How to detect wireless camera?

[ Step by Step guide ]

Hello everyone!

Let’s talk on how to detect wireless camera using your android or iPhone.

Its really simple and very basic but most of us do not follow these simple tricks. Let’s get started.

What is wireless camera ?

Wireless camera use Wi-Fi , Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE (BLE) of the premises or create its own hotspot to send video/image data or live recordings to the premises owner.

They are easy to install and becoming very popular way to spy on.

Before we start, please do watch this 60 second video.

How to detect wireless camera?

Step 1: Open hidden camera detector app.

Step 2:

For Android, click on “Detect Wireless Camera” option. Turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS from the quick panel. You will see list of all nearby Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and BLE devices. App analyze these devices and if any of these devices is found suspicious, app will show warning message on the screen.

(Android needs GPS to be ON to scan for Wi-Fi devices. It seems this permission is irrelevant but it is the fact! You can read this to know more  )

For iOS, this option is split into 2, “Detect BLE camera” & “Detect Wi-Fi camera”.  First, turn on Bluetooth from control center and open this option. App will scan and show you nearby BLE devices, if any of the device found to be suspicious, app will show a warning message. Unfortunately Apple do not use conventional Wi-Fi Direct technology and do not allow app developers to scan Wi-Fi by their own. But still it is possible to manually scan for Wi-Fi cameras. To detect Wi-Fi camera, just select option “Detect Wi-Fi Camera” and follow the steps provided in the guide.

Step 3: In case you do not want to use the app which is convenient, you can also follow manual process.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi – Wait till it searches nearby Wi-Fi devices.
  3. Inspect name of the devices, if you see any name having words like  “1080”, “720”, “HD”, “IP Cam”, it could be wireless camera.  (Note: App detects more devices than manual scanning as app uses large set of commercially available wireless camera hotspot names to compare)
  4. Follow the same process to detect Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct devices.
  5. If you see any suspicious device, ask more information to the premises owner.


demo image of wireless camera

Note:  Initiate respectful and kind conversation with premises owner if you find any suspicious device. If you do not receive any helpful response then you can call authority.

FAQ

  1. For Android devices, app scans Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and BLE devices at the same time which avoids manual efforts. 
  2. App has comprehensive list of commercially available wireless devices and their connectivity names. Hence app hold potential to detect more devices than manual scanning.
  3. For Android, detecting Wi-Fi direct is pain as many devices have this option hidden or needs Miracast app (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct both are different). hence it is easy to detect such devices using the app. Now a days almost all intelligent devices use Wi-Fi Direct. The threat is not only Wi-Fi Direct camera but also televisions that has camera and microphone. 
  4. For iOS users, app offer same functionality to detect BLE camera however they have to follow guide to detect Wi-Fi camera.

Yes, name of the camera device can be a model number having multiple hyphens (“-“) in it. But it can also be other device. If you find such device, it is better to ask more information to the premises owner. If he is unable to provide justification then you may call authorities. But we recommend you to have polite and respectful conversation with the premises owner first. Also note that its about your security and you have all rights for the information.

Even if you do not find anything suspicious, it is not safe to say there is no wireless camera. By scanning with this option, you have completed precautionary step which you have to do from your side. Sure to say chances of wireless camera will reduce if you do not find anything suspicious. But some wireless cameras can connect to already configured Wi-Fi or use some different technique (For example: Turning off broadcasting device etc.) which makes it more difficult to detect without authoritative help. 

For Android, Hidden camera detector app need access to WiFi, Bluetooth and Location. 

For iOS, app need access to Bluetooth.

App do not connect to any device but only need to scan nearby available devices.

For Android 9+ Devices, it is mandatory, not only to have location permission but also Location (GPS) must be ON to scan nearby W-Fi devices.

For more information, kindly read restrictions section from https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/connectivity/wifi-scan#wifi-scan-restrictions

Write down your comments below if you more questions.

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24 Responses

  1. All I keep getting Bose color sound link 2 and I don’t have nothing like that. I rent a two bedroom log cabin. Why does it keep showing that and some spots between the logs the magnetic reader goes crazy??? All the electoral wiring comes under the cabin for all electric outlets. There’s no wires running in between the logs of the cabin. I have caught endoscope camera’s going across my walls and floors and I ran as fast as I could outside and caught a guy running in sort like o police uniform but no badges from my the side of my cabin. This was the last part of last summer. I live by the right Hwy and there’s a bike trail between my cabin and the Hwy with a small patch of woods you can see tru and stood and I seen him and he seen me there for a second and he took off like he was jogging. I’ve had hip surgery and I can’t run but, if I could, he would have been a hurt unit that day!!! He’s been harassing me for quit sometime now and there’s nothing I can do. I’m disabled. I know what he looks like. I just don’t have the means to catch him.

    1. I am in the same boat, I’m a year later in replying, the best advice I can give you n know about all the mess you up wares(spy,lam and ad),a few cam trails,great for nabbing the creeps…best of luck,I’ve been run out of town twice…I am done with these people I’ve never done anything to.

  2. Wow!!! What an improvement! Amazing job guys! Love this app even more since the update. So much in fact I’m going to be buying the pro version. Keep up the good work! Best app update I’ve ever seen!

  3. Wel wiress cam, buf what can i do, no additional info, no lo,ator. Saying as it does find 3 instances, one has a compex name, the other is like sayi g “wood” so really doesnt help figuring out. Description only mentions to look for 1080 and 720 i the name. Another big thing is, hugw really, cannot swap camerra. Why? Well did you know a lot of phones have infra red filters for the rear camera, selfiie cam usually dont.

    1. Most of the time, the spy camera comes with its own connectivity and it has its default name specific to the vendor. In many cases, those names can not be changed, for example, IP CAM or x series BlueTooth cams. With that, it is easy to detect such cameras with the above technique. If you use a hidden camera detector app, you don’t need to manually check as the list is huge. It will automatically show you a warning. Believe me, just a few days ago, a girl in china caught IP cams with this method and she emailed me the screenshot.

      About IR detection, yes few manufacturers have IR filters on the back camera and I will consider the option to toggle to the selfie camera. This option is already available for iPhones. thanks for your comment!

  4. help! In my house it appears that there are cctv in several areas, pinhole, potential object, in the kitchen and the bathroom there are mice and cell phones. my iphone doesn’t beep, it just shows the red boxes with those names, but I can’t find anything. Please help.

    1. Hl me podrían ayudar para poder saber si hay cámaras en mi casa x q sospecho q sestan metiendo en mi provasidad pero coloco el celu y no me deja dentrar bien a esta aplicación solo me pone aver videos

  5. It is against the law to put cammera in like bathrooms private bedrooms isn’t it they are alot of people installing this shit and should be punished

  6. I am experiencing electrical shocks that awakes me out of my sleep, also my mattress is very hot in the one spot. I

  7. how come everytime I tried the Wireless camera function.even I opened.my.wifi,bluetooth. and GPS, after that they will close all of them,and.then I found both.

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