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It is often said that if you really want to know a person, you should read his texts. Truer words haven’t been said. That’s why in this article I’ll show you how to truly know a person, by showing you how to track text messages from another phone, or track SMS without the phone even.
In this article I’ll show you three different methods to track text messages, using popular apps to track messages. The three leading spy apps in the market are mSpy, Highster Mobile, and FlexiSPY. And in this article I’ll explain the advantages and drawbacks of each of these alternatives.
So, do you still want to learn how to track someone’s text messages? Well then read on and find out!
PART 1: How to track text messages with mSpy – Safe
As you can probably tell from the heading, mSpy is the safest and most reliable method by which to track text messages. This is because mSpy is a world renowned company which has been sponsored by outlets such as Forbes, Fox News, Huffington Post, etc. As such, you can really trust that you won’t find a safer option than mSpy.
Why is mSpy a trustworthy and safe option?
mSpy is a safe method of spying because it offers a no-jailbreak alternative as well. Most powerful spy apps will need you to jailbreak an iPhone in order to be able to spy on it. This leaves the target device vulnerable to malware, and also puts you at risk of being caught red handed trying to jailbreak someone else’s iPhone.
However, mSpy has been able to find a way around this system. You can opt for a no-jailbreak alternative, in which case you won’t even have to install the app into the target phone, you’ll simply be able to monitor it remotely. All you need to make this happen is the target’s iCloud credentials.
But if your purpose is solely to track text messages, then you’re in luck because you can do that with the no-jailbreak version as well. Later in this Part I shall show you a table explaining the difference in features between tracking Android phones and the jailbreak and no-jailbreak versions of iPhones as well. But first, I’ll explain how to track text messages using the no-jailbreak version of mSpy.
How to track text messages with mSpy (No-Jailbreak)?
mSpy is an incredibly simple app to download and monitor with. It is simpler than most other apps because in the no-jailbreak feature you don’t need to install any software to the target phone, you just need the target’s iCloud credentials. In case you get confused about how it’s done, you can also purchase a mAssistance service which will take care of all the setup for you.
Step 1: Go to the mSpy webpage. Click on ‘Buy Now.’ You’ll be able to choose between several different packages and license periods. Because you just want the no-jailbreak features, and you just want to track text messages, you should purchase the Basic package, which is incredibly cheap for one month.
Step 2: After you finish the payment process, you’ll receive an eMail confirmation regarding the same. The eMail will have a link to your Control Panel, along with your login credentials.
Step 3: Follow the link and access the Control Panel. Now you’ll need to setup the device you want to track. You’ll have lots of different options to choose from, but click on iPhone (without jailbreak).
Step 4: Now you’ll have to enter the target’s Apple ID and password, and then click ‘Finish’ on the next page.
Step 5: You’ll be taken to your control panel. Scroll down to ‘View SMS’ to be able to track text messages of the target individual. Before you download the software, you can also check out their trial
What if I don’t have the Target’s iCloud Credentials, or what if I want to spy on an Android or Blackberry?
If you don’t have the target individual’s iCloud credentials, you’ll need to use the jailbreak method. In Point 3 above, you’ll have to select the “iPhone” option instead of “iPhone (Without Jailbreak)”. Alternatively, if you want to track text messages in an Android or Blackberry, you’ll have to select the relevant options.
Following this, you’ll be given a detailed guide on how to install mSpy into the target phone, be it iPhone, Android, or Blackberry. You’ll have to follow the instructions closely. Once the installation is complete, you’ll be able to hide the mSpy icon. With that, you’ll be done! You can then access your Control Panel and read someone’s text messages remotely.
Comparison of Features available in Android, Jailbroken iPhone, and Non-Jailbroken iPhone
|GPS Location Tracking & Geo-Fencing||√||√||-|
|Text Messages and MMS Logging||√||√||√|
|Keylogging & Blocking||√||√||-|
|Call Logging & Browser History||√||√||√|
|Access to Calendar, Notes & Apps.||√||√||√|
|Wi-Fi network details||√||√||√|
|Social Media Monitoring||√||√||-|
|Access to WhatsApp & iMessage||√||√||√|
|Access to Email photos, and videos||√||√||-|
As you can perfectly see from this table, you get access to all the features in an Android phone and a jailbroken iPhone, and you get only limited features in a non-jailbroken iPhone. However, the ability to track text messages is available across the board!
