How to Tell or Identify If Your Phone Is Tapped by Police?

background noise head during phone call on smartphone deviceFinding out if police are tapping your phone is more accessible today with the advancement of technology. It would yet still be challenging to identify wiretapping over landline phones. However, for a cell phone, there are companies and software apps that can assist in identifying a phone tapped by the police.

Certain companies can inform you if a fake antenna is tapping your phone. Or police are trying to hack your phone to get into your private conversations and messages.

Although, the antenna that is being used to identify if police tap a phone doesn’t involve any encrypting your calls or text messages. These antennas will only inform you that your phone is being tapped.

How to determine if mobile is being tracked

There are several reasons why someone will try to hack your mobile. For policy reasons, they might need some valuable information that they may need in an ongoing investigation. Whatever may be the reason, there is a way to know now that someone is trying to hack your phone.

Tracking applications, like mSpy, are increasingly popular due to many hackers wanting to hack valuable information from your phone as everyone is solely dependent on the net. Thus, there are more tracking applications available online.

How to know if your phone is tapped

Young man using smart mobile phone and laptop computer.Wondering: Can anyone listen to my cell phone conversations? Yes, they can! Here’s what you need to look out for. Below is a list of these significant signs of someone who is trying to hack your device.

The Difficulty of Turning Off Your Device

If you are having special issues in turning off your mobile like it keeps freezing up or fails to shut down properly. It could be a sign that it is compromised, and there might be a spy app installed on your device.

  • The backlight remains on even after your device shuts down

Decreased phone battery life

Unauthorized background programs installed on your phone are probably responsible.

  • The phone heats up more than usual.

Observe random unusual activity

Inexplicable activities on your device may indicate that it is bugged. If there are weird or unexplainable activities that are not usually on your mobile, especially if you are not using it, it is the best way to identify someone who is trying to hack or target your mobile account.

  • You are receiving strange coded SMS texts with weird characters.
  • Strange pop-up ads from malware or spyware apps that you didn’t install.
  • Screen distortions and program installations without you doing them

Background Noise When Making a Call

Hearing strange, suspicious noises coupled with other signs might mean your phone has been tapped.

  • Inexplicable static, clicking or high-pitched murmurs
  • Static signals and unusual background noise when you make a call.
  • A low-frequency sound bandwidth sensor goes off when checking for inaudible sounds on your phone networks.

The phone starts behaving strangely

  • Receiving strange coded SMS texts with weird characters.
  • Strange pop-up ads from malware or spyware apps that you didn’t install.

Electronic interference

You encounter electronic interference from surrounding devices even when you’re not connected on a call.

  • Your FM radio or television emits a high-pitched sound when you’re device is close to it.

High phone bill

If you notice increased data or SMS usage, there’s probably a phone tapping software that’s responsible for it.

  • There’s spyware transmitting information from your phone to a receiving device.

Code to check if the phone is tapped

Dial these USSD codes to know if someone’s tapping your phone.

*#21# — checks if your calls and messages are being diverted.

*#62# — provides information on where the calls and messages are being redirected to.

##002# — deactivates all diverts.

What to do if your phone is tapped

Use these tips to mitigate.

  1. Get your phone services provider to help

If you tell them that you suspect your phone is being tapped, they’ll do a line analysis check using specialized equipment to detect illegal phone tapping.

  1. Get the police to help

They would use specialized equipment to test for illegal tapping on your phone and catch the culprit responsible for it.


  1. Melissa says

    September 7, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Do these codes work with Verizon carrier in the United States? Because when I dial the codes *#21# and *#62# I get “(Robotic voice) Welcome to Verizon Wireless. The number cannot be completed as dialed. Please check the number and dial again. Announcement for (switches to a real voice recording after this point) location 51231.” With the last code, it is slightly different, when the voice changes, it says “404 location 51231.” If it does work on Verizon Wireless in the United States, what do these things mean?

  2. Michael A Stabile says

    August 27, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Get one of those game horns . Pick up your phone and wait for a dial tone. Then give it a blast from the game horn. Who ever is listening in on your calls will go deaf for a while. That will stop the tapping of your phone because no one will want to listen in on your calls because of the horn.

  3. Joe says

    July 18, 2020 at 3:49 am

    My battery runs down fast, and when I text, two messages pop up, then one disappears…. like my texting is open on another phone, I also get SMS texts with strange codes

  4. Joseph says

    July 17, 2020 at 1:39 am

    My phone acts weird when I text, especially when I send a text, 2 messages pop up at once, then one disappears?

  5. Joe says

    July 2, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    My phone is MOST DEFINITELY being spied on and I’m pretty sure that at first it was a sociopathic, narcissist stalking/spying on me, and then when he got enough incriminating “evidence” against me, he turned it over to the authorities and they’re probably the ones behind it now. I say that because when put in context with every other abnormal occurrences I’ve been noticing, it makes sense. So yeah, I can’t call the police to have them “help” me.

  6. B G says

    April 8, 2020 at 6:16 am

    What if the Police are the ones doing the tapping. Then what? They have tapped may son’s phone for around 2 years now. Unlimited, no crime so I doubt if there is a Court Order. Besides, there is usually a legal time limit especially when nothing has happened. And nothing has happened. they just took over my phone when I got a new one, and they divert and answer some of my calls. I know because they used the wrong company name when they answer the phone. What do I do.

    • Claire says

      April 10, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      It’s better to consult a lawyer.

  7. Mitu says

    March 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I think one of my neighbor, is a police, is tapping my phone. I can’t complaint to police station because he is police. How to know it and how to stop it.

  8. Kathleen says

    February 22, 2020 at 10:15 am

    I think my phone is being bugged my my x boyfriend who is a retired New York City police officer. I’m going to try and look into it. To many coincidences and it’s making feel crazy.

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