We’re here to spy-up your life with some fun spy apps that you can download today. These apps may not instantaneously transform you into an MI5 operative, but they may while away a few boring hours in the office this coming week!
Secret Camera – this is another photo-taking app, but this one has no shutter sound. You can also set the photos to not have any preview mode. If you want a discreet preview mode, you can use ‘Spy Mode’: there is a small thumbnail at the bottom corner of your screen, while the rest of the screen looks like a web browser. That way, no one will know you are really taking photos. You can also passcode lock your pictures and can enable ‘Recovery Mode’ to recover any photos that you accidentally delete.
Contact Spy – if you aren’t sure who is behind the unknown number who just called you then you can save the number into your contact list and run it through this search engine app, where it will then try to find out who called you. (This feature only works for US phone numbers, so for our stateside customers only at the moment I’m afraid). You can also enter the first and last name of anyone you don’t know, and the app will try to find out who that person is.
Your Secret Folder – this app acts like a secret folder to manage private photos and videos. It protects your files with either a four-number PIN lock or a dot lock. The options they give you include taking a photo with the front camera when someone attempts to unlock the app. There is also the option to include a fake password, and whenever this fake password is entered, functions to the app will be very limited, and whatever pictures taken with the app won’t be saved.
Call Log Pro – this app will record the voice conversations of phone calls to another person. You’ll have to use the app to call the person and it will only start recording once the person on the line answers the phone. You’ll then be able to email yourself the recording for safekeeping. We like this one a lot. Note that this app starts out free where you can record conversations for 2 minutes but after that, you’ll have to pay charges to record.
Spy Gizmos - Spy Gizmos gives you a fun and secure way to communicate with your friends. You can use this app to cipher messages and send the coded messages. Your friends who received the coded message can then use this app to find out what was really written. Cool for having a play in your lunch hour. There are three ciphering methods to choose from. You can also write in Morse code where the app can then transmit the sound or flash your screen white and black so that people around you can hear or see the message. We had a lot of fun with this one in the office.
Self Destructing Message – this is a message app along the lines of Viber or Whatsapp. However, with this app you’ll be able to set ‘self destruct’ timers to your messages. Your friend will have 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 seconds to read the message that you sent. After that, the message ‘self destructs’ (gets deleted). Because of this, there will be no chat history but it is a secure way to ensure no one else reads your messages.
GPS Location Tracker is a location tracker app for your iPhone which doesn’t have to be running to track your phone. You have to register for an account on a website and have Location enabled on the iPhone in order for it to track your phone. It also uses cellular data or Wi-Fi to upload the location information to a secure server on their website. If there is no cellular data or Wi-Fi available, the information will be stored on the phone until there is a connection available.
Spy Recorder - Spy Recorder is an audio-recording app which also helps you schedule reminders for recordings. The phone will vibrate and a notification will appear, prompting you to start recording. You can start recording by tapping on the notification. This can also be triggered with predetermined locations. You can also save the location data of each recording then attach and send via email. There is also the feature to pause between recordings, and set the recording duration.
Secret Voice – this is another voice-recording app but this app has a built-in web browser which you can use while it is recording. Besides that, you can enable a ‘Black-Screen Mode’ which prohibits activity on your phone, effectively tuning out any incoming calls or messages. Recordings can be shared by email and are secured by a PIN code. There is also the option of recovery mode which allows you to recover accidentally deleted recordings. Without it, a delete stays permanent.
Top Secret Audio Recorder – this works like a picture-viewing app where you swipe left and right to view different pictures. However, the app starts recording the moment you tap on the picture. You can add your own pictures or use the ones that came with the app. Since there is no recording interface, no one will know that you are recording audio. You can also passcode lock your recorded files for added security, and files can then be shared or extracted through iTunes.
Secret Spy Camera Pro – this camera app has a few functions so people won’t know that you are actually recording a video. While the camera is recording a video, you can enable ‘Spy Mode’ to make it look like you’re browsing a website. There is also a ‘Secret Spy Mode’ where the screen only shows a black picture. To use it’s automatic-snap photo, just set intervals between each photo snap to take and let the app do the rest.
Night Recorder – launch this app and hit the on button to begin. It will only start audio recording when there is a loud enough sound. When the iPhone screen is off, you can launch the app by pressing the iPhone power button. It has 2 recording modes – more or unique files. If you select ‘more’ files mode, the recording will automatically stop if it doesn’t detect any sound. It will then record to a new file if there is another sound. A ‘unique’ file means it will record on one file non-stop once the recording starts, which will only stop when you press the on/off button in the app.
All the above apps are clearly for entertainment purposes although lots of fun to use. If you are looking for serious Spy Equipment made in the UK then look further than Online Spy Shop – where the real James Bond shops.