How to know if someone is spying on your Android

It takes seconds for someone to compromise the privacy and security of your Android phone. Although compromises by strangers such as hackers and other cybercriminals are more often discussed, sometimes it’s spying by those close to you that can be the most shocking. Detecting that your phone has been tampered with is also difficult for you to detect when a snooper has infiltrated your privacy – and I have help finding that out.

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Places where your Android can be spied on

  • In your own house
  • With your friends or neighbors
  • At work
  • Out and about

It doesn’t take long for a curious person to gain access to your phone or change the settings that allow them future or remote access.

Most people wouldn’t even think about protecting their Androids, especially around friends, family or familiar settings, so chances are you won’t notice if your phone has been crawled.

Just to be on the safe side, just follow the steps below to harden your phone, so it’s not vulnerable to hackers or snoopers.

Please note that the settings may vary depending on your Android phone manufacturer.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS ON YOUR ANDROID DEVICES

How to check if a snooper is spying on your Android

Photo of a woman holding a Samsung phone.
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It doesn’t take long at all to enter your screen lock to access your Android. While you may think more sophisticated methods are needed to gain access to your Android, it may be as simple as looking over your shoulder when you least expect it to spy on the lock screen that you entered.

Once this snooper has a good look or even multiple looks over time, it can get into your phone when you put it down to use the bathroom or run to get something from another room.

Follow the quick steps below to make it harder for spies to get into your phone.

1. Restart your Android

Photo of a woman restarting her Android smartphone.

Photo of a woman restarting her Android smartphone.
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For most Android phones:

  • Hold down the power button, then select Restart or Shut down and restart from the Power Options menu.

For newer Samsung devices:

  • Hold power/side button and volume down
  • The Power Options menu appears
  • Select the desired option

For Google Pixel 6:

  • Hold down the power and volume up buttons

2. Change your screen lock

Photo of a tutorial on how to change the lock screen on an Android.

Photo of a tutorial on how to change the lock screen on an Android.
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  • Go to “Settings” on your phone
  • Tap “Security”
  • Select preferred screen lock type by tapping “Screen lock”
  • Already have a screen lock in place? You will need to enter your pattern, PIN or password to choose another lock: Pattern: use your finger to draw a simple pattern PIN: enter a minimum of 4 digits, but longer PINs (more than 4 digits ) tend to be more secure. Password: Enter 4 or more letters or numbers
  • Pattern: use your finger to draw a simple pattern
  • PIN code: enter at least 4 digits, but longer PIN codes (more than 4 digits) are generally more secure.
  • Password: Enter 4 or more letters or numbers
  • Select the screen lock option by tapping the one you prefer, then follow the on-screen instructions

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3. Check for the latest Android update

Keeping your phone’s operating system up to date is important for your security. Whenever vulnerabilities for hackers and snoopers are discovered, there is usually an update to stop them.

To check which Android operating system you are using

  • Go to “Settings” on your phone
  • Tap “About Phone” then “Android Version”
  • You can find your “Android Version”, “Android Security Update” and “Build Number”

Get the latest Android updates available for you

If you receive a notification, open it and select “update”

  • If you cleared the notification or your device is offline:
  • Go to “Settings” on your phone
  • Tap on ‘System’ then ‘System update’
  • After seeing your status, you can follow all the steps presented on the screen (if necessary)

Get Google Play system and security updates

  • Go to “Settings” on your phone
  • Tap “Security”
  • To check if security updates are available, tap “Google security check”
  • To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap on “Google Play system update”

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Stock phone of a phone with a lock on the screen.

Stock phone of a phone with a lock on the screen.
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How to stop Android spies from spying

  • Be careful when entering your screen lock. Even someone looking over your shoulders can compromise your security, so be aware of who’s around you when entering your lock screen. For those of you who aren’t careful or want to be careful, you can get a privacy screen protector. This is usually a piece of plastic or tempered glass that you can stick to your phone screen to not only protect your screen from cracks or scratches, but also block light from certain angles so people around you can see what you are grabbing.
  • Never share your password or password. If you have set up a Google profile on your Android device, you can set up different or guest profiles, which will limit their access to settings and information on your phone.
  • Send videos and photos directly to someone instead of handing over your unlocked phone
  • Never leave your phone unattended
  • By far the smartest protection is to install good security protection on all your devices for better protection. My top pick is TotalAV.

Have you ever been spied on? Or hacked? How did you find? Comments below.

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