Lockwatch - Thief Catcher

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About this app

Lockwatch secretly takes a photo using the front camera when someone enters an incorrect unlock code on your phone. It then emails you a picture of the intruder along with their GPS location, without them knowing.

The app has helped recover many lost and stolen phones, and has been featured in several TV and online news stories.

Lockwatch uses Android's built-in lock screen and has a small app size, running only when an incorrect unlock code is entered.

Note: You must enter at least four digits or dots for each unlock attempt to be counted. If the correct code is entered within 10 seconds, Lockwatch will not send the email to avoid false alarms.

The app offers additional features, such as the ability to attach multiple photos and audio clips to the email, email notifications when a new SIM card is inserted or when the phone is turned on.

For help with Lockwatch, please visit https://bloketech.com/lockwatch/help.

This app uses the Device Administrator permission to monitor screen unlock attempts.
Updated on
Jan 6, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

71.7K reviews
Shawn Gary
February 6, 2024
Using the paid app since 2015. It does exactly what it says and its gotten my phone back at least a half dozen times. My only issue is it stopped taking front camera photos a few years ago and although I've moved between 2 or 3 phones in that time this feature still does not work. Using a new Pixel 6a and still no front photos on failed unlock emails. Otherwise it works great and I still get the location. Update: Now have a Pixel 8 Pro, no photos, no support from Lockwatch
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Matt Blattel
December 20, 2023
Given the one star rating due to the fact that I purchased a year subscription and within a week I'm already having multiple failed login notifications. Yes they have emailed me and yes they show location. What they don't show is a picture, simply a blank square. And there is absolutely no link for tech support, not even on the website.
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James Otto
February 14, 2024
I've been using this app for around two years, and it's been helpful for security. But I've run into a problem with my Google 6 Pro where it doesn't take a front camera photo on failed unlock attempts—just shows a blank. The location feature is still reliable, yet the camera issue remains unresolved.
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