iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

iGotYa’s a very neat and cheap way to figure out who stole your phone, and where they’re located. Available for $4.99 in Cydia (there’s a free trial as well), iGotYa is able to take a picture of whoever’s using your phone thanks to the iPhone 4’s front-facing camera. It can then email that photo to you. Not only that, but iGotYa will also obtain their location and send that to you as well. Continue reading for more information!

iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

The way iGotYa works is, when somebody enters your passcode incorrectly, their photo will be taken and their location will be obtained. This information is then emailed to whatever email address that you have entered into the settings. Here’s what an email from iGotYa looks like:

iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

Keep in mind that, to obtain somebody’s location, you have to have Location Services enabled. I didn’t have it enabled, hence the (null) value.

iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

(Once your phone completely enters the secure mode, you won’t even be able to add photos or screenshots to your camera roll; this photo was taken with an iPad 2.)

iGotYa is also able to put your iPhone into a “secure” mode. After 2 failed passcode attempts, your phone will unlock and go into a very minimal state. Only the most basic of applications will be available. Even though they’re there, your information won’t be. Your contacts list will appear empty, your calendar will be blank, your alarms will be gone, your text messages will disappear, and so on. But don’t worry, because all of these things will instantly be restored back to normal once you have a successful passcode input.

iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

iGotYa can also prevent your device from syncing with ANY desktop application. If somebody tries to access your device’s filesystem through AFC, a number of the folders and files won’t be visible.

iGotYa – See Who Stole Your iPhone [Jailbreak Tweak]

You’ll find all of the settings for iGotYa in the stock settings application under extensions. Everything here is self-explanatory.

While all of this is great, it can also mean bad news for some. If the person who happens to have your phone knows what they’re doing, they can easily disable iGotYa altogether with very little effort (should SSH or AFC2 be enabled), but for most jackers, they probably won’t know what to do.

But overall, iGotYa is a very simple way to try and track down the person who has your phone. It’s basically set-and-forget. Check it out!

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  • akri

    LOl..we got the f***ing bastard alright!

  • Habib

    Can you set the number of failed login attempts? I mean 2 is borderline cool and ‘oopsies’

  • besweeet

    Nope, 2 is the max. Too many failed attempts, and iOS will automatically lock you out of your phone for a while.

  • Aber1Kanobee

    This is awesome…Thanks for the great write up and info.

  • yasza

    wew.. pretty impressive..

  • aaron

    isnt working for me with 4.3.1. Im not getting any email when i enter the wrong passcode

  • B.Laden

    Oh no you didnt…..your Bush/Obama admin are taking very good care of me ;)

  • DJ

    I really dislike how you have to use paypal to buy this!

  • Ken Westin

    A similar applciation is available from GadgetTrak and it is in the app store, also have the capability for Macs adn other devices including Android, Blackberry and Windows http://www.gadgettrak.com


  • ialmulla

    can i install it in a new iPhone? i don’t want to jailbreak it.

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