In general, mobile phones store a great deal of personal information that has been tracked back over the past couple of years.

You are likely to use your mobile phone on a regular basis to: send text messages and emails; store voicemails; send friends, family or partner photographs or videos; search the web and social media – the list goes on and on.

What if you had access to all of your personal data from someone? An absolute catastrophe, that would be.

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why would someone spy on you?

For someone to spy on your account, there may be different motives.

Maybe your phone contains sensitive business details that a spy wants to know about, or you’re very wealthy and someone wants to break into your checking account, or a partner wants to find out about a possible affair.

You may have an important job or one with a lot of transparency. Scientists, journalists, judges or other government officials, for instance, may all be possible targets for the bad guys.
How do you know, then, if someone has hacked your phone?

Unfortunately, even a strong login password on your phone is not going to protect you from harmful spies. And there are plenty of spying apps on the market that can monitor all of your cell phone activity without your knowledge.

In this guide, I’ll provide you with 10 ways to tell if someone is spying on your cell phone and how you can stop them.

How to Tell Whether Someone is Spying on Your Cell Phone

There are a few indicators that the warning bells could sound which may point to the possibility of infecting your mobile phone with spy software that either records or monitors your activities, or both.

The signs vary and it is difficult to find any. If you’re aware of the usual signals, however, it’s not that hard to decide if your computer has spy software enabled.

Here are 10 ways to say whether your phone is being tracked or not.

Abnormally High Data Usage

Is your use of monthly data unusually high? Then there’s a fair chance that someone on your computer has installed a spy app.

Generally, a large amount of data is used by lower-quality spy tech tools to send the gathered information from your mobile phone.

On the other hand, in order to submit the information collected from your phone, the top-notch spy software on the market needs far less data. It’s almost difficult to see whether your monthly data use summary is installed on your smartphone with a high-end spy app.

Cell Phone Shows Signs of Activity in Standby Mode

Aside from standard incoming calls, messages and other standard notifications that trigger activity on your cell phone, your cell phone screen should not be lighting up in standby mode.

Also, unexpected noises or sounds should ring the alarm bells that something is wrong.

​Unexpected Reboot

Does your cell phone reboot without an obvious reason, or without you making it do so? In that case, it’s not unlikely that someone has unauthorized, remote access to your cell phone.

And, if someone has remote access to reboot your device, it would surprise me if that were the only thing they could do or see.

​Odd Sounds During Calls

Phone lines have not always been secure and without any odd background noises in the past.

Today’s networks, however, typically have a powerful signal and a reliable connection. Therefore, hearing strange clicking sounds or distant voices interrupting your conversations is not natural.

There’s certainly a risk that your conversation will be tapped if you hear voices in the distance, and you’re sure it’s not anyone close to the person you’re talking to.

Unexpected Text Messages

Have you received any odd-looking text messages?

Typically, a message that contains a variety of weird symbols, random numeric sequences or other characters points to the possibility of a potential spy software tool on your cell phone.

Poorer-quality spying software uses this kind of “code language” to communicate with its remote feature. And, in this case, it’s a sign that their software isn’t working properly.

​Deteriorating Battery Life

An clear sign of your mobile phone’s spy tech is if you notice a sudden decrease in the battery life of your cell phone.

On a phone, spy software tracks all of your actions and sends these recordings to a device from a third party. If your mobile phone loses battery percentages at an exceptionally high rate, in addition to the rise in data use mentioned earlier, it is likely because of spy apps.

When spy software is making recordings with the camera or speaker, it will drain a significant chunk of your phone’s battery – especially considering that your phone was supposed to be idle at the time.

If you’re not sure whether it’s just an old battery or actual spy software, simply test this by using a different set of batteries or trying your own battery in a different device. Then, measure the battery usage.

Increasing Battery Temperature in Idle Mode

This is one of the least obvious signs, because the battery temperature of a cell phone can be tied to a large number of different technical issues as well.

However, if you haven’t experienced such an increase in battery temperatures before and you didn’t use your phone, but it’s still relatively warm anyway, it could be caused by spying software that’s sending data to another device.

Increased Shut Down Duration

Similar to a PC, which always closes all active processes after you decide to shut it down, a cell phone follows the exact same routine.

Your cell phone will close all of its active processes before it shuts down completely. Therefore, it will take quite a bit longer for a phone to shut down if it also has to cancel all the data-transmitting activities of spy software.

This is particularly true if you’ve been actively using your phone.

For example, maybe you just finished a number of calls or text messages and then tried to turn off your device, and it took an unusually long time. It could be caused by the software that’s still actively running in the background, recording the newly-generated data.

​Difficulty Shutting Down Your Device

Do you experience problems while trying to shut down your device? It may be an indication that it has compromised your mobile phone. Spy software usually keeps running in the background and might stop you from completely shutting down your computer.

If the backlight of your mobile phone does not appear to turn off on a totally black screen, it is possible that this is triggered by a spy app.

​Your Cell Phone is Growing Increasingly Slower

The newest cell phones are equipped with powerful hardware and software. Your phone should be able to run many different apps at the same time.

If you feel like your cell phone suddenly shows signs of a significant drop in speed, it’s potentially being remotely controlled and monitored.

