Digital Infidelity? 4 Ways Technology Can Reveal A Cheating Partner

Hey there, Steve here and welcome to this week’s private eye post.

Today we’re going to take a look at some simple ways technology can reveal a cheating partner. Now, I’m not talking about some James Bond-style gadget which can track video and audio up to 3km away.

In Australia, it’s mainly illegal to record and track people without consent. So, you need to be careful with any surveillance technology, including your smartphone.

But what you can do is track your partner’s behaviour with their technology. Then from their actions, draw reasonably accurate inferences about their fidelity.

Disclaimer: If you record or surveil someone you could be breaking the law. You shouldn’t construe any of this article as legal advice. Nor should you use the content of this article as advice of any kind for your particular situation. For help with an individual case, please contact us or use the live chat feature on this page. Your first call is free, and we may be able to put your mind at rest.

#1 – The Map Pinpoint

Modern smartphones have a ton of inbuilt features designed to help us with every aspect of our lives. Some of the most useful are based on the location services feature. Examples include the mapping functionality, or social media check-ins and so on. You can also share your location with your significant other. For example, on Apple devices, this is called ‘Find Friends’. On Android, there’s no inbuilt feature, but you could use an app such as Familo

In July last year, Google launched ‘Trusted Contacts’, which allows sharing across both Apple and Android. You can read more here:

In most cases, your partner will have no problems allowing you access to his/her location. Once you start using it, you’ll find it can be quite useful. For example, checking if your man is still at work without bothering him is easy.

If your partner refuses to share location information with you or turns it off after agreeing to it, speaks volumes about trust in your relationship.

#2 – Watching The Phone Clock

This one is getting a little harder to detect because the amount of time we spend on our smartphones is almost reaching epidemic levels. (Recently a report came surfaced which showed that people who think they use their phone for around 90 minutes per day, actually use their phone for an average of 3 hours.)

But what you’re looking for is an increase in phone usage compared with the previous level of use. Typically our clients notice their partner using their phone at times when they previously didn’t – such as when they’re supposed to be watching the footy. If they’re now interested in their phone for 30 minutes while the game is on, then what’s so spellbinding about their phone?

#3 – A Jealous Attachment

If your partner used to leave their phone lying around, but now takes it with them everywhere, you should be suspicious. Have they also changed their settings, so the home screen doesn’t show email and message previews? If they have, then you have to ask yourself why?

#4 – Reception Deception

This one can be hard to discover initially, but if you do, then it’s almost certainly a case of cheating. What many a cheat will do, is turn their phone off when they’re spending time with the person that they’re cheating with. Sure, they may say they had poor reception, and you would think nothing of it. But in lots of cheating cases, there are regular times each week that these meet-ups take place. So, if you find you can’t contact your partner at a particular time one week, try again the same time the following week. Regular unexplained reception loss (phone turned off) is a highly reliable indicator of cheating.


By simply observing your partner’s behaviour, you can accurately predict the likelihood of them doing the dirty behind your back. If you think something is going on, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your first call is completely free.

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Until next week,