How much does mSpy cost?
As mentioned earlier, mSpy has several flexible payment packages – Basic, Premium, and Family Kit. As the name suggests, the Basic package has limited features and is ideal for the no-jailbreak version of iPhone. The Premium package has all the advanced features that are available with the jailbroken version of iPhone and with Android. The Family Kit has all of the advanced features, and it lets you monitor up to 3 individuals together, and as such is useful for families with several kids.
This is a safe and reliable method with which to track text messages. If your purpose is to only track text messages you can use the no-jailbreak version as it is safe and doesn’t require you to physically handle the target phone, as long as you have the iCloud credentials of the target. You should ideally purchase the Basic package to track text messages, but incase you have more than one kids, you can also purchase the Family Kit which might be expensive, but allows you to monitor several phones together.
PART 2: How to track text messages with Highster Mobile – Cheap
Highster Mobile is the cheapest SMS tracker with which to track text messages. Furthermore, it offers an extensive range of features without jailbreaking an iPhone! As such, if you want to go for a no-jailbreak option, then this is definitely better than mSpy as it even offers features such as Location tracking, which isn’t available in mSpy.
How to track text messages with Highster Mobile?
The no-jailbreak setup process for Highster Mobile is every bit as simple as the one for mSpy. The only thing you need is the iCloud credentials.
Step 1: Buy the app from the website.
Step 2: You’ll receive a link to your Control Panel along with your password to login with.
Step 3: After you access the Control Panel link, you’ll need to setup the target phone. Choose “no jailbreak” when given the option.
Step 4: Enter the target individual’s iCloud credentials when asked.
Step 5: Highster Mobile will now be able to access all the data stored in the target phone. If it’s connected to the internet, all that data will be transferred to a secure server.
Step 6: You can now enter your Control Panel, select the ‘SMS’ tab, and track text messages!
What if I don’t have the iCloud credentials, or what if I want to spy on an Android or Blackberry?
In this case you’ll have to purchase the license for the app, and then download and install it manually into the target phone when you get the chance. However, this is also a very simple process and only takes about 2 minutes to complete.
Step 1: After you’ve made the purchase, download the app into the target phone.
Step 2: The installation of the app is very direct. After the installation, you’ll need to access it and enter your license key and mobile number. You need to enter your own mobile number so that you can receive SMS notifications regarding phone activities.
Step 3: You’ll receive a message stating that the installation has been successful. Tap ‘Ok’ and that’s it!
Other Features of Highster Mobile
Highster Mobile only offers one package with an unlimited license. As such, there is no discrepancy between which features you can access and which you can’t. The app only has one set of features which you can always access. These are all the features besides the ability to track text messages:
- Call logging
- Access to personal control panel with which to remote control target phone
- GPS tracking, along with access to route history
- Remote control the camera and take pictures discreetly
- Access Browser history
- Access the phone’s gallery of videos and photos
- Access all eMails coming in or going out of the phone
- Access all the contacts and events in the phone
- Access and remote control social media and instant messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, etc.
- Uninstall remotely without needing to physically handle the phone
How much does Highster Mobile cost?
Highster Mobile is the cheapest app in the market as it just cost you $69.99, and that too for a lifetime!
Unlike mSpy, Highster Mobile cannot boast fame and reputation. However, it is the cheapest app in the market, and if you want a no-jailbreak option it doesn’t get better than Highster Mobile because it has a much wider selection of features than mSpy. However, if you use the jailbroken version of mSpy, then that would definitely have far more powerful features than Highster Mobile. But as long as your intent is to only track text messages, this is perfect.
PART 3: How to track text messages with FlexiSPY – Powerful
As noted above, FlexiSPY is the most powerful method with which to track text messages. In fact, it’s the most powerful spy app, period. FlexiSPY is considered to be the most elite of all the spy apps in the market, and with good reason too. FlexiSPY has features that no other spy apps have been able to develop yet. I shall briefly touch upon what those special features are later.
However, FlexiSPY is an ONLY jailbreak option. This means that if you want to track text messages using this app you’ll have to first jailbreak the target iPhone and then install it into the system. The installation itself is pretty straight forward, and you can even call the customer support, which is available 24/6, and they’ll walk you through the process. Furthermore, after the installation, you also have an option to hide the Cydia or SuperUser icon for iPhone or Android respectively, so that the target individual doesn’t realise that their device has been tampered with.
