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How to Fix a Hacked Android Phone

Pondering over how to fix a hacked Android phone and in what ways can you prevent hacking? Here are some of the tricks on how to fix a hacked Android phone and in what ways you can avoid your phone from being hacked.

The era in which mobile phones were used only for calls and messages is gone. Now, we live in an age where everyone uses smartphones to connect to the world. Smartphones have become an irreplaceable part of our bodies. We use smartphones for many things, and it has become the center of our universe.

Over time, technology has developed a lot and as technology is evolving, so are illegal activities. Thus, it is essential to know how to fix a hacked Android phone.

The Risks

Even after knowing that your smartphone is not safe from hackers, you might not treat it as a potential threat and may ignore it. You might think you don’t have any compromising information on your device, but it is not true. The hacker may access your social media accounts and may use them for illegal activities or other things. Moreover, if you prefer online shopping, then the hacker may also hack into your bank accounts with the help of the information you provided during shopping. So, what can you do if your phone is hacked?  To prevent your phone from being hacked, first, you need to know how to tell whether your phone is hacked or not. 

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Who Can Hack Your Android Phone?

Anyone can hack your phone; the person may belong to your family, office, or friends. Moreover, the hacker may take advantage of your trust. The hacker may hack your phone to know your bank details, personal information, and many other things. Here are some of the people who may try to hack into your Android phone –

  • Family members like kids, spouse, parents, etc.
  • Friends
  • Office colleague
  • Hacking learner
  • Professional hackers
  • Government bodies

Indications that Your Phone is Being Hacked

Smartphone speed or performance

Virus or malware running in the background may affect the working efficiency of your phone. Moreover, it can also slow down your phone and its network connections. But your phone can also slow down your phone, so it is essential to know whether your phone has slowed down due to a virus or too many applications.

Unwanted Applications

If you feel that your phone is hacked, you need to check for unknown sources of applications. If your phone has unwanted applications, then you need to delete them immediately. 

Battery Drains More Quickly

If your battery is draining quickly, your device is probably affected by some kind of virus or malware. Your battery may be draining fast because the malware may be using your device resources to scan it and transmit data to some other server.

Strange Call and Messages

If you are getting any uncertain calls and messages, then your device is affected by a virus, or it may be under someone’s control.

Applications are not Working Properly

If applications that you use daily are not working correctly and keep stopping, then it means that someone might have hacked. Your device

Strange Pop-Ups

If strange Pop-ups appear on your screen and offer fake deals and offers, this indicates that your devices are being hacked.

Attempt to access Bad/Blocked websites

Generally, we block harmful and problematic sites on our browsers. Still, if your browser is trying to access those sites without your permission, your device may be infected with a virus, malware, or can be hacked.

Applications you Can Use to Know if your Phone is Hacked or Not

You can install specific applications and use them to know if your phone is hacked or not. Some of these applications are Bitdefender Antivirus application, Certo Mobile Security application, and many more. Detailed information about these applications is given below.

Bitdefender Antivirus 

Bitdefender Antivirus application is a free application that examines your phone on-demand and installing a new application. According to the official website, it offers you fundamental protection from all possible virus threats. It is ready to use right after installation. Moreover, it acts as a potent keeper against mobile malware.

Certo Mobile Security

The Certo Mobile Security application runs regular automated security scans and deletes anything that poses a risk to your device. It safeguards your Android phone from malware, spyware, trojans, viruses, and even those threats that are invisible. Moreover, it warns you if your phone is being controlled/ hacked.

Code to block hacking

There are no codes that check whether your device is hacked or not. But there are some USSD codes that can help you block hacking. Some of these codes are mentioned-below.

  1. ##002# – It will erase the SMS calls, Voice calls, or Data calls being forwarded.
  2. *#21# – By dialing this USSD code, you may know if your calls are being diverted somewhere else or not.
  3. *#62# – With this code, you can tell if your call, messages, SMS, fax, etc., are diverted somewhere else without your knowledge or not.

Tap Detector

You can connect external devices like tap detectors with your phones to scan them. It detects suspicious signals, viruses, and other threats. But its real ability is still questionable.

Tapping App

There are many other tapping applications other than tap detectors that warn you about suspicious signals and threats. However, their effectiveness is not yet decided.  

