Trust Me: Snooping Through Your Boyfriend’s Phone Is A Bad Idea

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Put yourself in this scenario: your boyfriend leaves you alone in his room while he takes a shower. You’re sitting there doing nothing until you notice it: his cell phone. It’s just sitting there, innocently (but kind of staring at you at the same time), right next to you. And he’s in the shower, so there’s no chance he’ll walk in. And you were wondering who he was texting before. Oh, and look at that… there’s no password lock. So, what do you do?

Rewind back a few years, and I was in that exact situation… and I made a choice that I totally and completely regret now. I grabbed his phone as fast as I could to start reading every text message and to look at every incoming/outgoing call before he walked back in the door. I’m really not proud to admit it, but it’s true: I used to be a total snooper. When I was dating my first boyfriend, I was really self-conscious and jealous, and convinced that he was cheating on me, no matter what he did to prove his devotion. I thought looking at his things would help me trust him more, and instead, it only made things worse.

While my snooping started off innocently enough, it escalated pretty quickly. The very first time I looked at my BF’s phone, I didn’t find anything suspicious, which made me feel a lot better – until I started feeling horribly guilty. I swore to myself that I would never do it again, but a few weeks later, I did. Once I realized that I could probably look through his phone whenever I wanted without him realizing it, I felt powerful in a very weird way. From then on, I started snooping on a regular basis.

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I became obsessed with going through my boyfriend’s private things, and for the first few years, I never admitted it to him. The whole time, I was so worried about him being dishonest with me and meanwhile, I was the one being dishonest with him.

Everything was (relatively) fine… until I got caught. What I didn’t realize during all of my snooping was that once I found something weird in his phone, I would have to admit what I had done in order to talk to him about it. One day, I found texts from his ex-girlfriend. They were really innocent, but it didn’t matter: I had finally found something. In that moment, I wasn’t thinking clearly. I was furious and immediately confronted him.

I’ll never forget that conversation. When I asked why he was still talking to his ex, my boyfriend stared at me, confused. “How do you know that?” he asked. I started blushing like crazy and tried to make something up, but the damage was done. He looked at me in shock and said, “Jess, did you go through my phone?” He was mad, but what really got me was that he was super hurt and disappointed. He explained that he thought he could trust me enough to leave me alone in a room with his phone – and he thought that I trusted him enough not to go behind his back and check up on him.

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Despite our huge fight that day, I kept going through his phone, and we kept fighting about it. When he put a password on his cell, I thought it was shady and we fought about it. When he eventually gave in and let me look through his phone, I demanded to know the reason behind every text. And when he started looking through my phone, it only led to more fights. Towards the end of our relationship, neither of us trusted each other at all – and it was a huge reason why we broke up.

Here’s the thing about snooping: it is way too easy to misunderstand what’s going on. I can’t tell you the amount of fights me and my BF got in over a text that meant the complete opposite of what I thought. Also? No matter what your boyfriend might have done wrong, he still has the right to get mad at you for going through his phone. Looking at your boyfriend’s private things is just a fight waiting to happen.

When I broke up with that boyfriend, I promised myself I would never look through a future BF’s phone again. Now, when I feel like something shady is happening, I talk to my guy about it. I don’t go behind his back and look at his phone. There are much better ways to learn to trust someone, and snooping is definitely not one of them. I just wish I realized that a few years ago.

Do you snoop through your boyfriend’s phone? Have you ever? Would you? Do you think it’s okay? Tell us in the comments.


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  1. avatarSusy says:

    Yes I have snooped and chech my boyfriend’s phone and found that during our two year relationship he was having sex with 28 other women. He used his business to be able to come and go without question coming from me. I would not have known who he really was if I had not checkout his phone. I am glad I did.

  2. avatarKatherine says:

    I never used to check any of my bf phones even after one cheated on me. Until one day I saw a txt preview on my last bf phone from a girl. It turns out he has been cheating on me with several other girls. I learned it the ugly way when 2 of them contacted me. It was then that I understood why he had a password. Coz if he had nothing to hide he would leave his phone unlocked. My other previous bf never locked their phones and I never bothered to check. Now my current bf has paassword too and I managed to crack it. So I’ve been checking his phone from time to time. Of course I am not proud of it but I felt the need to be sure nothing is happening behind my back. I do it less and less often nowsaf y because I have startedto trust him. But still, I would never trust a man 100% anymore.

  3. avatarKristina says:

    Ok so here it is, about 3 months ago my boyfriend and wemt to bed and the next morning i woke up suuuuuuper early to use the bathroom. While i got up to go to the bathroom i saw his phone sitting on the bedside table (he is really protective of his ohone, never leaves it with me while he goes to a different room, i cant touch it). I had this really bad gut feeling that i have never had before about checking his phone so i had like an inner war about if i should look or not and i decided to because i just couldnt shake the feeling i had in my stomach. Mind you this is the first time i have ever looked through his phone, i felt bad. But when i turned it on there was a text from his ex who he was woth for 4 years before me say “i know your lying about not being with this girl, just be honest at least you are giving me something to work with. You say you want to get your family get back together but your lying isnt helping anything”. So i got pissed and messaged his 3x on fb and just asked her what was going on between them just to find out he had been lying to her about being together with me, WE LIVE TOGETHER (never met his ex aka baby mama). And that he was trying to get her back. I confronted him about it and he called me names and we broke up for a few days he was crying saying i was the love of his life and that he was feeling insecure because of how much attention i get from other guys and thinks ill find someone better. Basically did it to cover his ass. We got back together and he was still closed off about his phone and now i hate when they talk. I have never been untrusting which sucks now. But about a month and a half ago pretty much the same thing happened. He was saying things to her he shouldnt have been. Got into a fight but didnt break up. Now i always want to look through his phone ): i found a few naked pictures of different girls that he said were from forever ago in his pictures too. I love the guy, but am dying to trust him again

  4. avatarNicole says:

    Today my boyfriend had a tennis match. He left his phone with his dad but his dad had to leave early and asked me to put his phone in his car. While I was taking his phone to his car, I noticed a text from a girl that I dislike VERY much saying “we should hang out” immediately I got worried and super curious. I unlocked his phone and read the message. There weren’t any messages before that though. So, I decided to scroll down and look more. I saw messages from a strange # concerning me. Of course I read them and tried to see who the # was. But as soon as I grabbed my phone to see who the # was, he walked up right behind me. Now, my boyfriend says I’m “invading his privacy” and that “I don’t trust him” shouldn’t I have the right to look at his phone if I please?

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