How to Find a Cell Phone Spy

By Kevin Blankinship

Despite the diligence with which federal and local authorities are tracking down people who use illegal spy software, there are still many spies and hackers at large. This includes cell phone spies, who use "spyware" (spy software) to listen in on phone calls, retrieve text messages, and track the location of cell phone users through GPS. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect yourself against such illegal activity, and possibly bring the culprit to justice.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone
  • Anti-spyware software
  • Police contact information

Step 1

Make sure you have been bugged before taking action. Watch for telltale signs like strange clicking noises or static when you make calls, trouble turning off the cell phone, or unwanted calls and messages. Don't answer these calls or messages; just be aware that they may indicate spy activity on your cell phone.

Step 2

Install anti-spyware software programs to your cell phone. Look up websites like for software available directly from the Internet. Check out deals from companies that anti-spyware programs for computers. Many of them, like Norton Antivirus, also sell spyware blockers for cell phones.

Step 3

Contact your service provider and request to have your phone's memory wiped. This is the only way to be certain your phone is free of spyware. If you are capable with cell phone repair, replace the circuit board and SIM card yourself as a precaution against spies.

Step 4

Notify authorities of the problem. Request they perform surveillance on your cell phone to locate the perpetrator. If you suspect someone in particular, ask the police to install their own spyware on that person's phone to determine whether he or she is committing a crime.

Tips & Warnings

  • Finding out the identity of a cell phone spy is relatively difficult. However, spotting the signs of spying activity and taking measures to protect your phone is relatively easy. As long as you keep tabs on your phone and act immediately if you discover a spy, the problem can be permanently resolved.
  • Unless you have your cell phone's memory completely wiped, there is no way to guarantee that spyware software has been eliminated. You may have to change numbers or even cell phones to make certain that you are not the victim of a spy.