Secretly Spy on Someone's Cell Phone

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How to Turn any Cell Phone Into Your Own Private Detective

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For pennies an hour, you can hire your own private detective to monitor someone's every move, without them ever knowing.

Once upon a time, spy apps for your phone were cumbersome, costly, and expensive. They were also very difficult to install on a person's phone, usually requiring specialized knowledge, and sometimes even taking the phone apart. Thankfully, those days are past. Today's cell phone spying applications are affordable, easy to install, and readily available.

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Spy Apps are for more than just concerned spouses and lovers. They are also a valuable business tool, saving time and money on routine tracking, and helping to protect corporate data.

This article discusses the finer points of spy applications for your cellphone or tablet, what they are, how they work, and how to install them. This will allow you to spy on whoever you need to spy on, no matter where they are, or what they're doing.

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We recommend reading this entire guide, but you can also click any link in the list below, and jump right to that section.

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    How do I know which cellphone spy app to get for my phone
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    Everyone has different needs, and sometimes different intentions. Where one person might just want answers, another is interested in pursuing legal action. To help you, we've created a comprehensive guide on choosing the right spy app for your needs. Some apps will collect all information, including keystrokes, while others will simply spy on location data. The cellphone spy app you choose will vary depending on these needs.
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    How do I install a spy app on his or her cellphone
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    Once you have selected a spy app that does everything you need, you can install your spy app on his or her cellphone by following the steps in this part of the guide.
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    How do I spy on his or her cellphone if I can't install an app
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    Sometimes you can't get access to a person's phone. It's times like that you'll need to remotely spy on his or her cell phone. This is how you can do that.
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    How do I secretly uninstall the spy app I put on his or her phone
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    Once you're done spying, and you decide it's time to uninstall your spy app, you probably don't want him or her to know you felt the need to spy on them. This is how to discretely remove your spy app.
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    How do I use cellphone spy apps for my business
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    Not everyone is spying on a lover or a family member. In fact, there are many legitimate business uses for cell phone spy apps. Everything from tracking employees on the road, to monitoring employees on secure facilities. Likewise, if an employee is suspected of espionage, a spy app can often be the difference between wondering and knowing.
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    How do I track someone who stole my phone with a cellphone spy app
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    One of the great features of spy apps is their ability to pinpoint the location of a thief with your cell phone. Many times this information can be used to alert the police, allowing you to quickly and easily recover a stolen phone.
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    How do I trust a company that spies on cellphones
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    If you want to make sure you're dealing with a reputable company, this section of the guide will help you decide who to trust. All companies are not the same and protecting your data and the person you are spying on should be an important consideration.
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    How do I tell when it's against the law to use a spy app on someone's phone
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    The law varies, and is dependent on where you are, and sometimes even who you are, as in the case of a business owner. That said, there are rules governing when it's against the law to spy on someone's cell phone, but those laws aren't the same for everyone or every jurisdiction.
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    How do I know if my used cellphone has a spy app on in
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    This is a great question and one you should be concerned with. This section will show you how to see if your used cell phone has a spy app installed, and more importantly, teach you good practices you can use for keeping your data safe.
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    How do I protect myself from someone installing spy apps on my cell phone
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    After reading our guides, you're no doubt wondering how to protect yourself from someone using a cell phone spy app against you. This section covers this in detail.
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  • Note that spying on another person is governed by a number of laws. Carefully review applicable laws in your area if you are considering spying on someone's cell phone or tablet.

How to Pick the Cell Phone Spy App You Need

Many spy apps are different. Some are designed to meet specific needs.

The type of cell phone spy app you install will depend on your intended use. For example, keeping track of a young son or daughter is quite different than tracking employees, or keeping tabs on a cheating boyfriend or girlfriend. In the case of a cheating husband or wife, it's an even more delicate matter. Your whole life can be turned upside down by choosing the wrong spy app.

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Below, you'll find a list of the mobile spy apps we've tested here on VisiHow, starting with the most expensive and feature packed, and ending with essential free apps.

Just click the link to any article you'd like to read.

