Mobile cell phone detector (sniffer) circuit diagram: engineering and diploma project

Here is a simple engineering project circuit of handy mobile cell phone detector (sniffer). This pocket-sized mobile communication detector or sniffer can sense the existence of a mobile device. So it can be used to avoid the use of mobile phones in private rooms, examination halls, etc. It is also useful for detecting the use of mobile phone for spying and other related activities. The circuit can detect incoming and outgoing calls, SMS, MMS, GPRS usage and video transmission even when the mobile phone is set aside in silent mode. The instant bug detects RF (Radio Frequency) transmission signal from a mobile phone, it produces a beep sound alarm.
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Circuit diagram of mobile detector

Circuit diagram part 1
Mobile detector circuit
Circuit diagram part 2
Mobile sniffer circuit

Components required of mobile detector

  1. Resistors (100kΩ; 10kΩ; 15kΩ; 18kΩ x 2; 2.2kΩ; 56Ω x 2)
  2. Potentio meters (1MΩ; 22kΩ)
  3. Capacitors (47µF, 25V; 0.1µF; 10µF, 25V x 2; 100µF, 25V x 8; 4.7µF, 25V)
  4. Diodes (1N3491; 1N4148)
  5. Transistor BFR96
  6. IC TL071
  7. IC LA4440
  8. Loud speaker (8Ω, 6W)
  9. Areal (You can use a simple wire piece)

Working mobile detector

  • This circuit can notice the use of GSM mobile phone in mobile restricted areas such as examination hall or confidential rooms etc.
  • It can sense the activity of mobile phone from a distance of 8 meters or more.
  • The sniffer keeps monitoring the RF (Radio frequency) level in the region and gives warning if the RF level increases due to mobile phone activity.
  • If two similar units of sniffers are placed, the range can be improved.
  • The circuit is able to detect all forms of mobile phone activity even when it is in silent mode. The circuit is designed as a sensitive RF detector. The RF signal diode 1N3491 forms the major element.
  • With the help of a resistor and a capacitor the signal diode picks up the RF energy in the area. 
  • In the standby mode, the output from the diode is around 0.6mV. It rises to 60mV in the presence of RF signal.
  • Since the voltage from the sensor diode is too weak, three stages of amplification are required to give warning indication through speaker.
  • Output signal from the diode is pre amplified by the transistor BFR96. It is a high frequency (Microwave frequency) low power transistor with huge current gain (approximately 15dB at 0.5GHz) and bandwidth.
  • The pre amplified signal is fed to next amplifier stage built around IC TL071, it is a low noise JFET input op amp with low input bias and offset current. The biFET technology gives high slew rate to the IC.
  • Here the TL071 is designed as an inverting amplifier; the inverting input of op amp receives the pre amplified signal from the first part.
  • The potentio meter can be adjusted to vary the gain of op amp circuit.
  • The amplified signal is then passed through a capacitor and diode; with the help of this arrangement we can introduce more stages to extend the range.
  • The next potentiometer is used to vary the signal amplitude, then it is fed to amplifier stage built around IC LA4440, it is a two channel audio power amplifier with inbuilt dual channels for stereo and bridge amplifier applications.
  • In dual mode the IC LA4440 gives 6W, where as in bridge mode it provides 19W. It has good ripple rejection of 40dB, small residual noise, built in over voltage and surge voltage protection, and pin to pin protection.
  • In our circuit this IC is wired as bridge mode with only one input.
  • The loudness of the circuit can be adjusted by changing the potentiometer.
  • When the mobile phone is activated within the range of eight meters, a loud motor sound is heard through the speaker.
  • Use good quality 8Ω, 6W speaker in order to get clear warning sound.
  • The RF reception and performance of the circuit is dependent on many factors such as output power from the mobile device, orientation and position of the cell phone.

Pin outs of TL071, LA4440,1N3491, BFR96

IC TL071 Pin Out

1N3491 Diode Pin Out
Transistor BFR96 Pin Out

36 thoughts on “Mobile cell phone detector (sniffer) circuit diagram: engineering and diploma project

  1. 1 – a simple piece of wire for the design you’re talking about, can he effectively detect the frequency of the two band GSM 900MHz and DCS 1800MHz?

  2. what is that unit 1 connected in circuit dia part 2
    unit 2 which is connected in part-1 ???
    Thanks in advance ….

  3. hi i have got all the components u mentioned but my diode is not detecting the rf signals….. how to check whther it is detecting r not… pls rply…

  4. Hi i want to ask can this circuit detect a phone only stand-by no active calls sms or any other activity is that circuit sensitive enough to detect a phone only in a pocked and not being used many thanks

  5. Hey i try to find the 1N3491 diode everywhere from last 6 months, but failed again and again.
    please suggest me in which electric component i will found it? and can i replace with another.

  6. hi,i try to get schottky-diode.but it not available in my there any equillent diode or component is available?

  7. have you a simple cuircut for a device to interfere with mobile phones in use on the morning train

  8. diode 1N3491 is not detecting the cellphone detectors so instead of this diode which other idode can i use?

  9. i appreciate u for your all works and the details u explained . could u send to me the simple circuit diagram with it’s explanation?

  10. Sir,can I proceed with this circuit for my mini project?I managed to get all the components..Could you please give me a design of this circuit?

  11. My project superviser ask me how did I get the values am using for this circuit.please send the necessary calculation on how you get this values and suggest any electronic book that teaches how to connect this component and how to get their value.

  12. Please tell me what is part1 & 2 and howbto connect both and send me the pcb layout of this detector circuit…

    Thaks in advance

  13. during designing how did the values of resistors and capacitors were carefully chosen(show calculations where possible)

    • please can someone send me the LITERATURE REVIEW,METHODOLOGY AND SYSTEM ANALYSIS,SYSTEM DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION, and how the values of resistors and capacitors were carefully chosen on this MOBILE SNIFFER project.please this is my final year project and i urgently needed your help

  14. Sir,can I proceed with this circuit for my mini project?I managed to get all the components..Could you please give me a design of this circuit?during designing how did the values of resistors and capacitors were carefully chosen(show calculations where possible)

  15. sir,will this circuit really be working?I am proceeding with for my miniproject..can u give me the design of this circuit? please reply. thanks in advance

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