How to tell if someone is snooping on your Android

It takes seconds before someone compromises your Android phone’s privacy and security. Although being compromised by strangers like hackers and other cybercriminals is a more widely discussed topic, sometimes it’s the snooping by the people around you that can be the most shocking. Detecting that your phone has been tampered with is hard to spot even for you when a snooper has invaded your private life — and I have help figuring that out.

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Places where your Android can be spied on

  • In your own home
  • At home with friends or neighbors
  • work
  • Traveling

It won’t be long before curious people gain access to your phone or change settings that give them access in the future or remotely.

Most people wouldn’t even think about protecting their androids, especially around friends, family, or familiar surroundings, so you probably wouldn’t notice if your phone was being snooped.

To be on the safe side, just follow the steps below to increase the security of your phone so that it is not vulnerable to hackers or snoopers.

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

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How to check if a snooper is spying on your Android

Photo of a woman holding a Samsung phone.

Photo of a woman holding a Samsung phone.
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It takes no time to enter your screen lock to access your Android. While you might think more sophisticated methods are needed to gain access to your Android, it can be as simple as peering over your shoulder while you least expect it to spy on what screen lock you’ve entered.

Once this snooper gets a good look, or even multiple looks over time, it can get into your phone if you put it on the toilet, or run to get something from another room.

Follow the steps below to make sure snoopers have a harder time gaining access to 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:

  • Press and hold the power button and choose Restart or Shutdown and Restart from the Power Options menu.

For newer Samsung devices:

  • Press and hold the Power/Side button and Volume down
  • The Power Options menu is displayed
  • Select the option you want

For Google Pixel 6:

  • Press and hold 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 on “Security”.
  • Select the preferred screen lock type by tapping “Screen lock”.
  • Have you already set up a screen lock? You need to enter your pattern, PIN or password to pick another lock: Pattern: use your finger to draw a simple pattern PIN: enter at least 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: Enter at least 4 digits, but longer PINs (more than 4 digits) are usually more secure.
  • Password: Enter 4 or more letters or numbers
  • Select the Screen lock option by tapping the option you want, 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 loopholes 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” and then tap “Android version”.
  • You can find your “Android Version”, “Android Security Update” and “Build Number”.

Get the latest Android updates available to you

If you get a notification, open it and choose Refresh.

  • If you cleared the notification or your device is offline:
  • Go to “Settings” on your phone.
  • Tap on “System” and then on “System update”.
  • After viewing your status, you can follow any steps shown on the screen (if necessary).

Get system and security updates from Google Play

  • Go to “Settings” on your phone.
  • Tap on “Security”.
  • To check for security updates, tap Google Security Checkup.
  • To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap 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 snoopers from spying

  • Be careful when entering your screen lock. Even someone looking over your shoulder can compromise your safety. So be careful who is around when you enter your lock screen. For those of you who aren’t careful or don’t want to be careful, you can get a privacy sheet. It’s usually a piece of plastic or tempered glass that you can stick onto your phone’s screen to not only protect your screen from cracks or scratches, but also to block light from certain angles so people around you can see can what you type.
  • Never share your password or passcode with anyone. If you have a Google profile set up on your Android device, you can set up different or guest profiles that restrict their access to the 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 the best protection. My top pick is TotalAV (Limited Time Offer: $19 first year (80% off). See my expert rating of the best antivirus protection by searching “Best Antivirus” on CyberGuy.com.

Have you ever been sniffed? Or hacked? How did you find out? Comment below.

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