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    FlexiSpy Premium Paid Cell Phone Spy App
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    (This article is a stub, and will be updated with new information soon) This is a full featured, paid mobile phone spy application, that can be used on a wide range of devices. Our guide includes detailed steps for how to use it and covers accessing all of the main features.
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    My Spy (mSpy) Premium Paid Cell Phone Spy App
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    This is an extremely powerful tool, working across a wide range of mobile phones and tablets. It's advertised as being the number one spy app in the world, but you need to know the laws on before using. Visit our guide on how to use My Spy (mSpy).
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    Stealth Genie Premium Paid Cell Phone Spy App
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    (This article is a stub, and will be updated with new information soon) Stealth Genie is a paid app, and is considered to be one of the top mobile phone spying tools available. It's easy to use, has 24 hour support, and offers a wide range of features for tracking phones.
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How to Secretly Install a Spy App on His or Her Cell Phone

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Installing a spy app on someone's cell phone isn't always easy, but sometimes it's worth the effort just to know.

If you have access to a cell phone that is connected to the internet, and you need to secretly install a spy phone application to track text messages or voice calls, you will often need to bypass the screen lock. This can be done through the use of Screen Lock Bypass Pro, which supports unlocking certain devices that have a connection to the internet. Note that it should only be used to access devices you are authorized to access, as in the case of a business accessing company devices, the device of your minor child, or another device that you own and need to access. Other types of access are not authorized.

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Once you have access to the device, you will need to perform the following steps:

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    Navigate to the manufacturer site of the spy phone application you want to install on the target device.
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    Locate the application and install it to the target device.
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    Accept and approve all popup Windows (these can vary by device).
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    Authenticate and restart the device.
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    Log in to your spy app master account through the web, on another computer, Tablet, or phone.
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    Confirm that the device you have installed the phone tracking app to is registered on your account.
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    Send a test SMS from the target device to confirm that it is working.
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    Make sure that your target device has access to a WiFi and or data connection.
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    Make a test call to confirm that it is still working.
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    Delete your call and text message from the target phone.
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This will allow you to monitor activity on the target phone, with the information and data you track, such as spying on text messages, calls, WhatsApp, iMessage, or Facebook chats depending on the spy phone software you have installed.

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How to Spy on His or Her Cell Phone With No Spy App

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Sometimes you just can't get your hands on the phone of the person you need to spy on.

Unfortunately, there are no legal methods for accessing the cellphone of a third party through the use of a cellphone spy application. However, there are certain methods others have used to work around this limitation. Perhaps the most common of these is to install a spy phone application on the phone of an employee or another person they are working with, which will often accomplish near similar functions to the original intent.

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Another option is to install a spy application on a cell phone or Tablet, and then present that as a gift, however, the laws governing this sort of activity should be reviewed, both from the software vendor and according to the legal disclaimers presented in this guide.

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As a last resort, if you are a company or have a need for more than one phone with a spy app installed on it, you can track text and call data by purchasing new devices with the applications installed on them from the factory. One company providing this service is My Spy (mSpy), but there are others, like BosSpy, Flexispy, Mobile Spy, Spy to Mobile, Stealth Genie, and Top Spy. In this case, you can often arrange a discount purchase of top devices, such as the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S5, or Sony Xperia.

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How to Secretly Uninstall a Cell Phone Spy App

Once you've done the dirty work, you'll need to be able to uninstall the app without arousing any suspicions.

When installing a spy app you want to make sure that you can remove it quickly just in case your target gets suspicious. All of the spy apps that have a control panel have instructions in the control panel on how to uninstall the app. There are also apps that can be uninstalled remotely by sending a coded text message to the target phone and the app is then uninstalled. You can usually find the uninstall instructions on the spy app website in their menu options or Faq section.

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Here are the spy apps that can be remotely uninstalled:

  • FlexiSpy
  • Highster Mobile
  • Hello Spy
  • Spyera
  • Auto Forward
  • SurePoint Spy
  • mSpy
  • TruthSpy

For obvious reasons, choosing a spy app that allows for remote uninstall is a good way to ensure that you will not get caught.

