How To Track An iPhone

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How To Track An iPhone

There are many reasons for wanting to know how to track an iPhone. Most commonly, parents find themselves needing to keep track of their children or employers need to track employees.

Whatever your needs may be, you will need the person's iCloud credentials or be able to physically install software on the iOS device to track someone's iPhone.

Installing a spy app on the target iPhone is the best way to track it. This method will grant you complete control and provide features that will allow you to locate their phone and provide location history.

How To Track Someone's iPhone With A Spy App

The simplest and safest method of tracking an iPhone's location is to utilize a spy app. There are numerous iPhone apps available for this and they provide you with real-time information about targeted users and their activities. This is my preferred method of tracking an iPhone because it does not require the purchase of any special equipment. To demonstrate how it's done, this article will step through some of the best methods for tracking an iPhone.

uMobix

uMobix is what I use to track my teenage son's iPhone. Installation is easy and, more importantly, fast. It gives me complete access to his iPhone’s data and location.

Equally important, the app is totally invisible so they won't ever know that you are tracking their movements remotely or spying on their conversations. You can also control which apps they can use, limit screen time, block online content, and set up safe zones for them so you can receive a notification is they go to a location that you would find unsafe.

The uMobix app also provides remote access to a wide range of social media apps including Tinder, WhatsApp, Instagram, Reddit, Telegram, Zoom, Skype, TikTok, and Snapchat, just to name a few.

While what we're discussed is impressive, its capabilities actually go far beyond that as it gives you full control over the device you are tracking. So much so that you can activate the iPhone's cameras or turn on the microphone and listen to conversations.

Live tech support is available by phone, 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, retention time is longer on multi-month plans so I'm only taking away a half star for it.

Recommended
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Pros
  • Camera activation
  • Can stream live video
  • Microphone activation
  • GPS tracking
  • Monitors all social media apps
Cons
  • Data retention limited to 30 days on the basic plan

mSpy

mSpy logo

I used to use mSpy to track my son's iPhone when he was younger and it worked well for the most part. It has a very intuitive and easy to use interface, so I didn't have any issues navigating it or understanding how to track his iPhone activities. I could get a detailed report of all text messages, calls, emails sent or received, photos shared as well as his location. It also allowed me to remotely control the device, giving me the ability to block certain apps or limit usage time.

One thing that I found particularly useful was the ability to set up geo-fencing and receive notifications if my son left those boundaries. This gave me an extra layer of peace of mind knowing that he wasn't straying too far away from home while still having some freedom.

I would still recommend mSpy as an effective way to monitor your child's phone, if I didn't need the extra features of uMobix. It is much more affordable than other spy apps on the market and offers just enough features necessary for parents who wish to track their children's online activities without breaking the bank.

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  • Precisely tracks iPhone location
  • Totally hidden
  • Easy installation
  • GPS tracking
  • Great tech support if you need it
Cons
  • Can not activate the camera or microphone.

EyeZy

EyeZy is a powerful new spy app that just came out in 2023. The company that makes eyeZy has a long history in the parental control and surveillance market and this app is their current flagship.

eyeZy offers a wide range of advanced capabilities including:

  • Keyword alerts for notifications when your child types, sends, or receives an inappropriate text message or email on their smartphone.
  • Monitoring for social media such as Tinder, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, iMessage, Telegram, Kik, Line, Viber, and Google Hangouts.
  • 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 the target is unaware you are monitoring them with eyeZy.
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  • Easiest to use
  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • Location tracking
  • All social media apps
Cons
  • Not quite as powerful as mSpy

FlexiSpy

FlexiSpy is not as user-friendly as other options for iPhone, and the website and interface seems dated, but the technical ability of this application is unmatched.

FlexiSpy and uMobix are the only apps able to take pictures or video, as well as activate the microphone to turn the tracked phone into a live room bug.

remote camera activation

FlexiSpy has two real problems, and those are why it ranks #3 on our list of options. The website is outdated for 2023 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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  • Extremely powerful
  • Live camera streaming
  • Pre-loaded phones available
  • GPS tracking
  • Able to access the microphone
  • Call recording
Cons
  • Older interface
  • Expensive

How To Track A iPhone Using Find My iPhone

Apple iCloud logo

Accessing Find My iPhone is a common way to find someone's iPhone location. The iCloud network connection allows you to do everything from update apps to purchase content on iTunes and use Siri on your iOS device.

The process by which Apple products connect to the network is relatively simple. Any data sent or received from an Apple iOS device after you log in will be routed through Apple servers. Even though these servers aren't open to the public, you can still monitor them by using a different method, such as logging into iCloud directly from a web browser.

Find My iPhone allows anyone with permission to locate, lock, and erase their iPhone, iPad, or iPod if it is ever misplaced.

Unless someone has shared their personal information, the only way of using Find My iPhone is to use brute force on their password over the network, which is not recommended. You can use the same username/password credentials to gain access to the Find My iPhone service if you know their Apple ID and password combinations. Tech-savvy professionals who are trying to protect their business or assets frequently use this method to track iPhones.

FAQ

What should I use to find an iPhone's location?

A tracker app is the best and most effective way to find the location of someone's iPhone. They allow you to track an iPhone's location as well as monitor the screen in real-time, read text messages, and see photos.

This level of access to another person's phone is only possible with a third-party download installed, and no other method allows for such long-term monitoring from anywhere in the world.

What features should I consider when deciding how to track an iPhone?

Features to look for include monitoring capabilities, stealth mode, remote access, keyword alerts and the ability to track location. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the app you choose has features specifically designed for iPhones. Some apps may not work on iOS devices or have limited functionality.

How much do tracking apps cost?

Costs for these apps vary depending on the features they include but typically range from $50 to $100 per month, though there are occasionally deals available; however, higher prices may be justified by the application's more advanced features.

Are these options hidden from the phone's user?

Yes, they are invisible to the iOS operating system and leave no trace when the app is uninstalled or updates are applied, making them safe to use. The target user will be unaware it has been installed.

Can the user see that I have accessed their iCloud account?

No. There will be no evidence that anyone tracked them with their iCloud account or installed any third-party software once the installation steps are completed.

The legality of using a tracker varies greatly by country, but it is generally only legal if the phone is yours or if you have the owner's permission.

You should only monitor someone's iCloud account if they ask you to do so and only consider using spyware like FlexiSPY if you have been been given the permission of the owner of the device and the user you will be watching.

When you suspect your spouse is cheating, it's easy to let your curiosity and jealousy take over, but we recommend consulting a lawyer before secretly accessing any electronic device. Before you do anything risky, make sure you understand your legal situation.

Conclusion

You can use a monitoring app as one of the easiest and most effective ways to track an iPhone remotely when it's legal to do so.

If you can't get physical access to the device for long enough to install an iPhone tracking app, you can use their username and password to access their iCloud account to share the last known location of their iPhone.

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.