How Can I Spy on a Cell Phone Without Installing Software on the Target Phone

Updated: September 15, 2020


Cell phone monitoring is one of the best ways to catch a cheating spouse. However, spying on a person’s cell phone can be very difficult, especially when you need to do it without installing spy software.

The big question is, is it really possible to spy on a target’s cell phone without installing software on it? While some providers say it is practically impossible, some say it is easy to do.

In this article, you are going to learn about the best and most effective methods to spy on a target’s phone.

This article is divided into three main parts:

  • How to spy on an iPhone without installing software
  • How to spy on an Android phone without installing software
  • Other alternative methods of spying without installing software

How to Spy on an iPhone Without Installing Software

iOS devices synchronize immediately with Apple cloud storage. Therefore,  if you know your target’s Apple credentials, you can easily spy on them without installing software.  

You can know your target’s exact location, read their text messages, and monitor their phone activities without installing any software program.

Basically, there are 3 ways you can spy on an iPhone without physically accessing your target’s phone.  They are:

Find My iPhone: Spy on Phone Without the Target Phone

Find My iPhone is an inbuilt app for iPhone users. The app allows iPhone users to locate their phone when it’s misplaced or stolen.

However, you can also use Find My iPhone to spy on your target. This approach will  grant you access to your target’s location only. 

How do I spy on target using Find My iPhone?

Step 1: Launch the Find My iPhone app on your Apple device or visit on your web browser.

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Step 2: Enter your target’s Apple ID and select All Devices.

Step 3: Click on “Find iPhone.” Wait for your target’s location to pop up.

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Find My Friends: Monitor Cell Phone Without Installing Software

Like “Find My iPhone,” this program is also preinstalled on every Apple device. You can use it to track your target’s location and also to monitor their movements.

One major downside of using this approach is that you will need your target’s consent.

Here are the procedures to follow:

Step 1: Launch the Find My Friends app on your Apple device.

Step 2: Tap the “Add” button, select their name or email address. Send your request.

Find my Friends login

Step 3: Wait for the target to accept the request.

Find my Friends sharing location

How to Spy on a Cell Phone Without Having

Spy apps are computer programs designed specifically to spy on a target and monitor their phone without their knowledge.

Unlike the two tools mentioned earlier, spy apps give you access to more than the target’s location. One of the spy apps with extensive features is mSpy.

mSpy has a simple interface alongside a user-friendly dashboard.

mSpy Control Panel

With mSpy, you can:

✅ Monitor instant messengers like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat.

✅ Track the target’s browser activity and bookmarks.

✅ View incoming and outgoing emails on a target cell phone

✅ Block unwanted callers, track incoming and outgoing phone calls.

✅ Get a real-time GPS location on a detailed map.

To use the mSpy app, you’ll need to:

Step 1: Subscribe to the mSpy “No jailbreak” package.

create mspy account

Step 2: Select the target device to be monitored and input their credentials.

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Step 3: Monitor their phone activity from your mSpy dashboard.

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How to Spy on Mobile Remotely without Jailbreaking iPhone

To spy mobile without installing software or jailbreaking the iPhone,  both iCloud credentials and backup are required for monitoring and tracking iOS devices without jailbreaking. 

There are three significant steps to know how to put spyware on a cell phone for monitoring purposes. Below we present mSpy as an example.

Step 1: Get the iCloud credentials of the non-jailbroken iPhone.

Step 2: Now, choose the no-jailbreak package.

Step 3: Once you make the payment, you need to follow the instructions provided to spy on your husband’s phone or kid’s mobile phone.

Step 4: Install the mSpy spyware app, access the control panel to monitor and track the activities.

How to Spy on an Android Phone Without Installing Software

It is a bit harder to spy on Android mobile phones. They have nothing to do with Cloud data storage, which complicates the situation. Nonetheless, there is a way around it.

A good spy option can be hidden installation of spyware on the target cell phone.

To do this, you do not have to touch the device.  Simply send a link for undetected file installation, and the user will do everything themselves without understanding what happened.  