Call the Police

If you suspect that your phone is being hacked and the security applications also show suspicious results, then you may choose to report it to the police. Hacking should not be taken lightly as it may pose significant threats to you and society. So, it is better to be careful and call the police in case of potential risk.

The important thing is that you need to choose the antivirus application. The application should be able to scan your device, identify threats, or eliminate hazards. 

See Also: How to Clear Clipboard on Android Phone

My Phone was Hacked How do I Fix it

If you are a victim of a virus or if your phone is being hacked, then firstly, what you need to do is uninstall unknown applications or software from unknown sources.

Although Android phones are more secure, they can still be hacked. The hacker may take advantage of your small details and hack into your device. Users can update their devices from time to time to prevent their devices from hacking. Regular use of antivirus applications can keep your device secured. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to fix a hacked Android phone.

Factory Reset the Android Phone

Resetting your Android phone is one of the most efficient ways to discard malware. But before initiating this process, make sure to make a backup of your essential data on your PC/ or laptop so that you won’t lose them altogether.

Factory Reset via Recovery Mode to Fix Hacked Android

Follow the steps given below to learn how to fix a hacked Android phone using factory reset via recovery mode. 

Steps are:

  1. Turn off your device. 
  2. Press and hold Volume Up and Power button at the same time.
  3. Once you see the mobile’s logo on the screen, leave the Power button but keep pressing the Volume Up button. 
  4. The recovery mode screen is visible. 
  5. You can use the volume up and volume down buttons to move upwards and downwards. Moreover, you can use the power button to select an option. 
  6. Select option ‘Delete all user data’ and press the Power button to begin the procedure.
  7. It will take a few minutes to delete data and reset your device. 

Factory Reset via the Settings Option to Fix Hacked Android

Every Android phone has a factory reset. If your phone is not working correctly, you can choose this method. If you are not comfortable with the above way, then you can choose this method.

Steps are:

  1. Open the settings application.
  2. Search for the factory reset option. 
  3. In the factory reset settings, select the ‘Erase all data‘ option. 
  4. It will take some time to reset your device depending on the amount of data you have stored. 

Disable Call Redirection and Diversion

Call diversion or forwarding is a generally used concept. Although it is used to redirect phone calls and messages to other phone numbers, a hacker may use this concept for illegal activities by misusing this feature. There are many ways to prevent this; one of the prominent ways is to use USSD codes to find out if your phone calls and messages are being directed to some other number or not. And if yes, then to whom.

To disable all the forwarded call and message settings at once, use USSD Code ##002#. You need to dial this code to know if your messages are being redirected or not.

Some General Ways on How to fix a Hacked Phone

When a hacker breaks into your device, he uploads malware or installs a spy application on your device. These malware or spy applications copy your data, photos, files, application activity, etc. These applications keep running in the background. In addition to this, the victim does not know anything about these spy applications or malware. If a virus, malware, Or spy applications keep running on your device for a long time, it affects your device’s working. There are various symptoms that indicate that your phone was affected by a virus. If you are fortunate enough to detect these symptoms, you can choose the correct way to fix them. 

Here are some of the general ways on how to fix a hacked Android phone. 

  1. Scan your device regularly with the help of antivirus applications.
  2. Delete malicious applications or messages. 
  3. Also, check your phone performance and activity.
  4. Keep a check on the data usage of your Android applications. 
  5. Check your web activities. 
  6. Block spam messages, emails, and phone calls.
  7. Reset your phone.

If you feel that factory reset may delete all your data, you can choose any other methods. 

Some other methods are:

Reboot Android Device

If you reboot your phone from time to time, it will prevent hackers from accessing your data. This method works only a few times in case your device is hacked only once. Moreover, if your device is hacked, then rebooting won’t work as all the malware and spy applications will start running again when your device is rebooted. 

Clear the Phone Cache

If your phone has less storage space due to unwanted files and applications, or if someone has installed a spy application or malware, it results in reduced phone performance. Moreover, it also slows downs the loading speed even for small tasks like losing an image, sending a message, etc. To fix a hacked Android phone, firstly, you need to uninstall all the unnecessary applications. You can try freeing up storage space by clearing cache data.

Some steps to solve the above issue are:

  1. Turn off your Android phone. 
  2. Press-hold the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously; you will be able to see the phone logo
  3. After initiating the recovery mode, select an option: ‘wipe cache partition,’ ‘wipe device cache, ‘ or ‘clear phone cache.’
  4. Use the Volume Up/Down button to choose through the options. 
  5. To select the option ‘wipe device cache,’ use the power button.
  6. It may take a few minutes to delete the cache and restart your Android device. 

