Catchr 1Do you have a nosey mom? Is your significant other the jealous type and tends to read your text messages when you leave the room? Are you paranoid that the government has access to open apps on your iPhone?

Catchr is an app that monitors the activities that take place on your iPhone. If the device moves or if someone has opened an app, Catchr will know it and tell you. Now you’ll have proof if you think your mom is reading your emails when you are gone…


The app is simple. There isn’t much to it. Press the Start button to begin a recording session and then press the Stop button to end it. During the recording session, you will see a list of apps that have been opened and what time they were activated.

After you’ve started and stopped a couple of sessions, they will be available for reference in your log section. The log section shows the different recording sessions you’ve started and ended. They are listed chronologically with different days separated by the date.

Tap a specific log to access details of the session. See the start and end time of the recorded period, the duration of the recording, the number of apps started and terminated, and whether the device has been moved. There is also a map showing everywhere the device moved while the session was being recorded.

Catchr 3App Use

Before you can start a session, you should close all open apps. Catchr can’t monitor an app that has been started if it is already running in the background. You’ll need to clear the system in order to get it ready for a new recording session.

You should also put a lock on the app so that you are the only person that can open it. Catchr will ask you if you want to activate a four-digit passcode. When you activate it, the app will require the passcode every time you open it again.

When you are ready to go, tap the big green Start button to begin a session. You can leave it on all of the time, morning through night. Catchr will track the activity of your device. If you start a new app, move your iPhone, or terminate an app, the activity will be monitored.

When you want to stop the recording session, tap the red Stop button at the bottom of the screen. The session will then be sent to the log archive. You can see what activities have taken place while recording.

If you are watching TV with your date and run to the kitchen to pop some popcorn, you’ll know whether he or she is the type of person to invade your privacy. If Facebook, Whatsapp, Messages, email, or any other app is opened, you’ll know.

You’ll also know if someone has moved your iPhone. If you leave the room for a very short period of time and the suspected snooper didn’t have time to actually open an app, or couldn’t unlock your phone, you’ll still know if it was picked up.

While moving a phone is not exactly proof that someone is invading your privacy, it is enough to cause you to think twice about leaving it behind when you walk out of the room.

In addition to helping you catch snoopers in the act, the app also acts as a future deterrent. Once you tell the privacy invaders that you’ve caught them in the act, they will be much less likely to try to access your phone again because they will know you have a secret weapon against their prying eyes.

Catchr 2The Good

If you want to know if someone is looking at your emails, Facebook account, or any other app on your iPhone, you will know exactly what was opened and the exact time it was opened. It is perfect for catching snoopers in the act.

The Bad

Whenever you open the app, your music services stop playing. I tested it with the native music player, Spotify, Pandora, Musi, and Songza and every song stopped when I opened Catchr. The song does not begin again when you close the app either. You have to go back to the music app and press Play again.

The app is a bit of a battery eater, although not too bad. I kept it on for 17 hours straight for one session and it didn’t totally deplete my battery charge. However, I left it on overnight and lost about 20 percent within that eight-hour period.


Catchr is on sale for $1.99 for a limited time. At this price, it is worth it if you are worried about people reading your private messages and want to catch them doing it. However, for the full price of $2.99, in my opinion, it seems a bit steep for what you get. I guess it depends on how paranoid you are.


If you surround yourself with untrustworthy people, you may want to check this app out. It will give you peace-of-mind, but will also help you back up your accusation if the time comes that you must have “the talk” with your boyfriend or girlfriend about their jealous behavior. If you’ve got a lot of snoopy friends and family members, download it in the App Store today.

Related Apps

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of an app like this before.

Do you have snoopy friends? Will you use this app to try to catch them in the act?

The app’s developer, Nordlogic, generously offered us an extra code. If you think you’ll use Catchr, it’s all yours.Catchr Promo Code

  • Cool

    Typo: on first sentence:
    “Do you have a nosey mom?”
    it’s actually
    “Do you have a nosy mom?”

    • Micaiah Martin

      I actually believe that nosey and nosy can be used interchangeably. At least that is what my dictionary is telling me.

      • Cool

        Okay, never mind then. It can be written both ways.

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  • David Gitman

    Damn! Downloading it right now

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    So what happens if you kill this app? Has nobody thought of this…

    • David Gitman

      maybe it will be working in the background like weather

      • Anmol Malhotra

        No! This wont work if you kill this app… I bought this app 3 days ago.. And my usage says you should have this app constantly running in background
        Not a big issue though!

    • ConduciveMammal

      Yeah, I can’t imagine anyone snooping on the phone would think to kill the app, especially since mothers and partners alike a generally less technologically inclined. Good point though.

    • What do you mean by “kill”? Do you mean close it so it is not running in the background? If you do that, it won’t be able to track the device. If you are worried about someone else doing that, add a passcode to keep them from accessing it.

  • f96lrs

    I’ll take it

  • Interesting, thought it was a Jailbreak tweak when I read the headlines…

    • Neil Sardesai

      Me too. I didn’t know that Apple lets apps check on other apps like this.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Looks like apple is going to case on them for copying TouchID icon.. 😀 😛
    Poor Apple!

  • Looks like a good idea. Will it work on iOS 6?

  • Eni

    i’ve found a bug in virtual home tweak. when you try to do in app purchases and you cancel that in app purchase the touch id it disables at all, you can’t use it for anything, even for unlocking the phone. you have to respring ore to disable the virtual home tweak to be normal again. do you have the same problem? (sorry for my english guys (: )

  • ConduciveMammal

    Hmmm sounds pretty good, but with TouchID and BioProtect, I have little to no use for it. Interesting all the same.

    Also, people of iDB, what’s happened to the mobile site? I see the full-res site now and for the past day or two

    • Jonathan

      Must be some issues. Last night I finally had a mobile view, and the mobile view was redesigned. Much nicer. It seems though because of that, a mobile/desktop detection code was broken.

  • Neil Sardesai

    I’d be interested in seeing a jailbreak tweak that does all this plus other stuff that Apple won’t allow in the App Store.

  • deepdvd

    Save 2 bucks (and an argument) and just use a passcode. That was easy.

    • Jonathan

      What if they demand to know your passcode?
      Mine do, but I don’t care. I don’t have snoopy parents. 😛

  • sam445

    Excellent! Why shut your phone off for free, when you can leave it sitting around unattended and pay an app to tell you what someone did to your phone? A brilliant idea!

  • suttonmontreal

    One of the reasons i love the 5S and BioProtect