There are three primary ways you can spy on a target that’s using an Android. They include:

Android Device Manager: Spy on Any Android Phone

Android Device Manager is an in-built software that allows android users to track their phone when the phone is stolen or misplaced.

This software can be used to track your target’s location as long as they are connected to the Internet.

Here’s is how you can track your target:

Step 1: Log in to google/android/devicemanger on your web browser.

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Step 2: Enter your target’s Google Account credentials.

Step 3: You’ll be shown your target’s location.

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Google Timeline: Spy on a Cell Phone for Free

Like Android Device Manager, Google Timeline helps you to track the target’s location as long as it is connected to the Internet.

To track your target phone using Google Timeline, you’ll need:

Step 1: Open Google Map on your web browser.

Step 2: Sign in with your target’s Google Account.

Step 3: Click on “Menu” from the top side of your screen. After then, click on “Your Timeline” to track their location.

Use Spy Apps Without Installing on the Target Phone

Spy apps play a role in spying mobile devices. While there are different types of spy apps, mSpy is flexible and very easy to use.

mSpy is a cell phone monitoring software that allows parents to monitor the mobile activities of their wards.

Using a spy app on Android requires that you install the spy app on your target phone. However, using mSpy makes it very possible to spy on your target without accessing their phone.

With mSpy, you can send a download link via email or text to your target. And with just a click, the app will automatically be installed on the target’s phone without them being notified.

Step 1: Select the mSpy app subscription plan based on your preference and make the required payment.

Step 2: Download the mSpy app and install the software on the target mobile.

Step 3: Log on to the control panel to monitor the calls, activities, operations performed on the target phone.

Alternative Methods of Spying Without Installing Software

Phishing and Hacker Attacks

If you are trying to bust a cheater, you can easily use phishing or free spy apps to catch a cheater.

Phishing is a practice of sending emails that induce people into clicking on malicious or dangerous attachments or links. On clicking these malicious links, they will be caused to provide personal and sensitive information like password, bank account number, and credit cards.

The one major downside to phishing is that it is very technical and may not be suitable if you do not have advanced computer skills.

Snooping + Touch ID Hack

This type of method involves sneaking to access your target’s phone whenever it’s left unlocked. After you’ve gained access to your target’s phone, go to the security setting and add your fingerprint to their Touch ID.

Social Engineering (Password Guessing)

This method involves making wild guesses of your target’s password combination, judging from their personal information.

Not only is this approach not efficient, but it also consumes a lot of time.

Websites Promising Online Hacking

Tons of websites will promise you to get your target’s information for you for a small fee. These websites are mostly fraudulent and only want to trick you. So, don’t even think about using any of them.


Looking closely at the different types of ways you can spy on your target’s phone, the perfect option is using spy apps like mSpy, which offers the best flexibility both on iPhone and Android.

Other alternative methods such as phishing, snooping and social engineering are unreliable, ineffective, and can come with a lot of risks.


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  • Kirko

    How can i read her messages?

  • Giannis

    This is really nice and straight forward. Nice one.

  • Brandy

    Does this work on Android

    • Anjelica

      Yes, for sure.

  • Attila

    I don’t have acces to the target android phone. How can I have a link for undetected file installation?

  • Danita Wrenn

    My spouse is in another state and has an android phone. How do I tap into his phone. I need to know who he is talking to and pictures. Is this possible without having access to his phone. He guards that phone like a hawk.

  • Fritz

    I want to check my partner phone out WhatsApp and Facebook how do I go about it to get access to the phone without having the phone in my possession. What spyware can I use to get access to all messages and photos

    • Anjelica

      If you know her iCloud credentials, you can try installing it remotely.

  • Rick

    Do I need both the credentials and the target phone or just the phone?.. or credentials?

    • Anjelica

      Preferably both.

  • Israel

    Is there a way to find out if somebody is spying on me and how I can I stop it? Iphone and android. Im 27 years old.

  • Jim

    While the install on the phone that is to be monitored is taking place. Is it visible to that person if they are using the phone for playing a game or texting etc.?

    • Anjelica

      If you configure it correctly, it’s a 100% invisible.

