Securing Device: How to Remove a Hacker from My iPhone

by Foneazy iOS Published On Apr 10, 2023 Updated On Apr 10, 2023
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Has your iPhone been acting strange lately? Do you suspect that someone has tried to access the device without you knowing?

Whatever the factor, we'll show you how to remove a hacker from your iPhone, minimizing the damage to your device and data.

So, read on for a comprehensive look into this topic!

Can an iPhone Get Hacked?

It is a common concept that Apple products, such as iPhones, are impenetrable and difficult to get hacked.

Well, it is not the whole truth!

Under the right circumstances, cybercriminals can easily hack your iOS device remotely.

How is it possible?

This generally happens if you have shared your iCloud credentials with someone else, enabled an easy-to-break screen passcode, or installed a malware-infested app/file on your iPhone.

How To Tell If My iPhone Was Hacked?

The whole concept of hacking is that it is done secretly and remotely.

However, hackers do leave breadcrumbs or footprints behind their unethical activity! So, how to detect those signs to determine that your iPhone has been hacked?

Follow the list below:

High Data Consumption

Spyware tends to consume a hefty amount of data. So, if your iPhone is burning data without authorization, it means it has been hacked.

iPhone Overheated

Hacking is done around the clock via spyware and other resources. High internet consumption is needed for the hacker to access the iPhone data.

This may lead to the device being overheated and the battery getting drained faster than usual.

Device's Performance Has Dropped

Too much utilization of data in a short span by the hacker may make the iPhone's performance sluggish. It gets particularly concerning when you have purchased a new iPhone, which has started behaving as outdated.

Strange Messages

Hackers may send malware-based texts or emails to access your iPhone data remotely. If you happen to receive such messages, there is a strong indication of getting hacked.

The hacker may also send random messages to the numbers in your contact list, especially if they have hacked the iPhone.

You are Locked Out of Your Apple ID

If you suddenly cannot sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID, it means either you have forgotten your credentials, or someone has changed the details without you knowing.

Check the device for a specific notification from Apple Support saying that your Apple ID was used on another device. This is a sure sign of getting hacked!

Unrecognized Apps are Installed On Your iPhone

Find random app icons on your iPhone and don't remember installing such applications?

It must be spyware or malware. Perform a thorough check to verify the status of such apps.

The Camera or Microphone Indicator Light is Enabled

Hackers may use the iPhone's camera or mic for various purposes. If you randomly see the orange light(for the mic) or green indicator(for the camera), consider that someone else is using them.

How to Remove a Hacker From My iPhone?

Apply the following tips and tricks to prevent your iPhone from getting infiltrated by hackers now and also in the future.

1. Take Control of Your Apple ID

Start by taking full control of your Apple ID credentials. Use the relevant means to update your password. This time, remember to set up a strong password that is a bit challenging to guess for the hacker in case they decide to attack you in the future.

The password should be a combination of upper case/lower case letters, symbols, and numbers. Moreover, ensure it is a lengthy one with at least 10 characters.

Change your iPhone's screen lock as well. Use 2FA on the device, and consider enabling the 6-digit passcode instead of 4.

2. Remove Unrecognized Devices from Your Apple ID

The hacker must have associated other devices with your Apple ID. Sign in to your Apple account, and tap Devices to view Apple products linked to your ID.

If you find an unrecognized device there, tap "Remove from account" to remove it from the list.

3. Remove Unrecognized Configuration Profiles

Configuration profiles are generally XML files containing the authorization details of your iPhone, including accounts, settings, restrictions, and credentials.

Check the configuration profiles on your iPhone. If you see any strange, random, or fake ones, then remove them from the device. Here is how:

  1. Connect the iPhone to a Mac system with Apple Configurator.
  2. Trust the computer and unlock the iPhone.
  3. Select the dubious configuration profile, and tap on Actions.
  4. Next, select Remove and click on Profiles.
  5. Finally, tap Remove to confirm the action.

4. Perfrom an Antivirus Scan

Malware might be easily detected by Antivirus software.

Install it, and then perform a complete virus scan on your iPhone. Remove the detected files to stop the iPhone from getting hacked.

You can use a free Antivirus tool to complete the scan. However, if you are certain that your iPhone has been hacked, then we suggest subscribing to a reliable service to get rid of the malware.

5. Remove Unfamiliar Apps and Suspicious Links

As discussed before, you may find several suspicious or unidentified app icons, files, and even links on your iPhone(emails or texts).

If so, do not hesitate to delete those files and links from the device. Uninstall the apps that you do not remember setting up on the iPhone.

6. Update Passwords of Online Accounts

Create a list of all your online accounts, including the banking and social media profiles. Now, sign in to those accounts individually, and change their passwords.

We recommend setting up strong and impenetrable passwords. It is also quite handy to enable 2 Factor Authentication across all your valuable online profiles. Now, it would be next to impossible for the hacker to break into your data.

7. Set Up a Strong iPhone Screen Passcode

Do not rely on just one type of screen passcode. Hackers can easily break into the iPhone with just a 4-digit screen lock.

We recommend enabling the 6-digit passcode to prevent future hacking attempts.

Here is how you can enable the 6-digit screen lock:

  1. Simply head over to the iPhone Settings, and tap Face ID & Passcode.
  2. Tap the Turn Passcode On option, and enter the new 6-digit passcode.
  3. Input the lock code again to confirm the action.

8. Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Options like Face ID and Touch ID aren't available across all iPhones.

Do not waver to switch the Two-Factor Authentication on from your device.

9. Enable "Find My iPhone"

In case you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen, you can remotely locate the device using the Find My iPhone feature. However, the function must be turned on on the Settings menu for this solution to work.

If you are not able to locate the iPhone, then Find My also offers to remotely erase the data, preventing the thief or hacker from accessing your files and personal information.

Follow these steps to enable the Find My feature:

  1. Open the iPhone Settings.
  2. Tap on your Apple profile and select Find My iPhone.
  3. Turn it on!

10. Clear Browsing and Internet Data

Your iPhone may store cookies containing malicious files that the hacker can use to access your data without you knowing.

We recommend browsing under incognito mode!

Similarly, it is better to erase the browsing history occasionally (once a week or month) to avoid any inconvenience.

11. Update Apps and iPhone to the Latest iOS Version

Apple offers regular iOS and app updates to deal with the latest security issues and enhance its devices' performance.

If the users do not frequently update the software and apps on their iPhones, hackers can easily make their way into the devices.

So, it is vital to keep everything on the iPhone updated.

In case you do not know how to install the latest iOS update, then follow the steps here:

  1. From iPhone Settings, tap the General button.
  2. Next, select Software Update.
  3. There, turn on Automatic Updates, and then tap the Download and Install button to upgrade the device to the latest version.

To update iPhone apps:

  1. Tap your profile icon in the App Store.
  2. There, check the pending updates and release notes to update them all one by one or collectively.

To Conclude

It is not your fault that your iPhone has gotten hacked!

However, whatever you do next is crucial in dealing with the situation. For this reason, it is essential to learn how to remove a hacker from your iPhone.

We hope this article has provided valuable information and solutions for protecting your data from hackers and stopping future attempts.

As experts in managing iOS and Android devices, the entire Foneazy team has noticed the increased need for better support for iPhone and Android usage. This prompted the creation of our own, widely used Foneazy iPhone and Android software suite.
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