How to Find Hidden Surveillance Cameras Using Your iPhone

How to Detect Hidden Surveillance Cameras with iPhone and Android

Some people take pleasure in peeping into the private life of others. From the cracks of a window or keyholes, they would like to watch the movements happening behind closed doors. But now these are old school tricks. We are living in an age of digital surveillance. People use high-tech cameras hidden somewhere, and they can watch your activities on their smartphones or computers. To avoid such hidden surveillance, you need to be equally smart. Your iPhone can help you find such hidden cameras.

Where can you find hidden cameras? Video spy cameras can be found anywhere as anybody can spy on you. Multinational corporations keep a watch on their employees; a suspicious husband or wife can secretly follow the spouse with a secret camera; people, who rent out rooms for paying guests can install hidden cameras in rooms; Airbnb rentals can be equipped with cameras. It can be anywhere in the world. You need to scan and detect such networked cameras on your iPhone smartly.

How to Detect Hidden Spy Cameras with iPhone

Unlike any software piece in your computer or apps on your smartphone, a spying camera is a direct attack on your privacy. Once you detect any hidden spy camera, you can take legal actions as well if the camera is not installed by any authority. By using some native features on your smartphone, you can discover hidden cameras.

Detecting Electromagnetic Fields

Your smartphone and a spy camera are electronic devices, and therefore, both create electromagnetic fields when working. So when you are suspicious of being watched by some hidden cameras, you can make calls to your friends or family to check the electromagnetic fields in the room. During your conversation, you may experience some interference like a buzzing sound. Continue your conversation and roam around in the room.

While you are in the room, make sure other electronic devices are shut down. You better switch off TV, music system, or any other appliance. However, you should not consider every such interruptive sound as a potential threat to your privacy. You can be cautious only when you experience interruption at a particular spot.

Where can you Find Hidden Cameras?

Hidden cameras can be as small as shirt buttons. So finding one with your naked eyes can be a daunting task. However, there are some places where people usually install cameras.

  • Smoke detectors
  • Electrical outlets
  • Power strips
  • Night lights
  • Books, DVD cases, or video game cases
  • Shelves
  • Laptops
  • Desktops
  • Computer mice
  • Small holes in the wall
  • Pictures or other decorations
  • Stuffed animals
  • Lava lamps

Use your iPhone to Find Hidden Cameras

Now that you have some basic information about the likely spots, you can go there and use your iPhone camera to click pictures of those spots. If there is a bright, white light on your phone’s camera app, you may rummage through the place further.

Some spy cameras use infrared lights, which your eyes may not see. But your iPhone camera can catch that infrared light. The famous example of infrared light is the one that you find on a TV remote. Before you go to catch spy camera infrared lights, you can run a test by catching a flashlight on your remote when you press any button.

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Scan WiFi Networks to Find Hidden Cameras on iPhone

Smart cameras are equipped with a technology to connect with Wifi network. On your smartphone, you can detect multiple Wi-fi networks. And if you see something unusual, you can investigate further. Refresh the list of Wifi networks and check if there is an anomaly.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone.

Open Settings app on iPhone running iOS 13

Step #2. Tap on Wi-Fi.

Tap on Wi-Fi in Settings App on iPhone

If you are already connected to any network, disconnect it.

Disconnect Wi-Fi in iOS Settings App on iPhone

And then turn ON Wi-Fi toggle.

Turn toggle ON to Scan Wi-Fi Networks on iPhone

Next, move around the room to check any unusual network.

Use iOS Apps to Find Hidden Cameras

Apart from the above methods, you can use iOS apps to find hidden cameras.

DontSpy 2

After the success story of DontSpy 1, here is the second version. Once you pay and install the app on your iPhone or iPad, you are not supposed to pay any extra amount for in-app purchases or to remove ads. The app is trusted by hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. This app gives you an easy interface to locate spy cameras; you can see those bars arranged in a semi-circle and a needle goes from left to right if there is a spy bug.

Basically, this app reads the data captured by the magnetometer used by Compass app on your iPhone. And then it reports the presence of a magnetic field sent out by spy cameras or bugs. Aside from a hidden camera, this app helps you find other devices like smartphones and microphones as well.


Hidden Camera Detector

This is a free app with in-app purchases. The app detects the lens of a hidden camera and ensures you are not being spied. With this app, you can find covert devices, GPS trackers, and other listening devices in hotels, Airbnb, office, or anywhere.

A notable feature of this app is remotely accessible device scanner; with this feature, you can find any device on your network that you can access remotely or view online. You can tap on the IP link of devices to launch its log-in page and check if the device is spying on you.


That’s all folks!

There are many spy camera detectors available on the market, but they are costlier than the apps. You can follow the above methods and use the apps on your iPhones or iPads to quickly find hidden cameras anywhere.

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Suraj is an operations head on the iGB team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.

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