  • Jim

    Hi I have the apple id and password of the iphone i wish to monitor. Can i monitor this device from my laptop as well as my iphone or is it just one or the other?

    • Anjelica

      Hey Jim, you can monitor the phone from all devices if you are logged in to the control panel.

  • Mariana Applegate

    That’s a great article up there. Nice job.

  • Mummy

    If I have my daughters Apple ID & password, but she is away at school, can I install spyware on her phone without her knowing

    • Anjelica

      Yes, for sure! Just try mSpy, it’ll work out just fine.

  • Nell

    What if you don’t have access to the phone you’re want to spy on

    • Anjelica

      You might be out of luck. Sadly, we’re not magicians 🙂 You can always try and hack the phone.

  • JB

    Does it matter if the target phone is in a different country? Also, WhatsApp is encrypted, will these spy apps still work

    • Anjelica

      The country does not matter, neither does encryption 🙂

  • Mike Scotch

    Will I be breaking any law?

    • Moe

      I want to spy on my wife texts but she wont let me into her phone so how can I do this

    • Anjelica

      Each country and each state in the US has different laws. It’s important for you to know that you have to use the software for the purposes intended and the owner of the phone has to be aware.

  • Jo

    I can not obtain the phone from my significant other. He as an android. Can I still some how remotely download the app with out him knowing and not showing up on the screen.

  • Tanya Otway

    Do u have to install something on the other persons phone?

    • Nicolas

      Most of these apps require physical access

    • Anjelica Rivera
      Anjelica Rivera

      Yes, you have to install the software on their phone.

  • tosyno

    Good day, I just want to ask if the spy app would be installed on both phones, I mean the tracking end and the suspect end as the case may be.

    • Anjelica Rivera
      Anjelica Rivera

      No, the phone should only be installed on the suspect’s phone and you can track all their activities through a control panel.

  • Alexander

    I’ve recorded the telephone conversation with the person, who owe me a lot of money. May I use this recording in a small court in California?

    • Anjelica Rivera
      Anjelica Rivera

      You have to check with your attorney.

  • Barbara


    I contacted people from Mspy and they told me that actually I can’t hack an Android device without accessing it once.
    Is there any chance to ACTUALLY do it?
    There is no way I can get the password to unlock the phone, still is pretty important I could monitor it.

    Is it doable?

    • Anjelica Rivera
      Anjelica Rivera

      You can’t hack a phone with the tools provided here because these are spying apps.

      • Tony

        But how about sending the app via text message as you point out in the article above?? Why would you write about it if your app doesnt do it??

        • Anjelica

          Nowhere in our article do we claim that the app sends the text message. You will in SOME WAY need to access the phone at least once to install tracking software.

  • Charly

    Hi there, what can I do to install remotely deploy in the Laptop which I can’t get access, but I have the email used. Many thanks

  • Richard Gardner

    Is it legal to use a spy app?

    • Anjelica

      It is completely legal to use spy apps, it is HOW you apply it that can be illegal. Here is what Flexispy says:

      In some areas it may be a Federal or State offense to install software onto a phone you do not own, without the owners awareness & consent. We do not condone the use of our software for any illegal purpose. By purchasing, download or using our software in any way, form or fashion, you acknowledge & approve the following:

          You represent that FlexiSPY will be used exclusively in a lawful manner. If you’re in doubt as to the legality of your planned usage we require you consult with a registered attorney for the jurisdiction where you intend to use FlexiSPY.
          You acknowledge you own the mobile phone you will install the software on, or have consent from the owner to administrate the device & install software onto it.

  • Margaret Goodyear

    Can you use any of these spy apps knowing the apple ID and password, but the phone has a two-factor authentication on? I can not touch the target phone.


    • Susan Berkeley

      Can this work in Tokyo?

    • Anjelica

      You can turn off 2FA and use it.

  • JJ

    I only need access to my boyfriend’s text messages only. I will not at anytime have access to his phone. He guards the phone like it was a life line. He has an android. Who or what can help me, or is it possible?

    • Sara

      Did u find out the answer? I have exactly the same question

    • Brian

      Any luck with finding out how to use this?

