Spying on a cell phone is not as hard as it may seem. You only need to install the spy software once on their cell phone, and then you can easily monitor their texts, calls and social media, as well as track their location and more via a web-based interface.
Before you start using the cell phone spy software, there are more than a few things you should know. Here are 10 tips that will help you get started:
1. Check local laws
Most cell phone spy products are designed only to be used to monitor your underage child or employee. Installing spy software on a mobile device that you don’t own or have permission to monitor is illegal, so be sure to check local laws before using a spy software.
2. Have access to their phone
It is NOT possible to install spy software without having physical access to their phone. On Android, you’ll need to download the spy software (an APK file) using the phone’s mobile browser. On iOS, you’ll need to install the software through Cydia (Jailbreak) or iCloud (No Jailbreak). Once the software is installed, it runs silently in the background, and cannot be detected by users.
3. Make sure their phone is compatible
Usually, the spy software will only work on Android and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch). Please make sure their phone is compatible before installing the software. Also, you need to make sure that their phone meets the operating system requirements.
The following mobile operating systems are supported:
- Android 2.1 or higher
- iOS 6.0 to iOS 9.1 (Jailbreak)
- All iOS versions (No Jailbreak, the Apple ID and password of the target device is required)
4. Make sure their phone has Internet connection
An active internet connection (Wi-Fi or cellular data) is required to download, install and activate the spy software. In addition, it requires an Internet connection to upload the monitored data to your online account.
5. Know your monitoring needs
Different cell phone spy software have different features. Most of them come with basic features such as monitoring SMS messages, phone calls, IM chats, GPS coordinates, etc. Some come with additional advanced features such as call interception and record phone surroundings.
Typically, the more you pay for a spy software, the more features you can expect. Just read through my review of spy software and pick the one that has the features you need.
6. Beware of free spy software
We all love free stuff. But as we know, nothing is really free. You might want to Google the name of the free spy software and do some research before even thinking about using it.
Never give out your credit card number or personal information over the Internet unless you are absolutely confident the company is reputable.
7. Use a commercial spy software
When it comes to spying on a cell phone, you don’t want to take any risks. You want to go with a software that will keep your identity hidden.
So many things can go wrong, if the company is not reliable, so it’s important to choose a company that is reliable, can ensure security and privacy, offers legit features, and stands behind their product.
8. Stick to your budget
The cost of a cell phone spy software typically ranges from $69 to $349. Some companies, like Highster Mobile, will charge a one-time fee; while others, like mSpy and FlexiSPY, will charge a monthly or annual fee. Stick with the one that has what you need, this way you’re not paying for extra features you won’t need or use.
9. Avoid jailbreaking or rooting
Jailbreaking is the process of removing the software restrictions on iOS devices which are put in place by Apple. It allows you to install apps that aren’t available on Apple’s App Store. Similar to jailbreaking, rooting is the process of gaining root access (also known as administrator or superuser) to an Android device. By default, all Android smartphones only give user’s “guest” privileges.
The target iPhone needs to be jailbroken in order to install spy software. Android phone needs to be rooted if you want to spy on their instant messages. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you should avoid jailbreaking or rooting their phone.
10. Go with a reputable company
Most reputable spy software companies offer you 24/7 support across all support channels, including email, phone, live chat and remote assistance.
If you can’t find any contact details on the company’s website, this should be a HUGE red flag. You have to stop and ask yourself, why would you want to buy something from someone you don’t know or trust. Do yourself a favor and go with a reputable company.
Last updated May 29, 2017.