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How to Detect WebWatcher on iPhone

iPhone monitoring apps are designed to discreetly collect your data over long periods without your knowledge. Imagine the damage they can do over months, sometimes years, of monitoring you. WebWatcher is even worse because it isn’t installed on your phone. Though possible, apps like WebWatcher are hard to detect on your iPhone. We recommend using Clario Anti Spy’s Spyware scan to locate spying threats like parental control apps on your device.

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What is WebWatcher?

WebWatcher is a phone monitoring tool that tracks the target victim’s activity. This includes their messages, website history, call logs, GPS location, social media content, emails, app usage, and more. Technically, WebWatcher is a parental control app. However, it could easily be classified as spyware, as it invaded one’s privacy. Apart from iPhones, WebWatcher is available on Android, PC, Chromebook, and Mac devices.


WebWatcher works similarly to parental control apps like mSpy, but with some differences. However, it’s not as well-received as popular parental control apps. WebWatcher reviews amassed a measly 2.9 stars out of 5 on Trustpilot and 1 out of 5 stars on SiteJabber.

WebWatcher compatibility

WebWatcher is compatible with the following devices and software:

  • iOS 6.0 or later
  • MacOS 10.8 or later
  • All Chromebooks (HP, Dell, Asus, Samsung, Lenovo, Google, and Acer)
  • Windows 7 or later

How does WebWatcher work on iPhone?

Sign up on the spy’s device. Use a USB cable to connect the iPhone you want to monitor to a Mac/PC, follow the prompts, and view their activity remotely. You only need to access the target phone once (physical and password access) to set up WebWatcher. Afterward, WebWatcher will start recording the target phone’s data, which you can review on your account, no matter where you are.

Is WebWatcher detectable on iPhone?

WebWatcher is virtually undetectable on an iPhone. This is because WebWatcher doesn’t require the spy to open or jailbreak the target person’s iPhone as other parental control software typically does. Instead, it uses the target person’s iCloud account to sync their data to the WebWatcher dashboard and monitor their activity.


However, it’s not impossible to detect WebWatcher on iPhone. The spy can download and install a device manager known as iMazing on the target iPhone to perform automatic backups to their computer. The target person can find this software if the spy is careless. Additionally, the victim can be alerted that something is amiss if they look for changes in their iPhone settings and backups.


If you want to learn how to find hidden spy apps on iPhone, Clario Anti Spy’s Spyware scan can help. It finds secret spy apps and spyware and enables you to secure your iPhone by removing all threats, ultimately protecting your privacy.


If you believe you’re being monitored, your best bet is to secure your phone against spying threats with trusted software. Clario Anti Spy’s Spyware scan is one of the best defenses against parental control tools and spyware.


Follow these steps to use Clario Anti Spy’s Spyware scan:

  1. Download Clario AntiSpy and create an account.  
  2. Tap Spyware scan and select Run deep scan. Clario Anti Spy will find any hidden spyware on your device and help you remove it.
Use Clario AntiSpy’s Spyware scan to secure your iPhone against spying threats. To do this, download the app and create an account. Select Spyware scan > Run deep scan to check for spying threats.

How to detect WebWatcher on iPhone

Though it can be difficult to detect WebWatcher on an iPhone, it’s possible. You can check if someone is monitoring you with WebWatcher by following the seven steps below:

  1. Check for unknown apps running on your iPhone
  2. Evaluate the performance of your iPhone
  3. Check the condition of the battery
  4. Check if your iPhone accidentally turns on when you're not using it
  5. Estimate the amount of free space on your iPhone
  6. iTunes Wi-Fi Sync is enabled on your iPhone
  7. Use third-party anti-spyware programs to detect WebWatcher on iPhone

Do you think someone is spying on you using WebWatcher? Follow the guides below to determine whether you’re being monitored:

1. Check for unknown apps running on your computer

WebWatcher shares your data with another computer on the same network. While it may be a difficult pill to swallow, it means that someone in your home could be monitoring you. Here’s what you can do: check all the computers in your home for WebWatcher software. From there, you can determine who installed it, request that they uninstall it, and ask them to respect your privacy by not monitoring you going forward. Speak with them about boundaries and explain that monitoring you without your knowledge or consent is illegal.

2. Evaluate the performance of your iPhone

An iPhone with WebWatcher installed slows down and takes a long time to launch applications. This is one of the side effects of someone hacking you to see what you’re up to. Can your iPhone be hacked remotely? Yes, although it’s a complex and costly process. In addition to slowing your phone down, you may notice other performance issues like your apps freezing and randomly closing when someone uses WebWatcher to spy on you.

