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How to find out if my cell phone is being tracked?

Updated February 21, 2017

Your mobile phone is always being tracked by the cell phone company. It is a necessity in order for you to make and receive phone calls. Your mobile service provider can simply pinpoint your location by measuring the strength or weakness of the signal relative to three cell towers. With this, you can be found within a few hundred feet. If you would like to know whether your phone is being tracked by someone other than the phone company there are a few telltale signs.

Check to see if your phone is still warm in between phone calls. While it is normal for phones to heat up during a call, they will usually cool down within 30 minutes after one. If your phone is still warm even when it has not been used in hours then it could still be transmitting, which is an indicator that it could be bugged.

Check to see if your phone is interfering with the radio even when it is turned off. A cell phone bug will transmit your location at all times even when the phone is turned off. While it is normal for a phone to interfere with a radio when it is receiving or making a call, it is not normal if this happens when it is turned off.

Check for signs that your battery is draining faster the normally. If the phone is bugged, you will notice that it drains much quicker than it would normally. This is because it is constantly transmitting even when it is off.

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Pay attention for these signs. While one or two of them alone may not mean that someone has bugged your phone, all three indicates that there is a good chance that someone may be tracking you. The only way to keep from being tracked is to either remove the battery from your phone or to get the phone wiped clean at a phone shop and have them reinstall the operating system.

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About the Author

Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.