How To Hack Into Someone's Phone

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How To Hack A Phone

There are many legitimate reasons for wanting to know how to hack someone's phone. Maybe you have children you need to monitor or employees you suspect of stealing. Whatever the case may be, we'll show you how to hack any phone and protect yourself from being hacked.

Hackers can access your phone remotely by using the right spy app. These apps allow you to hack into a phone and do things like activate the microphone, intercept calls, view all social media activity, and more. In this article we'll explain how to hack a phone without them knowing.

How To Hack A Phone Using Spy Apps

You can download a variety of spy apps and use them to successfully hack into a phone. If you need to maintain total situational awareness of where your kids are, who they are talking with, what they are doing online, and who may be calling them then these are what you want to use to hack their phone.

1. uMobix

uMobix is my top choice because I used it to hack my teenage son's phone. Installation was easy and, more importantly, fast.

Although it has all of the standard features you would expect to find, uMobix also has capabilities that far exceed any other spy app, with the exception of our next choice on this list.

The uMobix app provides access to more social media than anything else on the market, including Tinder, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Reddit, Telegram, Zoom, Skype, TikTok, and Snapchat, just to name a few.

The full list of capabilities can be found in my upcoming review of uMobix, but the short version is that it gives you full control over the phone you are hacking. You can use it not only for surveillance, but also for changing device settings like disabling Wi-Fi or restricting what apps can open.

Live tech support is available, which can be a lifesaver if you need to install it in a limited amount of time.

I have no complaints aside from intercepted data only staying available for 30 days. But, this limit is higher on multi-month plans so I'm only taking away a half star for it.

Recommended Spy App
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Pros
  • Totally hidden
  • Can stream live video
  • Remote microphone activation
  • GPS tracking
  • Access to all social media
Cons
  • Data retention limited to 30 days on basic plan

2. FlexiSpy

FlexiSpy is not as user-friendly as other mobile phone hacking tools, and the website and interface seems dated, but the technical ability of the software is un-matched.

FlexiSpy and uMobix are the only tools that can take pictures or video on the target phone, as well as activate the microphone to turn the hacked mobile phone into a live room bug.

remote camera activation

FlexiSpy has two problems, and those are why it ranks #2 on our list. The website is out-dated and the app is expensive, but it would be a mistake to let either of these things turn you away from this marvel.

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Pros
  • Extremely powerful
  • Live camera streaming
  • Pre-loaded devices available
  • GPS tracking
  • Microphone access
  • Call recording
Cons
  • Older interface
  • Expensive

3. EyeZy

EyeZy is a powerful new phone spy app. The company that makes eyeZy has a long history in the parental control and surveilance market and this is their current flagship.

eyeZy offers a wide range of advanced capabilities including:

  • Keyword alerts to be notified when your child types, sends, or receives an inappropriate text message on their smartphone.
  • Social media message monitor for Tinder, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, iMessage, Telegram, Kik, Line, Viber, and Google Hangouts.
  • Access to pictures and videos on the target device.
  • Location tracking and the ability to create restricted areas and be notified when they are somewhere they shouldn't be.
  • Stealth mode ensures that the target is unaware you are monitoring them with eyeZy.
Ease of Use:
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Pros
  • Easiest to use
  • Fast installation
  • Totally hidden
  • GPS tracking
  • Access to all social media
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the first options

4. mSpy

mSpy is a easy to use, easy to navigate, powerful spy app that can hack into someones phone. Perhaps most importantly, the monitoring software is totally invisible to the user and anyone using the target phone will never be aware of its presence.

Although not as user-friendly as our first two options, mSpy has a lot of features that are unavailable with other tools.

From a long list of spy capabilities, these are some of the highlights:

  • Call Logs
  • All Text Messages
  • Search History
  • Keylogger
  • Compatible with all versions of Android and iOS

Text messages can be recovered and read even if they have been deleted and calls from specific numbers can be blocked inconspicuously.

mSpy is best for tech-savvy users that require the greatest control over the target device.

