Did you leave your phone unattended somewhere and are now worried if someone went through it? Do you not have a password lock on your phone? Well, if that sounds like you, then you need to read this. This tutorial will tell you how to know if someone went through your Android phone. Yes, we all have important and private data on our phone that we wouldn’t want others to see. Therefore, it is always important to use a passcode or a fingerprint lock on your phone. However, if you have nothing personal on your phone, then don’t worry about having a password or pass-code lock.
There are a couple of simple and easy tricks that you can use to find out if someone went through your Android phone. Let’s take a look at them.
Check your Recents menu
The easiest way to check if someone has used your phone while you’re away is to check the recents menu on your Android phone. On older Android devices, you will have to press and hold the home button (physical) to bring up the recents menu. On newer phones, it is mostly on-screen buttons, but you would still need to press and hold the home button. You will be able to see the most recent app that was opened on your phone. If it is an app that you weren’t using last, then someone has probably gone through your phone.
However, if the person who used your phone is smart enough, then they could have also cleared the recents menu. This way, you will be left wondering what app did the person check on your phone. A single button can clear all the recent apps. So yeah, there’s not really a way to know which app was used last. Yes, you can confront the person if you know them, but they probably won’t tell you. In such cases, you can use another method that can tell you the last opened or used app on your Android phone.
The secret Testing menu
Pretty much all Android phones, even Apple devices, have a testing tool. This tool can be accessed using a special technique. Once you’re in the tool, you will be able to quickly check the most recently used apps. It will show the timestamp as well, which can further help you find who was using your phone or if someone went through your Android phone.
However, this trick mostly works on Android smartphones that use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It does work on some MediaTek powered phones, but your mileage may vary. If you have an Android device with a Snapdragon heart, then follow the methods below to find out the last used app.
1. Open the Phone app on your Android smartphone.
2. Launch the dialer keypad and type in *#*#4636#*#*.
3. This should launch a Testing screen on your phone. This is a hidden tool, and quite a useful one.
4. Here, tap on the option that reads ‘Usage statistics’.
5. You will now be able to see a list of apps along with the last used time and the amount of time it was used for.
6. If the list isn’t arranged according to the time, then tap on the Sort By option and choose Usage time in the drop down menu.
7. You should now be seeing a list of all the recently used apps.
If you spot a recent app that wasn’t used by you, then you know that someone has used your phone. Now, you will have to figure out who it was.
There are several third-party apps, which require a rooted Android phone, which can use the phones’ front camera to tell if someone other than you is using the phone. These tools will take a picture of the person and save it in a secret location on your phone. You can also use such tools to know if someone went through your Android phone. However, the other two methods are also quite useful to know if someone used your device. Happy hunting!