You might be wondering this if for instance you’ve recently changed phones and found that a blogsearch about the model turns up seemingly unrelated blog posts, or if someone steals your phone and then seems to have left it somewhere without taking anything else. There are actually a few ways that you can figure out whether or not someone is tracking your phone, which we will go over in more detail later on, but first let’s make sure we’re all on the same page as far as what “tracking” means in this context.
There are three forms of phone tracking: legal, illegal/criminal, and commercial. The legal form of phone tracking involves yourself giving permission for another person to track down your phone, while the illegal form of tracking involves someone using your phone to track you down without your consent. The commercial form of tracking is when companies gather information about customers through their phones in order to show them relevant advertisements or offers.
What Are The Reasons For Someone Tracking Your Phone?
There are several reasons why someone might want to track you with your own phone. It could be a partner who becomes suspicious, it could be an employer trying to make sure employees aren’t abusing company perks like unlimited long distance, or it could even just be parents keeping an eye on their children when they’re at parties.
While you may not have anything to hide from these people in most cases, knowing that someone’s keeping an eye on what you’re doing might feel intrusive and violating. Some people also actually volunteer to have their phones tracked as a way to try and cut down on the amount of time they spend away from home.
What Are The Ways To Tell That Your Phone Is Being Tracked?
There are several ways that you can tell whether or not your phone is being tracked, but some of them require more technical know-how than others. First off, if someone with access to your phone has set up tracking software, there will usually be an entry in the phone’s “About” menu that tells you what version of the tracking software is installed.
There might even be options for controlling this software included here. This only works, though, if the person who placed the tracker on your phone hasn’t disabled these entries (and it always helps to know how to navigate your phone’s menus).
To check for this without having access to the phone, you can also do a quick Google search for “<phone model here>” + “tracking software” and see if anything comes up. If it does, this means that there is tracking software installed on your phone, so now you just need to find out what type of tracker it is.
Next, you can try doing a quick search for “<phone model here>” + “GPS tracking” and see if anything comes up. If your phone is GPS-capable, then the person who put the tracker on you probably used GPS to track where you were going and whatever else they wanted to know about your phone’s activity.
If neither of those searches bring up any results, then there is probably no tracker on your phone, but you might want to do some further investigating with your service provider to make sure.
If you suspect that there may be a tracker on your phone, try searching online to see what results come up. If you find something suspicious, then contact your service provider to make sure that nothing is going on behind the scenes.