How to know if your phone has a virus

credits: | Rami Al-zayat

Nowadays, knowing how to identify Android and iPhone infections is crucial. Some people may install malicious software on our mobile devices. It’s possible that your phone is draining your bank account, stealing your info, or tracking you. If your phone is functioning strangely, it most likely has a virus. Check whether your phone has any of the issues listed below.

These can be found on Android and iPhone devices:

  1. You get pop-up ads out of nowhere – your smartphone is most likely infected with adware.
  2. Your data usage rises too much – This could indicate that a virus is performing too many background tasks without your knowledge. Alternatively, the large data surge could indicate that your data is being sent elsewhere.
  3. Your phone sends spam to your friends – Your phone’s app could be spamming others. This could include your contact information.
  4. The apps crash suddenly – It’s fine if the apps go down now and again. If it happens frequently, your phone may be infected with a virus.
  5. Your smartphone is overheating – Even while charging, a smartphone should not heat up. However, this can happen if a virus on your phone does too many tasks.

In line with these, there are ways to remove the virus from your mobile device. You can Delete malicious software or Empty your Cache and Downloads. Now, listed below are the steps to follow:

Delete Malicious Software

  • Safe Mode will disable all third-party apps on your phone. If you can’t detect the problems in Safe Mode, you’re dealing with malicious malware. Look up the particular methods for your smartphone’s Safe Mode on the internet.
  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Apps & Notifications or Manage apps.
  • Head to Installed apps Downloaded apps.
  • Check the apps that your phone installed recently. Look for ones that you don’t remember downloading.
  • Once you find the malicious app, touch it.
  • Tap Uninstall.
  • Return to Settings.
  • Tap Security or a similar option. This will depend on your phone’s brand.
  • Find suspicious apps that have Administrator access.
  • If you find any, tap the blue box beside its icon. Alternatively, tap the Deactivate button. Perform steps 3-7 again.
  • Restart your phone. Your Android device should return to normal.

Empty your cache and downloads

  • Tap Settings.
  • Choose Apps.
  • Tap Storage & Cache.
  • Hit the Clear Cache and Clear Storage buttons.
  • Tap Clear all data, then select OK.

If the issues persist, your phone may need to do factory reset. This will remove anything you’ve stored on your device. Only the apps that came pre-installed will be kept. The option can be found in Settings. Depending on your phone, the processes will be different. More importantly, back up your data before performing a factory reset.


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