What's the easiest way to detect hidden secret cameras in your apartment, house or hotel room?

We've summed 6 effective ways to help you spot hidden surveillance cameras and listening devices planted in both outdoor and indoor areas, including your hotel room, in the bathroom, at your home, and wherever you are.


Part 1. Top 6 Ways to Detect Hidden Cameras (Video Version)

Part 2. Step-by-Step Guide to Detect Spy Cameras (Text Version)

Part 3. An Overview on Top Ways to Spot Cameras (Infographic Version)

Part 4. Hidden Spy Cameras Frequently Asked Questions

Part 5. Breaking News About Hidden Spy Cameras (Keep Updating)

Part 1. Check the Video Version on Top 6 Ways to Detect Any Hidden Cameras

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The detailed video transcription is in Part 2 below!

Part 2. Detect Hidden Spy Surveillance Cameras — Top 6 Simple & Useful Ways for You

The below step-by-step guide enables you to find hidden cameras within minutes. Most of the ways are totally FREE! Sometimes just a little trick can make the spy cameras no place to hide.

#1. Scan the Environment Carefully to Detect Suspicious Hidden Video Cameras

One of the easiest ways to detect hidden cameras is by checking around the environment carefully. An inch-by-inch search would be helpful to spot ”obvious” hidden cameras at the first step.

Most Common Places to Find Hidden Cameras Indoors
• Smoke detectors
• Air filter equipment
• Books
• Wall décor
• Electrical outlets
• Desk plants
• Tissue boxes
• Stuffed teddy bears
• Couch cushions, table tops, and shelves
• DVD cases
• Lava lamps
• Digital TV boxes
• Wall sockets
• Hairdryer holders
• Wall or alarm clocks
• Clothes hooks
• Pens

Most Common Positions to Locate Hidden Cameras & Microphones Outdoors
• House plants
• Holes on the doors
• The roof the house
• The doorbell outside your home

Some objects may reveal suspicious wires, lights or lenses that are hallmarks of hidden spy cameras. If you find some unusual power outlets or adapters, unplug them immediately.

Listen as you walk through the entire room. Some hidden motion-sensing surveillance cameras would make an almost inaudible buzz when in operation.

#2. Turn off the Lights in Your Room to Spot Hidden Night Vision Cameras

You can use the night vision security camera working principle to find hidden cameras in your room. Most hidden security cameras have red or green LEDs. The LEDs will blink or shine when in low-light conditions.

When in low-light conditions, the LEDs around the camera lens will turn on automatically to supplement the lighting for the cameras to produce clear night vision images.

You can follow the below steps to find hidden IP cameras when in dark conditions.

Step 1. Draw the curtains in your room, and turn off the lights.

Step 2. Check whether there are blinking red or green LEDs in your room.

No matter what hidden cameras you want to detect, wired or wireless types, you can use this way to detect surveillance CCTV cameras in your car, in stores, in the living room, bedroom, at your home, etc.

Should-Not-Miss Tip: It's also an easy way to check if a security camera is on.

#3. Use Your Mobile Phones to Locate Hidden CCTV Surveillance Cameras

How to detect hidden cameras using iPhone and Android mobile phones?

Many Quora posters① ask whether they can use their mobile phones to find hidden cameras, and the answer is ”Yep”!

There are 2 easy and free ways you can take to find hidden cameras using your iPhone or Android smartphones even without detectors.

Way 1. Use a Phone Call to Check for Hidden Cameras & Microphones

Step 1. Make a phone call with your friends or family.

Step 2. Walk around your room. Hidden surveillance normally would give off a special radio frequency that would interfere with your phone call signal.

If you notice that there is signal interference in a specific place or position, stop and check this place carefully to find out whether there is a hidden security camera there.

Way 2. Use Mobile App to Find Hidden Cameras & Listening Devices

Step 1. Install a ”detect hidden cameras” app on your iPhone or Android mobile phones. For example, ”Spy hidden camera detector” app (.apk) software is a good option.

You can check more apps to detect hidden cameras here.

Step 2. Launch the app on your mobile phone. The detector software will display a red glow when your smartphone approaches a hidden camera. Please note that it will also glow when near other types of hardware with radio frequency.

Helpful Tip: When you are traveling and stay in the hotel room, you can take a portable battery security camera with you. You can put it in your hotel room to see who entered your room without your permission. With a security camera installed in your hotel room, you can also keep tab on your stuff.

#4. Get a Professional Camera Detector or Sensor to Spot Hidden CCTV Cameras

Professional RF signal detectors or other hidden camera bug detectors are quite effective to locate hidden security cameras.

A lot of news has reported that people keep finding hidden cameras in their rental Airbnb② homes. If you go on business or a vacation and rent an Airbnb house, you can find the hidden cameras with the detector quickly.

How to Detect Hidden Cameras Using a Detector

1. Buy a professional detector on Amazon or other online shops. The price varies greatly, ranging from several bucks to hundreds of dollars.

2. Turn on the device and do a sweep of your room to detect hidden pinhole video cameras.

Typically the detectors will beep when they detect a signal, giving you an audible indication when you near a potential camera.

Please note that the RF hidden camera detector typically only picks up a kind of frequency. If the hidden security cameras and other bugs use multiple frequencies changing rapidly, the detector might not detect the presence of hidden spy cameras.

