Do ghost hunting apps work?

I’ve tried several different kinds of ghost hunting apps. Many of them rely on EMF anomalies to produce flashing lights and sometimes spoken words. Some show the direction the energy is coming from.

Initially, I dismissed ghost hunting apps as toys. After all, how could a free or  99-cent app work nearly as well as my $300+ tools?

The lunch that changed my mind

Do Ghost Hunting Apps Work?Several years ago, when I was a speaker at a Canadian ghost hunting event, a few of us went out to lunch.

Once we were seated in the restaurant, one of my companions took out her phone.

It had a ghost app on it. I’m pretty sure it was the Ghost Radar app. (You can download it, free, at, and there are newer -but not free – versions, as well.)

She put the phone – with the app running – on the table where we were eating.

Another companion said that, if the app really worked, she’d like a message from her mother.

The app started “talking.” It said several words, none of which seemed significant to the woman who’d asked the question.

However, as I sat there, nearly every word the app said… it described the mural on the wall, next to us. (At the time, I felt like I was the only one who was putting the words together, and seeing a clear picture… no pun intended.)

My companions didn’t seem interested. They were talking about that night’s scheduled investigation, and how we should prepare for the chilly, windy weather ahead.

After several minutes, I finally interrupted them. I pointed to the mural since the words were a match.

Then I pointed to the signature on the mural, also indicated by the app. (I believe some of the words it said included “word,” “sign,” and “picture.”)

The woman who’d asked the question nearly lost it. The first name of the artist was the exact same, slightly unusual name as the her mother.

(I didn’t know that was her mother’s name when I pointed to it.)

Maybe it was a coincidence, but none of us thought that. Not with the clarity of the indication, once I pointed to the mural.

(To me, it had been obvious after the first three or four words. The app kept “talking” only until my dining companion finally paid attention to it. And, at least 80% of the words were clearly about the signature on the mural.)

So, that was my first experience with a ghost hunting app.

Even if that had been my only experience, it was powerful enough to change my mind in favor of ghost hunting apps.

A second, startling experiment

The second experience was a couple of years later. I was in a NH cemetery with psychics Lesley Marden and Sean Paradis.

We were testing equipment, collectively. That is, each of us was working with some kind of ghost hunting equipment. We wanted to see if the results correlated.

In addition, we drew on Lesley’s psychic skills, since her accuracy rate is high. (Sean’s is good as well, but different. Mine is not as sharp, around 85%.)

Sean was running the Ghost Radar app on his phone, and it indicated an energy form (or ghost) approaching us.

My Ghost Meter Pro was running in “seance” mode.

Lesley was chatting with us when she had the strong impression of a spirit named Jonathan.

Then, the Ghost Radar suggested that the ghostly energy was within 15 feet of us.

At the same time, my Ghost Meter Pro signaled the option of conversation with a spirit.

Lesley was sure the grave of that ghost was outside the enclosure where we were.

That seemed confirmed by both the Ghost Meter Pro (in yes/no terms, anyway) as well as the words “said” by the Ghost Radar.

So, we left that enclosure.

We followed directions given to us by dowsing rods, the Ghost Meter Pro, and the Ghost Radar, plus Lesley’s guidance.

We walked about 60 feet when the Ghost Radar shouted “Pennsylvania.”

We laughed because we were in Concord, New Hampshire, nowhere near Pennsylvania.

However, the Ghost Meter Pro also signaled something nearby. At the same time, the dowsing rods came to a halt, pointing at one very tall monument to the left of us.

When we got there, the grave belonged to a man named Jonathan. He’d been killed at Valley Forge. It’s in Pennsylvania.

There is no way that had been set up by any of us. It also confirmed that ghost hunting tools can work together to refine research results. Mostly, I was very impressed that the Ghost Radar app had been exactly right.

Everything it said was an exact match for the grave marker, in ways we didn’t have to contrive to fit.

So, I’m now a firm believer in the merits of ghost hunting apps.

