Ask LH: How Can I Hack Into My Cheating Husband's Phone?

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Dear Lifehacker, How can I hack into my husband's phone? He keeps putting a pattern lock on it. I think he's messing around! Please help! Thanks, Suspicious Spouse

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Dear SS,

It's Evil Week at Lifehacker, which means we're looking into less-than-seemly methods for getting shit done. We like to think we're shedding light on these tactics as a way to help you do the opposite, but if you are, in fact, evil, you might find this week unironically helpful. That's up to you.

If you suspect your spouse is cheating on you, try talking to them about it -- the key is to steer the conversation into a productive discussion instead of an argument. If that doesn't work, here are some sneaky tricks that law-abiding citizens would do well to avoid.

Phone locks are difficult to break by design; especially for someone with zero hacking experience. With that said, there are still a few tactics you can employ that require little technical know-how.

For example, try feeding him greasy finger-food such as KFC. If your husband is like most guys, he'll probably use his phone before washing his hands. This will leave behind a tell-tale oil stain that precisely matches the pattern to unlock his phone.

If he's a Facebook user, try opening the website on his laptop when he isn't around. He probably doesn't log off every time he uses the service, which means you won't need his password. Check his chat history to see if there's any incriminating evidence. You might even get "lucky" and receive an instant message from the other woman while you're on there.

If he's cheating with randoms, there's a high probably that he's using the mobile dating app Tinder. It's possible to find out via this simple Facebook hack. It won't be concrete evidence, but it's better than nothing.

Naturally, if you're going to engage in this nefarious behaviour (don't do it!) you'll probably want to cover your tracks. This guide explains how to snoop on someone's phone or computer while remaining undetected. As with our other Evil Week posts, this information is not an endorsement to commit crimes. Use at your own risk!

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Comments

    If you are wanting to, and willing to, break into his phone, I think you have already acknowledged that the relationship is basically over. You have lost trust in your partner, either through his actions or yours, so I think it is time to have a talk, rather than skulking around.

    Dishonesty begets dishonesty. Don't hack the phone.

    If the guy's done nothing wrong, all you've done is violate his privacy and given him cause to question your honesty.

    Shoe on the other foot - how would you feel if you found out he'd hacked your phone for the same reasons, particularly if you were innocent, instead of talking to you about it?

    have the talk, tell him to be honest, try to keep your cool and try not to accuse.
    use terms like 'i feel....' this makes it hard for him to feel like you are attacking him and he will probably feel more comfortable in coming out to you.
    unfortunately, if he is a true bastard and denies it to your face, then you you are going to have to make a gut call.
    also if he is cheating, walk away no matter how much it might hurt you to do so. stick up for yourself by doing whats best for your emotional and mental and physical health.

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