10 Ways to Tell If Someone Is Spying On Your Phone (& How to Stop Them) (2023)

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Worried that someone is spying on your phone activity, reading your messages, and watching what you do online? This guide explains how to spot spyware on your phone, how to properly remove it, and how to protect yourself against spying in the future.

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Your cell phone provides a snapshot of your entire life through the storage of photos, messages, and phone calls. Sadly, this can make it a target for people who want to spy on you.

Regardless of whether you use an iPhone or an Android smartphone, it is possible for someone to install spyware onto your phone that secretly tracks and reports on your activity.

It’s even possible for someone to monitor your cell phone’s activity without ever even touching it.

Mobile spyware, sometimes called stalkerware, can be installed onto your phone to monitor information such as calls, text messages, emails, location, photos, and browsing history. In some cases it may be able to take photos and record nearby conversations.

Spyware is designed to remain hidden, so that it can monitor your phone without you knowing. However, a lot of spyware is detectable if you know what you’re looking for.

In this guide, we’ll introduce 10 signs that your phone may be being spied on.

We’ll then explain what to do if you suspect spyware is on your phone, and walk you through how to remove it.

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Lastly, we’ll explore ways you can protect yourself from someone spying on your phone in the future.

WARNING: Mobile carriers and Internet services monitor and log your web activity. Some then sell that web data to other companies.

To stop this from happening, we recommend using a mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN). See our list of the best VPNs.

How to Tell If Someone Is Spying on Your Phone

Detecting spyware on your phone is difficult because it will usually be hidden or operating in stealth mode.

However, if someone is monitoring your phone there are common signs you can look out for. These include an increase in data usage, suspicious files and applications, strange text messages, and unusual or malfunctioning device behavior such as your device overheating.

Here are 10 of the most common signs that someone is spying on your phone:

1. Unfamiliar Applications

Although the most sophisticated spyware is hidden, people occasionally misuse apps like parental control apps in order to spy on others.

If someone is spying on your phone using one of these apps, then the spyware will be hiding in plain sight.

Search your phone for any unfamiliar applications that you don’t remember downloading. Common ones to look out for include Net Nanny, Kaspersky Safe Kids, Norton Family, and Qustodio.

Skip to our section below on How To Remove Spyware for more.

2. Your Device is ‘Rooted’ or ‘Jailbroken’

‘Rooting’ an Android device or ‘jailbreaking’ an iOS device allows users to bypass the official app stores and install unapproved apps.

If your device has been rooted or jailbroken and you didn’t do it, that’s a strong indication that something suspicious is going on.

To check whether an Android device has been rooted, download an app called Root Checker.

To check if an iOS device has been jailbroken, look for an app called ‘Cydia’. Cydia is the app used to install software onto jailbroken phones. If you find it on your device, then it’s almost certain your phone has been jailbroken.

EXPERT ADVICE: When you buy a second-hand phone, restore it to factory settings to make sure it isn’t jailbroken or rooted. Find out how to do this here: Android or iPhone.

3. The Battery Is Draining Fast

If spyware is working continuously, it can drain your battery faster than usual. All batteries degrade over time though, so look for a significant and sudden change, rather than a gradual deterioration.

If you do notice a sudden change, check if any recently installed or updated apps are responsible, before concluding you have a problem. We’re often surprised at how power-hungry some social media apps can be.

4. Your Phone Is Getting Very Hot

If your device is running hot, it may be a sign that someone is spying on you by running spyware in the background.

This is especially relevant if your phone is heating up even when you’re not using it, or when you’re barely using it.

NOTE: Similarly, if there is a sudden drop in your phone’s processing speed, it could be because of spying. As more of its resources are directed toward the spyware app, your phone may start to run noticeably slower.

5. Unusually High Data Usage

An unusual surge in the amount of data your phone is consuming can sometimes be a sign spyware is running in the background.

The spy app needs to use data to send information back to the perpetrator, so a spike in data usage may indicate foul play.

To check your mobile data on iPhone, go to Settings then Mobile Data. You can see your overall data use, or scroll down to see how much mobile data individual apps are consuming.

