Investigating Your Cheating Partner’s Phone

By Josh Harrison

Nowadays everybody owns a smart phone. They’ve become our main vehicle for communication in the 21st Century due to the ease at which we can call or message anyone in the world. The downside to this (mainly for deceitful cheaters) is that all of this data is recorded and stored for easy access via the handset. Apps record all of this data by default and people rarely switch off these features or manually delete the data themselves.

In this day and age, computers and smart phones are the best way to catch a cheater. Piles of evidence are in just one place, in black and white, in 1’s and 0’s. If you suspect your partner of cheating, these are the main apps that you’ll want to investigate.

Messaging Apps

The first and most obvious apps you will want to investigate are the messaging apps. If your partner or spouse has been sending messages back and forth to their secret lover this will be the best type of evidence you will find. These apps include the default messaging app that comes with the phone (usually found on the home screen) or popular alternatives such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype or Viber.


Maybe not as enlightening as the messaging apps but still very important. The phone app will contain the call history including phone numbers as well as the time of the call. This won’t provide the content of the calls themselves but can shred some light on who your partner has been speaking with and how often. The phone app is usually accessed from the home screen and call history is stored under ‘Recents’ on an iPhone or ‘Log’ on an Android. You may also want to check some of the previously mentioned messaging apps as these allow calls also.


Most people have their email connected to their phone these days so that they can be notified instantly of new emails. There’s a good chance a cheater wouldn’t access their email from their phone and would have at least disabled the notification to prevent them from showing on the screen. Just in case, it’s worth checking the default email application or Gmail app (depending on who their email provider is) just to scope out their emails and contacts.


Now, this is probably a long shot because if your partner has photos of them on their phone being intimate with someone else they are either incredibly stupid or they want to get caught. Apps that store photos directly from the phone’s camera are Photos (iPhone) or Gallery (Android).

Google Maps

Google Maps Timeline Feature

People are becoming more and more reliant on Google Maps these days to direct them from A to B. Even if it’s to a place they regularly visit as it can assist with avoiding road hazards and traffic delays. Aside from directions, Google Maps also comes with a Maps History feature. This will show previous location queries that have been typed in as well as a Your Timeline feature which will show exactly where they traveled on particular days. If these features haven’t been disabled the data can go back as far as years in the past. This can be handy if your partner has been driving or traveling to secret locations.

To access Google Maps history:

  1. Open the Google Maps app
  2. Tap on the menu icon (the 3 horizontal lines)
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Maps History

To access Google Maps Timeline:

  1. Open the Google Maps app
  2. Tap on the menu icon (the 3 horizontal lines)
  3. Go to Your Timeline
  4. Tap on the calendar icon to select dates (you need to swipe left/right to change months)

Dating & Hookup Apps

Tinder Match

Tinder rose to popularity around 2014 and now currently has over 10 million active daily users. Along with helping the lonely find love, it naturally has become a playground for cheaters. Check if your partner has Tinder or similar apps (OkCupid, Happn, Bumble, Lovoo, etc.) installed on their phone. You’ll definitely want to open these apps to see how actively they have been using them.

Another possibility is that your partner used the app previously in your relationship and has since deleted it. If you suspect this, you can actually re-install the app (via the app store). Click the ‘login via Facebook’ button which will automatically login if they have Facebook active on their phone. This will give you access to their profile along with all previous messages sent via Tinder. Just remember to uninstall the app when you’re done and be wary using this technique as Tinder can sometimes send a ‘welcome back’ type email.


NOTE: Check the current laws in your area about accessing other peoples data to make sure it is legal. The writer and take no responsibility for any actions taken from reading this article nor do they condone accessing other peoples private data. This article is for education purposes only.

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