To Detect a Tapped Cell Phone

Are you worried about your cell phone security? Think someone might have tapped your phone and is monitoring you? These are real concerns today but I think I can help. There are some tell tale signs that your phone is being monitored.

Smartphones to some extent, can be an extension of our own lives. For instance, you never leave home without it, unless you forgot it accidentally. People use their phones a bit too much, and have so much of their lives trapped in there. Which can be a disaster if someone taps into your phone. 

One of the most common ways that someone can tap your phone is using a commercial spy app. These are widely available and aimed at monitoring kids online behavior. The mSpy parental control app is one of the most popular apps boasting over one million users worldwide.  

Using one of these apps people can read your texts, listen to your conversation, look at your precious documents, and even monitor your location. With privacy concerns on the rise, you better believe that you need to make sure that your phone is protected. 

You may think that a phone tap is something that only happens in cop movies, but it can happen to you. Cyber crime stats are quite shocking and the problem is growing fast. 

While it’s illegal to just use these apps on someone’s phone without their knowledge you can be sure that people are ignoring the laws. It won’t hurt to know the signs of a possibly tapped phone

There can be people out there who want to tap your phone. For instance maybe you have a jealous ex who is trying to spy on you. Maybe it’s your boss, wanting to be extra nosy. 

Whatever the case, you deserve privacy. In this article, I’ll list the signs to look for to find out if your phone is possibly tapped. These aren’t foolproof but these will help to identify any potential problems. 

Is Your Phone Hot?

If you use a cell phone a lot, your battery will become warm. If you have not used your phone in a bit and the battery is somehow warm, it could be a sign that someone else is using it. Then again it could mean you overused your phone. If your phone has been off for a good while, then it’s suspicious. 

Is Your Phone Able to Hold a Charge?

Have you been having to charge your phone multiple times every day but you haven’t used it that much? Well, if your phone is tapped it can use a lot more battery life than usual. 

Sure it can be a defective battery and if your phone is older it may lose charge. But if nothing is wrong with your battery, it could be s sign. Use apps such as Battery LED and Battery life to see the history of your battery usages. 

Trouble Shutting Down?

If your phone has a delay when shutting down such as the backlight staying lit after shut down or it won’t shut off altogether, it might be a sign of a phone tap. However it could also mean that a glitch happened or something’s wrong internally. 

Weird Behavior 

If your phone lights up, turns on, turns off or installs a program without you knowing, it could mean that the phone is tapped. However it could be because of interference during data transmission. 


When you talk to someone on the phone hearing strange noises in the background can be a sign of a tapped phone. If you hear static, clicking or echoing, it could mean that it’s someone listening to your conversation. Of course it could be from a bad signal or some other sort of interference. However if you hear static when you’re not using your phone, it’s a potential problem. 

Distorted Phone Signal?

If you regularly get strange electronic distortion when you use your phone close to another electronic device such as a TV, it could be a sign that something is installed on the cell phone you don’t want. 

If you have one of these signs you should not panic immediately, because once again these are all common problems a phone can have. However, if your phone is experiencing most or all of these signs it could mean your phone is being tapped. 

So What to Do?

There are a few things you can do that can help you out if you suspect your phone is being tapped. For instance, if you suspect someone you know tapping your phone you can use disinformation at your disposal. Tell someone who you don’t suspect via phone call personal info about you. It can be made up, if you don’t feel like leaking personal details. If the suspect knows about this, it could be a sign that they have been listening in on your conversation. 

If you think your phone is tapped using a spy app, one easy and reliable way to remove it is to do a factory reset. This is very easy to do in the settings of your device and it will remove any spy apps completely.  


Don’t get paranoid that you’re being tapped. The chances of it happening to you are slim and many signs are commonly explained by hardware failure, signal interference or overuse of your phone. If you do experience multiple signs, you may want to check to be on the safe side. Also make sure your phone is password protect and has up to date Antivirus software running. 

Always be on the lookout for any sudden changes in your phone’s behavior.