To check your mobile data usage on Android, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage. Under Mobile, you’ll see the total amount of cellular data being used by your phone. Tap Mobile Data Usage to see how your data use has changed over time. From here, you can identify any recent spikes.

NOTE: These measures only track the use of cellular data (i.e. the data you use when not connected to WiFi). If your phone is always connected to a WiFi network, this won’t be much help in identifying spyware.

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That said, some Android phones offer the option to “Show Wi-Fi Data Usage” too. Use this to monitor how much data your phone is using while connected to WiFi.

Again, high data usage is not always the result of spyware. You’ll need to rule out legitimate apps first by checking the data consumption and behavior of individual apps.

For example, we were alarmed to see our data use spiking, until we discovered our new podcast app was downloading lots of previous episodes.

6. Strange Activity In Standby Mode

Your phone can still receive messages and calls when it’s on standby (or in sleep mode), but it shouldn’t be lighting up or making noises for any other reason. If it is, then it may be a symptom of spyware.

Similarly, your phone’s screen should be off and not just darkened when in standby mode.

7. Issues With Shutting Down the Phone

Spyware apps might sometimes interfere with a phone’s shutdown process so that the device fails to turn off properly or takes an unusually long time to do so.

In 2014, Edward Snowden revealed NSA technology that prevents phones from switching off fully, to then use them for eavesdropping purposes. This is the result of a very sophisticated and highly-targeted attack, but it demonstrates that this form of spying is possible.

NOTE: Frequent and seemingly random reboots can also be an indicator that there is spyware on your phone.

8. Odd SMS Messages

Text messages can be used by spyware and malware to send and receive data. If you see outgoing messages that you didn’t send, it’s likely an indication that something’s not right.

Look out for unusual incoming messages, too. Primitive spyware apps will sometimes use SMS messaging to communicate with their base. The message will typically be coded in some way if it is associated with a spyware app.

There’s also services like Cerberus which send hidden commands within SMS messages that can make your phone take a picture and email it to the perpetrator, wipe your SD card, take a screenshot, and many other invasive things.

9. Autocorrect Is Misbehaving

Keyloggers are a form of spyware that keep a record of all your keypresses. Someone spying on your phone could use a keylogger to capture your messages and login details.

One possible sign that someone may be using a keylogger to spy on your phone is a misbehaving autocorrect system. The keylogger interferes with how the autocorrect function works, so if you notice it acting strangely or working significantly slower than usual, it may indicate that someone is spying on your phone.

10. Screenshot Quality

If you notice the quality of screenshots is worse than expected, that could be the result of spyware, according to Malwarebytes.

CAUTION: These symptoms are not exclusive to spyware. They can also be caused by other forms of malware. Adware, for example, can slow down your phone and use up data.

Similarly, there are websites that secretly mine your ‘spare’ CPU resources which can consume more than 5% of your battery power in ten minutes.

In these cases, your device is being exploited but you’re not necessarily being spied on.

How To Confirm There Is Spyware On Your Phone

If you suspect your phone is being spied on, there are a couple of things you can do to try and confirm it.

  1. Certo makes applications that check if your device has spyware apps on it:
    • Certo AntiSpy for iOS devices runs on your PC or Mac and investigates your device’s backup, rather than the phone itself. It checks for tracking services, hidden apps, and anything with access to your location, microphone, or camera.
    • Certo Mobile Security for Android devices runs on your phone and scans for spyware, among other threats. It can also take a photo whenever someone moves your phone or enters the password incorrectly multiple times. That can help you to identify who is tampering with your device.
  2. Set up a trap to see if your information is being accessed without your permission:
    1. Pick any public web link you can share, such as an article from an online news site. You can even just pick ‘www.google.com’, but it’ll look more natural if there’s real content there.
    2. Use a link shortening service, such as bit.ly, which has a free option. You enter your link and it gives you a shorter version. The important thing is that bit.ly will count every time the shortened version is clicked. Don’t test the shortened link yourself.
    3. Send the shortened version to a friend in a message. Make sure your friend has been forewarned not to click the link. Warn them in person, not on or near your phone. Add a suitably enticing message, or perhaps just send it without a message.
    4. Check your stats in bit.ly. It should show that nobody’s clicked the link. You’ll know your phone is being monitored if there is a link count, as that indicates that someone has seen your message and clicked the link.

