How to Disable a GPS Tracker

How to Disable a GPS Tracker

GPS tracking devices can help family members better stay connected and aware of one another’s locations and needs. However, these trackers are not always used with the right intentions in mind. It is unfortunate but realistic that GPS tracking devices could be used against you in a way that makes you concerned for your safety. Should you ever find yourself in a position where you believe you are being followed using a GPS tracking device, there are products available to help you.

A handful of GPS bug detectors have been designed to detect personal tracking devices. While in use, these different detectors pick up frequencies, wireless transmitters, camera lenses, phone taps, or cellular bugs to successfully locate GPS trackers.

For your own safety, especially if you do not know who is tracking you, or you do and you fear that person's intentions, you may also want to report the concern to the police to have on their radar. 

How do I know if someone is using a GPS tracker on me?

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Tracking devices are often small and can be inconspicuously placed without a person’s knowledge. They are easily hidden in wheel wells of cars, under the dashboard, or the front or rear bumpers, all covert locations that will be difficult to identify without additional tools. If you suspect you’re being tracked, an immediate search is the best first step. Oftentimes, the covert device being used is small – about the size of a matchbox – and black or grey. 

Unlike having your car tracked, a small handful of signs might present themselves if your cell phone is being tracked. First, the battery drains more quickly than usual, even when all of your applications have been closed. Secondly, your device becomes hot even when it has not been in use. Additionally, if your phone has a bug, you might hear extra noise while on phone calls, or your phone may light up when not in use.

Luckily, with the GPS detectors on the market today, if you suspect you’re being tracked,one of these bug detection devices can help to confirm.

How do I disable a GPS tracker being used against me?

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Once a GPS tracking device is located, it can be disabled. Beyond simply removing the battery, it is possible to stop the GPS signal. It’s important to remove the device completely and dispose of it so it does not continue transmitting your location.

A handful of options are available to remove GPS tracking from a cellphone. First, you should always be familiar with all of the applications on your device. If you see something unusual or that you did not install, delete it right away. Second, install anti-malware software and scan your phone frequently. If possible threats are detected, this software will delete them immediately. If these options are not successful, a factory reset will wipe your phone clean and reset it back to default settings. Once reset, only reinstall applications that you’re 100% familiar with and can completely trust.

Should you ever find yourself in a situation where you believe your vehicle or cell phone is being tracked, the use of a counter surveillance GPS detection device and tips should help to successfully locate and disable the unwanted tracking device.

Updated March 20, 2024