Do apps like Ghost Radar perform better with certain investigators? Are some people “lightning rods” attracting psychic energy? Does it help if they’re psychic?

At other investigations, some ghost hunting tools have seemed worthless until the right person came along. Then, the devices went from near zero accuracy to at least 70%.

On its own, I’m not sure that the Ghost Radar app is as useful as other, dedicated ghost hunting tools.

Nevertheless, for the price (especially the free version) and convenience, apps may be worth trying.

Here’s a video showing the Ghost Radar app in use. It’s not a thrilling, frightening video, just something that shows what to expect in a typical, “haunted” setting.

This YouTube Ghost Radar app video is at:

Author: Fiona Broome

Fiona Broome is a paranormal researcher and author. She describes herself as a "blip analyst," since she explores odd "blips" in reality. But mostly, she investigates ghosts and haunted places.

6 thoughts on “Do ghost hunting apps work?”

  1. They do. And success on responses depends a lot on your attitude and belief going in.

    I bought the Ghost Radio app this past August (this is Oct 2018. I have no financial association with the app maker) and I’ve recorded 60 daily sessions with intelligent responses.

    I bet a lot of other apps work too.

  2. Sorry to say the radar app if fake, took 4 phones with the app and they all said different things; technically they should pick up the SAME things at the same time. We tried this experiment 5 times, in 3 different places, using 4 different rooms in each place. Never once did they ever say or show the same thing at all – never – and remember, cell phones do NOT even use radio frequencies. All those apps just run on algorithms to run random words, they were made for profit that’s it.

    1. Amanda, it might be like many other paranormal research tools. That is, the person using the tool or device has some input or effect on it. I’ve seen some people get nothing at all from dowsing rods or pendulums, but then someone else will pick up the rods or whatever… and they start working, reliably.

      I saw the same thing when I was part of a team researching the Salem Inn (Salem, Massachusetts). One researcher carried an Ovilus (first generation) around for some time, and only the occasional word was said. Then I picked it up, and it suddenly started talking… and talking, and talking.

      I understand that this means the Ghost Radar App (etc.) may not show consistent results in lab-style testing. And maybe they were just made for some quick profits. That doesn’t dismiss them as “fake.” Not entirely, anyway.

  3. My bad they use radio frequencies but not in the way to catch ghosts is what I meant lol sry about that!

  4. I’ve tried a couple of ghost apps. One was the Vortex IP radio sweep, the other, the AfterLight app. I downloaded both of these out of curiosity, and like a few was sceptical about the whole thing, figuring that clever algorithms burp out random words and sentences. To the believer, every other word would hold some kind of significance, but to the non-believer, they’d just hear just a bunch of nonsensical jabber.
    My arrogant mind was made up even before I tried these apps… but how wrong was I! The Vortex app spat out my kids names – told me someone was standing at the bottom of my stairs and to focus hard when doing the session. The AfterLight app emanated strange voices when given a lot of reverb, and told me one of my kids names; how I was known to them, and to focus harder.
    Each app told me to focus harder, also, producing the names of my kids, who might I add, are above the age of 18. It sent a chill down my spine… and oddly enough, the second time I used the Vortex app, the room went markedly colder before telling me to focus (before I used each app I meditated for protection and only asked for spirits from the light). When I tried to focus harder they gave me the title of the book resting on my chair arm. Weird!
    When I tried to shut the app down, it began to play up, not wanting to. Then a woman’s voice came through and said,”Let’s talk!”
    Suffice to say, I never used them again.

    1. Nathan, thanks for your insights. Now I’m really intrigued by how those apps might work.

      Of course, your experiences are beyond coincidence. The problem is, they’re too far outside coincidence. Investigators don’t get consistent and specific results like that… not in the volume you’re describing.

      I’d look for another explanation. I don’t want to say spyware is involved, because I don’t know much about either app, but my eyebrow is well raised by what you’re describing. It’s not consistent with normal paranormal research results… not even close, despite how it may look on TV.

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