Only try this if it is safe to do so. If there is any risk to your physical safety whatsoever, seek help from the authorities or a charitable organisation, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

How to Remove Spyware from Your Cell Phone

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There are a number of different ways to remove spyware from Android and iOS phones. These include using security software, removing the problem app manually, and updating the operating system.

Use the links below to find out exactly how you can remove spyware on your chosen device:

  • Android (including Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Motorola devices)
  • iPhone

Whatever phone you have, the most effective option is to do a factory reset. This will delete everything on the device and restore it to its factory settings, so it is the same as it was when it left the factory. You’ll lose all your data and apps on the device, but the spyware will be effectively removed.

A factory reset is the surest way to remove spyware from your cell phone, but many people prefer a less destructive approach.

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If you do a factory reset, make a backup of your data (including photos) first. Don’t reinstall the same apps or software after the reset because you might reinstall the spyware too. If you have an older backup that predates the spyware, you might be able to restore your phone from that.

CAUTION: The perpetrator will probably become aware that you’ve removed the spyware because their information flow will dry up. In some situations, it may be safer for you not to remove the spyware. Instead, you could use a secret, second phone for any sensitive communications.

How to Remove Spyware Apps on Android

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1Use a spyware removal tool

The simplest way to remove spyware from your Android phone is to use software designed for the job. It will scan your device for spyware (and other types of malware) and remove it.

Be sure to only use software from a reputable security brand. Unknown security apps may themselves carry malware.

Here are some safe options:

2Remove the app manually

You may be able to find the spyware app in the Application Manager and delete it manually. To do this:

  1. Start the phone in Safe Mode: Hold down the power button, then long-press Power Off. Tap OK to Reboot to Safe Mode.
  2. Enter the Application Manager: Go into Settings > Additional Settings > Application Management.
  3. Search for potential spyware apps: Try searching for “spy,” “trojan,” “stealth,” and similar words. Surprisingly, this can sometimes reveal suspect apps on the device.
  4. Review each app manually: There is a good chance the spyware is disguised, so you might need to review all the apps. FlexiSpy, for example, uses the innocent-sounding “SyncManager” for its name. mSpy uses the name “Update service” to go undetected. You’ll likely need to do some online research to work out what some of the apps on your phone are, and whether they are genuine.
  5. Remove any suspicious apps: Uninstall any apps you’re concerned about. If you can’t delete the app, it might have device administrator permissions. Go to Settings > Security > Advanced > Device Administrators and uncheck the box beside the suspicious app to remove its device administrator permissions. Choose to deactivate the app. You should then be able to delete the app by repeating the steps above.
  6. Restart your phone: Not in safe mode this time. The app you deleted should be gone.

3Update the operating system

If there’s an update available, applying it can sometimes break the spyware app.

It won’t necessarily remove it, though, and isn’t always guaranteed to work. We therefore recommend you use this approach alongside another.

4Carry out a factory reset

This will wipe everything from your phone, including your data, and restore it to its original settings. Make sure you have copied any data you need from the phone first.

To do a factory reset on an Android phone:

  1. Go into Settings, select System, and then Reset Options.
  2. The option you need has two names, depending on which phone you’re using. Select Factory Data Reset or Erase All Data (Factory Reset).
  3. Tap Reset Device and enter your PIN or password to confirm.
    Your device will be restored to its original settings. This may take some time.
  4. You can then choose to Keep Your Apps and Data if you want to restore from an old backup. If you do, make sure that this backup is not from a time when the spyware may have been on the system. The safest option is to Set Up As New.

NOTE: Remember that your login details might have been compromised, so be sure to set up new passwords for your email, social media, ecommerce, and any other accounts.

