If you are looking to find out how to remove cell phone spy software applications from your phone, you’ve come to the right place, and I’ll try and explain several ways how you can do it. Additionally, I’ll provide tips on how to protect your phone in the future.
This will be kept as simple as possible, without getting too technical in the process. After all, the main goal of this guide is to help you remove spy apps from your cell phone, not confuse you with unnecessary technicalities and IT lingo. So, let’s get straight to the point, shall we?
The two basic ways of removing spy software are: factory reset and OS update. Have a look at each one and decide what works best for you.
Need to find out more about what spy software is and can do? Reflex software guides are a good resource to start with – lots of monitoring software reviews for cell phones, tablets and PC’s. The site is managed by John Pruitt – he seems to know his stuff and has halped me with a few questions I had.
Spy Software Removal with a Factory Reset
Performing a factory reset is arguably the most thorough and complete method of removing spy software from your cell phone. This should be your method of choice in case you are not sure you are being monitored. The removal process differs slightly, depending on the type of your cell phone.
If you are not sure how to do this yourself, the easiest thing to do would be to visit your local vendor and have them perform a reset for you. Most of them will do it free of charge, since it is a fairly simple procedure. Factory reset is possible on all types of cell phones, including Android, iPhone and BlackBerry.
Before you perform a factory reset, a quick word of advice: make sure you backup your cell phone first!
When you do a factory reset, it means your phone will be restored to a condition as it was when you first bought it, and all of your data will be removed, including any software and applications you might have installed in the meantime. In case you need to keep your contacts, photos or music, and you do, backup all that data before continuing. Once you have made sure all the necessary data is backed up, you can proceed with the factory reset.
Based on my experience, these are the best guides so far for each phone type:
- Android – http://droidologist.com/how-to-reset-an-android-phone/
- iPhone – http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/17/reset-iphone-factory-settings/
- BlackBerry – http://crackberry.com/reset-your-blackberry-factory-reset
I’m referring you to these because they are very easy to understand and they take you through the entire process one step at a time. Once you have completed the factory reset, you can be sure that any traces of spy software will be removed permanently. Quick and easy, the only hassle is the need to backup your data before you perform a reset.
Spy Software Removal with OS Update
In case you are looking for a way to remove spy software, but without removing all the data off your phone, then you should consider updating or re-installing the phone’s firmware or its operating system.
It is less extreme and it essentially has the same effect. Because spy apps are made for a specific operating system, and a specific version of it as well, changing or updating to a newer version of the OS will render the spy apps useless. Mind you, the factory reset is still a more complete solution as I mentioned, but in most cases OS update will do just fine.
Keep in mind that once you update the OS, the update will remove rooting, in case of an Android phone, and jailbreaking, in case of an iPhone.
Removing Spy Software from an iPhone
Removing a spy app from your iPhone is as simple as it gets – you just need to update or reinstall the iOS. How does it work? In order for any spy program to work on the iPhone, the phone itself needs to be jailbroken. Once you update the iOS, jailbreak will be removed along with the spy app.
Manual Removal of the Spy Software
First and foremost: you should do a manual removal of the spy software only in case you really know what you are doing! Since most of us can’t really gauge the extent of our own knowledge objectively, I cannot recommend this. The most difficult aspect of this method is that the actual spy software files are difficult to identify, since they are disguised on purpose.
In my opinion, this is not worth the risk and should be avoided, not to mention that your phone might not work properly after that.
Now, removing the spy software is only a part of the solution. Next up, you need to make sure it won’t happen again by protecting your cell phone properly. Personally, I am stunned when I see how careless people are when it comes to protecting their phones. Even some of the most basic methods are usually overlooked and ignored. Keep in mind that spy apps only take a few minutes to install, provided that someone has physical access to your cell phone.
Here are some of the ways you can make sure your phone stays safe:
- Password Lock Feature – All cell phones have this feature. Simply set up a good strong code and that’s it. Needless to say, don’t share it with anyone.
- Password App – If you want a more advanced security method, try some of the free or paid password apps which will allow you to manage your passwords.
- Security App –Luckily, there are numerous apps to choose from for any kind of phone. I recommend the
- Lookout Mobile Security. It offers different levels of protection for Android and iPhones, depending on whether you’re sticking with a free or paid version. It is able to detect most of the spy apps out there.
Try one of these methods and see which fits your needs best. For most of you, choosing a simple secure password will do just fine.