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Has it ever occurred to you that you suspected someone close to you of lying? You probably wished you could spy on text messages from another phone so you could find the truth.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. People lie all the time. It could be your spouse, your kids, or your employees. Sometimes, it’s important to find out if someone is telling the truth just to keep them safe.
For example, if you feel your kids are lying about what they do after school, it’s your right to find out. Are they perhaps hanging out with the wrong crowd? Is your spouse perhaps cheating on you? Are you employees leaking trade secrets? With a text spy app, you can spy on text messages from another phone and find out the truth.
A text spy app is a simple and free application with which you can look through the messages being sent or received on another phone. You can even spy on WhatsApp messages, or messages from other instant messaging services.
In this article I’ll tell you how to spy on text messages using the three best text spy apps in the market — mSpy, hoverwatch, and iKeyMonitor. Each of these texting spy apps comes with their own advantages and disadvantages. I’ve personally used all of them, and these are my inputs.
In Part 4 of this article, I’ve also made a comparative chart so that you can compare all their features and make the right decision.
These text spy apps can be useful. But they can also be used for wrong reasons. Please use them ethically, not to stalk someone or hack into unwarranted private data. Now, having said that, read on to find out how to spy someones text messages free.
PART 1: How to Spy on text messages from phone via mSpy
mSpy is an extremely advanced and reliable hidden spy app. In fact, it’s probably the most well-reputed text spy app in the market. This is important because when you spy on text messages, you should make sure you have a reliable source with you.
It has various message spy features that can help you. You can directly spy on text messages from another phone. You can hack into instant messaging and social media services and spy on WhatsApp messages, and you can even use the Keylogging feature to find out passwords.
mSpy is also one of the most reasonable text spy apps in the market. It comes in two packages, basic and exclusive. As such, depending on whether you want to spy on text messages, or on social media messages, you can buy the appropriate package. Due to the different price packages, mSpy is quite flexible. It’s also very easy to both use and install.
mSpy has a No-Jailbreak Option
Another great aspect of mSpy is that it comes with a no-jailbreak option. This means that you can spy on text messages from another phone without having to personally handle that phone or jailbreaking it. Jailbreaking can be complicated, and it can also leave the target phone susceptible to hackers and malware. However, you should know that even those mSpy offers a no-jailbreak solution, it’s limited.
With the no-jailbreak solution you can only spy on text messages from another phone. To spy on WhatsApp messages, you’ll need to jailbreak it and get an advanced package.
However, mSpy has one of the best customer services in the spy app industry, and they can help you jailbreak the target phone. mSpy also offers a service called mAssistance, in which the customer care comes and jailbreaks and installs the app into the phone for you so you don’t have to do anything. This option is most often used by parents who want to gain access to their kid’s phones.
How to spy on text messages from another phone using mSpy?
There are several features that allow you to spy on text messages from another phone.
- Text Message Spy: This is a basic text message spying feature. You gain access to all the messages sent, received, or deleted from the target phone.
- Social Media and Instant Messaging Spy: This feature is only available in the advanced package. You can gain access to all the messages sent, received, or deleted from social media and instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc.
- Keylogging: With this feature you find out all the buttons being pressed in the target phone. Once you know that, you can decipher the individual’s social media and instant messaging passwords. You can use that to spy on text messages directly.
How to Purchase, Install, and Use mSpy?
mSpy is an extremely easy text spy app to handle and install. If you want to spy on text messages from another phone without jailbreak, you’ll need access to the target phone’s Apple ID and Password
However, if you want to spy on instant messages and social media messages, then you’ll have to jailbreak the device and install the app into it. You can either call the customer support so they can talk you through it. Or you can hire mAssistance to come and jailbreak the device for you. Once this is done, all the text messaging information is passed from the phone to your control panel via the internet.
The specifics of installation always varies between different devices. However, there’s a general structure to the process which I can outline here for you.
- Decide which package you want, and the duration for which you want the license period. Once you’ve made your decision, select it, and make the payment online.
- The payment will take a while to be processed. Once it’s done, you’ll receive an introductory mail, and another mail with link to your control panel and your personal password.
- You’ll have two options in the control panel. Either to jailbreak the device, or to use the non-jailbreak version. What you choose depends on the factors mentioned earlier.
- If you choose the non-jailbreak version, you’ll have to enter the target phone’s Apple ID and password. This will give you access to the target phone.
- If you choose the jailbreak version, you’ll get a guide on how to jailbreak different types of phones, and how to install the text spy app.
- Now you need to find some time alone with the target device. Follow the instructions and install the app into the target phone. You can use the phone service or mAssistance to help you.
