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 with the technology to detect a wide variety of tracking devices. While in use, these different detectors pick up frequencies, wireless transmitters, camera lenses, phone taps, or cellular bugs to successfully locate GPS tracking devices.
How do I know if someone is using a GPS tracker on me?
Tracking devices are often small and can inconspicuously be placed without a person’s knowledge. They are in wheel wells of cars, under the dashboard, or the front or rear bumpers. Unfortunately, there’s no way to suspect if your vehicle is being tracked without ever seeing the device. However, if you suspect you’re being tracked, immediately search your vehicle for the GPS tracking device. Oftentimes, it is small – about the size of a matchbox – and black or grey. Most commonly placed in one of the mentioned places.
Unlike cars, 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 out. 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 many devices can help to confirm.
How do I disable a GPS tracker being used against me?
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. Secondly, 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.
The thought of being followed is scary, but realistically, GPS devices may not be used how they were intended. 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 September 15, 2021