  • James

    What happens with the ICloud credentials and password? Where is it saved? Do the app’s developers have access to it? Because I don’t want to give anyone access to my spouse’s credit card information that one can get once they have access to the phone. You know, I’m trying to solve a problem, not create a financial one…

    • Anjelica

      The credentials won’t be saved anywhere, you only need them to install the software. The developers of the software don’t have access to it.

  • Patricia

    I used mspylite for a long time to spy on my brother. He had drug issues so mum and me looked after him in this way.
    It has a lot of features and is really easy to use.Most of all I liked keylogger feature where you can find key words which were used by the person.

    • Cecilia Torres

      But u need physical access to target phone?

      • James

        Yes you do.

  • sick and tired of searching

    but you said email the target the link?
    so i email them the link and then what

    • Anjelica

      You need to open that link on the target’s phone and install the spying software.

  • Melissa Oxnard

    So there is no way to track someone’s phone if you DO NOT HAVE the icloud credentials or access to the phone? I have neither.

    • Anjelica

      That’s right, you’ll need at least physical access or iCloud credentials.

      • Susan

        I have heard that they can’t track Snapchat as it deletes and if the user phone isn’t hooked up to the cloud it doesn’t detect them. Which is the best app to track snapchats ?

        • Anjelica Rivera
          Anjelica Rivera

          Hey Susan, good question.

          We’ve made a selection of the best mobile spy apps in 2020 that do track Snapchat. Let’s take mSpy’s Snapchat tracking feature for example. Once the software is installed, it will be saved and you can view it remotely through the control panel.

          Be aware though, you’ll have to install on the user’s phone somehow, so you WILL need physical access and/or iCloud credentials.

          • Sara

            Why cant we send a text with access to download software?? I would pay any money for that text

          • Anjelica

            You can send a link yourself, but you’ll need to gain some trust first. Your target has to install the software voluntarily.

  • Liz

    Can I use mspy on an iPhone without iCloud credentials?

    • Anjelica

      Yes, you can! You need to install it on their phone manually and then you’re good to go 😉

  • Mia

    I downloaded 2 spy apps in my target phone but he installed spy ware detector. And it detected ot so he uninstalled the spy app. Does anyone knows a spy app that cannot be detected by any spy ware? I dont want to waste my money again.

    • Anjelica

      That’s a good question. Normally, trackers like mSpy and Flexispy shouldn’t be detected. You can try something which is fairly new: Umobix.

  • Zahoor

    Can I get messages detail of a number without installing software on that mobile.i have also the IMEI and sim card number of the target mobile.If yes how much monthly cost will be.moreover is there have any option of free trail to see it’s performance please?

  • Calister

    Plseas help my partner have a security lock on his phone, how can I unlock it without him knowing, so I can be able to install the spy app. Thanks

    • Liz

      That would be difficult

    • Adam Davies

      HI everyone i finally found a solution to tracking mobile devices. I searched till i found mSpy. I tried the demo on their cellphone hack page and then i gave them a trial which worked out fine. I can remotely access my partners phone and that of my kids as well.

      • Jamie

        Thanks, will try this.

  • Eduard

    Hello! I have a big problem with someone, so how can I spy his smartphone remotely? and you must know I can not see him, I need a way to spy this mobile without touching! please help me

    • Anjelica

      You will need physical access to the phone at least once to set up spying apps.

  • Tracy Good

    Even deleting the messages or texts won’t help with this app. Hence, you can spy on cheating spouse text messages with ease.

    The tracking app is freely available in Play Store. Nevertheless, it also has a pro paid version that enables you to access all the features of this application.

    Couple Tracker app is not only a spying app. Rather, it has also played a vital role in building trustworthy relationships via its mutual monitoring feature.

  • Errol Greene

    Paid for this app over a week ago. Have not received the product.

    • Anjelica

      Which app exactly? You receive it immediately in your mail. If not, mail the customer care team.

