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14 Most Popular Cheating Apps for the (Im)Perfect Affair in 2024

This article is intended to showcase all of the cheating apps that cheaters will use to keep their affairs a secret. Additionally, you will learn about some of the features of these apps.

Most popular cheating apps

But there’s more.

As a matter of fact, I will not just tell you – as everyone does – what chat apps do cheaters use to create secret chats, but I will also share with you some of the best techniques you can use to find out if your partner is actually being faithful.

These techniques are 100% working and I tested them myself before sharing them with you.

But first, before we proceed, let me introduce myself. After all, who am I to talk about cheating apps?

I’m Frankie. I’m an instant messaging app expert and I’ve been studying and practicing all sorts of ethical hacking techniques applied to chat apps for several years.

But back to us.

Unfortunately, it is a common thing for people in relationships to cheat these days.

It is sad but true.

Recent statistics are even less encouraging, proposing that in a third of marriages one or both partners admit to cheating. If you are interested in data, I will share with you the research conducted by the Institute for Family Studies.

If you want to know how so many people can get by with their cheating, you have come to the right place.


Here you can discover the kind of Android and iPhone apps they download to avoid suspicions and learn their secrets firsthand.

That’s right, all of their secrets.

Also, you can expect a comprehensive list of the most used infidelity apps so you can keep a secret (though it is more honest to break up) or to catch your wife/husband or significant other red handed. In this regard I would suggest you to have a look at my guides on how to catch cheaters using WhatsApp or through Facebook.

Technology, specifically smartphones, have made it harder and easier to cheat all at the same time.

While this might seem contradictory, it still remains the truth.

For starters, phones tend to leave a trail of communication between cheater and lover. At the same time, certain apps make it easier than ever to conceal these communications from everyone they know.

Don’t Miss: Hiding Apps on Your Android or iPhone Device

Ready to find out a little more, let’s dive right in.

Various Apps For Different Kinds of Cheaters

The list of most popular cheating spouse apps is quite long, but first, you have to get inside the mind of the cheater.

I’m sure this is not especially difficult to do.

One of their primary concerns is keeping their illicit conversations private and away from the eyes of their committed partner, correct?

Many messages to cover up including regular messages regarding times and places to meet, suggestive material and even sexting messages.

But that is not the worst of it.

No, the worst of it is the images and videos, which at times can be downright out incriminating. Imagine such sensitive material ending up in a divorce lawyer’s hand. Unfortunately or fortunately, apps address all kinds of secret communications that need to transpire.

First you have to consider what kind of cheater you are, or believe your partner to be.

Yes, you read that correctly!

A cheater is not just a cheater. There are serial cheaters, professional cheaters and even the occasional infidelity.

As with any field of expertise, some tools are meant for professionals while others offer simplicity to newbies.

First, let’s see the arsenal in use by serial and occasional cheaters.

Messaging Apps For Serial Cheaters

Let’s summon up the supposed traits of a serial cheater.

He/She is a solitary hunter. Much like a jaguar, they constantly hunt for prey but never take action with the herd. They do not trust people.

They are going to operate based on a calculated plan, leaving nothing to chance.

They will operate under the guise of darkness. They choose weapons carefully and never operate unless there is zero risk of getting caught.

Want to know the best/worst part?

Serial cheaters have two or more affairs at once, working to keep their respective relationships apart to avoid getting caught by either.

Let’s take a look at the apps popular for serial cheaters.

These apps can hide messages or delete them as soon as they are sent from a phone. Below are the must have apps of the aspiring or current serial cheater:

1. Viber Viber

This 3rd party messaging application is available on all major devices. On the outside, it looks like a harmless messaging app, yet in the hands of an informed user, it is a sneaky application for affairs to occur.

Here are some of its features:

Secret Chats – Viber allows you to create secret conversations. The messages in this conversation delete automatically after a certain length of time, say 1-5 minutes. This gives you the freedom to send even the most incriminating of messages, images and video, because within a few minutes it no longer exists anywhere.

Hidden Chats – Viber also allows hidden chats to happen as well. For example, if your spouse picks up your phone and cycles through your chats, the affair will not be visible. Once you key in a pin, the chat appears within the main list, and you can pick up the conversation from where you left off.


Frankie’s Take:

This is one of the most used applications because it is free cheating app and known to be a common application for international calling. They can easily justify the download for work reasons, but really be exploiting the features of hidden chats and disappearing messages.

