Are ghost hunting apps fake?

The paranormal community is normally opposed the use of mobile phone apps in favor of traditional Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) devices such as the Spirit/Ghost Box, K2 Meter and the Ovulus. By why is this so? Why have ghost hunting apps received such bad raport? After all, most of the technology used by traditional equipment are now matched or inferior to the hardware featured in most mobile phones. In this article we discuss the reality of the ghost hunting apps and how they compare to traditional paranormal investigation equipment.



While many paranormal investigators shy away from apps, this is mostly due to app stores being inundated with apps plagued with ads, phony sound effects, and fake glitches, intended more for entertainment purposes and not serious paranormal investigating. Many of these apps also fail to explain how they actually work, leaving skeptics wondering if their results are real or completely random.

How do real paranormal investigation apps work?

The most common technology used by real ghost hunting apps, including GhostTube, include:

  • Magnetometers – A make-shift compass that navigation apps typically use to detect direction as it relates to magnetic north. It can also be used to detect fluctuations in magnetic energy, just one way paranormal apps are using environmental sensors for investigating.
  • Proximity Sensors – Infrared sensor that phones typically use to detect when the user holds the phone to their ear (and therefore to disable buttons while speaking on the phone). It can also be used to detect physical objects in close proximity.
  • Microphones – All phones contain the ability to record audio, and hence can be used to record electronic voice phenomena (EVP).
  • Gyroscopes – Most modern mobile devices and tablets contain a gyroscope which can be used to detect movement. Health apps typically use this to detect the number of steps you walk, etc.
  • Touch Sensors – Touch phones use these sensors to detect when you touch the screen to display your favorite apps.
  • Thermometers – Although less common, some mobile devices also contain internal thermometers for measuring the temperature of the devices’s surroundings.

How to distinguish fake ghost hunting apps?

Once you understand the hardware that is built into most modern mobile devices, it becomes easy to identify the real and fake paranormal investigation apps. The most common telltale signs of a fake app include:

  • Ghost Radars – Phones are not equipped with any hardware that can map out a location or position of ghosts in a similar fashion to a radar. Proximity sensors included in most phones can only detect objects within a few inches to the devices, not feet. Magnetometers are also rather weak and can only detect magnetic fluctuations in close proximity to the device. Don’t be fooled by ghost radars as they are not real and are intended for entertainment purposes only.
  • Visual FX – Full bodied apparitions are rare. Apps that seemingly appear to have visual apparitions caught on camera, faces and others are likely intended for entertainment purposes and are fake. Visual FX are much easier to implement into phones due to modern day virtual and augmented reality capabilities.
  • Pay more to “see” a ghost – Most fake apps will capitalize on people’s curiosity. Any app that requires a purchase to “see” or “find out more” about a ghost is likely an app intended for entertainment purposes. Don’t fall for these tricks if you are a paranormal investigator.

Is GhostTube real?

While many find paranormal investigating fun, and hence find GhostTube fun to use, it was not intended for entertainment purposes. The app contains no ads, and does not contain any pre-recorded sounds or voices. GhostTube remains completely transparent on how it works and only uses actual hardware that is built into your phone to give you raw environmental readings.

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