Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone

Android: How to tell who has been messing with your smartphone
Chances are that if you have a smartphone or a tablet, there's stuff on it that you wouldn't like every single person around you to have access to - text messages, images, video, apps, you name it. Sure, you can hide your private images or lock down certain apps using software made for that purpose, but such a solution isn't always enough to keep prying eyes away. What if you want to see who has been secretly messing with your Android device without telling you? Well, in that case, there's a few apps that can come in handy. These three Android applications will let you know when your smartphone or tablet is being used and will help you catch the culprit red-handed. Check them out below!

Anti Theft Alarm is a simple security app we'd recommend using as long as you're near your smartphone or tablet - near enough to hear the siren that will go off the very instant your device is picked up. Here's how to use it:

Clip Ninja ($1.41)

This app does not lock your device in any way. Instead, it monitors the user's activity and logs everything they type (except passwords). Clip Ninja is meant to be an advanced clipboard manager and not a spy application, but it will probably do just fine for figuring out what a smartphone or tablet has been used for without its owner's knowledge. Here's what you need to know about the app:

GotYa! ($1.99)

This app will take a photo of whoever turns on the screen on your Android smartphone or tablet (assuming it has a front-facing camera, of course). Photos will also be captured each time someone enters a wrong lock screen password or pattern, thus exposing the identity of the one who stole your device, or was just going through your stuff. But that's not all GotYa! can do:



1. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

Awesome stuff

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I still prefer Lookout.

3. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Cerberus anti theft is the best anti theft app, if a thief stole my phone well they're pretty much in trouble

4. robieNL

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2013

Second that! Cerberus app tracks your phone, takes a picture (even with the back camera if you want to), and much more! And just costs $3 for a lifetime license

6. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I use SeekDroid and Kaspersky phone/tablet security. The last one takes pictures too. First one is awesome for tracking.

7. coppico

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

guys what phone is the kitty holding?

9. GAZ082

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

That cutey is trying to steal a Motorola one. Cant find the model, but it was designed for seniors. Big numbers, nothing but call, contacts and sms, monochrome.

8. reindeer_nation

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

anyone know what model that phone is? The one the cat's holding. Looks stylish.

11. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Motorola F3 (flies aways...)

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