How To Tell If Someone Is Spying On Your Phone?

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We at SpyDrill are in the favor of spying and monitoring apps when it comes to the security of your dear ones.

But it’s only legal when you have taken the consent from the target person or the monitoring has to be done of a teenager or younger child.

But what if you aren’t a teenager and you haven’t given the consent to anyone to install spyware on your phone?

And recently you’re noticing your cellphone behaving strangely, or heard something from someone that only you know about.

Or due to any other reason if you think there’s a spy app on your device, then it’s a matter of concern.

It’s a clear breach of privacy and you can even sue that person in the court for such an audacious step.

But first, you need to be definite about the existence of spyware on your Android phone.

So let’s see how to check if spyware is installed on your smartphone and if it’s been tracked, tapped, or monitored by spy software? And most importantly, how to get rid of it if it exists.

How To Tell If Someone Is Spying On Your Phone?

Checking The Apps Installed On Your Phone

Have you recently started to get bothered due to your gut feel that someone is tracking your phone?

Are you familiar with all the apps on your home screen? And switching the phone on and off is not helping at all and not giving a rest to your uneasiness.

Is that the kind of situation you’re stuck in?

You don’t need to worry. The simple tricks that we are gonna share with you will confirm for the 99% of the cases that if there’s spyware installed on your phone or not.

NOTE 1: The steps that you need to follow might differ from device to device and version to version.

NOTE 2: The following steps are done with Vivo v15 running on Android version 9.

1. Launch the phone settings and open the app manager or simply Apps depending on your phone and Android version. Use the search option to locate the app manager if you can’t find it manually. In some of the devices, the app name might appear in the Accessibility section.

app manager

2. Spying apps for Android phones mostly appear with names like System Services, System Update Services, Internet Services, Sync Service, Update Services, or something along those lines.

how to tell if someone is spying on your phone

These are the most common names with which the monitoring apps are installed.

3. If you find an app with these names, then it’s surely a spy app. Just tap on the UNINSTALL option to get rid of the app.

uninstall spy app

Now that you have uninstalled the hidden spy app from your phone, there’s nothing you should worry about.

Checking The Data Usage Details

The total number of apps in the app manager section is obviously going to be countless.  So it’s assumed that some of the people might have failed to detect the spy app from such a huge list.

But here’s another trick to search for the tracking app. And here you need to find out the spy app from the list of fewer apps.

1. Launch the phone Settings and open the Data monitor. Use the search option to locate the data monitor if not found manually.

data monitor

2. Select the Data monitor option.

check the data used

3. Go for the Data usage details.

details of the data usage

4. Now look for the app that you are unfamiliar with but have high data usage. That app is most probably going to be the spy app.

Checking The Battery Usage

It’s commonly seen that the cell phone drains a huge amount of battery after the installation of spyware.

And these apps themselves make the user agree that a high amount of battery drainage will take place after the installation.

That’s why checking the power consumption ranking on your device might also work.

1. Open the phone Settings and head to the Battery option.

battery option2. Under the Battery option, select the Power consumption ranking.

power consumption ranking

3. The list of apps with the amount of battery these apps consumed will appear here. The app with the most consumption will be on the top and the one with the least consumption at the bottom.

battery percentage

Signs That A Spy App Is Installed On Your Phone

The above trick to detect the spyware on Android phones will work in most cases. But what option is left for the selected people who can’t find any such app resting in the app manager?

Let us first discuss the hints that our smartphone gives when it has a monitoring app installed.

High Data Usage

The tracking of data usage is as easy as tracking a snail walking. So if a monitoring app exists on your device, it is definitely gonna be exhausting a high amount of data. And you’re surely gonna notice it.

It’s a big hint to know if someone is spying on your phone, but this is not enough to be certain about the existence of a spy app.

Let’s see what other hints you will get.

High Battery Usage

As discussed above, the tracking apps are known for a serious amount of battery usage.

My device even pops up a notification about the high battery usage while I’m testing new spyware.

And the reason for such quick battery drainage is obvious. The app is bound to collect all the data from the target device and spill it out on the parent’s(or the person tracking you) portal.

If your smartphone is also showing the high battery usage notification or you are simply noticing such behavior without any reason, then there’s a possibility of a spy app.

Unnecessary Phone Heating

An increase in the temperature of the device can be the result of excessive use of the cell phone or due to other technical issues.

But first the sudden increase in data usage, then the high drainage of battery, and now the unnecessary heating. All these things at the same time don’t sound right.

So this further strengthens our suspicion about the existence of a monitoring app on your device.

Unexpected Lag

If your mobile phone is of low specification, in that case, this problem is normal. But in the case of devices with high specs, the lagging problem is completely absurd.

So if you doubt someone of installing spyware on your phone and recently out of nowhere your high spec device starts to hang, then your doubt might be true.

How To Get Rid Of The Spy App

Now the only option you are left with is resetting the phone to factory settings and deleting all the existing data.

But don’t forget to take the backup of your device before you reset it and delete all the apps, their data, photos, videos, and everything else.

Once the smartphone is reset to factory settings, there’s no chance that the spy app still exists on your phone.

Final Words

The use of spy apps is widely done to keep an eye on the kid, when someone suspects their partner of cheating or for the business purpose.

But whatever be the reason, your affirmation for installation is what matters here.

We hope that you will be able to tell if someone is spying on your phone. If it turns out to be true, you have full light to make them answerable and you can even sue them in court in the case of breach of privacy.

So do you have even the slightest suspicion of the survival of such an app on your device?

Just use the methods above to confirm your suspicion and delete the spy apps.

About the Author

Franklin manages a remote team using monitoring apps to keep track of their working hours and performance. He has been using tracking apps for monitoring employees for over 6 years now. He started SpyDrill to share his experience with monitoring apps and hence help others who want to track someone. Franklin holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in business administration.

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