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How to Stop Your Phone From Being Tracked

Updated July 20, 2017

Unfortunately the same phone you use to get information on the latest movie showings in your area gives a snooping boss, partner or parent a chance to keep an eye on your every move without your knowledge.

If your mobile phone has GPS installed, your phone has the capability of being tracked. By simply taking a few precautions like keeping your phone powered off when not in use, you can stop your phone from being tracked.

Contact your service provider and ask if anyone is tracking your phone, as tracking services are charged to your account. If your phone is being tracked, ask your service provider to discontinue the tracking service immediately.

Restore your phone to factory settings. While restoring your phone to its factory settings will remove all of your data from your phone, it will also remove any GPS tracking tools or software from your device.

Power your phone off when not in use. Your phone cannot be tracked using tracking or eavesdropping software if the phone is powered off. When you are not making phone calls or using your phone for others tasks, keeping the phone off will stop any tracking and save your battery life, which can sometimes be drained by tracking software.

Tip

Private citizens are not allowed to track your phone. Contact your service provider if you suspect any illegal tracking activity.

Warning

Before restoring your mobile phone to factory settings, make sure to perform a backup of all your data to prevent any data loss.

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About the Author

Ashli Norton is an Atlanta-based writer and software firm co-founder who has published articles since 2007. Her work has appeared on various Web sites, including eHow and she specializes in writing about Macs, mobile technology, web software, and green living. Norton is an editor for an online tech blog and is earning a Bachelor of Science in public policy from the Georgia Tech University.