How to Remove Spyware Apps on iPhone

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1Remove the spyware manually

In the wrong hands, some of the parental control apps from the App Store can be misused to spy on your location. It is worth manually checking your installed apps to see if there is anything suspicious. To do this:

  1. View your installed apps: Go into Settings > General > iPhone Storage.
  2. Search for any suspicious or unexpected apps: Look out for any unexpected parental control apps, such as mSpy, Find my Friends and Family, and Spy Phone Phone Tracker. You can also tap on an app to see how much space it occupies.
  3. Delete any potential spyware apps: Tap ‘Delete App’ to remove it. Before deleting, it’s worth doing a quick bit of research to determine whether the app is actually important to you.

2Update the operating system

Updating the operating system on your iPhone will reverse any jailbreaking and remove any unauthorized apps that were installed outside of the App Store. This is a common way for spyware apps to be installed.

There are two ways to update the iOS:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer and use the iTunes software on your computer to update your device. Click Check for Update.
  2. On your iPhone, go into the Settings app, tap General, then Software Update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install. When the update has downloaded, select Install Now.

3Carry out a factory reset

Carrying out a factory reset will also reverse any jailbreaking and remove any unauthorized apps from your iPhone. It wipes everything from your phone, including your data, and restores it to its original settings. Be sure to copy any data you need (including photos) off the phone first.

To do a factory reset on an iPhone, you have two options:

  1. Connect your phone to your computer and use the iTunes software on your computer to Restore Your iPhone. There is an option to restore from a backup, which will reinstall the iPhone software but will put your backed-up data onto the phone again. This should remove unauthorized apps and reverse jailbreaking, but any authorized apps (such as parental control apps) may remain.
  2. On your iPhone, go into Settings > General > Reset. Choose Erase All Content and Settings.

NOTE: Don’t forget that your login details might have been compromised as well. Be sure to set up new passwords for your email, social media, ecommerce, and any other accounts.

How to Protect Your Phone Against Spying

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Here are eight ways to protect your cell phone from spyware apps in 2023:

  1. Keep your phone safe. You can reduce your risk greatly by making sure your phone is only touched by people you trust. While it’s still possible to spy on a phone without touching it, it’s much harder to install spyware without physical access.
  2. Secure your phone. Lock your device with a secure password, PIN, or fingerprint, and turn on authentication for app installs.
  3. Only install trusted apps. When you’re choosing apps in the App Store, look for credible apps with a well-established user base. Be especially careful with simple apps such as calculators that could have been quickly put together as a trojan horse to conceal spyware. As we’ve seen with Free VPN apps, lots of downloads and good user reviews are not always the most reliable signs of trust.
  4. Be careful with incoming links. The easiest way to install spyware remotely is to persuade the phone’s owner to install it. In one example, people in Vietnam were sent links to compromised apps in the Google Play Store and persuaded to download them. Because the apps were in the official store, many users trusted them. Take care with unexpected SMS messages too, as they have previously been used to crash iPhones and infiltrate Android phones.
  5. Secure your data. Use strong passwords for all your online accounts. If someone knows your iCloud password, they could access data remotely from your phone using a solution like Cocospy.
  6. Don’t jailbreak or root the phone. You’re safer if your device operates completely within the safeguards of the Android and iOS operating systems. Spyware can be more easily installed on rooted and jailbroken phones, and your device may be more susceptible to malware.
  7. Keep your phone updated. Updates to your cell phone’s operating system can improve security by removing flaws that have been discovered since the last update. An iOS update will also bring the phone back under Apple’s protective umbrella if it has previously been jailbroken.
  8. Manage permissions tightly. Don’t give apps permission to use your location or access your photos without good reason. Be careful with official apps too. The Find My Friends app on the iPhone can be used to locate people and devices, and Google’s Find My Device and Family Link apps do the same on Android.

Additional Security Tips for Android Users

  1. Block unverified apps: Android phones let you block software being installed from outside the official Google Play Store. Go to Settings > Apps > Menu (top-right icon) > Special Access > Install Unknown Apps. Find the suspicious app and deselect its All From This Source button. This isn’t strong enough to block all spyware, and it won’t protect you from compromised apps in the official store, but it’s a sensible precaution to take.
  2. Keep Google Play Protect enabled: This feature checks apps before you download them, and checks for potentially harmful apps from outside the Google Play Store. Open the Google Play Store, tap the menu, then choose Play Protect. Make sure it’s turned on. It should be on by default, but if someone has been tampering with your phone they might have turned it off.
  3. Run antivirus: You should use antivirus software to scan and protect your device from spyware. Available packages include Avast Mobile Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, and Norton Mobile Security for Android.
  4. Install AppNotifier. It’ll tell you whenever a new app is installed on your phone, or an app is updated.