For the apps that you have to manually uninstall, usually, there are just a few short steps to uninstall such as calling a short code number with the target phone and then settings will appear on the screen and you can click Uninstall app.

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How to Use Cell Phone Spy Apps for Your Business

If you're spending money monitoring employees, you could save most of it just by switching to low cost cell phones with spy apps.

Using a spy app for your business, you can set usage limits on your employees' phones and track their locations. When you can track locations of your employees you can use this feature to eventually save money by monitoring their patterns and checking to see if their movements can be streamlined for better efficiency and time management. The ability to find an employee's lost phone is a money saving feature when you consider that phones in employee's care are left behind in cabs and restaurants all the time. You also can monitor browsing history and social media if it is allowed on the employee's phone. With FlexiSpy and Spyera you can record or listen in to your employees' conversations for quality monitoring and be patrolling so that trade secrets are not being shared with competitors. Some of the spy apps also have a computer and tablet monitoring software to add to your phone monitoring plan.

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Spy Apps offer Business Plans for multiple phones on one account like mSpy or have a one time fee for each phone like Highster Mobile. Spyera offers Business Bundles that monitor an employee's PC or Laptop, Tablet, and cell phone.

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How to Track any Phone Thief Using Your Spy App

If someone stole your phone, and you have your own spy app installed, it just got a lot easier to catch the thief.

Using a spy app as a protective measure on your own phone is one of the best ways to see if someone stole your phone and how to find that phone. Spy apps turn on and track locations even if the location function is turned off. Part of the problem of finding your phone using Google Device Manager or other location tools is that if the location feature is not activated on your phone, you will not be able to locate the phone. Thieves are aware of this so often they will immediately disable the phone location function.

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Apps that you can install for just tracking a phone like Find My Phone can also be found quickly by a thief and either deleted or disabled. With a spy app, the thief will not be able to find the spy app as quickly as a regular location app. This will allow you a better chance to catch the thief. Many spy apps like mSpy and FlexiSpy also offer the ability to remotely snap pics and listen to room sounds.

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How to Find Trustworthy Apps that Spy on Cell Phones

You need to trust the app you're installing to spy, even if you don't trust the person you're spying on.

The first thing to consider when deciding whether or not to install a cell phone spy application is whether you can trust the company you're going to be using. This is because that company will have full access to the person's data, messages, and private communications of any phone or Tablet you are spying on. Whether you're keeping tabs on your children, or making sure an employee isn't stealing corporate data, it's critical to protect the confidentiality of both your information and their information. Here is a list of things you need to consider to determine whether a company is trustworthy or not:

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    Where is the company located
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    If you are using a company that is located in an established nation, where there are strong legal protections in place to prevent misuse of information, then you can more easily trust that they are not going to abuse your information. However, if you are using a company located somewhere with no real legal protections, you should proceed with caution, as they will not be bound by the same laws you might be accustomed to, and could misuse your data, even going as far as stealing bank information or misusing personal details.
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    Does the company offer a paid version of their cell phone spy app
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    There is an old saying that nothing is free, and in the case of spy apps, this is particularly true. If a company has no visible means of generating revenue, you should ask yourself how they are funding themselves. Unscrupulous companies can misuse the data they collect for criminal purposes, exposing both you and those you spy on to a number of problems, not the least of which is identity theft.
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    Is the spy app you are considering new
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    While there is nothing wrong with new companies, those that sell cell phone spy apps are another matter. In this case, it's best to choose one with an established history. This will let you know that they are able to protect the information they collect for you and that they have a history of operating within the law.
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    Does the app have good reviews or bad reviews
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    Bad reviews indicate a company selling a product that does not work. This means that you will at best waste your time installing it, and at worst, risk identity theft, or need to perform a Factory Reset of your Android device to uninstall the app.
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    Do they offer a free version or an unpaid trial
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    Companies that are offering cell phone spy programs that will help you track information will always offer a free version, or at a minimum, a free trial. Check with the company to make sure they offer a free trial.
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    Can you contact support
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    Almost every company has a well staffed sales team, but some of them don't have good support. If you encounter problems with your Android spy app, this can create an endless headache. It's a good idea to contact support while using your free trial, to make sure you're actually able to reach someone and get help, should you later find yourself stuck.
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How to Know if Spying on a Cell Phone is Against the Law

It's your responsibility not to break the law. Laws vary according to location and country.

