Know if Someone Is Spying on My Phone

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If you're worried about having your phone spied on, you're not alone! Millions of people have voiced their concerns regarding privacy over the past few years. It's scary to think that people can spy on your phone without you being aware of it, but luckily, there are many ways to find out if your phone has been hacked. Read this article to learn some things you can do to make sure your phone is not being tracked.

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Quickly Check if Your Phone is Being Spied On

There are several quick and easy methods you can employ to make sure no one is spying on your phone.

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    If your battery is draining more quickly than usual, tracking software could be running in the background
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    --Unless you're playing a bunch of games on your phone, your battery draining quickly could be a sign that you're being tracked.
    -- This is especially true when your phone is taking longer to charge. A longer charge time might indicate that an intensive app -- like a monitoring app -- is running.
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    If your phone constantly feels warm, spy software could be running
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    -- Your phone will get warm from time to time as it runs intense software like games, but if you aren't running anything other than Facebook and your phone feels like it could fry an egg, you could be the victim of spy software.
    -- This is not applicable while you are charging your device -- some phones just get hot as the battery charges. However, if a phone becomes really warm to the touch, it may be a result of your phone being over-worked, and this might mean that a spyware application is running.
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    If your phone calls have been filled with strange noises or echoing lately, somebody might be listening in
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    -- If you've never had issues with your phone echoing during calls in the past, but you are now, you might have an uninvited guest on your phone call.
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Do In-Depth Checks to See if Your Phone is Being Spied On

If none of the previous suggestions have given you sufficient information to know whether or not you're being spied on, some of the steps below will give you a more detailed look at what is happening with your phone.

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    Check your phone's network usage
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    -- Did you know that you can monitor your phone's network usage by using your carrier's USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) codes? Follow this guide to learn your carrier's USSD codes.
    -- Spy apps work by sending data to the spy who secretly installed it on your phone. If your data, minutes, or text usage looks suspicious, the possibility that a tracking application is spying on your phone and sending data to whoever is spying on you is real.
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    Install an anti-spyware application on your device
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    -- Anti-spyware applications can help you get rid of the spy software that may have been installed on your device.
    -- A good Android option is Anti Spy Mobile. It will scan your phone for spyware and help you get rid of it.
    -- iPhones are more secure than Android phones, as long as you aren't Jailbroken. Your iPhone won't allow the installation of any apps outside of those you download from the App Store. That doesn't mean you're totally safe, but the person who's spying on you will need to physically get a hold of your device to install the software manually. If you don't lose your phone, and if you have an effective lock on your phone, you will be safe.
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    If you are technically minded or know somebody who is, here is a way to set a trap and discover if spy software is running on your phone
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    1. Buy a cheap WiFi router and plug it into the main router in your house. To do this, connect the WAN port of the new router into any of the Ethernet ports in the back of your main router.
    2. Be sure to change the subnet of the new router to be different from the main router. i.e. If the main router is on 192.168.1.1, then you should configure the other router to use 192.168.2.1
    3. Now connect your phone to the WiFi of the new wireless router you bought.
    4. Now connect a computer or laptop to the new router.
    5. Install any free packet-sniffing tool. I recommend searching Google for "Open source packet sniffer"
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    6. Now turn on the packet sniffer and send an email
    7. You will see a ton of information show up on the packet sniffer. If you have chosen a good packet sniffer, you will have an easier time sorting through the data.
    8. Pay special attention to the destination address. If you have spyware, you will see copies of your email being sent to an IP other than the IP of your SMTP server for your ISP. You will want to do reverse IP lookup any IP addresses that don't belong to you, to see which one is your ISP and which one is the spy software's data capture server.
    9. Some spy software is programmed only to send data at various times so you may need to leave your phone connected to the new router's WiFi for 24 hours to be sure you are not being spied on. During that time, you can't use your phone because it will create data traffic that may obscure the spy software's data stream when it happens.
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Questions and Answers

Is spying possible on c1-01 mobile?

Is spying possible on c1-01 mobile, can anyone read my messages and see my call list

Usually, a phone like the c1-01 has to be jailbroken first. However, spy apps are getting better by the minute to compete with, and some, like mSpy, do not need a jailbroken device for them to install.

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How can I tell if someone is spying on my WiFi?

Can an app like "Fing" be used to see if someone is spying on my device via WiFi?

Fing and Wifi Inspector are two out of several apps that can detect who is using your WiFi and if they are spying using your WiFi. You will see them when you use the apps mentioned.

Can someone spy on your text or phone calls without having access to your phone?