NOTE: iPhone apps don’t have the freedom to view other apps in the same way Android apps do. This means antivirus apps tend to be more limited on iOS. Instead, to protect yourself on iPhone, you should run a security application, like Avast Mobile Security for iOS or Norton Mobile Security for iOS, to keep you safe from malicious websites.

Can Someone Spy on My Phone Without Touching It?

Most of the time, someone needs physical access to your phone to install spyware onto it.

However, as we’ve seen, it’s also possible to install spyware remotely by convincing you to download the compromised app yourself. This can be done through phishing emails, corrupted SMS messages, and trojan horse apps.

Unfortunately, spyware apps aren’t the only way that someone can spy on your phone activity, though.

ISPs, governments, WiFi administrators, search engines, website owners, and hackers all have the capacity to spy on certain aspects of what you do on your phone – without having to install any spyware software.

For example, your ISP (and any government agency that asks to view its logs) can see which websites you visit, how long you spend there, your social media activity, who you send emails to, where you’re located, and much much more.

As we live more of our lives online, it’s becoming easier for authorities, big businesses and hackers to spy on our activities. It’s therefore crucial you start to take steps to secure your phone and protect your online privacy.

Start by using the below two online privacy and security tools:

  1. Using a Private Browser: Default browsers like Safari, Chrome, or UC Browser are simply not privacy-friendly. Using a genuinely private browser on your phone, like Firefox Focus, makes it much harder for websites to track your activities online.
  2. Using a Virtual Private Network: A VPN is software that creates a secure, encrypted tunnel to the internet. A safe VPN like ExpressVPN stops ISPs, governments, and WiFi snoopers from seeing what you’re doing online. It also changes your IP address so your activities can’t be traced back to you. To learn more, read our beginner’s guide to VPNs.
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Bottom Line

Figuring out if someone is spying on your phone is not easy, but there are a number of telltale signs you should look out for.

There are also precautions you can take to prevent spyware apps being installed in the first place.

If you find spyware on your phone, you may wish to contact the police. Be aware that removing the spyware is likely to alert the perpetrator that you’re on to them. They may also be able to see where you’ve been if you take the phone to a police station, so please proceed with caution and seek expert guidance if you’re worried about your physical safety.

Spyware is not the only way that you can be spied on, either. Your internet traffic is routinely monitored by a number of hidden actors, including your ISP.

You should use a private browser and a mobile VPN to protect your privacy and to stop your internet activity being spied on.

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How do I block my phone from being tracked? ›

Turn off location services (iOS and Android)
  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and tap Location Services.
  2. You can toggle off Location Services for all apps or scroll down and turn off location services only for specific apps.
  3. Go to Settings > Location, and toggle the location button to Off.
Nov 4, 2022

How do you know if someone is secretly tracking your phone? ›

How to Know If Someone Is Tracking Your Phone
  • Unknown Apps. Look out for applications that you didn't install. ...
  • Excessive Background Data Usage. Monitor the background data usage of your device. ...
  • Browser History Mismatch. Check your browser history for entries that you do not recognize. ...
  • Battery Drain. ...
  • Abnormal Reboot.
Apr 22, 2022

Can someone watch your phone without you knowing? ›

Both Android and iOS phones can be subject to malicious software capable of tracking your location, reading your texts, and listening in on phone calls.

Is my phone being monitored? ›

Call *#21# or *#62#

These numbers can reveal to you whether or not your calls or messages are being redirected elsewhere, which is a major sign that your device is tapped.

What can block a tracking device? ›

So can a GPS tracker be blocked? Yes, the GPS signals can be blocked by wet trees, aluminum foil, plastic containers, or even a tin box filled with thick materials can block GPS signals.

