Can You Install Cell Phone Spy Software Remotely?

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Installing a spy app on Android

Every week I receive emails from folks asking different versions of the same question:

Can I install cell phone spy software remotely?

The answer, of course, is no. You need physical access to the target phone to install spy software. On Android, this is done using the phone’s browser, and on iOS, this is done through Cydia or iCloud.

Once installed, you can spy on their cell phone remotely, without having to touch the phone again.

How long does it take to install a cell phone spy software?

Spy software is available on iOS and Android platforms. The installation process is different for each platform. The installation time depends on the speed of your internet connection and what software you are using & what operating system you are working on. The approximate installation time is 5 – 25 minutes. Here are my test results:

  • Non-Rooted Android Phone – 5 minutes to install Highster Mobile.
  • Non-Jailbroken iPhone – 10 minutes (8 minutes to set up and customize iCloud, 2 minutes to use the mSpy No Jailbreak Solution).
  • Rooted Android Phone – 25 minutes (20 minutes to root the phone and 5 minutes to install Flexispy).
  • Jailbroken iPhone – 20 minutes (15 minutes to jailbreak the iPhone and 5 minutes to install mSpy).

If you’re just getting started in the world of cell phone monitoring, make sure to check out How to Install Phone Spy Software.

In most cases, remote installation is not possible. This, however, does not include hackers and scammers out there that attempt to install mobile malware or backdoor programs that gave the attackers control of the victims’ mobile devices. I am only talking about commercial spy software that you can purchase online.

Even if technically possible, a legitimate spy software company will not provide “remote installation” service to their users. It is a federal and state offense in most countries to remote install spy software onto a phone which you do not have proper authorization to install.

There are definitely legitimate reasons for using mobile spy software. You can use it to monitor employees activities while using company-issued phones. You can also use it to locate your lost or stolen phone, or even as a way to monitor your kids cell phone use. However, you should never install it on a phone that you do not own. Although some spy software companies promote their software as a way to catch cheating spouses, you should be aware that doing so is technically illegal.

I know there are many websites out there claiming that you can spy on an iPhone without jailbreaking it and without having access to it using iCloud, but this is false. Even if those iCloud spy programs worked as they were supposedly intended, you’d still need to have physical access to the phone in order to enable iCloud Backup.

Bottom line, without having access to the target phone, you can’t really install a spy software on it.

Here’s What to Do

So what can you do? Sorry to say, all you can do is find a way to get access to their phone. You can do any of the following:

1. Tell them about a new app or game that you yourself use. Remember the app has to really exist. You can do one of two things; download it for them or what you can do is leave your phone at home and asked them if you can use the app or play the game on their phone. Then, find a place where you can be alone for a few minutes. If you are going to do this, make sure you know and understand the installation process first.

2. Another option is to purchase a compatible phone, install a spy app on the phone, and give as a gift. This will give you enough time to test and verify that everything is working as expected.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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Installing a spy app on iPhone

Question: I have his phone in my hands, but the phone is locked by a password which I don’t know. Is there any way around this issue?

Answer: Unfortunately, if you are unable to unlock the phone with the correct PIN, then it is not possible to install cell phone spy software.

Question: My son is getting a new phone next week, can I install this app to a new phone before the sim card from the old phone is inserted? Will it work that way? I would like to have everything set up before he gets the new phone.

Answer: Yes it would work that way. The spy app is installed on the phone’s built-in storage not the SIM card.

Question: Do I need to jailbreak his iPhone to use the spy software?

Answer: If you know the Apple ID and password for his iPhone, you can use the mSpy Without Jailbreak solution to spy on his iPhone, without having to jailbreak it.

Question: Do I need to first root his Android phone in order to install spy software?

Answer: No. Rooting is required only if you need to spy on Instant Messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Viber. If you don’t need this feature, you can easily spy on his Android phone without having to root it.

Question: What happened after I installed the spy software? Is it hidden?

Answer: The spy software will be automatically hidden after the installation is complete.

Good luck, I hope you can find a solution that works for you. If you’d like to know more about how to spy on a cell phone, please visit

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