How To Spy On iPhone

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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 Someone's iPhone

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.

mSpy

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mSpy 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. I was able to start monitoring my son's phone within minutes so he didn't notice anything.

The app provides a wealth of information about the target user, including text messages, call logs, web browsing history, and more. GPS tracking and geofencing features let you track the target phone and be alerted if it goes outside of pre-defined areas to a prohibited location.

mSpy is able to spy on all social media platforms, including Tinder, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, Skype, TikTok, Zoom, and Snapchat. An integrated screen recorder helps to ensure that you don't miss anything, and a keylogger feature lets you know about every keystroke that is made on the target phone.

Tech support has been excellent and they actually seem to care that you get the most out of the app. When checking compatibility, mSpy is compatible with every iPhone released since 2014.

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  • Records text messages
  • Keylogger & Screen recorder
  • Real-time GPS tracking
  • Geofencing
  • Access all social media apps
Cons
  • Lacks camera activation

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 iPhone.
  • 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.
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  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • GPS tracking
  • Access to all social media apps
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  • Not quite as powerful as mSpy

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 is one of very few 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.

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FlexiSpy has two real problems, and those are why it ranks #3 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.

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  • Live camera streaming
  • Pre-loaded phones available
  • GPS tracking
  • Able to access the microphone
  • Call recording
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  • Older interface
  • Expensive

KidsGuard Pro

KidsGuard Pro is a parental control app that comes with a lot of features, making it one of the best spy apps available. Its most impressive feature is its ability to monitor social media activity, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. It can also track the real-time GPS location of the iPhone, with a map overlay.

Installation is easy and takes less than 10 minutes. Once installed, you can monitor all activities remotely from your KidsGuard Pro dashboard.

Highster Mobile

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Highster Mobile is another 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.

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.

CocoSpy

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

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 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.

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Mobistealth comes with a Remote Control Panel that allows you to access everything on the iPhone, 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 iPhone.

Free Alternatives To Spy On An iPhone

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 accounts of others they want to monitor.

Can They See If I Access Their 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.

The legality of using phone surveillance varies greatly by country, but it is generally only legal if you own the 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 phone if they ask you to do so and only consider using spyware if you have been been given the permission of the owner 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 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 iPhone.

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 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.

Why should you use an 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.

Getting this much information from another person's phone 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 user will be unaware that it has been installed.

Conclusion

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 Apple ID and password to get into their 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.