Caret shares automated status updates with your approved contacts, such as call availability, calendar events, location triggers, local time and timezone information, etc. The app transforms your static address book into a dynamic view of your contacts' availability and status.
Yes! However, using your mobile network may apply data charges depending on your carrier.
Android and iOS. Download the app on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Store.
Yes! Install Caret on any tablet.
No problem! Caret is also available for Kindle Fire. Click here to download.
In every country where you can access Google Play, Apple App Store and Amazon Store.
English (US), French, Hungarian, Spanish, Arabic, German
Download the app from the software store to your phone. Select the appropriate download link from our webpage.
On the opening screen choose whether your phone number is private or a business number.
On the next screen choose your country, then provide your phone number without the country code.
You also need to choose if your number is public. Public means that your number and profile will be publicly searchable.
You need to confirm that the given number is yours. To do this, you can choose between receiving your access code via text message or by getting a call.
Text message: You will receive your access code in a text message. Copy this code to the field shown. Note: Android phones process the received codes automatically.
Call: The application shows you a code that you need to remember. Accept the call and enter the code when asked to do so. Do not forget to press # after your code.
You are all set now to begin using Caret!
You can register your phone number when you install the app. Just provide your number during the registration phase.
You can add new phone numbers via the Settings menu. Go to Account -> Manage Phone Numbers.
You can register landline numbers the same way as mobile numbers. You only need to switch on the “This number is a landline” option. You can choose to confirm the authenticity of this landline number by text message or by receiving a call. However, please note that most landline devices are incapable of receiving text messages, so it might be wiser to select the call method. Note: the landline option is only available if you register a second number on a smartphone or you register the landline on a tablet.
Caller ID is the number that will be shown to your contacts when you call them using Caret. If you go to the Settings menu, then under the Account -> Manage Phone Numbers option you can see your registered phone numbers. The one with the green crown icon is used as your caller ID. You can choose any of the numbers listed there as your caller ID by clicking on the crown icon next to it.
In the Settings menu, under Account -> Manage Phone Numbers option you can manage your registered phone numbers. If you want to delete one, click on the edit icon and choose "Delete/Remove registered phone number" at the bottom of the page.
When you first set up your Caret app it will ask for permission to access your calendar. If for whatever reason you fail to approve it during the installation you can still give Caret permission via your phone’s Settings menu.
When you first set up your Caret app it will ask for permission to access your address book. If for whatever reason you fail to approve it during the installation you can still give Caret permission via your phone’s Settings menu.
You don’t need to do anything. With the 'One way friending' feature you get availability information about your contacts even if they do not have your phone number.
If you wish to remove the registered phone number from a device - e.g. you will sell the device - then select ‘Remove’ option. In this case your groups and setting configurations will remain available to you. If you re-register your phone number on a new device, then Caret re-sets your groups and settings automatically.
If you choose the ‘Delete’ option, then Caret will permanently delete all of your groups and settings information. You will no longer have access to your past groups and settings if you re-register that number.
In the Settings menu, under the Account -> Manage Phone Numbers option, click on the edit icon and choose “Delete/Remove registered phone number.” Select the ‘Delete’ option.
You can switch on the battery saver in the Settings menu. Turning on the battery saving mode instructs Caret to continuously avoid using GPS for determining your location, thus resulting in longer battery life but less precise geo-localization.
In the Settings menu you can switch on the "Settings Synchronization" that will sync your settings across all of your devices where this option is enabled. Make sure that the same phone number is registered on all of your devices.
There are two ways to set a new profile picture:
One way is to go to the Contacts screen. Under "My numbers" you see your registered numbers and your profile picture. Click on your profile picture to upload a new picture or remove the existing one;
The other way is to go to the Settings page and choose Manage Phone Numbers. Click the edit button next to your number and click on your profile picture to upload a new picture or to remove the existing one.
There are two ways to set a new profile picture for a chosen number:
On the Contacts page under "My numbers" you see your registered numbers and your profile picture. By default you see the profile picture belonging to the phone number designated as your caller ID. Click on the number you wish to set as the new profile picture. Click on the profile picture to upload a new picture or to remove the existing one;
Or you can go to the Settings page and choose Manage Phone Numbers. Click the edit button next to the phone number you wish to set as the new profile picture and click on your profile picture to upload a new picture or remove the existing one.
