Your phone carries value beyond the actual price you’ve paid for it. From sensitive and private information to personal details, our smartphones are like a vault that needs to given appropriate reinforcement regularly.
The right app will give you some serious peace of mind while ensuring that there is more control in your hands when you’re not around your phone. This is where anti-theft apps and alarms come in.
Apps are constantly developing and more ingenious ways are being developed to protect the sanctity of your smartphone. From literal alarms to powerful tracking, these apps are not kidding around when it comes to protecting your phone.
Google’s native anti-theft app, Find My Phone is always available for your phone. However, the app is limited in features and may not have that something extra you’re looking for. Nonetheless, make sure you have activated this app before looking at other options.
8 best anti-theft apps
Here’s a list of the best anti-theft apps and alarms that will keep your phone safe.
CrookCatcher – Anti Theft
This app is a great option if you don’t need all the comprehensive anti-virus protection as much as just want to know if someone is snooping around. But that’s all it’s meant to do for free, you can unlock the more comprehensive features by paying for them.
CrookCatcher hides behind the phone’s lock screen and takes a picture with the front-facing camera if someone tries to access your phone with the wrong code. It also emails the photo of the thief to you along with the device’s current GPS location.
This app is majorly a remote access portal for your smartphone. Once you’ve downloaded and given this app administrator permission, you can practically control all the information of your phone from sending messages to giving access to images.
The major reason this app is so effective is that it can function on both GPS and network to locate your phone. Also, it’s a major upgrade compared to Find My Phone that only lets you wipe data on your phone in case the unspeakable has happened. This can be a major issue in case you haven’t backed up the phone’s data.
Download: Lost Android
Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus: AppLock & Web Security
Kaspersky is nothing if not extremely thorough. This app’s anti-theft features will let you track your phone, sound an alarm and take a picture of the perpetrator who is trying to get into your phone.
One of the major pluses of this app is that it provides comprehensive protection against viruses and malware as well. The layers of protection you can add to your phone through Kaspersky will make your phone an impenetrable device. So even if your phone is stolen, all the thief will have is a useless piece of metal.
This app will turn your phone into a really annoying siren that people will think at least thrice about before accessing. The premise is pretty simple. Anti-theft alarm gets triggered in different ways depending on the gravity of the situation.
When someone is trying to unlock your phone, for example, it will warn them with a siren to back off. Also, if the app detects a sim change or break in, the phone will start blaring like a police siren and the screen will start flashing lights creating a crazy scene that the thief won’t be able to handle.
Besides drawing attention to thieves, the Anti-theft alarm is ideal if you’re paranoid and suspect that people are going through your phone without your permission.
Download: Anti-theft alarm
McAfee Mobile Security: Antivirus, Wi-Fi VPN & Anti-Theft
McAfee offers a great combination of safe browsing experience, device optimization, and anti-theft measures in this app. Two aspects of the anti-theft features that really stand out are the Device Lock Security and Thief Cam that lock your device after 3 failed passcode entries and takes a snapshot of the person using it.
Also, McAfee gives extra protection by keeping a thief from uninstalling the Mobile Security app on your device and keeping it in under complete lockdown. You can also remotely manage the security app and control your phone from a web portal in case of theft.
This app concentrates on anti-theft majorly unlike the other apps on this list. It offers protection for your device that ranges from remote access through the internet and via SMS to providing custom automatic alerts with a tool called AutoTask.
It also functions as a personal safety and child safety app that you can download separately. The app gives real-time updates to your family and will inform them if it senses that you are in trouble. Cerberus also keeps an eye on your child for you, stepping in and sending you a notification if there is an issue.
The extensive anti-theft and family protection features make this app our highest recommendation for the best anti-theft app.
AVG AntiVirus Free – Android Virus Cleaner 2019
AVG is another great app that comes with comprehensive antivirus features and theft-protection. The remote management console offered by this app is quite extensive. From letting you set a lock screen message to automatically locking the phone when the SIM card is replaced, this app is pretty intuitive.
This app gets bonus acknowledgment for giving free trials of all the anti-theft features. These include discreetly emailing you an image of the thief and remotely capturing audio and photos from your phone using the front camera via AVG’s website.
Download: AVG AntiVirus
Avast Antivirus – Security, App Lock, Photo Vault
Avast offers a great interface to protect and manage the security of your phone. One major reason we like Avast is how friendly it is for visually impaired users too. Features include camera trap which secretly records and takes pictures of the perpetrator once your phone is stolen.
Also, Avast is extremely responsive in general and especially during a crisis. So if you run into trouble with the app or need to get help in case your phone is stolen, their representative will actually respond pretty quickly.
So, which one is your favorite of the lot?