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deviceOwl - Main Screen


What is deviceOwl?

With an eye towards privacy, deviceOwl can help you identify popular household smart devices, and covert consumer surveillance devices, along with their capabilities.

The knowledge of a device's capabilities can help you make better decisions about how to protect yourself, and the people you care about.

If you are using deviceOwl for the first time, please refer to our Introduction.

Lets review the features available from the main screen. In the instructions below, we'll refer to your smartphone or tablet as a "device".

deviceOwl Ready

Once you have installed deviceOwl from the App Store, run the app. The main screen will be displayed.


Check Device (Owl Icon)

This button starts device checking, allowing you to check a device, and reveal it's capabilities.

Tap this button to check a device. You can also tap and hold this button for 2 seconds to repeat the last device check.

For more information on checking devices, refer to Checking Devices.

Each time you check a device, deviceOwl confirms whether you have the latest device knowledge. If this is the first time you are using deviceOwl, you'll need to install device knowledge prior to checking devices.

Otherwise, if updated device knowledge is available, you can update it prior to checking.

Important: If you are planning to travel to an area with limited or no Internet, please update your device knowledge before you leave, which avoids having to worry about updating while you travel.

For more information, please refer to Knowledge Updates.


Guidance (Steps Icon)

This button displays the Device Checking Guidance screen, which covers important best practices for checking devices, and includes information on how to check specific device types, along with safety guidance.

Important: To be sure you're getting the most out of deviceOwl's detection capabilities, please review the Device Checking Guidance.


Device History (History Icon)

Select this option to access and manage your previously detected devices.

For more information, refer to Device History.


Toolbar Functions (below)


Help Button

Allows you to access this deviceOwl help.


Share Button

Allows you to share information about deviceOwl with others.


Preferences Button

Allows you to specify preferences for the app. For more information, refer to Preferences.


About Button

Displays information about product version, acknowledgements, and has useful support links in case you are having problems.