Your profile picture will be distributed automatically to your contacts' address books.
On top of your contact list you see a special contact called ‘My Numbers.’ This is your profile page where you can see all of your registered numbers and the current statuses for each of those numbers. You can set your personal information here, add your name, company and email address to be automatically synced to your contacts’ phones.
On each of your contact profile screens you see your friends’ locations. If you enable Flickr Photos, a highly “liked” photo of that particular location is displayed on your contact’s detailed screen.
In the Settings menu use the slider to change the "Close to Me Range” distance.
At the bottom of the Settings menu you will find the ‘Support’ section where you can choose to revisit the ‘Tour’ or the ‘Tooltips’ that were displayed when you first opened the app.
Please visit Caret’s website or check the Settings screen on the app.
The Caret EULA (End User License Agreement) can be found on the Caret website or on the Settings screen of the app.
Caret automatically utilizes the following built-in sensors of your device:
GPS (Location services);
Gyroscope (augmented reality);
Prone is only available on devices that have an accelerometer.When prone is enabled, if you turn your phone or tablet face down, Caret automatically sets your call status to “Busy”. You can enable prone under in Settings -> Automatic Mode Options.
Mutual contacts are those contacts that you and your friend both have in common in your respective phone address books, regardless of whether they are Caret users. Mutual contacts (including those that are Caret contacts too) are displayed on your friend’s contact profile.
Caret sets your status automatically without having to manually touch a button. It utilizes your device’s built-in sensors and detects your environmental changes. Optionally, you can set your status manually and override the automatic options anytime.
Caret’s continuously growing basket provides the following statuses:
Do Not Disturb
Calendar sync: If you granted access to your calendar, it sets your status to “Do Not Disturb / Event” when there is an active event in your calendar. You can adjust which calendars should be synced and whether you want to share the event’s details with your VIP contacts or not.
Traveling: sets your status to “In Vehicle” while you are in a moving vehicle that is continuously moving at 10mph.
Prone: sets your status to “Busy/ Prone” if you turn your device face down on a flat surface.
Low Battery: sets your status to “Busy / Low Battery” if your battery falls below 10%.
In Call: sets your status to “Busy / In Call” while you are having a phone call.
Regular DND time: once you pre-define your DND (Do Not Disturb) time, DND will be automatically activated at that time going forward.
Sleeping: once you pre-define your regular sleeping time, your status will automatically change to ‘Sleeping’ during that time.
Your default group contacts can’t see detailed information about you. Your status will be 'busy' when you are in a call, in vehicle, have low battery, have an event, are sleeping, etc.
You can set a regular DND time by long tapping on the Do Not Disturb status icon on the Status Controller screen. This opens up the regular DND status settings where you can pre-define times using the ‘Enable’ button.
You can also set the same options via Settings -> Automatic Mode Options -> Regular DND Time menu.
In Settings -> Automatic Mode -> Sleeping options menu you can set your regular sleeping time and ‘Enable’ this option.
Turn on the 'Automatic mode' on the Status Controller screen. For more options go to Settings -> Automatic Mode Options.
In Settings -> Automatic Mode Options -> Calendar Sync options you can choose which calendar accounts will be synced to set your status to ‘Event’ if there is an active event in your calendar.
Yes. If you go to the Status Controller screen you can see all of your registered numbers at the top. Select the one for which to set the status.
Default contacts can only see your status without any further details: Available or Busy. They can also see the country you are located in and your current timezone.
Trusted contacts can see your detailed status with updates. They can see the region/city you are located in e.g. California or Palo Alto, current weather, and their distance from you. They can also see whether you have an event scheduled, but not the event’s detailed information, e.g. location of the event.
VIP contacts can see everything that Trusted contacts can see, but they also have access to your street-level location and they also receive more detailed information about your events.
Blocked contacts cannot see any of your information.
The available filtering options are Available, Busy and Near Me.
Go to your friend’s contact profile and click on the location icon at the top right corner of the screen.
When you are on your friend's location page, click on the arrows next to your friend's name and choose whether to get walking or driving directions.
There are 3 ways to move a contact between groups:
Go to your contact’s profile page and at the bottom choose the icon of the desired group.