Ease of Use:
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Pros
  • Proven track record
  • Easy installation
  • Totally hidden
  • GPS tracking
  • Great tech support
Cons
  • Not as user-friendly as eyeZy

5. Mobistealth

Mobistealth logo

Mobistealth has good remote functionality that allows a hacker to maintain control over the device without needing physical access. Mobistealth is similar to the other tools we've already mentioned, including making it possible to hack in easily. It can also track GPS locations and activate the microphone to listen in on conversations.

Unfortunately, it is less certain to remain hidden on all hacked devices and this can be a problem for use in some situations. Aside from this, it is an excellent option.

6. iKeyMonitor

iKeyMonitor is an application that was created to allow users to spy on someone else's phone. What sets this it apart from other options is its ability to bypass security locks, allowing hackers to gain access to the device even when the target has set a password. This tool also includes the ability to see text messages that have not been sent, intercept calls, and track the phone's location. All of this makes it simple for hackers to remotely access someone's phone.

7. The TruthSpy

The TruthSpy application is intended for parents who wish to monitor their child's activities as well as employers who wish to spy on an employee's company owned devices. It is somewhat more limited, and I would only recommend looking into this option if the options already mentioned failed for some reason.

How Can You Hack Someone's Phone With Spy Apps?

a hacker's screen

Once installed, these apps can be used to hack a cell phone and take total control of it. Typically, all that is needed is about 15 minutes of uninterrupted physical access to the target to be able to hack it.

What Should You Look For In A Spy App?

When selecting a hacking app, there are several factors to consider. While price is important, what matters most is whether or not it includes the features you require and can remain totally hidden from the person you are hacking. Some readers may be looking for ways to monitor their children while they are away at school or work and are less concerned with spying on their Internet activity. As such, it's critical to consider your own needs when selecting a spy application.

The most critical factor to consider is if the hacking app remains undetectable while in use. The last thing a hacker wants is for the target to discover they have been hacked.

Cost

The majority of hacking apps cost between $20 and $60 per month, but we recommend avoiding the cheapest options in favor of increased security and features.

Compatibility

It is critical to ensure that the tool is compatible with the phone in question. While the majority are compatible with all Android and iOS devices, you should verify compatibility with your specific target device.

Do I Need To Jailbreak or Root The Phone To Hack It?

You may need to jailbreak or root the target device depending on the features you require. If advanced features are not required, this step should not be necessary.

If you have the target's iCloud credentials, you do not need to jailbreak the phone to hack it.

In most cases, it will only be legal to hack a phone if you own the device. This can usually include parents keeping track of their children's activities or companies spying on employees. However, it is illegal to hack someone's else's phone and even when you own it consent may be needed first. Check laws in your jurisdiction before proceeding.

How to know if your phone can be hacked?

A cell phone is never truly off and can be hacked.

All smartphones have microphones, GPS chips, and other sensors that record and broadcast information about your location and activities all the time. Whether it is locked or not, these sensors are always on.

You may believe your device is turned off, but modern phones have sophisticated software that manages this data in order to save power. GPS tracking is still operational even if the screen is turned off.

In some cases, it may not be able to connect to a network right away or may enter a sleep state to conserve energy. If the phone emerges from this state and discovers that it can connect to the data network, it will revert to its normal mode of operation and begin broadcasting immediately, including whatever was recorder in the interim.

What to do if your cell phone is hacked

It can be difficult to know if you have been hacked. If you have suspicions, you should address the issue as soon as possible before the hackers can cause serious harm. The first step is to remove any suspicious apps or games.

Then, make sure you change all of your device's passwords and log out of all accounts. This will prevent any potential spy from gaining access to those accounts. Once it is secure, you will want to change the passwords for all of your accounts.

Finally, wipe the storage and reset the device to factory default settings. This will completely remove any spyware, as well as the ability for a hacker to spy on you in the future.

If you simply suspect you may be a victim of hackers, the following precautions can be taken.