2. Signal Signal

Another cheating application perfect for erasing communications. This also looks like an innocent third party messaging application but has features that make it ideal for affairs to happen.

Disappearing Messages – This deletes all messages and media sent or received from a specific designated user after an allotted amount of time.

You can activate it just for conversations with the lover and set a time interval as often as a minute, making it perfect for those with snoopy significant others.


Frankie’s Take:

This service is like Viber in that it has the disappearing messages but lacks the hidden chat features. It is renowned for having incredible security, making it a believable excuse that this is an interoffice download for work communications.

3. Telegram Telegram logo

This is also a popular choice. Most people, even those that are not cheating, use this application. It will not raise suspicions then, when you install it on your own phone.

The most recent versions of the app have features almost designed for cheating:

Autodestruct – You can set a countdown timer for the conversations you have with specific users.

Hidden Chats – Telegram gives you the option to have a secret conversation with any user. This will not be accessible to anyone, as it requires a pin to access.


Frankie’s Take:

Like WhatsApp, it is very popular to have this application which should shade suspicions. Unlike WhatsApp, it has the option to hide chats and autodestruct messages, making it ideal for infidelity.

Secret Messaging Apps that Look Like Games (Update 2023)


Since a few months ago, some apps have been circulating in Apple and Android stores that might look like games or utility apps (such as calculators or phone books) but in reality are secret texting apps for cheating.

Let me explain.

These apps have a fake icon and name to avoid suspicion. Example: Calculator Pro

You open them and BOOM!

You find yourself chatting with lovers or flirting.

The most used are:

  • Calculator Pro+: It looks like a calculator, but in reality it is a full blown private messaging app. Besides chatting you can send photos, videos and create group chats.
  • Private Message Box: keeps all conversations, photos, and videos private. It offers in-app purchases to buy virtual numbers, this keeps texts off of your cell phone bill).
  • FortKnoxster Crypto suite: was created as an app to manage cryptocurrencies and NFTs – and to be fair, it does that too – but it’s also one of the most secure messaging apps for having affairs.
Note: If you choose any of these applications, you can keep multiple affairs going simultaneously without any one person catching on to what you are doing.
Warning: There are other applications for keeping communications a secret or for helping those cheating to find new lovers. Fake Calculator and Vault-Hide are some examples. If you find them on your partner’s phone, it is cause for concern. I cover this in greater detail in my guide – which I believe you may find useful – about the most used secret messaging apps for cheaters.

How To Tell If Your Partner Is A Serial Cheater

If you are concerned there might be a third party to your relationship, your significant other’s phone is a good place to establish this truth.

If your spouse using one or both of these applications, specifically Viber and Signal, you should be a little curious as to what they are up to.

If their reasoning for installing the applications do not seem right, you should attempt to dig in a little farther.

One of the easiest methods to know with certainty is spyware like mSpy installed on their phone and you will have all of the answers you could possibly want and more.

Apps For The Occasional Cheater

Opportunity makes a thief, and that’s one of the truest statements that I know.

For some people, you might be faithful to a fault until an irresistible opportunity presents itself to you. Since your spouse does not likely suspect you of cheating, you need a quick and simple way to keep the suspicions at bay.

Below you can find a couple of the apps that occasional cheaters use to communicate with lovers:

1. WhatsApp WhatsApp logo

This is a very simple messaging app that is incredibly popular by nearly all smartphone users. The benefit of this application is its use of end-to-end encryption.

This means that the data you divulge is fully secure and no one can access it unless they use your phone. So if you are cheating and your spouse never looks at your phone, it persists to be a good affair app to use. Bear in mind the possibility of he/she getting an intuition to check it out from time to time, though.

One of the best things that the cheater can do is to lockup the account with a password. This keeps anyone from accessing it from the phone, but it does not save you if spyware has been installed on your device.


Frankie’s Take:

Due to its popularity, WhatsApp is heavily used by cheaters even though it can get hacked into easily by a snooping spouse. It can be locked with a password, but is left unprotected from spyware apps.

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2. Facebook Messenger messenger icon

Often betrayal begins on Facebook. An old classmate, gym partners and ex girlfriends/boyfriends.

Seems like everyone flirts on Facebook.

You start by liking a post innocently and end up chatting in the Messenger.

This is an excellent platform for cheaters who want to have private conversations. This for two reasons: the first is that your Messenger account is secured by password (and two-factor verification). The second is that you can use the Facebook Secret Chats feature to send secret messages to your mistress that are automatically destroyed after a given number of seconds (after being read of course).