Without beating around the bush too much, it's generally illegal to install a cell phone spy app on someone's mobile phone or Tablet. However, as with most things involving laws, there are varying shades of gray in the letter of the law. What you can legally do to monitor and care for your minor child is very different from what you can do to legally spy on a cheating spouse or dishonest employee. However, no matter what you do, it's always your responsibility to know and obey the law.

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Here are some steps you can follow to learn whether or not you might be breaking the law by installing a cell phone spy app.

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    If you have not told the person they are being monitored, it's probably illegal
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    Even though spy phone companies usually advertise that you can catch a cheating spouse, check up on your boyfriend, or see if your girlfriend is really out with friends, they also include some fine print. That fine print clearly states that you agree to only use the software in accordance with local and regional laws, which you are responsible for following, and that you will inform the person you're spying on that they are being monitored.
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    If you do not own the device, it's probably not legal
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    Taking someone else's phone and installing a program on it is almost always against the law unless you have their consent. For example, you could install Angry Birds on someone's cell phone, but that same person would probably not be happy if you installed spy phone software.
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    It's against the law to access social media accounts without someone's knowledge
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    The same laws that generally prohibit illegally accessing someone's online accounts also prevent illegally accessing their accounts with third party tools, such as a mobile phone spy app. This is usually true even if you own the device in question.
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    If you had to bypass a password, you broke the law
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    No matter how you get around someone's password or screen lock to track their mobile phone, it's against the law. There are no exceptions to this unless you own the device. Even then, you could still be breaking the law, depending on where you live, and your ability to prove that you own the device.
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    Your state, province, and even jurisdiction can have different laws
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    In some places, it's not legal to record a conversation unless both people know it's being recorded. Other times, only one person needs to know. Therefore, it's important to know the specific laws of where you're planning to perform any cell phone spying.
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    What you do with the information does not change the law
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    Even if you are just planning to check on someone's honesty, such as seeing if someone was really where they said they were, you may still be in violation of the law. Don't mistakenly believe those good intentions will protect you from legal prosecution if you get caught spying on someone's cell phone.
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    Spying on your own minor children is generally not illegal
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    Parents are responsible for their children. Specifically, if your child breaks the law, you're the one who will end up paying any fines. This is just one of many reasons that allow parents to usually legally monitor their children. However, this is not always the case.
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    Spying on your employees is usually not illegal if you get their consent
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    First, you need to own the device, and second, you need to have written consent from your employee that they agree to the spying. In some parts of the world, this can be a simple statement that the device is company owned, and all company owned accounts and devices are monitored. Other places may require a more detailed disclosure.
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    Spying on a cheating husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend is probably illegal
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    Of course, driving a car at 200 miles an hour is also probably illegal. Cell phone spy advertisements and articles, just like a Ferrari or Lamborghini advertisement or article, can say that the car goes 200 miles per hour, and describe how to do it. It's up to you whether you drive that fast. In some places, driving that fast is not against the law. The same thing applies to cell phone spying. That's why you need to make sure you know the laws.
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    No guide or wiki will ever be a substitute for the advice of an attorney
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    If you are concerned enough to consider cellphone spy apps, you should also consider the advice of qualified legal counsel. Fines and penalties for illegal spying are extremely severe, including jail time, and significant monetary fines. Always read the fine print or disclosures of any application you intend to download and install and make sure you aren't breaking the law.
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How to Check Your Used Cell Phone for Spy Apps

Was that great cell phone deal actually made by a criminal looking to steal your information? You got a great deal on a previously owned cell phone and notice that your data usage is more than it should be, your battery is draining fast and you have strange things like your phone lighting up when you are not using it. These signs can indicate that you have a spy app on your phone.