At the top of the Contacts screen click the add-to-group button. In Group Manager select the group to assign contacts to on the left and check all the contacts you would like to see in that particular group on the right side.
On the Contacts screen, open the Group Selector on the left and drag and drop contacts to the desired groups.
Caret offers free voice calls as long as both you and your friend are Caret users. To start a Caret call, go to your contact’s profile page and tap the Caret call button. Please note that your mobile provider may charge you a fee for the data used.
Go to your contact’s profile page and click “Remind me when…” Then choose for which status change to receive a notification. Please note that System notifications are enabled by default but can be changed in Settings.
Use this feature if you registered a landline phone number and want to assign your business or home location temporarily. To do so, go to Settings -> Manage Phone Numbers and select your landline number. Use the ‘Location Snapshot’ button to take your current location and assign that to your landline number permanently. Note: Upon registration, Caret takes your current location as a snapshot. You can take a new snapshot only if your location has changed significantly.
The information displayed is your name and the country/city you are calling from.
Easily add a new contact through Caret that also syncs to your phone’s native address book too. You have two ways to do it:
On a Contact’s profile page click ‘+’ at top right corner.
On the Call screen click ‘+’ at top right corner and choose ‘Create new contact’.
Caret offers free messaging as long as both you and your contact are Caret users. To send your first message simply go to the Messages tab, click on the “+” button and choose your recipient.
If your friend is not a Caret user yet, when you select to send a Caret message to her/him, a text message will be sent with an invitation to download Caret automatically.
You can set up a time delay for all of your sent messages. If you made a mistake, or sent it to the wrong person, you still have time to easily delete or modify it before Caret sends it to your contact.
Delayed messages can be set up individually for each contact. On the conversation screen tap the settings button and use the slider to set up the delay in seconds.
You can long tap on a message and choose to edit it. If it is already sent your contact, then she will see that you edited the message.
You can long tap on a message and choose to delete it. Your message will be removed from the conversation at BOTH parties.
You can long tap on a message and choose to copy. After that you can paste it to any textbox.
You can long tap on a message and choose to forward it. On the next screen you can choose the contact you want to forward your message to.
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available attachments. By choosing the photo option you can take a photo with your phone and directly add it to your conversation.
Please note: When you use your camera with Caret for the first time, you will be required to give permission to Caret to use your built-in camera application.
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available attachments. By choosing the image option you can choose from the photos you already have on your phone and directly add it to your conversation.
Please note: When you first try to access your photo library through the Caret app, you will be required to give permission to Caret to access your photos.
If you choose to attach an image or photo to your conversation, you have the opportunity to add a caption and/or some searchable hashtags to it. These given words will make it easier later to find the picture in your conversation flow.
When you receive an image in your conversation, you have 20 seconds to decide if you want to keep it. If you don’t like the image, you can click on the TimePix button to permanently remove it from both sides of the conversation. Both you and your contact will see a message “TimePixed” instead of the sent image. This function comes handy if you do not want to store the received image permanently (e.g. to save space) or if you do not agree with the content of the image. You can turn off TimePix feature in the settings of a chat flow.
Next to your typing box, tap on the + icon to choose between the available attachments. By choosing the location option you can add a custom location directly to your conversation. By default it will show your current location, however with the search field on the top you can search for another address and attach the location of that to your chat flow.
If you choose to attach a location to your conversation, you have the opportunity to add a description caption and/or some searchable hashtags to it. These given words will make it easier later to find the attached location in your conversation flow.
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available attachments. By choosing the contact option you can choose a contact from the list of contacts you have on your phone and directly add some details to your conversation.
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available extra features. Choose Ping! to send a ping message to your contact. Your contact will be able to Pong you back.
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available extra features. Choose ‘Meet now’ and send your meeting request with one click. Your contact can click on your action and can accept or deny that with a simple button click. She can get step-by-step navigation information to the meeting point.
You can decide to request a meeting without a location. Just switch off the location button at the top of the screen.
If you wish, you can add a location later to your meeting request. Just click on the ‘Add location’ underneath your meeting request in the message flow.
By default the meeting location pin is showing your current location, however you can drag the map to replace the pin anywhere you want.
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available extra features. Choose ‘Call back’ to send a call back request. Your contact can easily call you back by clicking on your message and trigger a free CARET VoIP call (if you are not connected to WIFI, then data charges may apply).