Steps to prevent a cell phone from being hacked

Turn off all unnecessary permissions

Turn off all unnecessary permissions for your apps to avoid being hacked while using them. You should also uninstall any unused applications. This will also extend battery life considerably and give you more privacy.

Always lock your screen when you're not using it

Hacking someone's mobile phone by installing a malware while they left it unattended is the best way to get into their phone. This is why you should always lock the screen when not in use. If someone picks it up and notices the lock screen, they will not be likely to attempt to install malware.

Use secure iCloud credentials

Apple iCloud logo

Many hackers will focus their efforts on the iCloud database, which stores all of the personal information from your iPhone. To protect your information and keep your password private, it's critical to use a secure password.

Turn off your phone's Bluetooth when it's not in use

You should disable Bluetooth if you're concerned about someone hacking into your phone. Unless you are actively using it, Bluetooth is just another point of entry for a hacker.

Run a good anti-spyware scanner

Spyware is notoriously difficult to spot. Because some spyware only turn on when the hacker logs in, it's critical to scan for spyware on a regular basis. Antivirus and antispyware software can protect you.

How to know if someone is hacking your phone

phone hacker

Using a good malware scanner and looking for changes to the way your devices operate is the best way to tell if someone has installed anything without your permission. Look for obvious signs, such as apps that you did not open being active or events that you did not initiate.

Watch for bugs on your phone

Some malicious apps record everything you do on your cell phone and then upload it to the internet. Pay attention to any strange behavior or bugs you notice on it. If it worked fine previously but now runs slowly, locks up, or crashes, it could be a sign that someone was able to gain access to your devices. If this happens, make sure to change all of your security passwords and reset your phone.

Unusually high data usage

Any spyware will have to send the information it collects to the person watching you. Unusually high data usage is a classic indicator that someone has installed malware and is watching where you are and what you're doing.

Notice shortened battery life

If the battery is running low unusually quickly, spyware may be to blame. Some spyware keeps the camera, microphone active, and GPS which drains your battery quickly. If battery life suddenly drops, it's possible that spyware has been installed maliciously.

Outgoing calls or texts you didn't send

Spyware can be used to make calls and send texts without your knowledge. There is likely spyware on the system unrecognized outgoing calls or text messages are noticed.

Unusual activity on social media accounts

The majority of malware give a hacker access to all of your social media accounts. Unusual activity on these accounts can be a sign that someone is hacking the mobile phone.

Who would be likely to hack your phone?

It is fairly common these days for a suspicious girlfriend or spouse to install a spy app to watch their partner. If you're in a relationship with a jealous person, or are having an affair, there is a good chance that malware was installed by them.

Parents will also use this technology to keep track of their kids and monitor what they are doing.

If the phone in question was given to you by your employer then your employer may be monitoring you on the job.

Although these are the most likely people that would want have a motive to spy on you, there is always the possibility that your phone was breached through a malicious app or game that you chose to install.

Can my smartphone camera be hacked?

The main difference between what is required to hack a phone or hack someone's camera is the sophistication of the software used. Apps that hack cameras require more advanced features to circumvent modern security measures on smartphones.

Can someone hack my phone by texting me?

Yes, someone can hack your phone by sending you a link, but only if you click on the link and install an app. These tricks usually rely on you trusting the person the message it is sent from, or deceiving the user into thinking they are installing something else.

Conclusion

There are numerous methods for remotely hacking someone's phone, but using a spy app is by far the simplest.

GPS location tracking, internet history monitoring, and even call recording abilities have become commonplace. These tools have grown in popularity over the years due to their ability to empower users to take control of their lives and monitor their loved ones without restriction.

Author Katya Seryabkina
About The Author
Katya Seryabkina
Ukrainian born, and a self-taught geek. I started hacking when I was 14 and can write code in 5 languages, but have no formal technical education. The edge of technology is what keeps me interested. I cover cell phone tracking, spy apps, cybersecurity, the dark web, and certain gadgets for The High Tech Society.