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Can You Spy on an Android Phone Remotely?

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Looking for a way to remotely spy on an Android phone?

You’re in luck. There are dozens of apps out there that allow you to see what someone is doing on their phone including text messages, phone call logs, location data, and more.

But phone technology is highly advanced and phone manufacturers take security VERY seriously. While there are ways to defeat this security, it isn’t easy.

Let’s take a look at your options if you need to monitor an Android device.

What Is Required to Spy on an Android?

Whether you need to monitor the phone of a child, employee, or whoever, Android phones are some of the most secure in the world. The operating system is constantly updated to protect from security threats. But there is a way to defeat this security.

The easiest way to spy on an Android is by using a surveillance app. Android smartphone surveillance apps are also known as spyware or stalkerware.

There are dozens of these spying apps out there that essentially send all the data from the phone to a server where you can monitor all the information.

When you purchase spyware you’ll typically receive an email with detailed instructions for how to install it.

The first step is getting your hands on the phone. Once you have the phone in hand you’ll need to be able to unlock it with the users security code.

Once the phone is unlocked you’ll be able to get started.

For Android devices this involves downloading an app onto the device. The next step in the process is to configure the settings of the phone that allows the app to remain hidden.

This is a key part of the installation process because if it’s not done the phone will identify the spyware and automatically remove it.

How will I know the spy app is actually working? Once you’ve completed the installation instructions and the spyware is working, the phone will begin sending information to your online control panel where you can view all of the phone’s data.

Can Spy Apps Be Installed on an Android Remotely?

There is no way to remotely install spyware on an Android remotely.

For spying apps to work on an Android you’ll need physical access the phone for a few minutes.

You can monitor an iPhone without installing software on the phone, but there is currently no way to do this with an Android.

Remote Install SMS Spy Android

There is quite a bit of inaccurate information surrounding installing spyware via text message. While professional hackers might be able to install malware on a phone using a text message, this is very different than installing spyware.

Unfortunately you will need physical access to the Android device in order to install this software. There is no way around that.

Free Android Spy Apps

There are a handful of free Android spy apps on the market, but they are extremely limited in what they allow you to do.

They are also very unstable as the companies have no motivation to keep the apps updated as phone operating systems change.

If you’re looking for a free solution you’re probably going to experience some frustrations with getting it to work.

A paid app is a much better solution if you can afford it.

So while it is actually very easy to remotely spy on an Android phone, the tricky part is getting your hands on the phone and getting the app properly installed and configured.

Locating Hidden Spyware

If you think your Android phone has spyware on it, check out this article in which I show how to find hidden spyware on an Android phone.

About the Author

Jason has over 25 years in the information and internet security industry. He is passionate about smartphones, gadgets, and technology. He also got a solid background in programming and software.  This includes Python, C++, app development and more.

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