What does ## 002 do to your phone? ›

Security of Android Smartphone codes : Code ## 002 # ~ Deactivates all forwarding. Code * # 21 # ~ To know whether message or call has been diverted or not.

How can I tell if I'm being spied on? ›

Some of the most obvious signs you are being spied on include: Someone seems to always be “bumping into you” in public. As if they always know when and where to find you. During divorce or separation, your ex-partner knows more details than they should about your activities, finances, or other details.

What apps are used for spying? ›

You can link it to your social media and SMS messages, and live stream audio and video of the surroundings. Here, we will review the top spy apps for android devices.
Here is a list of popular spy apps for android undetectable:
  • mSpy.
  • XNSPY.
  • eyeZy.
  • ClevGuard.
  • SpyBubble.
  • Cocospy.
  • uMobix.
  • Hoverwatch.
Feb 21, 2023

Can someone read my text messages from their phone? ›

Yes, it's definitely possible for someone to spy on your text messages and it's certainly something you should be aware of – this is a potential way for a hacker to gain a lot of private information about you – including accessing PIN codes sent by websites used to verify your identity (such as online banking).

What to look for if someone is spying on your phone? ›

However, if someone is monitoring your phone there are common signs you can look out for. These include an increase in data usage, suspicious files and applications, strange text messages, and unusual or malfunctioning device behavior such as your device overheating.

Can someone be listening to me on my phone? ›

Via rogue apps, malicious email attachments and dodgy websites, hackers can install malware on phones that spies on everything the user does. The Android malware RedDrop, for example, can steal photos, files and information about the victim's device, and it can listen in on their calls.

How do I remove spyware from my phone? ›

Remove any spyware by restoring your Android to its factory settings
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Backup and reset.
  3. Select Factory data reset.
  4. Tap Reset phone.
  5. Confirm your action by typing your PIN or password.
  6. Decide if you wish your phone to restore from backup or start fresh.

How do I block all detected trackers? ›

How to stop trackers
  1. Use tracker blockers. You can download a tracker blocker as a browser plug-in. ...
  2. Use a private search engine. Google tracks nearly half of all internet traffic in the world. ...
  3. Use NordVPN. NordVPN uses encryption to hide all of your internet activity and your IP address.
Mar 10, 2022

Is there a app to block trackers? ›

DuckDuckGo for Android's 'App Tracking Protection' feature has reached open beta, allowing all Android users to block third-party trackers across all their installed apps.

Is there an app that can detect a tracking device? ›

Download the free Tracker Detect app for Android here. A third-party app may have solved this problem. AirGuard periodically scans your surroundings for trackers such as AirTags or other Find My devices. It notifies you when it finds a tracker nearby and even provides a map to show where you've been tracked.

How do you manually remove a tracker? ›

Google Chrome
  1. Click the vertical three-dots icon on the top right-hand corner and then click Settings.
  2. Click Privacy and security.
  3. Select Cookies and other site data.
  4. Select Block third-party cookies.
  5. Click Privacy and security.
  6. Click clear browsing data.
  7. Select All time from Time range.

Can you disable a tracker? ›

How do I disable a GPS tracker being used against me? Once a GPS tracking device is located, it can be disabled. Beyond simply removing the battery, it is possible to stop the GPS signal. It's important to remove the device completely and dispose of it so it does not continue transmitting your location.

What does ## 004 do? ›

Call “##004#”

This number is an internationally recognised code. No one will answer when you call it, but it will turn off conditional forwarding on your phone. It will reset your phone to its default phone settings.

What happens when you dial * * 4636 * *? ›

*#*#4636#*#* Displays information about the phone, battery, and various network statistics.

What does * 21 * number do? ›

*#21# - By dialling this USSD code, you would get to know if your calls have been diverted somewhere else or not. *#62# - With this, you can know if any of your calls - voice, data, fax, SMS etc, has been forwarded or diverted without your knowledge.

How do you know if someone is under surveillance? ›

Confirming Physical Surveillance

Assume you're under surveillance if you see someone repeatedly over time, in different environments and over distance. For good measure, a conspicuous display of poor demeanor, or the person acting unnaturally, is another sign that you might be under surveillance.

