How to Detect Cell Phone Tracking

By Somer Taylor

Cell phone tracking has been used by law enforcement to overhear the conversations and determine the whereabouts of criminals. This technology is available on the Internet and can be potentially very damaging in the hands of someone who seeks to harass another individual. To determine if you are the victim of illegal cell phone tracking, there are three things that you should do.

Things You'll Need

  • cell phone

Step 1

Purchase cell phone tracking detection software to see if anything has been downloaded onto your phone by another person. If you are being tracked via your phone, follow the software directions to eliminate the intrusion.

Step 2

Feel if your cell phone is warm between calls. It's normal for the phone to get warm as you talk. But if you haven't been talking more than usual and the phone remains warm when you're not using it, it may be bugged and transmitting phone conversations.

Step 3

Listen to your phone for signs of tracking due to a bug. Most phones used in the world, including those used by AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication--basically a global cell network) phones. Because of the frequency they use, GSM phones make a continuous buzzing sound when placed near an audio speaker. If you can hear this sound between calls, this could be an indication of bugging. Do not confuse this sound with the occasional clicking the phone may make when not in use --- that is due to system upgrades or other issues and is not thought to be related to bugging. Note that phones by Verizon and Sprint in the U.S. and 3G GSM phones in 3G mode do not have as much audio interference, so it may be more difficult to detect bugging using this method.

Step 4

Check the battery life of your phone. If it suddenly shorter than it should be, this could mean that your phone has been bugged and your location and conversations are being tracked. Get a new phone and cell number.