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    Default Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Is there any way too search my phone or find out if a hidden/spy app has been installed on my phone?
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    I'm sure there is, but without knowing specifically what to look for, I do not know how. Sorry.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    There is no way to hide an app on your phone. It can be placed in a folder several pages down. Check each home screen and each folder thoroughly. That's all you can do.


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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    There is no way to hide an app on your phone. It can be placed in a folder several pages down. Check each home screen and each folder thoroughly. That's all you can do.


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    True.

    Unless you phone is jailbroken.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    why is it not possible to hide spyware in a perfectly visible app ? I thought that was how it was done.


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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wotcher! View Post
    why is it not possible to hide spyware in a perfectly visible app ? I thought that was how it was done.


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    Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Apple has pretty strict criteria for the AppStore and apps are sandboxed for getting info from other apps without asking for permission. And since you only should have apps installed that are part of iOS or that you personally installed, the odds of spyware is incredibly small.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    If you are somehow side-loading apps from elsewhere other than the App Store then it is possible that they could maybe contain some spyware. If you are not jailbroken, then this should not be an issue.

    As Karen said, Apple have very stringent rules and testing procedures to ensure that all apps that are available through the official App Store are not malicious in any way.

    Can I ask why you are worried why you think you might have spyware installed?

    If you have only ever installed apps from the Apple App Store then there is virtually zero chance you will have malicious spyware installed.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    True.

    Unless you phone is jailbroken.
    I was about to say that.

    Edit: Although, technically, couldn't some make an app that says it does thing a, but also does thing b, and put it directly on the phone as a developer? Or am I missing how the development process works? As in I make an app that I tell someone is quicker to access their Nest settings. It does that quicker, but also sends their location to me when they open it. Couldn't I essentially sideload it as a developer, going around Apple's vetting process? Yes I'd need physical access, but that's doable I guess.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    I was about to say that.

    Edit: Although, technically, couldn't some make an app that says it does thing a, but also does thing b, and put it directly on the phone as a developer? Or am I missing how the development process works? As in I make an app that I tell someone is quicker to access their Nest settings. It does that quicker, but also sends their location to me when they open it. Couldn't I essentially sideload it as a developer, going around Apple's vetting process? Yes I'd need physical access, but that's doable I guess.
    Yeah you're definitely right that there are ways and means round it but to be honest, going down that route is moving more into the area of black ops espionage rather than someone just worried their spouse might be spying on them (for instance).
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    I was about to say that.

    Edit: Although, technically, couldn't some make an app that says it does thing a, but also does thing b, and put it directly on the phone as a developer? Or am I missing how the development process works? As in I make an app that I tell someone is quicker to access their Nest settings. It does that quicker, but also sends their location to me when they open it. Couldn't I essentially sideload it as a developer, going around Apple's vetting process? Yes I'd need physical access, but that's doable I guess.
    I've heard of some GBA emulators that do this. It uses a developer account and a provisioning profile to sideload it from the internet.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    All the talk about "sideloads" and "emulators" and whatnot has just confused the OP. The OP had a fear their phone had a spy app. To the OP I would say you have nothing to fear. There is no spy app on your phone.


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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Some software can be installed remotely so that the person watching you doesn’t even need physical access in order to bug your cell phone.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    I know an app for spying which hides its icon.
    The app name is spytomobile but you can't find it in the app list of your phone because it has different name there.
    Search for the apps you didn't install in your phone and delete them.
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by summertime View Post
    Is there any way too search my phone or find out if a hidden/spy app has been installed on my phone?
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    Default Re: Is there any way too search my phone for hidden spy apps?

    At the end of the day, if you're truly worried. You can just reset and erase your iPhone and start as new because if you do anything such as banking on your mobile device, I would think a reset is better to ensure your secure and not at risk of identity theft. At least, if that's what you're worried about. idk

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