How to Read Someone's Text Messages Without Their Knowledge

Read other people's texts from any Android and iOS smartphone

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Privacy in the digital age isn't just about protecting your data online; it's about family members and friends respecting each other's boundaries with personal devices. Under normal circumstances, it's never okay to read someone else's texts, but it can come in handy in rare emergency situations.

The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Apple, Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

How to Read Other People's Texts With Spy Apps

Note that you won't be able to find apps that allow you to spy on others' phones without their knowledge on the Google Play Store. You may or may not be able to find them on iTunes. Most likely, you'll need to go directly to the publishers' websites. A Google search for phone spy apps should put you on the right path.

In most cases, in order to monitor someone's phone, you'll need access to it once to install the software on it. After that, you can review the person's messages, and some apps allow you to do it without their knowledge.

Be careful when downloading apps outside of Google Play. Scan files with antivirus software before opening them.

How to Use the XNSPY Mobile Spy App

One such app is XNSPY, which is a paid service at $8.33 per month for the basic level. On Android, it makes a copy of all text messages and other data viewed on the target device. This allows you to read text messages not sent to you.

On iOS devices, you have the option to spy with or without installing a software app. For more advanced features you need to jailbreak the iPhone or iPad. The less advanced way requires you to have the iCloud password of the target phone because the software goes through the iOS device's backup files to look for the data you want.

To get started using XNSPY.

  1. Go to the XNSPY website.

  2. At the top of the screen, select Products > iPhone Spy or Products > Android Spy.

    xnspy spy app website
  3. Select Buy Now and complete your purchase.

  4. Review the emailed installation guide to install the software on the target device.

    xnspy installation instructions
  5. Log in to your XNSPY dashboard to review text messages as well as messages from other sources, location information, and more.

    xnspy text monitoring screen
  6. Log in from any device to review text messages on the go.

Why People Spy on Text Messages

Say you have a friend who has expressed a desire to harm themselves, or you think your child may be getting texts from people with bad intentions. Phone carriers don't always allow parents to monitor the content of text messages, so sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands.

Before looking at anyone's texts, or any other electronic communications, be sure to check and follow applicable laws regarding this action in your area.