Run the Antivirus Scan

Your smartphone must have antivirus applications. Antivirus applications are those applications that keep a check on unusual activities on your Android phone. In addition to this, it blocks all the connections If someone tries to access your device. In case you fear that someone is hacking your device, you can run a security scan to check it. Note, make sure to install a licensed antivirus application.

Delete All Suspicious Apps

In your Android devices, there can be many spy applications. You can find them and uninstall them to prevent them from being hacked. Moreover, you can also look into your device storage to find spy applications.

How to Check Data Usage?

  1. Open the settings application. And find storage/ data usage in the toolbar. 
  2. Tap on the ‘storage’ option.
  3. You will find all applications arranged according to the storage space they use. 
  4. If you find any unknown application with grave storage space, you must uninstall it immediately. 

Note: Spy applications occupy a lot of space.

How to Uninstall Unknown Applications?

  1. Open settings application. 
  2. Open Applications.
  3. Look for applications on the list. 
  4. Select the application you want to uninstall.
  5. Tap on Uninstall

How to Secure Android Phone from Hackers?

After knowing how to fix a hacked Android phone, you must know about some measures you can take to prevent hacking. 

Here are some of how you can prevent your phone from being hacked.  

Update your Android phone and Applications

After doing a factory reset, you must update your device and its applications. You must update your applications as these updates contain current changes that can prevent your phone from being hacked. Moreover, these updates don’t allow any hacker to access your personal information. In case your phone’s performance is lacking or it has become slow, you need to update your applications and your device. 

Disable Unknown Sources

To prevent your device from being hacked, you must be careful while downloading applications. Make sure to download applications from known sources rather than from unknown sources. You can also disable unknown sources to prevent downloading of applications from these sources. Follow the steps given below carefully. 

  1. Open settings application.
  2. Tap on the Privacy Protection settings and look for Special Permissions.
  3. Tap on special permissions
  4. Scroll down. 
  5. Look for the option Install unknown applications. 
  6. A list is visible. It contains a list of applications that may download unknown applications.
  7. Disable the access to unknown sources so that no application can download other unknown applications.

Turn off Debugging via USB

It remains disabled on all Android devices by default. But if you have enabled this feature, then it is advised to disable it immediately. Note, hackers can easily hack into your device if connected to the USB ports available in public places. 

You can avoid using public USB ports to charge your device like hotels, airports, etc. You can use USB ports where you can attach an adapter for charging your phone.

Set-up Two-factor Authentication

Nowadays, many applications offer two-factor authentication methods. Using this method makes online accounts more safe and secure. This feature can also be applied while making/ using a google account. Moreover, even if the hacker knows your password, he/ she may not be able to access your online accounts if you have 2-factor authentication.

Enable Biometric Authentication

One of the efficient ways to secure your phone is to use Biometric authentication. You can also use this feature to ensure a particular application. Note, some specific applications have inbuilt biometric authentication. Instead of using this feature, you can also opt for App lock. 

Never Register on a Vulnerable Website

There are numerous websites available that offer a wide range of information and deals.  But not all websites have robust security features. This feature prevents any hackers from stealing your data. In case you have antivirus, it will immediately warn you about any unsecured website you have opened. It is advised not to open any unsecured website as hackers may steal your data from these websites and use it for illegal activities. Moreover, they can also make use of your bank details to commit bank fraud.

Change Passwords of Your Online

If you use online accounts regularly for online shopping or work purposes, it is adv8sed to change your passwords regularly. Changing passwords regularly will not allow the hacker to access your account. Moreover, he/ she will not be able to use spy applications to duplicate your data if you keep on changing your passwords. 

In addition to this, resetting passwords ensure that your online accounts are safe and secured. It is advised to avoid using passwords like your DOB, mobile number, lover’s name, etc.; rather than this, it is recommended to use a strong password.  

Conclusion

Lastly, all I want to say is that your phone and data security is in your own hands. If you follow the above-given suggestions, then your phone will never be hacked. Make sure not to upload your personal information on unsecured websites. 

That’s all from my side; if you like this information on how to fix a hacked Android phone? Then please share this article. If you face any problem while performing the steps, then comment in the comment box. Thank you for reading with us.   

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