Good news is that bad guys would not install hidden cameras with complex frequent network signals, since this type of hidden spy cameras is much more expensive.

Best Hidden Camera Detector Devices Recommendations

Some of the readers have left their comments for the recommendations of hidden camera detector devices.

Thus, our team has done detailed research and shared some effective CCTV camera detectors that are effective to detect hidden spy cameras.

If you are looking for a spy camera detector to scan your bedrooms, living rooms, and other wide-range areas, especially in hotels and Airbnb, you can use the device that combines both RF signal and lens detection.

You can turn on the RF signal detection of the hidden camera detector first, and locate the main positions or areas.

After that, you can use the lens detection function to spot the hidden cameras.

A spy camera detector that combines the 2 functions would look like the one in the image below.

Popular brands that manufacture such professional counter-surveillance detectors are JMDHKK, Spy Hawk, etc.

This type of spy camera detector devices is often used in detecting listening or bugging devices and cameras in hotel rooms, bedrooms, confidential meeting rooms, dressing rooms, etc.

Bedroom Living Room Camera Detector

If you want to scan if there are any shower cam or hidden mic in the bathrooms or fitting rooms, you can get a  small and light camera detector like the below one.

Popular companies that make this type of light camera detectors are Flyeego, KJB Security, etc.

This type of camera detectors is suitable for detecting bugging devices in bathrooms, fitting rooms or other small rooms.

It's easy to use and quite small so it's portable to take.

Bathroom Spy Camera Detector

#5. Check the Mirrors in Your Room to Pinpoint Hidden Spy Cameras

Remember to find hidden cameras in the mirrors in the toilet, changing or trial rooms, etc. As you may know, some awful guys would install a hidden spy camera on the other side of a mirror that is see-through, while the other side looks the same as a normal mirror.

How to find hidden cameras in the mirror?

An active poster asked for help on Quora③ to find whether there are hidden cameras in the bathroom mirror.

There's a useful tip you can use to detect such two-way mirrors in fitting rooms, toilets, bathrooms, etc.

1. Put your fingernail on the mirror.

2. Observe the gap between your finger and the mirror.

If there's a gap between your finger and the image, it's a real mirror. If your finger and the image touch tip to tip, there would be a hidden spy camera in the mirror.

You can also use this trick to know whether there are hidden cameras in your hotel rooms when you travel.

#6. Use Flashlight to Find Hidden Cameras

A straightforward way to detect hidden cameras is using the flashlight (works best in dark conditions).

1. Turn on the flashlight and turn off the lights in your room.

2. Pan the flashlight around the room.

Go slowly and examine any suspicious positions from different angles. If you notice any reflective lights from an object, there might be a hidden camera there.

Part 3. Infographic on Top 6 Ways to Detect Hidden Cameras & Listening Devices

We also sum up the top 6 ways in the below infographic (you can share with your friends and family).

How to Detect Hidden Cameras Infographic

What to Do If You Detect Hidden Spy Surveillance Cameras at Your Place

If you find hidden cameras in your room, you should take the below procedures.

Step 1. Don't move or touch the hidden cameras. (The police would collect the fingerprints to locate the criminal.)
Step 2. Take all of your belongs out of the viewing angle of the camera.
Step 3. Take pictures of the camera for evidence.
Step 4. Call the police or other authorities to investigate the case.

Part 4. Hottest Questions on How to Find Hidden Cameras & Microphones

We are always trying to answer as many questions as you may have on how to detect hidden cameras.

If you have other questions or any insights, leave them in the comment below! We will feature your ideas in this post.

Q 1. What Do Hidden Cameras Look Like?

A 1: Hidden cameras come in different sizes and shapes, and they can look like almost everything. Hidden spy cameras can be as small as the pinhole or keychain, and they are often placed in our everyday devices, such as smoke detectors, adapters, etc.

There are several popular types of hidden cameras in the market:

• USB flash drive spy cameras
• AC adapter type
• Smoke detector type
• Clock radio type

Q 2. How Do Hidden Camera Detectors Work?

A 2: An OP on Quora④ would like to know about the operation theory of the hidden camera detectors, and we add this question here.

Most spy camera detectors mainly offer 2 ways to find hidden cameras:
• Check for the reflective lights from the camera lens (like using a flashlight).
• Detect the RF broadcast of the camera. Typically the detectors will beep when they find the signal, and give you the audible alerts.

Q 3. How to Deal with My Boss, Parents and Neighbors Spying on Me with Hidden Cameras?

A 3: If you suspect your boss, parents or neighbors are bugging you, you can use the above top 6 ways to find the hidden cameras.

Take pictures of the hidden camera if you find it, and then report it to the police immediately.

Q 4. Legislation on Hidden Cameras

A 4: Laws have strict legislation on privacy. Under no circumstances should anyone use hidden cameras to do illegal spying or surveillance.

Hidden spy cameras are not allowed in the below areas:
• Restrooms
• Other people's homes
• Dressing rooms
• Locker rooms
• Other areas that related to personal privacy

Laws also require that people cannot gather audio from:
• Eavesdropping
• Remote recording
• Other illegal audio recording methods

Part 5. Breaking News About Hidden Spy Cameras (Keep Updating)

Here you'll get the latest and most breaking news about hidden cameras. We will keep updating the news here so that you can see how serious the misuse of spy cameras it is.


Most importantly, always pay attention to your personal privacy, and get the prying eyes out of your private life!

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