It is easier than ever to send messages to anyone right from your phone.

So what’s the kicker?

It is hackable as well, and if your partner knows some tricks, you can imagine what happens.


Frankie’s Take:

It gives you more access to cheating situations than WhatsApp can, but offers the same hackable account set up.

3. iMessage iMessage

This app is exclusively used by Apple users. It also offers end-to-end encryption which guarantees security for the conversation but can also get spied on with the right software.

Why would cheaters love it?

With iMessage, conversations can happen from iPads, Mac computers and iPhones alike. Of course the drawback is that the more places you converse with your lover, the more chances you have of getting caught.


Frankie’s Take:

Easily hacked, and is not as secure as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Cheaters use it for simplicity across devices.

4. Instagram Direct Message Instagram

Instagram is a popular photo and media platform that can easily double as a great private communication channel. The app offers excellent cover as a social media platform, especially for ladies having an affair.

This is where a lot of cheaters go fishing for new lovers.

It is used by almost every cheater on the planet to find lovers but the difference between professionals and newbies is that they first move their conversations to apps like Signal or Viber instead.


Frankie’s Take:

This is a paradise for potential cheaters. There are high chances of finding someone to cheat with and easily contacting them with the integrated messaging app. However, like the other apps, it is easy to hack into for incriminating information.

5. Snapchat

A couple of years ago, even before Instagram, it was Snapchat who seduced cheaters (and not only them) around the world with its short videos, special effects and self-destructing messages.

Why is it one of the most popular cheating apps?

Mainly because of the option to send self-destructing messages. These messages can also be videos, so I let you imagine why it has been widely used by infidels.


Frankie’s Take:

Until a few years ago it was the most popular and reliable cheating app to talk to your lover. Nowadays, like almost all other apps, it can be hacked and self-destruct messages can be tapped.

Cheating Dating Apps Preferred By Both Serial And Occasional Cheaters

Dating apps are one of the best ways to build fleeting connections with people far from the cheater’s circle of friends.

Cheaters, both occasional and serial, know this well.

Internet is full of free and paid cheating dating apps. Below I will list the most used ones.

1. Tinder Tinder Cheating

Tinder is arguably the most famous cheating dating app in the world. Extremely user-friendly, allows the user to browse the photos uploaded by people who are geographically close to each other.

Just create a profile using Facebook login or from scratch, upload 4 photos, add a description and select the people you like.

Each profile is presented with photos, to which the user can decide whether to assign a sign of appreciation (a little heart) or skip it by simply scrolling with a finger. All this while you are on the subway, at the dentist, queuing at the checkout or on the couch.

When the two people show interest in each other, then the match will start and they can start chatting, go to WhatsApp or maybe decide to meet in person.


Frankie’s Take:

Tinder is the most used social dating network in the world. Those who have this app installed on their cell phone are looking for only one thing: a relationship with someone. And those already engaged are definitely not looking for the partner of a lifetime.

2. Bumble Bumble cheating app

Quite similar to Tinder because of the scrolling search, Bumble has a distinctive feature: it is the female part that is in charge of the game.

This is why it is considered the perfect dating app for women.

On Bumble only women can take the initiative, starting conversations, except in the case of same-sex couples (you can change your preferences from your settings) or people you are friends with on Facebook.

The app is free and currently available for Android, iPad and iPhone devices with iOS 8 or later versions. There is no version for Windows devices. Once installed you can log in via Facebook (from which you get your profile photos and info such as age, date of birth and education), but you must be at least 17 years old to use it.


Frankie’s Take:

This is definitely the best cheating app for women who want to cheat but without running any risks. Although the risk of getting caught is always there for women, I talk about it in detail in another article.

3. Lovoo Lovoo cheating app

An app that is very popular among cheaters because it offers the possibility to get in touch with people who live in the area.

The way it works is very similar to Instagram: you can see a number of photos and show your appreciation.

To find the people near you, all you have to do is activate the radar feature, which will show photos of men or women who are close to you.

Once you find the right person, through the chat service, you can start to get to know them better and see if they live up to our expectations.


Frankie’s Take:

It is one of the most loved apps by cheaters because they can use it as an app to meet like-minded people and not to cheat. In fact, some people may use it to make new friends. But only a few…

4. Ashley Madison ASHLEY MADISON cheating app

Ashley Madison gets it straight in its welcome page: “Life is short. Have an affair“, stating that the service is intended for adults and that it is “the best known dating agency outside of marriage“.