My phone is always hot (only have a few apps), battery quickly runs down, and I hear noises such as popping or clicking sounds, someone saying hello, someone sneezing, the person that was on the phone with me also heard the sounds. Recently, got a new phone but used an app to transfer all info, data, & pics. New Android Note5 phone has same issues, battery runs down to 50% before noon (only have a few apps), very hot, and noises! Husband also has the same issue. Someone accessed pics off of his phone and began prank texting him and sending his pics to him.. I have tried: Tried anti spy mobile on my phone, no results. I think it was caused by: Don't know

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Anti-spy software should have picked up a spy app, although I would first lock down your wireless router to see if anything changes just in case the hacker gained access using the wireless router. Most spy apps do not make sound and listening real time to calls is muted on the other end so you would not hear sneezing. There may also be a problem with your cell provider's local network towers, and there is cross call contamination happening. Just one app like Facebook can drain a battery fast if you are always logged in and do not force stop the app each time you exit. Skype is another app that drains the battery quickly, just running in the background and so is Google Maps if your location is always turned on. Try using an app like Advanced Task Killer or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify Greenify to see if that helps your phone battery and interference issues.

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See more questions like this: I would like to know if I use WiFi from enterprise, am I at risk that guys can read my WhatsApp chat, Facebook chat, Viber, etc.? There are Cisco applications to give Internet access, but they are configured and managed by a WiFi controller.

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I am sure I'm being spied on, yet can't prove it, can you help?

People seem to know everywhere I go, and everything I say even in my vehicle. I have tried: Not much. Counter surveillance. I think it was caused by: Revenge. Being done by some people

It is entirely possible that somebody has installed spyware on your phone while you were not around. For it to be installed, the person or people that you suspect are spying on you, would have had to have access to your phone for at least thirty minutes, while they installed a program like FlexISP, Highster Mobile, mSpy, iKeyMonitor, Spy Bubble or PhoneSheriff. These programs can track your location through GPS, remotely control the phone, block messages, access your passwords, record surroundings, listen in on your phone calls and intercept your calls. Removing your SIM card does not help in this case because the software has been secretly installed onto your phone itself.

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Sometimes these programs leave behind a mysterious file installer file. This installer file is sometimes named right after the spying app. Such is the case with Mobistealth. The file is named movistealthv2.apk. You can also look for hidden subdirectories, with the help of a cell phone geek. These files might be identified as installer/, .radio or as .log.

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Another clue is if you suspect that your phone has been jailbroken. All spying programs need access to your internet for them to work. You can stop the spying application immediately by upgrading its firmware, which has the effect of un-jailbreaking your phone.

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Finally, your phone may be trying to warn you that there is a problem by actually displaying a message warning of "superuser access" on your phone.

How can I know or catch the person spying on my BlackBerry 9320 phone?

I want to know the person spying on my BlackBerry 9320

Choose in settings Options then Advanced and finally, Applications. You will see all apps that are installed listed there, including any spy apps there as well. There is currently no keylogger spyware apps for Blackberry but if you think your accounts have been compromised; you should change your email passwords anyway.

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See more questions like this: I think my husband is spying on my phone and tracking where I am?

Hi my big brother is a big issue; I think he is spying on my phone?

My phone from back lid warms continuously, automatic apps open in slow speed. I have tried: Nothing else. I think it was caused by: Hacking. I'm pretty sure

This issue is probably not because of hacking but because your phone can't handle the amount of data from apps that you are using on a daily basis. Apps like and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmaster.mguard&hl=en Clean Master can be used to boost the speed of your mobile device. When your phone is lagging, using these apps will greatly improve its performance.

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Is there any software that I can use to prevent spyware?

I think someone is spying on my phone because my parents seem always to know what I'm saying and know how much money I got due to me being so open in my phone calls to my friend about it. Not that I don't want them to know, it's just that I need my own space. I'm 22 years on for crying out loud, like give me a break.

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Although you are 22, you are still their child, and they care about you. If you are on their cell provider contract, many companies now offer cell device monitoring features within their family plan. You can download an anti-spyware like Malwarebytes or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koebenapps.wiretapdetection&hl=en Koebenapps Wiretap Detection to make sure. Have you considered they might be simply listening at your door? Regardless, parents have this uncanny sixth sense about their children to the point that there is no need for a spy app. You can turn 30 and still be their little bundle of joy, and they will always care about you. Try to gain more independence and space by thanking them for their concern but ask that they allow you to make your own decisions as an adult and let them know that you will never learn how to be on your own unless you make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

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Yes, please help? I am not tech savvy; I think my husband has put something on my phone to track my text messages because he asks questions just a couple hours that pertain to a conversation I just had in a text with someone else

All this tech stuff is confusing me. How do I know for certain? I already installed the AntiSpy Mobile app, and it came out clean. I have tried: Installed and ran the app AnitSpy Mobile. I think it was caused by: Not sure

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You can also look in your settings and under Application Manager to see if any spy apps are installed. Your anti-spyware app that you installed should have picked up any spy apps, but make sure by checking your settings in the Application Manager as well. Is it possible that he is speaking with the other person that you are texting with, and that is how he is getting the information? If you are on a joint account for your cell plan, he can view incoming text and call numbers but not the messages, yet that could be giving him clues.

