This is Marcus of Paranormal EXP and I would like to preface this article by saying that this is my personal opinion regarding “mobile ghost hunting apps” that can be bought on your mobile device; such as a cell phone, tablet or eReader. This post may not reflect those ideas of the team.
Many feel that ghost hunting is an oxymoron. We search (or “hunt”) for those who have passed and attempt to communicate with them by using experimental equipment. Relying only on theories and ideas, we try to record videos, record audio and take photographs of those who have passed.
All paranormal investigators, for the most part, use or have used a variation of the basics; EMF detectors, audio recorders, thermometers, video cameras, and still cameras. In recent years, paranormal investigating has become more main stream. Investigations of the paranormal are viewed on TV almost every night and watched by millions of people worldwide. Social media has also added a new growth of viewership that facilitates live interaction with “paranormal personalities”.
New tools for investigating the paranormal pop up on a steady basis. Some are simply modified cameras, others detect vibrations, and there’s modified radios that scan radio waves hoping to communicate within the frequency of the white noise. Recent experimental equipment that generates random words based on the environmental influences are becoming more and more popular. There are stand-alone devices that also do more than generate words. The popularity of these random word generators have also found its way onto our mobile devices.
I have started to see a trend in mobile device apps that “scan” a room and detect that a “ghost” is in the area displayed by a radar blip. Perhaps you may also see random words when these blips appear or at other random times. These apps are slowly being used for investigations more than EMF detectors, audio recorders and video cameras. They come with the disclaimer: “for entertainment purposes only”, which is stated by the programmers before you download. For some reason, a lot of people put a lot of credibility into these types of apps and don’t question the validity of what is being shown on the screen. To be clear, this article is not about the stand-alone equipment (EMF detectors, Spirits Boxes, REM-Pods, Ovilus, digital audio recorders, etc.). This is about applications that you download onto your mobile device.
How can an application that’s downloaded onto a eReader or cell phone detect spiritual energy and visually show its location? The only thing an eReader can do is connect to a WiFi connection and download eBooks, games, and other apps. In fact, there are no other sensors in an eReader that do anything else. Cell phones include technology such as proximity sensors, motion sensors, accelerometer and some may have a gyroscope or may be NFC-enabled. Accessories can be bought and plugged into a cell phone to read environmental changes such as EMF and temperature changes. But, an application alone does not have the ability to determine these changes.
When you download “ghost hunting” applications onto your mobile device, a prompt will appear asking for permission to access your GPS or location services. Why would this application need to have access to this information? Is it possible that the app is programmed to automatically assign words based on your current location from a master database? Perhaps. There is also an idea that certain applications may use your microphone to record words, store them, and use them at a later time. My personal opinion is that these random word generators do not actually detect paranormal activity at all. A word generated by the app may be relevant to the location that you’re in, but I feel this is a symptomatic effect and causes the user or group of people to try and associate what is being said to match a certain story or idea that may be present with that location. I do not believe that an app can detect a ghost, however, other stand-alone devices that have electronic sensors can detect unknown fields of energy, temperature change, light and audio anomalies, etc.
It is very simple to download an app on your cell phone, tablet or eReader. This is why I feel most people use this method of “investigating” instead of basic equipment because of its convenience and possible direct communication. Some people want to believe and communicate with people or loved ones that have passed. I feel these apps give false hope while also making your wallet a little bit lighter. If you do use these apps, I would suggest to use two mobile devices running the same app to see if you capture the same word(s). I have tried this many times and have been unsuccessful. These apps are just a novelty item to entertain, scare or amuse your friends. Contact the creators of these apps and ask how and why these apps work. The majority of these “ghost hunting” apps are developed by an development team that have no ties to the the paranormal community and is intended solely for profit. If you receive an answer by the developer, please pass it along. We would love to hear their response.
Our team tests and uses all types of experimental equipment, new and old. The truth is, while investigating the paranormal, there is no exact science or proven tools. Be smart, use your best judgement, and if something seems too good to be true….it usually is. Good luck on your search for the paranormal.