Besides North America, the service is active in many other countries of the world, whilst it has been banned in Shanghai (China) because it is against family values and because it promotes adultery.

From the welcome screen of the site you have to say if you are a man or a woman, if you currently have a relationship and the type of partner you are looking for.

The main difference compared to other dating sites is that in the case of Ashley Madison there is explicit mention of people already in a relationship who want to cheat on their partner.


Frankie’s Take:

This app is both a cheater’s paradise and an unmistakable evidence if it gets found in your partner’s smartphone.

5. Grindr GRINDR cheating app

One of the most popular dating apps used by gay cheaters is Grindr, which is based on location. To start using it you have to subscribe by filling out the form with your email address, password and date of birth, insert a profile photo and then start searching for members near you on the map.

During the creation of the profile you can enter your preferences from the “I’m looking for” entry in order to help the algorithm to show you the people closest to you.

Grindr is very simple and user-friendly, and is available for both iOS and Android from the respective app stores.

Just browse user profiles and scroll through their photos to see if they might be interesting and decide to start a chat. You can send text messages, photos, audio notes, stickers and even your location, just like WhatsApp.


Frankie’s Take:

It can be considered the Tinder for gay people, especially those who are married but who have not yet come out. If you find this app on your partner’s phone, there are many questions you will need to ask them.

6. eharmony (popular in 2023)

Eharmony is an online dating platform that provides singles with a unique and effective way to find compatible matches. It is based on a patented Compatibility Matching System that uses psychological principles to create successful relationships.

The process begins with a free registration. Users will be asked to provide information about themselves, such as their interests, hobbies and lifestyle preferences. This data is then used to create a personality profile, which is used to match potential dates.

Once a user has completed their profile, the eharmony algorithm then matches them with compatible singles from its millions of users. The matching process takes into account the user’s individual traits, interests and lifestyle choices to find the best possible match. After the initial matches are made, users can then send messages and use the platform to communicate with other users on the site.


Frankie’s Take:

eharmony is a popular app (Android and iOS) among cheaters due to its discreetness and ease of use. It also has a user-friendly interface, which makes it a preferred choice for those looking for a discreet affair. Finally, its vast user base allows cheaters to find potential partners quickly, making it a popular choice for those looking for a secret relationship..

How to Catch Your Partner Cheating

This, in my opinion, is the most interesting part of my guide.

Please pay attention because in a very short time you will possess the tools you need to find out if your partner is cheating on you.

You might be surprised at home many ways there are to catch a spouse cheating, though most of them involve spying on their phone to get the answers you want.

Smartphones have taken considerable strides to make life easier, but they have also ruined it completely in other areas.

Now, everything leaves a trail. Calls, text messages, online transactions and more can all get traced back to the sender.

For those suspected of cheating, here are the best ways of tracing these activities.

1. Google Location History

Few people know that if you have a Gmail account, whenever you location is on with your phone, your phone is keeping a detailed record of all the places you go.

The restaurants, shoddy motels, and other locations all get added and tracked by the phone.

You can actually easily access this data from other devices where this same user stays signed in (like the home computer). You can click on this link on that device or you can google “view your location history in Google Maps.”

It should go without saying that you need to investigate more if you intend to catch your husband or wife red-handed, but this is a good place to start.

I wrote a detailed guide on how to use GPS to find a cheater’s location. Check it out!

2. Hack a Cheater’s Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp

As I have already explained, every messaging app that runs on Android or iOS devices is hackable.

Messenger and WhatsApp in particular are readily hackable.

You can find proof of an affair even if these are not the most favored apps of your cheating partner by hacking one of these options.

Actually, being one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet, there must be compromising messages between either trusted friends or the actual lover.

In different articles, I have explained in great detail how to spy on WhatsApp or how to hack Facebook.

3. mSpy Tracker

mSpy ScreenRecorder

This is the perfect spying app to catch cheating spouses. Not surprisingly, many wives use this app to catch the underhanded actions of their untrustworthy husbands.

There is nothing that you cannot use this application and software to spy on, whether it is an iPhone or Android.

There is nothing that you cannot use this application and software to spy on, whether it is an iPhone, an Android, a Mac, PC, or whatever device the cheater uses.

