Is There Spy Software on My Cell Phone – How to Detect Spy Apps

So you think someone might be spying on your cell phone and you want to know how you can tell. Are there any tell tale signs that your phone is being Tapped, Bugged or Monitored by spy software? Find out how you can detect cell phone spy apps or spyware on your phone today.

I’ll go over a few things you can look out for and you don’t need to be a tech wizard to use them – just have a keen eye and an open mind.

Look at my infographic as a quick reference down below!

Cell phone spy software programs are becoming more and more popular but for every one sold – there is a victim being monitored – often without their knowledge.

If you think you are a victim of spyware there are a few things you can do to protect your cell phone against spy apps but first you need to find out if you are actually being spied on.

Learn What Spy Software Apps Can Do

Do some homework and know what you are up against!

The truth is that most people don’t have a clue how powerful modern spy apps are and how available and easy to use they are. If you think someone is spying on your cell phone you need to get familiar with some of the main products available.

Take a look at my reviews of Flexispy , Mobistealth, and my main review of the mSpy app – you need to know what they are capable of and how they work. This will help in the process of knowing what to look for.

I’ve created a Complete step by step guide explaining the whole process – Cell Phone Spy Apps Guide – it will help.

You can also look at my side by side comparison of the Best working Spy Apps – looking at all the spy features of the top rated programs.

Paranoia vs. Facts?

Here’s the problem – when you suspect that you are being monitored, you can become paranoid – it’s natural I guess – but it can cloud your judgment. Do you have good reasons to believe you are being monitored – or is your cell phone just playing up a bit?

I’m going to list a few signs which can be linked to spy software on your phone. It’s important to know that some of these signs can be caused by other things.

Don’t look at one and think – that’s it I’ve been hacked! Look at them all and rule out other possible causes.

If your phone displays several of these then you might have cause for concern. Read my article – How to Hack a Phone to see several ways people can hack into your phone without your knowledge.

Most people who suspect they are being spied on with cell phone spy software – are not!

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Think Your Phone Has Really Been Hacked?

I have put together a detailed Ebook to help any victims of spy software apps. It covers how to find spy apps on your mobile device; how to remove them and how to stop them in future. It is a very comprehensive guide and will help you if you really have been hacked. Check out the details HERE.

Spyware Detection and Removal

I have a range of supporting articles in my main Online Security section all aimed to help you find spy apps and other hacks. Then I cover the main steps to help you remove these threats and secure your devices.

Check out my main guide – How to Tell if Your Phone is Hacked – if your phone has been hacked or compromised in some way this can be an open door for all your activity online. I also cover aspects specific to Hacked Android and Hacked iPhones.

Use these together with this guide to get a great overall understanding – I really know these will help you.

Signs to Detect Spy Apps

I’m going to list a few of the main signs that can help detect spy apps on your phone or device. Use some common sense here and try to think rationally – start with an open mind. You are looking for significant signs at first before digging deeper.

Look for Changes in Phone Behavior

This is often your first hint that something is wrong. You are looking for sudden changes in your phone’s behavior. Things like:

Battery Drain – is your phone battery running down faster than normal? This used to be a really strong indicator. Spy apps used to really hog the phones battery and cause serious drain but the modern programs have largely addressed this issue. If someone is spying on you with older software, you might notice a sudden deterioration in battery life.

Other causes of this can be software apps you have installed yourself or just that your battery is losing its ability to hold a charge due to age.

Strange Background Noise – some software programs can listen to and record your calls. This works by adding them as “a conference call” – but this can lead to you being able to hear strange background noise. Of course we have all had this with a bad connection but if it is happening all the time you could have spy software on your phone.

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Random Start or Shutdown – some spy software apps can cause the phone to light up as if it is in use or even to shut down by itself.

Look for this happening on a regular basis not just a one off. Again the good programs will not exhibit this behavior.

Receiving Strange SMS Texts – are you regularly getting odd looking text messages, usually with just numbers and symbols?

Some programs use sms texts to issue commands to the target cell phone and if they are not configured properly you might see these messages coming through.

Higher Data Use – is your data usage suddenly getting high? Spy programs send logs of your phone use to online servers using your own data plan. Older apps used to be really heavy on data transfers but again the best spy software apps have changed how this is handled.

The data transfers are now smaller and most people don’t have itemized data billing – so it’s getting harder to spot. If they are uploading large files like videos from your cell phone – data use could still be noticeable.

Check the Cell Phone Files

If you are a little more advanced it is sometimes possible to find spy software by looking inside the actual files on the phone. If you go to Settings – Applications – Manage Applications or Running Services, you may be able to spot suspicious looking files.

Good Spy programs usually disguise the file names so that they don’t stand out but sometimes they may contain terms like Spy, Monitor or Stealth etc.

Not everyone is comfortable getting inside the phones file system but if you are only looking for any confirmation you won’t do any damage to the phone. I wouldn’t recommend removing or deleting any files unless you really know what you are doing.

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iPhone Jailbreak – the iPhone has one easy way to check for spy software. If someone wants to spy on your iPhone – they will need to Jailbreak it first – no Jailbreak = no spying!

Detect Cell Phone Spy Apps – Infographic

Have a look at this quick reference guide to signs your cell phone may have spy apps installed – if you like it, share with a friend!

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Using a USSD Code to Detect Spyware?

There are many claims online suggesting you can use a code to check if your phone is hacked or tapped – see my article on that to find out the truth.

What Now?

As the main spy app providers become more sophisticated it is becoming more difficult to detect spy apps on your cell phone. They quickly recognized the more obvious signs and worked to remove these issues. Some of the poorer quality software programs are still quite easy for anyone to spot.

Remember not to focus on just one issue – look for several of these signs together. If you really do believe that someone is monitoring or bugging your cell phone – you need to take action.

To be a victim of regular spy software apps – they must get access to your cell phone or device to physically install the program. Remotely installed spy apps are scams and do not work as advertised. Keep your phone safe at all times!

The good news is that it is easy to remove spy software and also protect your phone going forward. You need to read my article – How to Remove Cell Phone Spy Apps.

You can also read How to Unhack Your Phone – it covers removing all kinds of hacks not just spy apps.

For more information about cell phone spy software have a look at my Complete Guide – it will open your eyes to how it all works and what is possible. Most people are shocked by how powerful these programs can be.

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Author - Susan Kennedy

Hi there - I'm Susan Kennedy, a regular mom who has used spy apps for years now. I was fed up with spammy reviews and poor information so I started this website. I also teach how to improve your online security and stop unwanted spy apps. Reliable information from a real person!

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