How to track text messages with FlexiSPY?
The process of installation of FlexiSPY is quite different for different devices, so in this guide I’ll only outline the broad and general steps for setup that are common across all devices.
Step 1: First, you’ll have to go to the FlexiSPY page, and buy either the Premium or the Extreme package. I’ll explain the differences between the two later.
Step 2: You’ll receive an email with the link to your control panel and your login information.
Step 3: When you log into your Control Panel, you’ll receive detailed instructions on how to install the app into the target phone.
Step 4: Now you’ll have to jailbreak the iPhone or root the Android phone. Following that you’ll have to follow the installation guide to install the app into the device. Be sure that you have a few minutes alone with the device. You can even call customer support to guide you through it.
Step 5: After the installation, hide the Cydia and SuperUser icons.
Step 6: If the target phone is in a stable network connection, then all the data will be transferred to your control panel.
Step 7: Log into your control panel using your login details. Scroll down to the Messages tab, and click on it. You can now track text messages remotely!
What are these ‘Powerful’ features with which to track text messages?
- Spoof SMS: This is a special feature which is unique to only FlexiSPY. With this feature you can send out messages to people in the guise of the target individual. The SMS will be sent to the recipient without anything to trace it back to you, and you can send out the message to any number at all, regardless of whether it’s in the contact list of the target individual. This is a crucial method by which to gain information from another individual who has the confidence of the target individual. For example, if you suspect your kids might be taking drugs with some of their friends, you can send out a message to their friend from your kids’ number, and based on the response you’ll find out the truth.
- Control SMS Keywords: With this feature you can set up certain keywords or phrases, so that whenever the target individual receives a message with those words, it will be filtered out. This is a good means of protecting your kids from sensitive content.
In addition to these, there are also all the regular features to track text messages, like SMS and MMS logging. In the next Part, you can check out a table comparing the SMS features of the three apps mentioned in the article.
How much does FlexiSPY cost?
FlexiSPY has two packages – Premium and Extreme. Premium has all the features that a regular spy app should have. Extreme has some special features that no other app has, such as the ability to control which SMSs are received by the individual, sending spoof SMSs, listening to phone calls live, recording phone calls, etc. You also get a complementary Password Cracker software with the Extreme package.
FlexiSPY is the most expensive app in the market and so I would suggest that you skip it and get one of the cheaper alternatives above. That is, unless you really need the special SMS tracking features mentioned earlier.
PART 4: Comparison of the different Spy Apps for Tracking Text Messages
So now you know all the necessary details about the three apps mentioned above. In this part I’ll briefly compare the different aspects of these apps so that you can make a better decision about which one to use.
|License Period||Unlimited||1 month to 1 year||1 month to 1 year|
|Rooting for Android||Not necessary||Necessary||Not necessary|
|Jailbreak to track SMS||Not necessary||Necessary||Not Necessary|
|Visibility and Discretion||Invisible||Invisible||Invisible|
|Customer Support||eMail, Phone call||eMail, Phone call, Live Chat,|
|eMail, Phone call, Live Chat, mAssistance, available 24/7|
|SMS Features||Basic(viewing SMS and MMS logs)||Powerful (viewing SMS and MMS logs, sending spoof SMS, |
and setting SMS keyword restrictions)
|Basic (viewing SMS and MMS logs)|
Well, now you know how to track text messages using mSpy, Highster Mobile, or FlexiSPY. As you can see from the comparative tables, they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
However, my personal recommendation is that you go for Highster Mobile as it is insanely cheap, has a lifetime license, and you can use it to track text messages even without jailbreak.
mSpy also allows you to track text messages without jailbreak, and it’s a safer and more well received alternative with better User Interface, but it has fewer additional features than Highster Mobile. For example, the no-jailbreak version of mSpy doesn’t permit location tracking.
FlexiSPY should only be considered if you specifically need the special features like sending spoof SMS, or setting SMS keyword restrictions.
If you don’t like these 3 solutions, you can also check the 10 best SMS trackers here.
Whatever you decide to go with, do drop a comment down below letting me know. I’d love to hear from you!