Next to your typing box tap on the + icon to choose between the available extra features. Choose ‘Make me VIP’ to ask your contact to add you to his/her VIP list. She can easily accept your request and Caret adds you to his/her VIP contacts automatically
Next to your typing box tap on the smiley icon to choose from the available emoticons. They can be inserted to any message or sent by their own.
Caret’s Status Based Messaging provides options to be able to set the delivery condition of a message. Caret notifies you if your contact has a status that indicates she does not want to receive a text message at the moment. For example, she is driving or sleeping and tries to avoid receiving a text message. In this case, the small Caret icon starts blinking in your typing box to indicate you should consider using Status Based Messaging.
Before sending your message you can tap on the small Caret icon in your typing box to choose from the available Status Based Messaging options.
Currently the following options can be chosen:
- Deliver when contact becomes available
- Deliver when contact is not in vehicle
- Deliver when contact is not sleeping
In case you change your mind, the selected delivery option can be removed with the Reset button.
You can always long tap on a scheduled message and select ‘Send now’ option if you decide not to wait and want to enforce an immediate delivery.
Caret chat indicates the status of your messages. If it was successfully sent, it will show three dots next to the message. If the message delivered to your partner’s device, it will show the green tick with white background. Once your partner read it, it will turn into a white tick with green background.
On the messages overview screen there is a search box on top of the screen. You can search for any text that you want to find in your messages. Those conversations that contain the text will be listed showing the last appearance of the text. If you enter the conversation, all appearances will be highlighted.
If you don’t want to receive more messages from your contact, you can decide to block further incoming messages for that contact. Tap on the settings icon at the top right corner and set ‘Block chat message’.
If you don’t want to receive immediate notifications about a conversation, you can decide to mute it. Go to the chat you want to mute and tap on the settings icon at the top right corner. Set ‘Mute conversation’ and you will not receive more notifications about this chat. This could be handy if you want to read a communication once for a while.
Please note: If you mute your conversation the messages will still arrive to your phone, but you will not be notified about them.
Custom wallpapers can be chosen for each conversation you have. Choose your conversation and tap on the settings icon at the top right corner. Choose from the pre-defined wallpapers, take a new photo, or use a picture from your phone. Confirm your choice with the tick at the top right corner.
Please note: When you use your camera with Caret for the first time, you will be required to give permission to Caret to use your built-in camera application, and when you first try to access the photos on your phone, you will be required to give permission to Caret to access your photos.
To keep all the important information in your chat flow more visible, you can mark important messages. Marked messages will have a different color so they can be easily spot. They also appear under the Marked Messages list.
In the conversation tap on the settings icon at the top right corner. From there you can choose to list the marked messages from that conversation at one place.
To mark a message long tap on it and choose ‘Mark’.
You can choose a different marker color for each conversation you have. To change the color, enter the conversation and tap on the settings icon at the top right corner. Choose the marker color you like.
If you tap on a message, the time stamp will be revealed underneath the message.
If you want to delete a whole chat flow, go to the chat and tap on the settings icon at the top right corner. At the bottom of the page you will find the ‘Delete chat’ button. Please confirm your decision in the next step.
Please note: Deleted messages can’t be recovered. Be careful when using this option!
By sending messages to yourself you can make notes for later. You can use the marked messages feature to highlight the most important entries.
If you experience any inappropriate behaviour during your chat conversation, you have the opportunity to report that contact. In the chat, tap on the setting icon at the top right corner and at the bottom of the page then choose ‘Report abuse’. Please explain in the report why you feel abused so that Caret staff can investigate the issue properly.
With end-to-end encryption your messages are secured so only you and the contact you're communicating with can read them and nobody in between, not even us. We use Tresorit’s ZeroKit (https://tresorit.com/zerokit) to secure your messages with end-to-end encryption.
When you first install Caret on a device, your unique encryption settings will be set up automatically. However if you install Caret on a new device, these unique settings need to be handed over to the device to be able to read your encrypted messages. Once you install Caret on your new device, a QR code will be shown to you. If you have your existing Caret device, just scan the QR code with it to allow the new Caret device to authenticate.
Go to Settings and Chat security options, choose Authenticate other client and scan the QR code from your other device.