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I feel a spyware is on my S4 mobile?

Somebody, probably my wife, installed a spy on my S4. How to remove because we are fighting every day when I am back home. I have tried: Nothing just googled and got your link

Use an anti-spyware app and check your Application Manager to see if any spy apps are listed in there as well. You should ask her if she felt the need to download a spy app, and if she did, why is there so much distrust. Do not go into the conversation defensively but offer a solution to rebuild the trust between you so that your relationship can begin to flourish again.

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How do I know if someone downloaded and saved my HP information to their thumb drive or laptop?

How to identify? How to prevent it? What am I supposed to do? Thank you.

You can go into downloads and see when the last time that area was accessed. You also can set up security through Windows that password protects your files from being downloaded as well. Why would someone want your files? Make a list of possible suspects that have access to your HP device to try to determine who would take your data.

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How do I get rid of spyware if on my phone? Conversations I've not shared with my husband he knows about

I've been noticing a lot of different things going on with my phone, and conversations I've not shared with my husband he knows about. Last week my office manager helped me transfer pictures and contacts to my computer, and restore it back to factory settings. I feel like there is another something on my phone. As, my battery is draining too fast, and this morning I've got it charging on my computer and a notification about low battery and something else showed up. Before I could read what it said it was gone. My battery was at 80% charged. I need some help if you could guide me I'd greatly appreciate it. Now I am seriously thinking about getting something to install on my husband's phone to trace/track him. If you could help me there, too. As I'm not a techie person. Thanks

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You did a factory reset your phone, and if a spy app were on there, that would have removed it. He would have had to re-install a new spy app onto the reset phone to continue monitoring. There are several popups that can show up if you have your phone rooted to charge, just like if you use the USB to add thumb drive and you see a pop up saying the device drivers were installed correctly.

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I think my soon to be ex is tracking my texts etc?

I think my soon to be ex is tracking my texts, emails, location. I turned the location off and turned on an anti-spyware. The only thing that comes up is "A message spying attempt was detected done by APP Sprint Zone." (I have Sprint) should I be worried?

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The anti-spyware is detected as a spy app through most regular cell check monitoring. If the app were turned on at the time, you would have gotten a message of possible compromise. You should not be worried unless you see a downloaded spy app in your applications setting other than your anti-spyware app.

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Is my phone being tracked or bugged?

If so, by whom and by which phone number and how long has it been. I have tried: This website. I think it was caused by: Noise in phone

Download an anti-spyware app if you are using a mobile device to check for any spy applications that may be downloaded onto your phone. Sometimes, cell phones will just have a bad connection due to a problem with your cell tower, which can cause a static type noise on your phone. To see if that is the issue, hang up and place the call again. Often when you reconnect to a tower, the static and noise will be gone.

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See more questions like this: Hi there I've had a lot of problems with my 12 month old iPhone 6..All the usual suspect happening, I'm reading we are told may mean your phone is hacked (my email, Facebook, Facebook Messenger) to name few. Crash logs are continuous?

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Well I don't have an SD card in my phone and never had, and data just recently started getting saved on it but there is nothing there?

It started off with my S5, my phone was named after my girlfriend phone, and hers was an S4, but our names were the same except mine had a 2 after it. I just got this phone a couple months back and I think she did it again. She is not smart enough for that it is her parents. I'm 21 and she is 19, I've never cheated, they know I'm loyal. I think they're using it against me. I think there are blackhats. I have tried: I've destroyed my Galaxy S5 because of it, I was going to try rooting it and getting the files out individually, but I don't have a computer and I just recently started reading up on my tech stuff. I've read a lot but still don't have a computer. I think it was caused by: I don't know

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A spy app would have had to be installed. If you enabled a Cloud app, your data would suddenly be saved. Some Cloud apps have a cloud feature that you may not have realized was a part of the app.

You say that you are loyal and not cheating. So instead of being so paranoid by the fact that her parents are spying on your phone, go about your days as you usually would and let them look all they want because they will find nothing. I highly doubt though, that they are taking the time to spy on you or their daughter.

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I have a very strong feeling that someone is using my Gmail account, but I don't know how to get out of this?

How can I know? If someone is using it? And from where?

My Account in Google allows you to set up security functions. You can see under Device & Activity Notifications a history of all the devices that have accessed your Google accounts as well as set up further notifications.

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Can my Android phone be hacked with a computer code such that my WhatsApp messages appear on someone else's phone?

