How To Track An iPhone

How To Track An iPhone

People have legitimate reasons for wanting to know how to track an iPhone. Most commonly, parents find themselves needing to track their child or employers need to monitor 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 is to utilize a spy app. There are numerous iPhone tracker apps available for download on the Internet. The majority of them work exceptionally well, providing 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 is my top choice because it is what I use to track 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 remote tracking app, with the exception of our next choice on this list.

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

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

It even has a spy app detection feature to alert you to other spy apps already installed on the phone. At first glance, this seems like a strange feature. But, if you are spying on your child for their safety, it would be a huge concern to find that someone else had already tracked them and their iPhone was not secure.

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.

Ease of Use:
  • Camera activation
  • Can stream live video
  • Microphone activation
  • GPS tracking
  • Monitors all social media apps
  • Data retention limited to 30 days on the basic plan


EyeZy is a powerful new spy app that just came out in 2022. 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.
Ease of Use:
  • Easiest to use
  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • Location tracking
  • All social media apps
  • Not quite as powerful as mSpy


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 2022 and the app is expensive, but it would be a mistake to let either of these things turn you away from this marvel.

Ease of Use:
  • Extremely powerful
  • Live camera streaming
  • Pre-loaded phones available
  • GPS tracking
  • Able to access the microphone
  • Call recording
  • Older interface
  • Expensive

What should you 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. Without actually accessing the device physically, it allows you to 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.

How much do tracking apps cost?

Costs for these apps vary depending on features, but typically range from $50 to $100 per month—though there are occasionally deals available to reduce this cost in certain cases if desired by the user; however, higher prices may be justified by the application's increased features.

Are they hidden from the phone's user?

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

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 monitor the iCloud accounts of others they want to monitor.

Can The User See That I Have Accessed The 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.

How To Tell If Someone Is Tracking Your iPhone

You can monitor your iPhone for these common signs it has been tracked.

1. Unusual activity

Even if the person is not using the iPhone very often, it may still show signs of unusual activity, especially if it's being spied on. When a device switches to airplane mode when there is no reason for it to do so, this is the most common sign to be aware of. You should also keep an eye out for blocked calls and messages that aren't being delivered.

2. New contacts added to your phonebook

A tracker can sometimes add new contacts to your phone. If these are for unfamiliar people, it is best to find their information on social media or any other online database; if they don't appear there, it's likely they were added to your phonebook by a tracker.

3. Changes to the lock screen or home screen

If you notice any changes to your iPhone security settings, this is another sign that someone is attempting to track it using iCloud credentials.

4. New apps added with special permissions

When you notice new apps have been added to your iPhone without your knowledge, it is possible that someone is tracking your GPS location. Another indicator may be unfamiliar app icons.

5. Changes to settings

If your iPhone is recording more videos or taking pictures for no apparent reason, this is yet another sign that you are being watched.

6. Abnormally Short Battery Life

If you notice your Apple devices run low on battery much faster than they previously did, this can be a sign your iPhone is running a monitoring app in the background. This is because such apps run continuously, using CPU resources and battery life. If you notice a sudden decrease in run-time, you should investigate further.

What should I do if my iPhone is tracked?

If you suspect your iPhone is being tracked, check your security settings to see if someone is using iCloud credentials or jailbreaking it. If you notice any changes to these two settings that you haven't authorized, you should seek assistance from a local expert who can assist you in removing the malicious app.

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.


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.