Please note: You might need to give permission to Caret to use your camera to read the QR code.
Yes, if you go to Settings and Chat security options, you can choose to change your chat authentication password. The password has to be at least 8 characters, including at least 2 uppercase letters, 2 numbers and one special character.
Yes, you can set a password separately for each of your registered numbers.
If you don’t have the existing Caret device around, you can generate a new set of unique settings for yourself, however you will be able to access your previous chat messages only if your contacts will grant permission.
If you delete Caret for some reasons and decide to re-install it on the same device later, you can generate a new set of unique settings for yourself, however you will be able to access your previous chat messages only if your contacts will grant permission.
No. Your friends do not and cannot get notified when you move them between groups. However, they may notice the sudden lack (or surplus) of information about you.
No. With the 'One way friending' feature you get availability information even if they do not have your phone number.
If you have an international data plan or you are connected to Wi-Fi you can use Caret the same way as in your home country. Please note that international data use costs may be high. Ask your carrier for prices before traveling.
The type of group you placed your contact into determines what level of information your contacts see and don't see about you. Each group has its own set of rules regarding what details about you are shared.
Yes. If you fill out your company and email information on your Profile page, this information will be auto-synced directly to your contacts' Caret address books to ensure everything is up to date about you.
Free Caret Net call is only available between online Caret users. If your contact’s Caret app or phone is turned off, then you will not be able to make a free Caret call. In this case, the free Caret call button will be inactive on a contact’s profile page. Caret is continuously working on improving call availability.
Yes! You will be notified about incoming Caret calls even if the app has been closed on your phone.
It means that your friend has recently updated a new profile picture. It can also indicate that you have already set up a photo on your friend’s contact profile page and your friend also uploaded a new profile picture. Click on the orange circle or on the profile picture to choose which one to use in the future.
As Caret uses your phone’s native address book, if you delete a contact in the Caret app it will be also be deleted from your phone’s default contact list as well.
It means that your blocked contact will not see any status or location information about you. He will still be able to call you or send messages though.
No. Your contacts will remain untouched.
This is your profile page where you see all of your registered numbers and the current statuses for each of those numbers. You can set your personal information here, add your name, company and email address that are auto-synced to your contacts’ own address books. You can also check what your phone determines about your own location and weather information. From the ‘My Numbers’ contact page you can call your other registered devices with the same number.
Yes. If you register the same phone number on multiple devices, then you can call each device from the ‘My Numbers’ special contact. For example, you register your cell phone number on your smartphone and on your tablet. In this case, you can call your smartphone from your tablet for free using Caret Net call.
That's because your friend needs to set you as a VIP contact too before you can receive his VIP status details.
If you no longer wish to show your previously set DND time status, then long tap on the ‘Do Not Disturb’ status icon on your Status wheel. On this settings page deactivate the regular DND function.
No. Your friends will not see all of your registered numbers, only the ones you already let them know about.
Yes! Caret does not interfere with accepting calls.
No. You lose your group settings only if you ‘Delete’ your registered phone numbers.
Yes. Caret does not block calls based on status.
Yes. You can register as many devices as you wish. You can call and locate each of your devices at anytime.
In this case your regular DND status will be shown. If your regular DND time ends and your calendar event is still ongoing, then your calendar event status will take over.
Go to your contact’s profile page to see their registered numbers. Click on each number to see the location belonging to that number.
Caret is available on English (US), French, Hungarian, Spanish, Arabic (Android), German. It will use the language set on your phone settings, if it is available. If not, English will be used by default.
Make sure you have your friend’s registered phone number in your address book. If you still cannot see your friend’s status, then ask your friend to change their status. If that still does not help, then ask your friend to block you temporarily, then put you back into one of the privacy groups. Otherwise, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It might be caused because you forgot to switch on the Automatic mode on the Status Controller page.
If this does not help, check the Calendar Sync options in Settings -> Automatic Mode Options menu. It should be switched on.
Another reason could be that you did not give permission to the app to access your calendar on your phone during the registration process. Go to your phone’s native settings and in the privacy settings permit Caret to access your calendar.
It might be because you did not give permission to Caret to access your contacts on your phone during the registration process. Go to your phone’s native settings and in the privacy settings permit Caret to access your contacts.