GotYa For Android Takes Geo-tagged Photos Of Person Who Stole Your Phone

We came across a very useful app today called GotYa! which takes geo-tagged photos of a person who unsuccessfully attempts at unlocking your smartphone.


Developed by MBFG, GotYa! Face trap ! Anti Th**t (yes, that’s the full name) is a powerful app which, once installed, set up and activated, takes a photo using your Android smartphone’s front-facing camera whenever it detects unsuccessful entry from your phone’s password / PIN-code / pattern-protected lockscreen. After taking a silent photo, GotYa then acquires the exact location of your device and sends it to your email/Facebook account along with a time stamped photograph.

Besides this, GotYa can remotely request location, call back, play alarm sounds through SMS commands.

From Android Market:

GotYa! takes a silent snapshot through the front facing camera of the criminal who is attempting to use your device, whenever the screen lock is entered incorrectly.

After taking the picture, it acquires the location of your device and forms a Google maps link, sending it with the timestamped picture to your email/Facebook !

We’ve tested the app on our Samsung Galaxy S II and can confirm that it works as advertised. This app only works if you have enabled password-protection for your lockscreen (which you should have already, anyway) and a front-facing camera. It is definitely quite a powerful app and I personally recommend everyone to check it out.


There are two versions available for GotYa: a limited free version and the paid, full version. The free version is unusually limited as it not only lowers resolution of the silent photos, but also pastes a very repulsive watermark across the entire photo which bars you from actually viewing the photo based on which you would decide whether the buy the app or not.

The paid, full version of the app, of course, removes the watermark, increases image quality, enables Facebook/email integration, remote SMS commands and the ability to take infinitely many photos.

If you’ve got your credit card credentials set up with Market, you should definitely buy the app to check it out. You can always get it refunded within the first 24 hours if you don’t like it.

Note: not sure if it is from the same developer, but you can get a similarly-featured app called iGotYa for jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch.

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