3. Check the condition of the battery

Parental control apps constantly collect your data and share it with the person spying on you. This can drain your phone’s battery. The same is true for WebWatcher. One of the telltale signs that someone is using WebWatcher is that your battery is depleting faster than usual. Your battery will take an even bigger hit if the spy has enabled automatic backups.


You can't guarantee that your fast-depleting phone battery is caused by WebWatcher. Other apps, both malicious and non-malicious, can also cause your battery to drain abnormally. For example, receiving app notifications in real time can cause this to happen, especially with social media apps. Therefore, if your battery is running out fast, you can use that as a prompt to look for more suspicious activity on your phone.

4. Check if your iPhone accidentally turns on when you're not using it

When someone monitors you with software like WebWatcher, you don’t have full control over your phone. As a result, your phone can light up when you aren’t using it. Keep a close eye on your phone and treat it as suspicious when this happens, as it typically means the spy is doing something to your phone remotely at that particular moment.

5. Estimate the amount of free space on your iPhone

While your phone indicates that you have storage space, you can't use it, and your phone prompts you to free up more space. This could be happening because someone has installed WebWatcher on your iPhone.

6. iTunes Wi-Fi Sync is enabled on your iPhone

iTunes Wi-Fi sync being enabled on your phone is one of the biggest clues that someone may be secretly monitoring you using WebWatcher. WebWatcher uses Wi-Fi sync to retrieve data from the target iPhone and share it with a computer that is occasionally connected to the same network.

What is iTunes WiFi Sync?

iTunes WiFi Sync is a built-in iOS feature that allows iPhone users to wirelessly back up their phone to a computer on the same network instead of using a USB connection. Thanks to iTunes Wi-Fi sync, anyone spying on you using WebWatcher doesn’t have to install software on your iPhone. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to notice when someone is tracking you.

7. Use third-party anti-spyware programs to detect WebWatcher on iPhone

As previously mentioned, WebWatcher is hard to detect on an iPhone because the software isn’t installed. However, the spy can forget to hide iMazing (the device management software used for automatic backups) on the target iPhone. For this reason, we advise using third-party software to detect it and other security threats on your phone. You can choose a program based on your preferences, though we recommend using Clario Anti Spy’s Spyware scan to check for and weed out any spying threats regularly. This will, in turn, protect your iPhone from hackers.

How to uninstall WebWatcher on iPhone

WebWatcher invades your privacy, so it’s in your best interest to protect your data and secure your phone as soon as possible. However, WebWatcher isn’t installed on your phone—the spy monitors you by accessing your iCloud account. Therefore, you can’t necessarily “uninstall” WebWatcher on your iPhone. Instead, you must change your iCloud password to block the spy from accessing it.


Here’s how to change your iCloud password:

  1. Go to https://appleid.apple.com/, sign in to your account, and click Sign-In and Security > Password.
  2. Enter your current password and your new password in the text boxes provided. Don't forget to check the box next to Sign out of Apple devices and websites associated with your Apple ID.
To uninstall WebWatcher on your iPhone, you must change your iCloud password. Go to https://appleid.apple.com/, sign in to your account, and click on Sign-In and Security > Password.
Step 1. Sign in to your account and click on Sign-In and Security > Password.
Screenshot from a Mac showing how to change your iCloud password. After detecting Webwatcher on your iPhone, stop it from tracking you by changing your iCloud password.
Step 2. Enter your old and new passwords, then check the box at the bottom.


Learning that someone may be monitoring you can be stressful, especially when you don’t know how long they’ve been at it. Unfortunately, that can be hard to determine, given how discreet stalking tools can be. This proves more challenging in cases where your spy uses WebWatcher to stalk you, as they don’t have to install special software to do it. Therefore, it can be hard to identify when you’re a victim of WebWatcher spying.


Nonetheless, you can look for clues on your phone to determine whether your privacy was breached. The condition of your phone’s battery, list of apps, iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, storage, and your iPhone’s overall performance can give you the answers you need. Third-party software is one of the best tools you can use to determine if someone is monitoring you.


Most spying apps allow the spy to hide the app icon, making it difficult for the target to detect the app. With Clario Anti Spy’s Spyware scan, you don’t have to worry about that. The Spyware scan looks for spying apps to help you remove them from your phone and lower the risk of exposing your personal information.

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