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Way thieves target you with a phone they sold you:

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    Taking random pictures to see what valuables you have in your home.
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    Listening to phone calls to target you emotionally such as you will get a random text from your child saying that they need you to send money right away via Western Union because they are in financial trouble.
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    Getting your locations
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    Knowing where you are and when you are not home so that they can break in undetected.
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    Using Keylogging to get your access codes to banking/credit card apps and PayPal.
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Usually performing a factory reset on a phone removes a spy app. The phone you bought may have been factory reset yet the thief put a spy app on afterward. It is best to do a factory reset again on your phone. Recover Android Device in case of Forgot password/pattern unlock an Android device is a VisiHow article that explains how to hard reset your phone. Install an anti-spyware app to ensure that you are not targeted and monitored. Apps like MalwareBytes will look for things like hidden files and apps and alert you if any are found.

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How to Protect Your Cell Phone from Spy App Installation

Now that you know how powerful spy apps are for cell phones, here's how to protect yourself.

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    Never leave your phone out of your sight
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    People can install a spy app on your phone in 90 seconds.
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    Do not give out your cell phone number to people you do not know very well
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    It is better to give them your social media account identifications because there are spy apps that can track you if the person knows your phone number.
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    Keep an anti-spyware app on your phone and run a check daily
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    Use phone locking apps like Mind Wallet and Lock Screen Widget
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    Do not check your banking app or pay for something with PayPal while you are on public WiFi
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    It may be tempting to pay for your item you just won on eBay while at McDonald's using their free WiFi but that is a target place for thieves using sniffing tools over WiFi. They look for iTunes, banking and credit card app information and you will not even know your account has been drained until the next time you check your account or get an alert when it is too late.
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    Use apps like App Notifier to alert you each time an app is installed on your phone.Turn off Install from Unknown Sources in your phone settings
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    You can manually enable this to install an app that you want and then disable it again.
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Tips and Suggestions on Using Cell Phone Spy Apps

The following are tips and suggestions from our readers, and include some common things to consider when using apps to spy on cell phones.

  • Make a list of what features you want a spy app for. This way you can compare apps to choose the one that best matches what you want to use the spy app for.
  • Check local laws to ensure that you are not breaking the law by using a spy app to monitor someone else without their permission. These laws are generally for adults as monitoring your children is encouraged.
  • If you are using the spy app for a long length of time, backup your data from the app weekly. Most apps allow you to export and save files but even using Print Screen to screenshot the Control Panel will be sufficient.
  • Choose spy apps that have live customer service/technical support. When you have questions or issues with an app it always helps to speak with technical support for quick solutions.
  • Read the installation pages on the spy app's website. Things to look for are if the phone needs to be rooted or jailbroken and if the spy app can be uninstalled remotely.

Questions and Answers on Spy Phone Apps

I need to spy on my husband's WiFi uses and text messages?

I need to know what my husband is doing on the Internet and his text messages. And I need to do it without needing his devices. We have been separated, but he comes over daily and will be moving back this week. Are there any free trials of these programs?

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You can spy on your husband's text messages and internet use with the My Spy (mSpy) spy phone app listed above, by using their seven-day free trial. However, you will need your husband's phone for about 10 minutes to perform the install. The installation period is the only time you'll need his phone. After that, you'll be able to track his SMS details and internet use from your computer, phone, or Tablet.

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If you'd prefer not to contact My Spy for a free trial, you could also contact BosSpy, or FlexiSpy, as they also have free trials for new customers.

How can I install the spy app on his or her phone?

I want to track without him or her having any knowledge of the app.

The My Spy app installs itself invisibly on the target phone, but you need to have access to the phone to approve the download.

It works like this:

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    Set up an account with My Spy (ask about any free trials).
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    Open the target phone and install the spy app.
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    When prompted, associate the spy app with your account.
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    Log into any web browser with your account details and set up monitoring.
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    You can now view information on the target device.
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    Make sure to set it to only connect to WiFi, or you'll drain the battery fast
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    If the battery drains too quickly, the user may suspect that something is wrong with their phone.
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What Spyware is best for my Android?

I have a Samsung Avant. What Spyware app is best

All the spy apps mentioned in this article are great for your device.

