How to Know If Your Phone Is Tapped (5 Easy Ways)

Have you ever experienced that your phone is being tapped or monitored by a third party? You are not alone. There are numerous people who have experienced the same thing in their lives.

However, it can be difficult to figure out whether your phone has been tapped by a third party. In today’s article, you’ll learn five simple ways to find out if your phone is being tapped.

How to Know If Your Phone Is Tapped

Here are five signs to look for if you suspect a third party has tapped your phone.

  1. Increase In Data Usage
  2. Unwanted Third-Party Apps
  3. Battery Problems
  4. Performance Issues
  5. Suspicious Activity

1. Increase In Data Usage

Tracking and managing data use on your phone can help you save money on your phone bill if you’re on a limited data plan. It can also help you determine if your phone is tapped because high data usage is one of the indications.

Many apps, especially video and music streaming services, use a high amount of data even when they’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network. A newly installed app can also cause a spike in data usage as they initially need lots of resources for setup.

If it’s not the case, then narrow down your search to find the cause of your phone’s increase in data usage.

Malicious software and spyware applications use cellular data to transmit confidential information without your knowledge. This will lead to a sudden spike in data usage.

One of the quickest ways to secure your device is to switch your smartphone to Airplane mode. It will cut any kind of transmission and remote hackers won’t be able to connect to your device.    

2. Unwanted Third-Party Apps

With lots of apps running on your smartphone, it can be hard to keep a track record of the apps that you installed and the ones that you didn’t.

These third-party fraudulent apps can be malware or adware. These apps monitor your smartphone and spy on your activity while tapping sensitive information. The adware loads unnecessary advertisements which increase your phone data usage.

Applications downloaded from unauthenticated sources can put your phone at risk. Nowadays scammers use techniques where they use fake names and logos of popular apps to target users. Apple and Google took strict action and removed these fraud applications from their app stores.

So before you download any third-party apps, it’s a good idea to run a Google search on both the apps and developer to find out the legitimacy. Another way is to use antivirus apps to protect your phone. 

3. Battery Problems

Various applications require different amounts of battery power for a smooth operation. For instance, playing games and streaming movies will consume more power than using a note-taking app. With the increased usage of apps, your smartphone temperature will also increase. 

If your phone overheats while it’s not in use, it could mean a malicious application is running in the background and disrupting its functionality.

This can drain your Android battery and affect its performance (more on that below). Follow these tips to boost your Android phone’s battery life.

So the sudden surge in your phone temperature is likely a sign of malicious activity. For example, spyware in the background constantly tapping your Android device. 

Other reasons can cause your battery to drain quickly, though. For example, you might be using an older handset or have installed an app that’s constantly running in the background.

Battery saver apps will make it more convenient to track the apps that drain your battery the most. Instead of manually going through settings, these monitoring apps will help you identify which apps are causing battery drain and keep them in check.

4. Performance Issues

If your smartphone has suddenly become slow, like it’s difficult to shut it down, possibly a malicious actor has gained unauthorized access to the device and might be tracking it.

Your compromised phone will be forced to transmit lots of information back to the hacker. This additional activity takes a hit on the RAM and affects your phone’s performance.

This will result in a sluggish phone that can’t perform the most simple tasks. Android cleaner apps can help you turn things around when your phone is getting slower.

Checking which apps are using the most memory can help you investigate your phone’s poor performance. Keeping an eye on these signs might indicate whether they’ve tracked your phone.

5. Suspicious Activity

Many strange activities in smartphones go unnoticed because we don’t find them harmful. But if you pay attention, these bizarre activities can tell you a lot more and help you to protect your phone from hackers.

A list of such activities is below:

  • Spy App

If your phone suddenly begins turning on and off or starts to install some apps, someone may have compromised your smartphone with a malicious application or spy app and could be attempting to tap your call.

  • Bizarre Movements of Icons

When your device is not in use and if it still shows movements of icons or some activity, this indicates that someone is trying to remotely control the device and sending the data in the background. 

  • Weird Text Messages

Receiving weird text messages from unknown sources containing garbled letters is a major sign that someone attempts to interfere with your smartphone. This means that the infected device is trying to install a malicious application.

The occurrence of these garbled letters is because some tapping apps receive their commands via coded messages.

Conclusion

Who knows what kind of spyware or bugs they have managed to plant in your phone. With these programs, it is easier than ever to not only tap your phone calls but also track you through GPS.

We hope that you find this guide helpful when it comes to tapping and monitoring your phone, either by the government or an interested party.

We want to hear your thoughts on these tips in the comments. Share your experiences and stories as well.

Sagar Tiwari is a writer at Gotechtor who covers information security, digital privacy, and hacking. His work has appeared in many well-known tech magazines.

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