- Now, if you want to spy on text messages discreetly, you can hide the app in the target phone so you’re not detected.
- Now you simply need to access your own Control Panel from any device. In the left hand panel, you’ll find several different option. Select the one which applies to you, be it text messages, WhatsApp messages, Keylogging, etc. Now you can spy on text messages from another phone.
Is mSpy discreet?
mSpy is an extremely discreet app. If you choose the no-jailbreak option, you never have to go anywhere near the target device. Even if you use the jailbreak option, you have to ability to hide the mSpy icon so that the targeted individual won’t find out they’ve been hacked.
What devices is mSpy compatible with?
mSpy is one of the most widely compatible apps in the spy app industry. It can be used with a number of different devices, computers, and operating systems.
How much does mSpy cost?
mSpy isn’t the cheapest app in the market, however it’s quite reasonable considering the features available in it. It’s available in three different packages — Basic, Premium, and Bundle Kit. The latter of these gives you access to up to 3 devices, and all features.
Pros and Cons of mSpy
|One of the most reliable apps in the market.||For the no-jailbreak option, you need access to the target phone’s Apple ID and password.|
|Highly discreet as the app icon can be hidden.||To spy on social media messages jailbreaking is necessary.|
|Comes with a no-jailbreak option for simple text message spying.|
|Availability of mAssistance.|
PART 2: How to Spy on text messages from phone via hoverwatch
hoverwatch is quite a new text spy app, and as such it doesn’t have the kind of popularity that mSpy does. However, it’s a great means to spy on text messages from another phone. Within a short span of time, this message spy app has built a loyal following for itself because of how cheap it is, and the fact that it comes with a lot of features with which to spy on text messages.
However, hoverwatch comes with one fatal flaw. It’s not available for iOS devices. And as such only some people will find it useful.
Does it require Rooting of target Android Phone?
hoverwatch can be used even without rooting the target Android phone. This can help make things very easy. You simply purchase and download the app, install it, and start spying on text messages! As such, there’s no risk of getting caught.
How to spy on text messages from another phone using hoverwatch?
There are various features in hoverwatch that make it ideal to spy on text messages from another phone.
- SMS and Multimedia Tracker: You can gain access to all SMS and MMS messages that have been sent, received, or deleted from the target device. You can access the message along with proper time stamp, contact information, etc. As such, you can spy on text messages from another phone.
- Social Media Message Tracking: You can use this app to spy on WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, and Facebook Messenger.
- Android Keylogging: hoverwatch comes with a separate keylogging app with which you can find out all the buttons being pressed in the target device. Once you have that information, you can find out their passwords, and use it to spy on social media messages from another phone.
Is hoverwatch discreet?
hoverwatch can effectively run on Stealth Mode. Once you install it into the target phone, you receive a message which says “activate invisible mode on the device.” If you select that option, the hoverwatch icon in the target device will become invisible. You’ll also receive a secret PIN in your phone. You can use that number to access the hidden icon in the target phone.
How to Purchase, Install, and Use hoverwatch?
hoverwatch is the simplest text spy app to install and use. You can simply follow the given steps.
- Choose a Plan: There are two plans available across three license periods. Choose the one you need.
- Purchase: Once you’ve chosen the correct license and plan, make the payment through an online portal.
- Sign Up: Create an account with hoverwatch and sign up for your free online account with your email and password.
- Download: Access your online account and download the text spy app.
- Install: Once you downloaded the app, you need to install it into the target device, It’s quite simple and straightforward.
- Hide the App: If you want to be discreet, you can hide the hoverwatch icon when you receive the message “activate invisible mode on the device.”
- Message Spy: Now, you need to log into your account again and spy on text messages from another phone.
What devices is hoverwatch compatible with?
hoverwatch isn’t a highly compatible spy app. It’s only compatible with the following devices:
- Windows PC
- MAC OSX
- Android 4.x – 7.x
How much does hoverwatch cost?
hoverwatch is available in two different packages — Personal and Family — for a license period of 1, 3, or 12 months.
The Personal package can only be used to monitor 1 device, whereas the Family package can monitor as many as 5 devices at the same time.
Pros and Cons of hoverwatch
|Extremely Cheap.||Not compatible with iOS devices.|
|The Family package can monitor up to 5 devices.||Amongst social media apps, it can only monitor WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Viber.|
|No rooting required.|
PART 3: How to Spy on text messages from phone via iKeyMonitor
iKeyMonitor refers to itself as the “No. 1 iPhone Spy APP”. Regardless of where you stand on its position, iKeyMonitor is undeniably an awesome text spy app for iPhones, and it’s not too bad with Android phones either.
iKeyMonitor initially started out rough as it had a very amateur looking website, however they have greatly enhanced their aesthetic. Now, iKeyMonitor has one of the most user-friendly interface both in their text spy app and in terms of the website.
