How to Find Hidden Apps on the iPhone

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There are times when we just don’t want to share everything with our partner or our parents. Secrecy doesn’t always have to be bad. Some information we just want to keep for ourselves. For those of us who are being kept from that information, there is a need to know for sure if it’s harmless or harmful. There is a way for you to check your partner or children’s iPhone for hidden apps.

Curiosity often rules when it comes to wanting to know if apps are being kept from you. It may be harmless, but unless you look for yourself, there is no way of knowing if it poses a threat to a child or you as a partner. This is how to find hidden apps and discover what is being kept from you.

What your Partner Can Hide From You

  • Through the Apple Store and Google Play, there are a lot of free installations that are incredibly easy to access. You can find software to go into stealth mode and hidden features. When these settings are activated on a phone, you would have a hard time detecting hidden programs. This software will also challenge you if you try to uncover installed software on the smartphone. It is also entirely possible the owner of the phone is going to find out what you’re doing. If you are still determined to look inside your partner’s phone, these are some things to look for.
  • Some of the hidden apps that are available are Keepsake, Vault, or Hide it Pro. If you find one of these apps on your partner’s phone, there is a good chance they are hiding something from you. If they have chosen a poor security, you may be able to access and see what they’ve kept from you. Other ways to hide apps on the iPhone is to ‘nest’ them in folders. To find an app that has been ‘nested,’ simply touch the middle of the screen and pull down.
  • The browser history on your partner’s smartphone can reveal where they’ve been and will allow you to check if it is what they told you. It can also alert you to any unknown email addresses they may have kept from you. To check their temporary internet files on Chrome browsers: go to Chrome: //cache/ and then tap Crtl+F and type in .gif, .jpeg, or .jpg inside the search box to find any hidden images. You can also look through their recycling or trash bin to see what they’ve tried to delete.
  • Autocomplete on a lot of sites such as FaceBook and Google will autofill your search request with just a few letters entered. You can try typing in random letters to see what has been searched or looked at recently.
  • Backup services which are cloud-based are ideal for saving files and photos. These are also the perfect place to snoop for information your partner thinks have been thrown away. These services allow you to undelete files from the iPhone. There is often a folder named, ‘camera uploads’ or some other wording the backup service uses to store copies of videos and photos.

Before trying any of these ideas, it is important you understand that ‘electronic snooping’ is prohibited by federal and state laws. Electronic eavesdropping and hacking laws are there to protect one’s privacy. Before beginning your snooping adventure, it may be wise to consult an attorney to make sure you are not infringing on anyone’s rights and that you are not breaking the law.

What Your Teen Can Hide From You

Technology changes faster than most parents can keep up with. Teenagers, on the other hand, are very quick to pick up on almost anything new. Sadly there are many apps teens are downloading that as a parent, you may find inappropriate. If you want to check out your teen’s iPhone to see if any of these apps have been downloaded, here are some to look for.

  • Omegle is an app that allows you to video chat with someone else. It is intended to keep users anonymous and works by using FaceBook ‘likes’ to match you to someone. The users don’t know each other as you are paired with a stranger which increases the risks of a sexual predator finding your teen.
  • KiK Messenger will allow your child to send messages that you will not be able to see. It is a very popular app for kids under 18 and one that makes it very hard for you to identify the sender or receiver of messages. It also has a high attraction to sexual predators. Remove this app immediately from your teen’s phone if you find it.
  • Yik Yak is a new app, and one many schools are already blocking. This app is quickly gaining the reputation of one that anonymously posts sexually explicit language. It has also been known to post abusive language damaging to teen’s moral.
  • Whisper is an app used for telling secrets anonymously even though it discloses the area you are posting at. This app has a reported case of a 12-year-old girl getting so comfortable with her ‘Whisperer’ that she gave personal information away and ended up being raped by him.

Down advertises itself as a way to find someone quietly and anonymously who can be your friend and get down to some fun for the night. This app connects with FaceBook and allows teens to find ‘friends’ categorized as someone they would be compatible to hang around.

To find these apps on your teen’s iPhone, you may have to look if they have been hidden inside other apps. Poof is an app that your teen can hide other apps inside of they don’t want to see them disappear. It is not available any longer, but your teen may have gotten and used it previously, so it will still appear on their phone. Someone always seems to create new ways for hiding apps, so it is advisable you check online periodically to see if new ones are out there.

Monitoring is helpful to keep your teen safe and prevent them from hiding apps that could endanger them. The next best step is to talk to them and without over-reacting explain the dangers of using such downloads. Get your child to feel more comfortable talking about these concerns, so they will come to you the next time a new one comes out on the market.