get plagued with robocalls or spam texts later. To avoid these troubles and protect your privacy, it is a good idea to use a disposable phone number to contact strangers without having to reveal your real numbers.
Here are 5 disposable number apps that allow you to generate temporary throwaway phone numbers quickly. These apps offer a wide array of services for short-lived numbers, including SMS, voice calling, and voicemail, etc.
CoverMe for iOS and Android
CoverMe is free to download on Google Play and App Store. It is designed to satisfy the ultimate needs of mobile privacy and security. CoverMe provides one-time-use phone numbers which can mask your real phone number. Now you can call and text any person without revealing your personal phone number. Call and text records will not show up on your phone bill. All phone calls, messages, and photos and videos will be encrypted. With military-grade encryption, no one can intercept your calls and messages. CoverMe even allows you to send self-destructing messages. The self-destructing messages will disappear after being read with no trace or history left behind.
Besides, CoverMe also has private vault function which allows you to hide pictures, videos, and any kind of files, such as notes, audio, word, excel, pdf documents and so on. The CoverMe vault is also built in with a password manager where you can manage your passwords for emails, bank accounts, shopping accounts, websites, apps, etc..
Dingtone for iOS and Android
Dingtone is a free calling app that allows you to make unlimited free phone calls and send free texts to any mobile and landline number around the world over WiFi or 3G/4G data network without using any cell minutes. You can get a free temporary phone number and make free calls by earning free minutes through simple activities, or you can make calls immediately to any number in over 200 countries with very low rates. Caller ID is supported so your friends can see that you are calling. Voice calls are transmitted on Dingtone’s high-quality dedicated VoIP network, providing superior call quality. Other features of Dingtone include free group phone calls and conference calls, fax, walkie talkie mode for instant push to talk, and free instant multimedia sharing including photos, videos, and contacts. You can also use Dingtone phone numbers to register wedsites and apps to bypass verification.
Burner for iOS and Android
Burner is a temporary phone number app like CoverMe. It is also free to download, with one free burner number and in-app credit packs for more numbers with your preferred area code. It support SMS, picture messaging, voice call, voicemail, auto-replay and call forwarding. The interface of burner is simple and easy to use.
Hushed for iOS and Android
It is free to download on iOS and Android devices. You can purchase credits in app. Hushed temporary phone number works for both phones & tablets. It includes free call voicemail, text auto replies and text SMS and MMS. It provides a three-day free trial. With Hushed, you can change your number for a different phone number from over 40 countries and send anonymous texts or make anonymous calls from around the world. You can drop your disposable number at any time when you no longer need a second number.
Line2 for iOS and Android
Line2 is a business phone service app that can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices. It provides a second number on your phone. It has features like conference calls, auto-attendant, and also toll-free numbers. It can be used to get a temporary number, but it is more suitable for professionals who wish to have a permanent second number. Line2 is also available on PC and Mac.