Can someone else see what I'm doing on my phone? ›

Unfortunately, the answer is “yes.” There are a number of spy apps that can sit hidden your phone and record everything you do. The snoop can watch every detail of your life and you'll never know. We're going to take a look at what spying apps are on the market and how they work so you know how to stay safe.

Can I scan my phone for spy apps? ›

The easiest way to find hidden spyware or other malicious software on your phone is by using security scan apps such as Certo Mobile Security, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for free.

How do I know if my phone is synced to another phone? ›

Go to your Google Account. On the left navigation panel, select Security . On the Your devices panel, select Manage all devices. You'll see devices where you're currently signed in to your Google Account or have been in the last few weeks.

Can two phones be linked together? ›

Yes, you can link an Android phone with another Android phone. There are mainly two ways to connect two Android phones. Bluetooth is the most basic way to connect two phones wirelessly. But here is a better way which is to use a third-party Android app to remotely control another phone.

Can someone mirror my phone? ›

Can someone mirror my phone and see what I'm doing? Technically, screen sharing software does exist for Android and iOS devices, but you'll need to grant permission before any mirroring occurs.

Can you link text messages to another phone? ›

You need to download an app that supports SMS forwarding on both phones. For instance, Forward SMS Texting is a relatively common option among Android users. The Google Play Store also offers the Google Voice app for download.

What do I dial to see if my phone has been hacked? ›

Use the code *#21# to see if hackers track your phone with malicious intent. You can also use this code to verify if your calls, messages, or other data are being diverted. It also shows your diverted information's status and the number to which the information is transferred.

How do you know if someone is listening to you? ›

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What does *# 62 do? ›

The *#62# requests for status for call forwarding when your phone is out of reach while*#61*# confirms for when you're unavailable to answer your phone.

What are the two basic ways of removing spyware? ›

There are two main options for removing spyware: removing it manually, or using a dedicated spyware removal tool. You'll generally find it much easier to use a spyware-removal software tool to delete spyware.

Can you block spyware? ›

Antivirus apps can help stop malicious apps, code, and spyware from wreaking havoc on your phone and stealing your data. Just like on a computer, installing a robust piece of antivirus software can keep your Android device safe from intruders and hackers.

Can my phone be tracked if location services is off? ›

Whether you have an iOS or Android phone, there are ways it can be tracked even if location services are turned off. You may have used some of these yourself to find a lost or stolen phone. For example, the Find My iPhone app uses Bluetooth to help you find an iPhone even if it's offline.

What happens if you dial *# 31? ›

Hide Caller ID: *31#

The caller might have hidden the ID intentionally or sometimes it can be accidental. If you want to hide the caller ID dial *31# and press call button.

Can someone track my phone by texting me? ›

Yes! Assuming you're talking about SMS messaging, only if that someone happens to have access to your cellular provider's logs. Otherwise, no, someone can't track your location from a text. That changes if you're talking about other messaging formats.

How do I stop location tracking? ›

Turn your phone's location accuracy on or off
  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Location . If you don't find Location : Tap Edit or Settings . Drag Location into your Quick Settings.
  3. Tap Location Services. Google Location Accuracy.
  4. Turn Improve Location Accuracy on or off.

Does turning your phone off stop location services? ›

When a phone is turned off, it stops sending signals to cell towers, making it difficult to track. However, the last location can be displayed once the service or internet provider is switched back.

What does * 77 do on your phone? ›

Anonymous Call Rejection (*77) stops calls from people that use a blocking feature to keep their name or number from being displayed. When Anonymous Call Rejection is turned on, callers will hear a message telling them to hang up, turn off the blocking feature, and call again.

What is * 74 on your phone? ›

Speed Dialing

Establish a short list of up to eight numbers, or a longer list of up to 30 numbers. To program your Speed Calling 8 list, dial *74. Listen for the dialtone, then dial the one-digit number (2 through 9) you would like to use to dial a frequently called number.

What does * 57 mean on the phone? ›

About Call Trace

Call Trace helps you handle obscene, harassing, or threatening calls. It should only be used to trace harassing or threatening calls that warrant legal action. After activating Call Trace, you must contact your local law enforcement agency.


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