It also comes with some great features, and it’s reliable because it has been sponsored by acclaimed companies such as DailyMail.
Not Necessary to Root or Jailbreak
iKeyMonitor can spy on text messages from another phone without having to jailbreak or root the target devices. However, the non-jailbreak and non-rooting options are only available for spying on text messages in the following languages: EN, DE, FR, IT, RU, ES, and PT. If the target language falls outside these, then you’ll have to root/jailbreak the target device.
Furthermore, whereas the non-rooting and non-jailbreak versions can spy on text messages, WhatsApp messages, and WeChat messages, they can’t be used to spy on all other social media accounts or determine keylogging results. For that rooting/ jailbreak is necessary.
How to spy on text messages from another phone using iKeyMonitor?
- SMS & iMessage Tracking: iKeyMonitor can track all the messages sent, received, and deleted from the target device, along with all their information.
- Social Media and Instant Message Tracking: iKeyMonitor can spy on WhatsApp messages, WeChat, Facebook, Skype, Line, KiK, Viber, Hangouts, QQ, IMO, Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder, and BBM messages.
- Password and Keylogger: iKeyMonitor can determine all the buttons being pressed in the target device and reveal all passwords, thus allowing you to spy on all other social media messages as well.
Is iKeyMonitor discreet?
iKeyMonitor is completely invisible and runs in the background. It even hides the rooting and jailbreak icon (Cydia) so that the target individual doesn’t realise that they’re being spied on.
What devices is iKeyMonitor compatible with?
No-Jailbreak iPhone: iOS 9+ along with iCloud ID and Password.
Jailbreak iPhone: iOS 6+ along with physical access to the target phone.
Android: 2.3 – 7.x
How much does iKeyMonitor cost?
iKeyMonitor doesn’t offer a lot of packages. It only has the one package which offers all the features. However you can get a monthly license of $49.99/m, or a yearly license which is 50% cheaper at 24.99/m.
Pros and Cons of iKeyMonitor
|Rooting/ Jailbreak not necessary||Lack of options in terms of packages and license periods.|
|30 days money-back guarantee.|
|3 day trial available.|
PART 4: Comparison of the different Spy Apps for Location Tracking
In the previous parts I gave you a detailed review of all the message spy apps individually. You now know about all their features, pros, cons, and other important details. It can get confusing to choose between all of these great apps, so below I’ve made two comparative charts to make the decision easier for you.
In Table 1, you can find a brief comparison of different aspects/factors of the text spy apps, such as license period, rooting/jailbreak necessity, visibility, customer support, etc.
In Table 2, I’ve drawn out a comparative chart of the cost of these different apps across different license periods. This will help you determine how cheap or expensive they are, relative to the others.
|License Period||1 month to 1 year||1 month to 1 year||Monthly or Yearly|
|Rooting for Android||Not necessary||Not Necessary||Not Necessary|
|Jailbreaking for iOS||Not necessary||N/A||Not necessary|
|Visibility and Discretion||Invisible||Invisible||Invisible|
|Customer Support||eMail, Phone call, Live Chat, mAssistance||eMail, and Live Chat|
|License Period||mSpy (Basic)||mSpy (Premium)||hoverwatch||iKeyMonitor|
So now you know about the 3 ways to spy on text messages from another phone. You know how to spy on text messages and spy on WhatsApp messages using mSpy, hoverwatch, and iKeyMonitor.
All of these text spy apps come with their pros and cons. My personal recommendation would be to use mSpy as it’s the most reliable app, and it’s also the most reasonable relative to how great its features are. However, if mSpy turns out to be too expensive for you, maybe go for hoverwatch as it’s very cheap and easy to use and install.
However, if neither of these text spy apps are suitable for you, iKeyMonitor is the final option. iKeyMonitor is the most expensive app in this list, however it’s designed primarily for keylogging and message spy functions, and as such it’s ideal to spy on text messages from another phone.
Whatever you decide to use, remember to do so ethically. Different states and countries have different restrictions and laws in regards to phone tapping and spying. As such, be sure to either use these apps with the target individual’s permission, or on minors whom you’re a legal guardian for, or on your employees with signed contracts. Don’t indulge in illegal unethical practices such as hacking, stalking, etc.
Please feel free to comment down below and let me know which text spy app you decided to go with and how it’s working out for you.