  • fady aly

    i have a big problem with my sons boy 16 years and girl 14 years they far from me with their mother we are divorced
    so how can i spy their smart phone remotely
    and you must knew i can not see them
    i need any way to spy this mobile without touching
    please help me In necessity

  • Michael Lamesa

    Which spy app is the best?

    • Anjelica

      We recommend mSpy.

  • John

    How can i make this work without traces?

    • Anjelica

      Use something like FlexiSPY or Hoverwatch – these apps are hidden and leave no traces.

      • YJ

        Are Highster and mSpy traceable?

        • Anjelica

          Usually, the apps are well hidden. Both Flexispy and mSpy have this function<

  • Marko

    How can i monitor my gf messages without touching her phone or sending her fake links , can someone help me thankz

  • Marko

    How can i spy without victims phone ?

    • Joejoe

      How to monitor & spy on an android phone in different countries?

  • Rachel

    I want to see my boyfriends messages and who hes calling but he won’t let me touch his phone.He also has an android.Can someone help.

  • Sarah BAnks

    HI everyone i finally found a solution to tracking mobile devices. I searched till i found mSpy. I tried the demo on their cellphone hack page and then i gave them a trial which worked out fine. I can remotely access my partners phone and that of my kids as well.

    • Tomy

      Sarah, Did you have to have physical access to your husband’s and children’s phone?

      • Marcus

        Would my wife know that I am spying on her phone ?

    • Trying to catch a cheater

      No so Sarah, it clearly states you need to install the app directly on the target’s phone

  • R busby

    I have a iPhone but want to spy on an android phone. I do not have access to the android phone. What spy app would be best? You say that all the required information from the monitored(targeted) phones is available on my phone???? I have his phone number and his email

  • Anjelica

    Which spy apps do you recommend?

    • Anjelica

      We think Highster Mobile and mSpy are the best spy apps. Highster Mobile has a one-time fee where mSpy has a monthly fee. Try one of them.

  • Gloria

    You guys recommended both mspy and highster, which is the best among the two?

    • Anjelica

      Both are great! Highster has a one-time payment, where mSpy has a monthly fee. It’s up to you to choose 🙂

  • Cynthia

    Help me spy someone phone without touching his android please

    • someone

      Here is how to spy on a cell phone without having access:

      Download reliable tracking software.
      Go to the official website of the software you’ve chosen (many of them offer free trials).
      Register your account there and start working on the control panel.
      Activate your account and the smartphone using its Apple ID and password.
      Start controlling Android remotely

    • steve

      i need to spy on my spouses android galaxy s9 without putting the app on her target phone. is there an app that will let me see her whatsapp and other social media and call logs and text messages, please help, i have a bad feeling and i want the proof before i confront her. this is my first time doing anything like this.

  • Barry

    According to a French website (, Highster Mobile is the best possible solution for tracking someone’s phone without access. Is this the case?

    • BW

      No ,the software need to be installed in the target android phone also,sorry I have to be honest with you. But it is the same with i phones like this one.
      Thank you.


      • BW

        P.S there is ways around every thing ,my advice do not give up keep searching you know what i mean,at the end follow your guts feeling,and most likely it is true though nice to have the evidence to have a peace of mind. Always think I’M POSSIBLE.

    • David

      Helo just wanted to know if anyone could help us pleas let us know, i am trying to monitor an iPhone that we can’t get to it and is 1500 hundred mils away we are desperate and sadly we went on line and found someone but took are money and are out of 120.00 what can we do we can’t get the ID or password need help Thank you.

      • Matt

        I need help asap my spouse is cheating i want to know if there is a free spying app and without touching her phone but do it remotly

        • James douglas

          Can I do this without touching the phone?

      • Richard Sherrill

        Did u find a way to do this

  • Anjelica

    Once you create your mSpy account, you’ll get a link sent to your email to install the app. You can send this to your target and let them install it.

  • Anonymous

    where to get the email link which we can send the user to get access to his phone?

  • Anjelica

    Yes, it’s possible.

  • John Smith

    I want to be able to look at my girlfriend’s Facebook and messenger account how can I do that

  • Olive

    I have android phone my daughter has iPhone, is possible track from my phone, text, call and GPS?