Smartphone Application Mobile Connection

How to Find and Remove Spy Software on Your Cell Phone

As mentioned before, there are plenty of spying applications available on the market. A few examples are:

  1. Spyera
  2. TheOneSpy
  3. FlexiSPY
  4. mSpy
  5. Highster Mobile

All the applications listed above can monitor and record text messages and phone calls. For how to get any of these application hit this link.

With these apps, a spy can take control of your phone’s microphone and listen to everything that happens in your surroundings.

Furthermore, the more advanced applications can even steal your passwords, use your camera to physically spy on you, or even lock your phone completely so you can’t use it anymore.

So, how can you find whether this software is installed on your device, and how can you remove it?

Solution for Android Users

If you are the owner of an Android device, you can check whether there is spy software installed on your phone by looking at your phone’s files.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Find “Additional settings.”
Android Phone Additional Settings

3. Click on “Application management.”

Android Phone Application Management

You’ll find a list of file names in that folder. Check for words like spy, log, stealth, track or trojan once you’re in the folder.

Android Phone Running Applications

In the screenshot below, you’ll see an example of common file names for spy software found on an Android device.Android Phone Trojan Spy


4. If found, delete any suspicious applications.

However, many spy apps do not use the actual name of the software tool, but instead use a fake name to hide it.

In that case, if you’re suspicious, I recommend visiting your wireless provider’s nearest store or go to an electronics store, like Best Buy – their tech team, called the “Geek Squad,” can help you out in order to delete any file that belongs to spy software.

In addition, you can block unverified apps (apps that are not officially verified by the Google Play Store) by adjusting your security settings.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Find “Additional settings.”
Android Phone Additional Settings

3. Find “Safety and privacy.”

Android Phone Safety and Privacy

4. Uncheck “Unknown sources” box.

This is a restriction that blocks the installation of applications outside of the Google Play Store.

Android Phone Uknown Sources Box Uncheck

This might not work against the best spy apps, but software of poorer quality will most likely be blocked. In case there might still be a spy app in your phone that you can’t detect or delete, I recommend that you jump down to the “Factory Reset” section for further instructions.

​Solution for iOS Users

If a spy wants to track your iOS device, they have to jailbreak it in most cases. In order to take full power, jailbreaking an iOS device allows you to circumvent the security of Apple and the modification limitations that Apple imposes on the device.

For instance, mSpy is a legal application that is available in the App Store and works on an iPhone that is not jailbroken. This app is being marketed to parents who want to track their children.

However, a suspicious partner or employer could also install mSpy on your iOS device if they have access to it. All they need is the password of your iCloud account.

In case you’re worried that your iOS device has been hacked, simply change the password of your iCloud to stop all monitoring activities. To create a strong password and find out who has access to your device visit this site.

In addition, there have been reports of vulnerabilities that were discovered in iOS security. In the past, it was possible to enter an iOS device by connecting to the same network to gain access by using malicious software tools.

Although these vulnerabilities have been fixed by now, there are always new threats at the end of the tunnel.

Checking the file folders of your iOS device isn’t as easy as with Android devices. However, there is quite a simple solution to counter any suspicion.

Just update your device with the latest available updates via iTunes. This will remove a potential jailbreak and any third-party software. 

iOS iTunes Updates

Extra tip: you can also manually back up and restore your iPhone using iTunes.

​Solution for Windows Users

Well, at this point there isn’t a solution required for Windows Phone users. The reason for that is because there aren’t any spy software tools available for cell phones with the Windows operating system – for now.

Still, if you have a Windows Phone, you can rest easy knowing you’re safe from the bad guys!

Last Resort: Factory Reset

A factory reset is a last-resort option for both Android and iOS cell phones. Resetting your cell phone to its factory settings will delete all third-party apps – thus, any potential spy software will be removed as well.

If you choose to do this, I recommend creating a backup of your contacts, photos and other important files you don’t want to lose.

Factory Reset for Android Users

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Find “Additional settings.”
Android Phone Additional Settings

3. Find “Backup and reset.”

Android Phone Backup and Reset

4. Find “Factory data reset.”

Android Phone Factory Data Reset

5. Click on “Erase all app data and apps that can be uninstalled.”

Android Phone Erase All App Data

That way, if someone is trying to install something on your phone that they shouldn’t, you’ll receive a head-ups about it. For this settings you can checkout this link.

Factory Reset for iPhone Users

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Find “General.”
iPhone Settings General

3. Find “Reset.

iPhone Settings Reset

4. Click on “Reset All Settings.”

iPhone Settings Reset All Settings

Another possibility to reset your iPhone back to the factory settings is via iTunes.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on “Restore iPhone.”
iTunes Restore iPhone

Did You Find Out That Someone Is Spying on You?

In general, many individuals who are victims of spy software were not even aware of the fact that it was taking place.

It could trigger a shock of disbelief until you learn that someone has been spying on you. If it was with personal or business intent, upon discovery, the effect may be difficult to cope with.

I highly recommend that you follow the solutions offered for your Android or iOS device if your mobile phone displays any of the signs mentioned above that indicate that someone might be spying on you.
Maybe it’s not a spy software tool that triggers all of these symptoms, but it’s still better to be secured.

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