Can a programmer write code to make my messages appear on someone else's phone? If possible does the person receive them as you receive them? What does the programmer require to be able to do that? This involves a code being written manually, and not a spy software being installed. I have tried: Nothing. I do not know where to start from. This is no spy software case. I think it was caused by: Curiosity and insecurity on the side of the other person

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They can put a keylogger on your PC if you use one and get your login details on any online programs/social media you use. They also have programs mentioned above like WireShark that can track what happens on your home router. Never assume that a spy app is not installed on your phone. It is super easy to do, and all the major ones support WhatsApp sniffing. Apps can also be installed if you download a picture that someone sent you. There are ways to insert the spy app code into the image.

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My Galaxy S4 Android is supposedly being spied upon as I was told by a Yahoo mail tech?

Today I was unable to get my Yahoo mail app to open on my Galaxy S4. A message would pop up saying to try again later. So I called Yahoo mail tech support. They told me someone is monitoring my IP from Russia. In doing so, they are blocking my access to my Yahoo app and could be watching my online transactions. OK, I asked how to block it all this tech did was try to sell my software to block my IP. I cannot afford such a thing. So I asked if I get another phone would this stop? He said no my IP goes with me so they could still monitor my phone. Please tell me I can just use my other phone and this will stop. And if it will only happen again, how do I prevent this? Hide my IP? Because it is being monitored. As the tech said my mail is being monitored by someone in Russia. I have tried: Just tried the app described on here. It says no spyware on my phone, but the tech said someone is monitoring it. I think it was caused by: I have no clue. I have added one app in the last few months. It is an app extractor to move certain apps to another phone

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You can change the IP address on your device. The University of Oregon IT department has an online tutorial of how to change the IP on Android devices. You will also want to scrub the data/content/OS of any devices connected to your home router and lock your router down. This YouTube Tutorial shows you how to change the IP of your Samsung S4.

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Didn't find anything with the Anti spy mobile, but it was the free app version, does it really work? What else can I do?

I can't find anything on this site to be helpful. For example, I don't know how much data my phone was using before I noticed suspicious activity. My phone doesn't get hot, but that doesn't mean no spy is installed does it? The suspected spy is asking questions about things I did (making a sound or not) but didn't tell them. Everything I do to find answers for my suspicions has to be done discretely. I can't do the thing with the modem because it wouldn't be hidden. Don't know how much extra data is unusual. I have tried: Antispy mobile didn't find anything, is it possible it didn't detect it. I have reset the phone back to factory data. Because I have to sleep eventually, it was put back on my phone at least 3 times. I think it was caused by: She thinks I'm a cheater, even though I have proven that I'm not many times, she continues to spy.

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Enable your phone lock screen after you hard reset it one more time. Do not use a pin that you normally use and change your Google or iCloud password because she could have those from previous spy installs. If it still is suspicious, remove the battery on your phone before you go to bed and hide it. Or hide your phone somewhere different each night while you are sleeping.

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My iPhone 4S battery drains real quickly & takes forever to charge. It goes from 50% to 0% in a blink, how can I find out if I am being spied on?

Battery draining real quickly, taking forever to charge. Previously echo and strange noises when on calls. Mostly use for texts, email, Facebook. Unexplained high data usage. Could someone be spying on me and how do I find out, stop them and identify who it is, please?

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I want to know for sure if, and who is hacking me, is there a safe way to see if this phone and all of the contents are safe, how can I get some real help?

A lot of strange things have been going on with my phone. One night out of the blue it just started dialing my contacts randomly, then a lot of popup ADs started running across my screen, sometimes it would just shut down, I really need some help. I am not sure if I can tell you any more than I have, I am scared. I have tried: Nothing I tried, cleaning out my phone, but it's just not working. I think it was caused by: A paranoid friend or friends, I am not certain, but I did ask him to do a few things!

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This sounds more like you have a virus. Hard reset your device and then reinstall the proper OS for it.

I think that someone is watching my YouTube History?

Last night I was watching my movies and some videos, and next morning my friend glanced me with different eyes like Anger. So I discovered that she knows what I was watching last night, even though I deleted the History. What is the matter and how can I solve these problems. Otherwise, it can cause a big problem for me. I have tried: I never tried so much. I installed some spyware apps, but they show no response. I think it was caused by: I think someone is spying on my phone, but I don't know too much about it!

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If she has your Google Account credentials, she can see your YouTube history. Also, if you have logged into YouTube on a shared PC, she can also see your history from there.

My problem is I'm sending messages to the USA but the time of last checked is Indian time when it could be a difference in timing?

Hi, my problem is that when I'm sending messages to the USA but when they check it shows Indian time when I check it shows the Indian time when there is the difference in time zone. So I want to know if someone else is spying, as there will be timing difference. I have tried: I have not tried anything, the first thing to find out my problem seeking your help. I think it was caused by: I do not know, so I'm seeking help from you, so it is possible is spying Check the Date and Time settings of your device. They could be set wrong including the Region. If you purchased the phone online, it could also have the wrong region OS.

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