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‘Wonderful little hack’: Woman discovers ‘spy’ feature on her iPhone

We’re all curious about what people say about us in our absence, but one woman used an iPhone feature to actually find out

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Have you ever wondered what exactly people say about you when you leave the room? The answer is probably yes. One woman is going viral on the video sharing app TikTok for revealing exactly what she did to find out… and all she used was her iPhone.

The woman, Michelle Guo revealed on TikTok that she used a feature on her iPhone which allowed her to essentially spy on her friends by simply leaving the device on a table with them and let them have their gab fest about her, not knowing she would hear every single word.

“Thinking about the time I turned on ‘live listen’ on my iPhone & left my phone on the table & walked away with my AirPods in so that I could listen to what everyone said without me being in the room,” she wrote in a video.

Guo made use of Live Listen, which allows your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to act like a microphone which sends sound to your headphones and Airpods. It enables you to hear a conversation in a noisy area or even hear someone speaking across the room, Apple has said.

She has described it as “a wonderful little hack.”


The woman’s video has been viewed more than 700 000 times on TikTok and she has since been flooded with messages from fellow Apple iPhone users who also want to activate that feature.

“Settings > Control Center > add Hearing > connect AirPods > turn on Live Listen > place phone down & walk away & listen,” she responded.

If you’re also an iPhone user and keen on trying this, then do so at your own risk – your Christmas card list might be slightly shorter this time around.

“STORYTIME: The only time I did this was when I tested it out with my friends after we read about it online … USE RESPONSIBLY!!!!,” Guo wrote as a follow-up comment.

While some are happy about the feature, others are rather nervous about finding what people might say about them in their absence.

“I did smth similar in elementary school, found out my friends were talking abt me and dropped them,” wrote one person.

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