Our smartphones have become invaluable tools that contain a wealth of private information about our lives. However, this connectivity also means that others may potentially monitor or track our devices without our knowledge or consent.Luckily, now there’s a way to determine if your phone is being tracked, TAPPED, or HACKED.
Various secret codes built into phones can help reveal if anyone else is accessing your device or catching your calls without your awareness.
In this article, we will explore different phone codes for Android and iPhone that can be used to check the status of call forwarding, view unknown connections, find your lost device, and more. Learning these codes is a simple step to check their phone security and privacy.
Codes to See if Your Phone is Being Tracked, Tapped, or Hacked
Many phones have secret codes to inspect call settings and detection’s. Some top codes include:
*#06# ➡️ To Show IMEI
The IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity is a unique 15-digit number that identifies your specific mobile device. Dialing *#06# on your phone’s keypad will display your IMEI number.
It’s a good idea to take note of this number and keep it in a safe place in case your device is ever lost or stolen and needs to be blacklisted by your carrier. Screenlocking apps may also require your IMEI to remove security features completely if you lose your phone.
Entering *#61# allows you to check if your phone has call forwarding enabled for situations when your phone is busy or there is no answer. If call forwarding is active, any missed or unanswered calls will automatically be sent to another number.
While call forwarding can be enabled intentionally, it could also indicate someone has set it up on your phone without your knowledge to divert calls to their device.
To see the current call forwarding status, dial *#62#, and it will tell you if call forwarding is enabled and, if so, to which number calls are being forwarded. This lets you check that no unauthorized diversions have been set up on your line.
For a more detailed check, dialing *#67# will display the phone number your calls are currently being forwarded to if that feature is switched on. Compare it to numbers you’ve consciously set up to spot any discrepancies.
An even more comprehensive check can be done by entering *#004#. This code will show all call forwarding settings, including voice mail diversion and caller ID restrictions. Scrutinize the output for any inaccuracies.
If you notice suspicious call forwarding active on your line, immediately disable it by dialing ##002#. This resets all redirection options to the default settings. It’s wise to do this whenever you suspect someone may intercept or monitor your calls without permission.
For added security, dialing *#21# on some Android phones will display whether your device microphone is enabled and if any applications currently hold the “RECORD_AUDIO” permission, which could potentially mean your conversations are being recorded unlawfully. Be aware of any unfamiliar entries.
If you’re concerned someone has installed malware or spyware on your Android phone, these codes open up a screen that lists all running processes and services. Carefully inspect for anything you don’t recognize that could indicate tracking software has been installed without your knowledge.
iPhone users have a similar code to check for tracking – 3001#12345# opens a “Field Test Mode” that displays diagnostic data about your phone’s cellular connection. Under the “Traces” tab, list any active connection attempts, which could expose if an unauthorized party is intercepting your location Pings or data traffic.
This secret code turns on “Find My Device” mode on Android smartphones. Even without the Google app installed, it will make your device ring at maximum volume regardless of sound settings so you can locate it.
Remotely activating this feature through your Google account online is also handy if your phone is misplaced but still has network connectivity.
For an in-depth look at your device specs and security settings, dialing ##34971539## on some Android phones opens up service menus showing camera firmware build details. It’s worth checking to confirm they match what was installed by the manufacturer. Outdated or modified versions could leave vulnerabilities.
This code displays your phone’s Media Access Control address, a unique identifier for your network interface. MAC addresses don’t change, so if altered, it may indicate your phone has been tampered with or contains new hardware.
As a last resort, if you suspect malware, spyware, or someone has broken into your device, initiating a factory reset using this code wipes it completely clean, restoring it to ‘out-of-box’ conditions and removing all installed apps, accounts, files, and settings. Be sure to back up important data first.
Alternatively, if a factory reset isn’t getting rid of persistent issues, this more advanced code entirely erases and formats your device storage down to the NAND level. It removes even rootkits or installs embedded at a deep system level. Be aware this will destroy all data, so only use it as an absolute last measure.
As well as codes, regularly check for:
- Unfamiliar apps running in the background
- Excess battery usage from unknown sources
- Random rebooting or behavior changes
- Unexplained data usage or mobile hotspot activity when your phone wasn’t in use
While sophisticated monitoring is hard to detect, these simple hidden codes and checks can uncover mundane issues like unknown call forwarding that may indicate less ethical tracking attempts. Even if nothing is awry, being aware of your phone’s security diagnostics empowers you to ensure no one else gains access moving forward proactively. Taking ownership of understanding your device and what’s normal for it is a prudent step toward maintaining privacy in our device-connected lives.