Top 10 Tech Pranks of All Time

Top 10 Tech Pranks of All Time

Pranks are fun and exciting as long as they are harmless, on that we can all agree. These practical jokes are enjoyed by almost every one of us. Today, there are tens of thousands of videos on YouTube of people making performing pranks and getting loads of laughs and likes out of them.

At one time or the other, we all have performed a prank on our friend or colleague and still remember it as one of the times you had most fun. However, in today’s day and age gone are the conventional set-ups for pranks, such as Whoopee cushions, Powder Blasters and other such variety items. In this Digital Age, techies have invented fun and interesting methods for pulling a prank on someone.


Top Tech Pranks

Check out these top 10 tech pranks as suggested by our team of naughty IT experts:


Prank 1 – Crack a Computer Screen

This is one of the most hilarious pranks if you wish to get an epic reaction from your friend or known person. This requires an app which is completely free on the Play Store and App Store.

Follow these steps and enjoy watching your friend react to a suddenly ‘broken’ phone screen:

  • Step 1 – Get a hold of your friend’s smartphone.
  • Step 2 – Download the Broken Screen App from App Store or Play Store.
  • Step 3 – Tell them that you may have broken their phone’s screen after accidentally dropping it on the floor.

Be careful to play this prank on a mellow and chilled person, as a broken phone screen can result in rather extreme reactions sometimes.


Prank 2 – Freeze Desktop

This tech prank is very easy and is a sure way to frustrate the victim of this prank. Follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1 – Take a screenshot of their computer’s desktop.

Windows users need to open the Snipping Tool. You can search for the Snipping Tool in the Start menu. Drag the cursor to highlight their current desktop.

Mac users will need to press SHIFT + COMMAND + 4 to open the screenshot feature. Then click and drag the desktop to highlight it.

  • Step 2 – Install the screenshot as their default desktop background. Simply right-click on their desktop and select the ‘Personalize’ settings (for Windows). Mac users need to navigate System Preferences and follow it with Screen Saver Panel.
  • Step 3 – Shift all the desktop icons to a folder hidden at the screen’s bottom section.
  • Step 4 – Sit back and watch your co-worker or friend struggle to open their applications and finally give up with frustration.

Prank 3 – Blurry Vision


This is definitely one of the easiest top tech pranks today. This ultimate prank will actually make the victim believe that there is something definitely wrong with their vision within the day.

  • Step 1 – Open their computer’s Control Panel.
  • Step 2 – Turn down the Brightness levels and turn up the Contrast levels slightly. Make sure that the change is very slight and not perceptible otherwise.
  • Step 3 – Every time your victim leaves the room, repeat Step 2 carefully.
  • Step 4 – Simply relax and watch as your victim begins to think that either they are losing their vision or their sanity as well.


Prank 4 – Malfunctioning Mouse

This is by far the laziest and easiest computer pranks on this list. You will only need a few seconds to accomplish the planning.

  • Step 1 – Get hold of a small piece of sticky note or clear tape.
  • Step 2 – Stick the tape/note over the optical laser underneath the mouse.
  • Step 3 – Sit back and enjoy their frustration at the mouse not working all of a sudden.

The earlier version of this prank required removing the ball from the mouse and got the same results.

Prank 5 – Dead Mouse

This requires getting your hands on two identical wireless mice. It is an excellent tech prank to confuse a friend completely.

  • Step 1 – Replace their original mouse with an identical one.
  • Step 2 – Take their original mouse to your desk.
  • Step 3 – Wait for them to start using the new mouse and follow the opposite direction of their actions.
  • Step 4 – Watch as the confusion increases in your victim.


Prank 6 – Pointer Problems

This is another easiest and top tech pranks involving the mouse.

  • Step 1 – Open the control panel on your own computer.
  • Step 2 – Go to ‘Mouse Settings’.
  • Step 3 – Simple change the default ‘pointer’ arrow to an hourglass or the frustrating ‘loading’ icon.

This makes the victim begin to think that the computer is constantly processing a command even though there is nothing happening.

Prank 7 – Language Lament

There is hardly anything funnier than someone reacting to a completely new language taking over their computer system. This is an excellent way to make the victim believe that their keyboard is fighting against them.

For Windows:

Open their computer ‘Settings’, click on ‘Time & Language’ then select the ‘Region & Language’ option. Click on the ‘Add’ button given underneath the Languages field. This allows you to select another language as default language for the PC.

For Mac:

Open the ‘System Preferences’ on their Mac PC and choose the ‘Language & Region’ option. Next, on the left-hand side of the screen, click the ‘+’ button under the ‘Preferred Languages’ section. This helps to add in a new language of your choice.

Try to choose Romanian as the new language as it looks very much similar to conventional English and it will take time for the victim to realize that the language on their PC is a strange one.


Prank 8 – Awkward Autocorrect

Although this tech prank may take more time than the other pranks on this list, the results and reactions are more than worth it. This is an excellent way to create confusion and frustration in your victim, if they are users of MS Word and even a smartphone. Outlook being the most common mailing platform, here are the steps to make this prank work flawlessly.

  • Step 1 – Open Windows Outlook and click on ‘File’.
  • Step 2 – Go to the ‘Mail’ option.
  • Step 3 – Select the ‘Spelling’ option.
  • Step 4 – Click on ‘Autocorrect’.
  • Step 5 – Select ‘Autocorrect Options’.
  • Step 6 – Replace any word with another random word of your choice.

You can choose to replace their own names to sound weird or funny, or you can simply remove all pronouns and replace them with adjectives. The limit of your creativity will make this prank even more hilarious.

Prank 9 – Switching Speakers

This is another simple yet top tech pranks for home and office. It works for those using external speakers with their laptops or computers.

  • Step 1 – Connect their speakers to your computer discretely.
  • Step 2 – Play something loud when they least expect it.

This works great as a classic ‘scare prank’ or even a frustrating prank if you keep playing weird sounds or music infrequently on their speakers, using your computer.


Top 10 Tech Pranks of All Time

Prank 10 – Fun with Photoshop

This is another most classic tech prank on this list. It will take patience for you to do it but the results and reactions are totally worth it.

  • Step 1 – Get access to your victim’s Facebook username and password.
  • Step 2 – Download a few of their old photographs from their account.
  • Step 3 – Make subtle and slight alterations to their downloaded photographs using Photoshop.
  • Step 4 – Replace the original photographs in their account with the new altered ones.

Although this will take a little time for the victim to notice the slight changes in their old photographs, you need to simply try not to grin or laugh as they let out their confusion and frustration in front of you.


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