Do you suspect that someone is tracking your iPhone? With so many ways to track data on mobile devices, you may be justified in your paranoia. But how can you tell for sure? Well, there are several ways you can detect the presence of spy software on your device. For someone to track your iPhone and have access to your iPhone’s data, they may need to install spy software on your device.
In this article, we will share with you several ways on how to tell if someone is tracking your iPhone and how to remove it to prevent the tracking action in the future.
1. How to Tell if Your iPhone is Being Tracked
There are several indicators that can point towards the presence of spy software on your iPhone. Some of the most common ones include the following:
Noise During a Call
Hearing background noise when making or receiving a call can be as a result of a poor connection. But it can also be an indicator that spy software is installed on your device. This is because some spy software can record phone calls which can cause the noises you hear during a call. These noises can range anywhere from beeping, static, clicking and even actual voices.
More Power Consumption
Spy software installed on your device may also cause a sudden increase in battery usage. If you notice that you all of a sudden have to charge you battery more often than you use to, it is very likely that someone is tracking your iPhone. Although this is an indicator, it is worth noting that your battery life will diminish as your device gets older. What you need to watch out for is sudden battery drains.
Increase in iPhone Data Usage
If you have noticed a sudden spike in the data usage on your iPhone, this is also an indicator of the presence of spy software on your device. There are certain types of Spy software that require an internet connection to send the collected data to whoever is tracking your device. This process may require a lot of data. To assess the amount of data being used, use an app like Data Usage for iPhone to track your data usage.
iPhone Shuts Down Randomly
Does your iPhone sometimes shutdown even when it is fully charged. If this happens a lot, you might want to check the device for unwanted spy software. Low-quality spy software can cause your device to malfunction, thereby causing it to shut down at inopportune moments.
2. How to Delete Tracking Apps
If your iPhone is exhibiting all of the symptoms we’ve mentioned above, it is very likely that someone is tracking your iPhone location or iPhone data. The obvious thing to do to prevent someone from tracking your device is to remove the spy software on your device. Doing that is not as easy as uninstalling an app like you would ordinarily, but there are several steps you can take to remove them. They include the following:
Change to a Strong Password
One of the easiest ways to stop someone from tracking your iPhone is to change the password you’re using. Keep in mind that this will not remove any tracking or spy app that may be installed on your device, but it will keep it from sending any information to the person tracking you.
It is important to ensure that the password you chose is very strong. We have the tendency to use the same password for all accounts and while this may be easy, it does open up all your devices to hacking and other security issues. When you change your password ensure you do so for every service you’ve signed into on our iPhone and also make sure that no one can access it.
Upgrade iOS Version
Upgrading your device to the latest iOS 12 can stop the tracking app from working correctly. This is especially true if the tracking app was compatible with the older version of iOS. Upgrading your iOS can also have the effect of removing certain apps and settings that could be harmful to the device and may very well eliminate the tracking app on your device.
Refresh the Device
If there is no update, the next best thing to eliminate the tracking app from your system would be to refresh the device by doing a factory reset. This is the most effective way to remove the tracking app since a factory reset will remove all apps and settings from the device.
It is important to ensure that you have a backup of all the data on your device before attempting a factory reset. You should also note that a factory reset may void the warranty on your device.
To factory reset an iPhone, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Make sure that you have an iCloud or iTunes backup of the data on your device. If you don’t have the backup, take a moment to create one. Go to Settings >iCloud > Backup and ensure iCloud Backup is turned on before tapping “Back Up Now.” Or plug in the device to your computer and create a backup in iTunes.
Step 2: With a Backup of all your data, go to Settings > General > Reset and then tap “Erase All Contents and Settings.
Step 3: Enter your passcode when prompted and then tap on “Erase iPhone.”
You may need to enter your Apple Password to complete the process. Once it is done, the iPhone will go back to the Set-up screen. Set it up as new and restore it from a backup. The tracking app should no longer be on the device.
Tracking apps can be installed on your device without your knowledge. But now you know the signs to look out for and how to eliminate them should you find them.