How To Turn On The Camera On Someone's Phone Without Them Knowing

How To Turn On Someone's Camera Without Them Knowing

If you need to turn on someone's phone camera without them knowing, there are very few ways to do so. While it can be done, most apps that claim to have the ability either only work on a narrow range of phones or do not remain hidden on the target device.

Fortunately, there are ways to successfully accomplish the task and this guide will explain how to turn on someone's cell phone camera without them knowing in a way that helps minimize any associated dangers.

How To Turn On Someone's Phone Camera Without Them Knowing

The most straightforward way to activate the camera on someone else's phone without them knowing is by using an app specifically designed for that purpose. There are numerous spy apps available online, with various features and capabilities. These apps typically require physical access to the device for long enough to install the application. Once installed, these apps enter stealth mode and can be remotely activated through a web-based control panel.

The user will never know when their camera has been turned on or that there is a spy app on their phone.


uMobix screenshot

uMobix is a spy app that can be used to turn on a camera without anyone knowing. It also offers GPS location tracking, geofencing, screen recording, keylogger recordings, and microphone activation.

The application can monitor popular social media apps like Snapchat, Telegram, Kik, Skype, Tinder, Line, Viber, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp directly or you can log keystrokes to ensure you are not missing conversations on a secret chat app.

Once set up, uMobix runs in stealth mode and you will be able to remotely access their phone by using the web-based control panel and stream live video and audio from their phone. This allows you to view live video from the phone to not only see the phone's surroundings but also verify who is holding the phone.

A major benefit of using uMobix is that it remains completely undetectable on the target device making it impossible for anyone to know they are being watched.

Having tested several dozen similar apps, this method is the only one that consistently works across a very wide range of devices. The only thing I have not liked about it is its short data retention of only 30 days. However, it does keep data for much longer with multi-month plans.


mSpy screenshot

mSpy is powerful spy software that offers a wide array of features, including the ability to turn on a phone camera without them knowing. With mSpy, you can remotely access the target device's camera and view live video and images discreetly.

In addition to camera activation, mSpy provides comprehensive monitoring capabilities for social media chat, online activity, text messages, email, call logs, contacts, calendar events, and more. It also offers features such as ambient recording, which allows you to capture audio from the surroundings of the target device.

One of the standout features of mSpy is its keylogger and keyword alert functionality, which enables you to monitor keystrokes on the target device and receive alerts when specific keywords are triggered. This can be invaluable for ensuring the safety of your loved ones or monitoring employees' device usage.

With mSpy's user-friendly control panel, you can easily access all recorded data and manage settings remotely. The app operates stealthily on the target device, remaining undetectable to the user. This app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.


FlexiSPY screenshot

FlexiSPY is an older solution that may not be as user-friendly as some of the newer applications available and comes with a heftier price tag than many other options, but it's still a very capable spy app to get private information.

In terms of additional features, FlexiSPY excels with GPS location tracking, call logs, WiFi connection monitoring, geofencing, screen recording, and microphone activation. It also allows users to monitor popular social media apps like Snapchat, Telegram, Kik, and Skype and even record conversations on these apps.

However, FlexiSPY has several problems that cause me to hesitate to recommend using this method. The price is extremely high, the website and interface are lacking, and there is no indication if this solution is actively being developed and maintained for the newest operating system releases.

This leads to a situation where the app works and is a great solution, but it may not be as dependable with newly-released devices and I could not feel comfident it would remain hidden after the next OS update.

For this reason, I would only recommend using FlexiSPY if I could risk someone knowing it was on their phone. There are cases where this would be useful, but not for my needs.


It should be noted that any method of turning on a person's camera without them knowing carries certain risks. There is also a risk of exposing malicious code that may cause damage to the target device. This goes beyond mere spying and the potential damage could extend to financial and reputational losses as well as identity theft if data from the target phone is harvested by hackers. For this reason, you should only use reputable spy apps.

Finally, it's important to keep in mind that even though you may be able to successfully activate someone else's the phone camera, it might not yield useful results since a phone is generally not pointed in a useful direction when it is not in use. In these instances, much more can be learned by activating the microphone and listening to the surrounding conversations. Fortunately, both of the methods we've discussed can do this as well.


It is generally only legal to access someone's camera without their consent or knowledge if you own the device in question and you are monitoring your child. In limited circumstances, it can be legal to do so if you own the phone, even if you don't have consent, such as can be the case with spying on employees' work phones.

However, laws can vary dramatically by location and what may be completely legal in one state may be a felony in another. For this reason, you must consult with a lawyer before taking any action. There are no exceptions to this.


Can I secretly turn on someone's camera?

Yes, with the right software installed on the target device, you can turn on someone else's camera. Laws regarding this differ from place to place and you should consult with a lawyer before attempting such an action.

What is the best way to secretly turn on someone's camera remotely?

A spy app such as uMobix is the best way to turn on the camera on an iPhone or Android device without them knowing. It is reliable and easy to use. However, you should keep in mind that the cost of using such an app may be quite high and there are potential risks involved.

Will they know their camera is turned on?

No, the spy app will be hidden on their device and they will not know anything is running. However, prolonged streaming from their phone could result in high data usage, which could alert them to the fact that something is going on. It is important to be aware of this potential risk and not to use a spy app continuously for long periods of time.


It is possible to activate someone's camera remotely using a spy app, but you should note that laws vary by location and one should always consult with a lawyer before attempting to do this. Additionally, there are certain risks associated with turning on someone else's phone camera and these should be taken into consideration before proceeding. Finally, remember that even though you can use the phone camera, listening in on conversations through the microphone may yield better results.

About The Author
Ukrainian born, and a self-taught computer security expert. 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.