How to find out if your mobile has a spy app
What is a spy app?
A spy app is an application which is installed on a phone without the owner’s consent and the app transfers data to a remote server which can be accessed by an unauthorised user. This application will be hidden from the application menu or disguised to prevent the owner from noticing and/or uninstalling it.
What can a spy app do?
Too many things, from sending Call, SMS and location details to discreetly knowing whom you met, what conversation you had, how long you talk to a person over the phone, etc, etc. Here is the list of things that a spy app can do:
1. Send Call logs
2. Send SMS logs
3. Send Call Recordings as MP3 files along with duration, time of call and location
4. Send Location details every few minutes.
5. Record Audio/Video for specified duration via GCM call.
6. Get all Pictures form Gallery / WhatsApp / Downloaded from web.
7. Lock your mobile.
8. Change Pin / password of your mobile.
9. Wipe out mobile data (factory reset)
Rooted phones allow Apps to monitor keyboard and send facebook chats / WhatsApp conversation / Skype chats and more.
To disallow the uninstallation of spy apps easily it will have device administrator enabled. App with “Device Administrator” enabled cannot be deleted from the Application list without disabling the “Device Administrator” privilege given to it.
Mobiles Support for Spy Apps:
Android phones allow all of the 9 points mentioned above. Apple iPhones do not. For any of the above features to work, the iPhone needs to be Rooted.
Google Play ensures that such spy apps are not hosted in their play store. If someone uploads it, they are taken down by Google Automated System. As per the new Google Play Policy, an app cannot transfer data out of mobile in the background without showing a notification in top bar alerting users about data transfer.The app should not allow the user to hide icons either. The icon should also be in relevance with the app functionality. For example, a ‘Cell Tracker’ App cannot have a ‘Settings’ icon to mislead the owner.
But since Android allows Side-Loading (Direct downloading of an app from different sources than Google Play) it’s easy to install remote monitoring / Spy application directly. The user only needs your mobile for 10 Minutes and he is all set to track you forever remotely.
How to identify if your mobile has Spy App:
As said before spy app will be disguised to look like some other icon like a “Settings” or default Android System icon. Even the name would be something like “Settings”, “Tools” which you will not bother to open.
✔ Install Lookout Security app from Google Play. It’s lightweight and helps scan and auto-detect any spy apps installed on the device.
✔ To know if a spy app is installed first check your Device Administrator list to see if there are any apps that you have not downloaded yourself. If you find any apps, no matter the name, no matter the icon of the app, just disable the privilege and uninstall it from the application list as valid system applications will not be listed in there. Device Administrator list can be found under Settings -> Security or Settings -> Application.
✔ Check if your device is rooted.
✔ Check if you are having too much data usage either via Wifi / Mobile data and which application is using the most. Go to Settings -> Data -> Usage to view the list.
Benefits of Spy App
Spy App also has few benefits. If your mobile has the potential of being stolen or someone else trying to use your mobile, spy apps can be of help.
If your spy app installed mobile gets stolen, you get all the information of thief, his location, his new mobile number if he changes SIM, his Call and SMS details which can help you get back your mobile.
Srihari Karanth is an active developer and Founder of TrackMyPhones. He is a former Software Architect in Global MNC. He now works on building new innovative mobile applications and websites. You can reach him at Srihari@TrackMyPhones.com
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I believe I have some kind of spy software download.i keep getting all kinds of Data and battery drops. There are several ways I believe it’s being done and one is ams elastic cloud content download or I have reason to believe there is a clone somewhere. I need a sure way to crack this case because my closet is for me and me alone..don’t like allowing technology to temp a man and make him run to the closet… and someone already there waiting to catch me..
Battery drop could also be due to too many apps running in background. The battery usage list will show the apps thats using too much battery. It need not be spy app always.
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In what way is it difficult?
I think my boyfriend has something on my phone but I’m not sure. He had it one day while I was at work I forgot it in his car and he didn’t bring it back to me until I was off . He had it for like 3.5 hours and it was on then turned off then turned on again.but it had a pincode on it but u never really know. Help me
Break up with him since you obviously don’t trust him
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My bro hack my phone.Sometime
my phone is open gps and bluetooth
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will know , I write this comment.That is not good.Please help me.
You can download some anti virus app like CM security which will detect if any Spy App is installed on your phone. Better to put a good patten lock and not share that with your bro 🙂
Is it possible for one to spy on you without having touched your mobile phone to install theapp
No thats not possible. Some hackers will create a fake but lookalike facebook login page and make your friend send you a link to that page and if you go there enter your email id and password, they can get to know your login credentials and start looking into your fb messages. But for call logs, SMS and others, unless you install an app on your device those cannot be accessed by anyone else.
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i think my boyfriend put the system health spy app on my phone how can i remove it and how can i tell if his phone is rooted?
so if i want to track my boyfriend’s sms and calls, should i also download this app to his phone?
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