See more questions like this: Do you have to reinstall it if they change their apple ID and password?

After reading through this I don't think you guys can help me. My daughter has gone out of town for the summer and I wanted to remotely install a spyware on her phone

After reading through your Q/A I realized that I won't be able to find what I'm looking for with you guys, but I have a private eye that I talked to earlier who will be able to do it, I just didn't want to pay his fees

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Before you hire a private investigator, look into Auto Forward or FlexiSpy Extreme which can both be downloaded remotely.

Want to spy on a mobile so that I can detect a deceitful person?

Hi, I have some doubt for one of my staff members, that he is doing something against me so just to confirm it, I want to spy on his mobile for 2 to 3 months. I am also planning to gift him a mobile, it's just for checking nothing else

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It might be quite hard as spying in workplaces is quite obvious. If you are a system administrator, you may redirect all WiFi connections through your server and sniff the traffic.

If you are intending to gift him a mobile, he will, most likely, format or hard-reset it; and all spyware will be wiped out. He can also be suspicious and use both phones, not in your favor.

Otherwise, you can install applications or buy services for his new phone. This can be done online, and those are often phone-specific. To install or use those, you usually have to root (Android) or jailbreak (iOS) the phone. The process is quite automated and fast. We cannot recommend anything specific, as nothing from these services or applications is reliable and safe.

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Hi, I would like to know how do I monitor my teenager's phone without him knowing?

I know I have to install an app, but won't he be able to see the app installed on his phone?

First of all, check your local privacy laws before you do that.

The answer is "Not for every service or spyware program out there."

You can install applications or buy services. This can be done online, and those are often phone-specific. To install or use those, you usually have to root (Android) or jailbreak (iOS) the phone. The process is quite automated and fast, so you will need the phone available for 5-10 minutes. We cannot recommend anything specific, as nothing from these services or applications is reliable and safe.

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If he uses a computer to synchronize his phone, you can check the synchronized content by searching for the latest files on all drives, hidden and system folders included. You can also access the transmitted data from your computer if you install a sniffer that will check all data coming in and out of the WiFi network. For that, the phone has to use the network.

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There are more expensive solutions that include spy technology: lasers (0 and up), accelerometer (80% recognition rate for physical keyboards, as some phones have it), microphones, cameras, radio scanners (00 and up), thermal scanners, power socket scanners, etc.

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You can also take your teenager's phone and read everything there, but he might delete messages right after reading them.

I'm engaged to be married soon and I have a sinking feeling that my fiance is cheating. I have no valid proof and have been wrong on many occasions, but something is not right?

How do I go about spying on his phone?

For the answer, please see "Hi, I would like to know how do I monitor my teenager's phone without him knowing?" in this section.

Which is the best - in terms of reliability, features, and price cell phone spy app?

Need a cell phone spy app for Android 4+ system cell phone. What is the rating of the highest, mixed reviews? Which is the best app. Call recording, call log, spy cam, all social media, messages. take care bye

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Everyone's opinion is different however I like FlexiSpy Extreme, mSpy and Auto Forward for their features and reliability.

I have been harassed at 3 different jobs, this one being the third. My Manager and coworkers are blatantly repeating my conversations as if they were talking about someone else. It is getting worse and I am so ready to file a lawsuit but it seems impossible.

What app do I need to prove that these people are accessing my phone

Any anti spyware app will be able to tell you if someone is spying on your phone. Some companies download tracking software onto employees phones and you can ask Human Resources if this is something your company does. Usually, you have to give permission but you may have signed something during orientation that gave permission to do this.

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How can I get all photos and videos from someone's smartphone?

How can I remotely get all photos and videos from someone's smartphone, without installing a spy software on the target phone

You can't without installing software onto their device.

I need to know if my wife is phoning someone?

I need a know if my wife is on the line with someone

You can install a spyware app onto her phone to monitor her call history.

How can someone listen to our conversation at home?

My past neighbor is eavesdropping on me at home and the office. What must l do?

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Hi can I have access to a phone without having the phone?

I want to know if it's possible. If it is possible then please let me know about how can it be done and more detail about the costs involved.

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