How To Spy On iPhone

How To Spy On iPhone

People want to spy on someone else's iPhone for a variety of legitimate reasons. Most commonly, parents need to find spyware to monitor their child's iPhone or employers need to monitor employees.

By reading this article, you'll learn how to spy on an iPhone without them knowing.

How To Spy On iPhone With A Spy App

The simplest and safest method of spying on an iPhone is to utilize a spyware app. There are numerous spy 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 spying on iPhone because it does not require the purchase of any special equipment or software. To demonstrate how it's done, this article will step through some of the best methods for spying on iPhone.

8 Apps To Spy On Someone's iPhone

1. uMobix

uMobix is my top choice because it is what I use to spy on my teenage son's smartphone. 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 spy 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, Facebook, 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 that it gives you full control over the device. Once you have installed it on 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 that are already installed on the phone. At first glance, this seems like a strange feature. But, if you are monitoring your children for their safety, it would be a huge concern to find that someone else was already watching 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

2. FlexiSpy

FlexiSpy is not as user-friendly as other iPhone spy apps, and the website and interface seem dated, but the technical ability of the software is unmatched.

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

remote camera activation

FlexiSpy has two real problems, and those are why it ranks #2 on our list. 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

3. EyeZy

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 when your child types, sends, or receives inappropriate messages or emails on their smartphone.
  • Monitoring for social media such as 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:
  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • GPS tracking
  • Access to all social media apps
  • Not quite as powerful as mSpy

4. mSpy

mSpy is user-friendly, easy to navigate, and powerful. 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 powerful as our first two options, mSpy has a lot of features that are unavailable with other apps.

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

  • Call Logs
  • All Text Messages
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • 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 a specific number can be blocked inconspicuously.

mSpy is the best app for tech-savvy users requiring greater control over the target device.

5. Highster Mobile

Highster Mobile logo

Highster Mobile is another iPhone spy app that is useful if you're looking for an app that provides real-time updates and information on the target iPhone. You can use this app without having to connect it to your computer or laptop directly.

6. MobileSpy

Because of its real-time updates and features, MobileSpy is an excellent choice. It will undoubtedly assist you in obtaining all of the data from a device.

7. CocoSpy

Because of its features, Cocospy is one of the best tools available. This app uses the Administrator account on the target device to allow you to track its activities and text messages without any issues.

8. Mobistealth

Despite Mobistealth being the last app on our list, this does not imply it is any less good than other apps currently available on the market. It is a powerful and dependable spy tool that can be successfully set up in minutes after downloading it from the Internet.

Installing monitoring software directly onto a target device is the most effective method of iPhone spying. Installation does not require you to jailbreak the iPhone to gain control, but it does require physical access. The installation takes about 5 minutes and requires no special skills, so anyone with physical possession of the device could do it.

Stealth mode ensures that no visible signs of software installation are present and it can be set to run in the background.

Mobistealth logo

Mobistealth comes with a Remote Control Panel that allows you to access everything on the device, including the address book, call logs, text messages, and photos.

You are able to view a live camera stream remotely using Mobistealth's free software.

It can also go into 'stealth mode,' which leaves no trace that you spied on the target iPhone.

Why should you use a iPhone spy app?

A spy app is the best and most effective way to spy on someone's iPhone. Without actually accessing the iPhone physically, it allows you to remotely monitor the live iPhone screen in real-time, read text messages, and access photos.

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

How much do spy 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 that will significantly reduce this cost in certain cases if desired by the user; however, higher prices may be justified by the software'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 monitoring app is uninstalled or software updates are applied. The target user will be unaware that it has been installed.

How To Use iCloud To Spy On A iPhone Without The Device?

Apple iCloud logo

Accessing iCloud is a common way of monitoring someone's iPhone. A combination of hardware and software controls Apple products such as iPhones, iPads, and other iOS-enabled devices. 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 into your account 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 your iCloud account directly from a web browser.

You can remotely spy by accessing Apple iCloud using their login details and turning off the Find My iPhone (or Find My iPad) service so no one knows where it is now.

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

Unless you've been granted access, the only way to get into an account is to brute force their password over the network, which is not recommended. You can use the same username/password credentials to gain access if you know their Apple ID and password combinations. Jealous spouses and tech-savvy professionals who are trying to protect their business or assets frequently employ this method to monitor the iCloud accounts of others they want to monitor.

Can The User See I Have Accessed The iCloud Account?

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

How To Tell If Someone Is Spying On You

You can monitor your iPhone for these common signs that someone is spying on you. For more information, read about ways to tell if someone is spying on your iPhone.

1. Unusual activity

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

2. New contacts added to your phonebook

An intruder can sometimes add new contacts to your iPhone. If these are for unfamiliar people, the best thing to do is look up their information on social media or any other online database; if they don't appear there, it's possible that they were added to your phonebook by someone else.

3. Changes on the lock screen or home screen

If any changes to your security settings are noticed, this is another sign someone is attempting to spy using your iCloud credentials.

4. New apps added with access to the camera

When you notice that new apps have been added to your iPhone without your knowledge via iCloud credentials and jailbreaking, it is possible someone has put spy software on your iPhone. 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 someone has broken into your device.

6. Abnormally Short Battery Life

If you notice your Apple devices running low on battery much faster than they previously did, this can be a sign your cell phone was breached and 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 to do if you are being spied on

If you suspect your iPhone might be spying on you, 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 iPhone surveillance varies greatly by country, but it is generally only legal if you own the target phone or if you have the owner's permission. There is usually an exception to this when you are spying on your children and they are minors.

You should only monitor someone's iCloud account if they ask you to do so and only consider using spyware if you have been been given the permission of the owner of the iPhone 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 accessing any electronic device without permission. Before you do anything risky, make sure you understand your legal situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions repeatedly come up when people start researching how to spy on someone's iPhone. We'll do our best to answer your most important questions here.

How can I spy on iPhone with just the number?

The only way to do this is with a phishing scam, where you send a text or e-mail to the user in such a way that they are tricked into opening a link that will reveal their GPS location.

The other method that is used is to send a similar message but have the user install an app. Obviously, the success rate on this is much lower but it is still shocking how successful it can be.

There are no other ways to monitor an iPhone with just the number or IMEI code, and anything you see saying otherwise is a scam.

Can I spy on iPhone without having the phone?

Yes, you will simply need the iCloud credentials for the iPhone.

The spyware will pull all of the information from iCloud and you will not need to jailbreak or even touch the target phone.

Can I spy on iPhones without iCloud credentials?

Yes! You can monitor iPhone without iCloud credentials or an Apple ID, but it will require having physical access to the device.

Although this may seem impossible at first, people tend to be careless with letting other people make calls on their cell phone or not locking their screen before leaving the room. You can easily borrow the target phone to make a business call in the next room or watch for them to set down their phone before going to take a shower and catch it before the screen turns off and locks.

At that point, you simply install spyware and it will work without you ever having to touch the cell phone again.


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

If you can't get physical access to the target device for long enough to install a spy app, you can use their username and password to access their iCloud account and spy on their iPhone without them knowing.

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.