The acquisition of mSpy includes all of these incredible features:

  • Location Tracking
  • Reviewing Call Logs
  • Access to All Text Messages
  • Access to All Messaging Apps (WhatsApp, Messenger, iMessage etc.)
  • Email Access
  • Viewing All Photos and Videos Stored on Phone
  • All Installed Apps (Including hidden cheating apps for iPhone and cheaters app for Android for hookups and dating)
  • Internet History and Activity (Including Hidden Dating Sites)
  • And more and more…

From a safe and undetectable position, you can see literally everything that your partner is doing on their phone.

This is both amazing and scary – all at the same time.

mSpy WhatsApp Screenshot

You can install this application on the target phone, and then link the information to yours. You can learn more about installation in this guide I have written: Step-by-Step Guide to mSpy. You will also find a 25% discount voucher (it’s a gift reserved for readers of my blog).

Once you have done this, you are guaranteed to get the answers you seek and all of the information about what your partner is up to.

In short, when you are planning to bring another person into your relationship, you should prepare for this with the best applications designed to keep communication private.

The third-party messaging apps mentioned above are a good place to begin. They can help you to eliminate your incriminating trail of messaging breadcrumbs.

If you are on the other side of things, trying to catch a cheater in their tracks, you can always find the information you seek somewhere on their phone. You can find the trail of evidence and even look at their location history for more concrete evidence.


Frankie’s Take:

Applications like mSpy can help to simplify and streamline this search to determine if your spouse is cheating on you (View Demo).

4. Steal passwords of their Social accounts

If you want to catch your partner red-handed, you might consider stealing their Facebook account passwords, Instagram or any other app they’re using to cheat you.

Stealing passwords is possible but not easy.

The most used technique is the one called Phishing. It is used by professional hackers for confidential and sensitive information such as username, password, or credit card information.

The favorite technique to perform a phishing attack is to send normal emails that look and feel very similar to those found on legitimate websites such as banks or Facebook.

I won’t delve into the details of how you could use it to steal your partner’s passwords because I’ll talk about it extensively in another article. Take a look at it.

5. BONUS TRICK: Psychological tricks to make your wife or husband confess

One of my favorite methods to make someone confess are psychological ones supported by some technological tool.

Nobody ever thinks about it but the easiest thing to hack is the human mind.

Yup, everything can be hacked!

Just think that there is a scientific branch, known as social engineering, that looks after all those techniques that can trick the mind of others and make them do what they want us to do.

I have written two great guides that help you find out if your wife is cheating on you or if your husband is being unfaithful. Among the many ways to catch the cheater red-handed, there are also those related to social engineering. Check them out.

But wait! 

Since you need to confront your partner with this technique, before making any reckless moves and risking making a bad impression by accusing them of cheating, watch out for certain signals.

I am talking about some unequivocal signals to understand if your partner is cheating on you.

The most glaring are:

  • They always hold their mobile at hand and won’t lend it to you for any reason
  • Cares more about their appearance
  • They’re always defensive and make excuses for everything
  • They accuse you of cheating if you try to speak up

Frankie’s Take:

Naturally, these are just some of the warning signs. Within the two guides I shared with you a few lines above you’ll find all the signals to pay attention to.


Now we have finally reached the end of this lengthy guide. I hope that you have found one or more of the answers that you have been seeking.

I think it is important to give you a short recap, though, in case you missed anything.

Apple and Google’s stores are both brimming with messaging apps. There are options to suit every taste.

There are some apps that those who cheat prefer to use over others. In this guide, I have shown you all of them and split them up based on the type of cheater that might benefit the most from using it.

In the first part of the guide I analyzed apps used by Serial Cheaters such as Viber, Signal, and Telegram. They are the safest messaging apps to speak with your lover. Among their various features, they allow you to create messages that self-destruct and chats that are protected by a password.

The second part of the guide listed apps used by Occasional Cheaters. These don’t require as much espionage, so they usually just use WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, and Instagram Direct. These are the most commonly used messaging apps.

In the third part of this guide I listed the most popular dating apps used by both serial and casual cheaters. These apps are real gold mines for those who want to cheat on their partners and look for new side adventures

I also took a moment to tell you the 3 best techniques to catch cheating red-handed.

However, if you have any doubts or questions, or you’ve found that there’s an app on your partner’s phone that isn’t mentioned among these and you want to know more, leave a comment on the post or put follow on YouTube Channel profile and contact me. I’ll be happy to help you out.

With love,

Frankie Caruso

PS. – A cheater can be very clever and remove traces of all conversations. In this case, you might want to go a step farther and spy on a cheater’s phone.

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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.