How to Remotely Track iPhone [Updated]

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 13 Dec 2017

iPhone Being Used with MacBook

If you’ve got young kids or teenagers using iOS devices, you might be curious as to what they’re doing on the internet. You might be concerned about cyber bullying or about their social life. You can use VPNs and routers to make sure the can’t access the parts of internet you don’t approve of. But what they do on their own device is usually off limits.

UPDATE: We no longer recommend using mSpy after Kerbs on Security reported that the company leaked millions of sensitive records.

This is where a service like mSpy can help you out. mSpy’s tracking works using iCloud backups. This means there’s nothing to be installed on the device itself. All you need to know is the device’s iCloud details. Here’s how it works.

How mSpy Works

mSpy works using iCloud backups. It monitor’s a device’s activity using data that’s sent to iCloud – this includes things like the day’s calls, messages and more.

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To set up mSpy, you’ll need physical access to the device for a while. There’s no software to be installed on the iOS device. But you’ll need to know the username and password for the iCloud account linked to the iOS device. You just need to enable iCloud backups on the device and make sure that 2-factor authentication is disabled.

What mSpy Can Track

mSpy’s tracking ability depends on whether the device is jailbroken or not.

If the iOS device is not jailbroken, mSpy can monitor calls, see full contacts list, see browser history, notes, events and WhatsApp chats.

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If the device is jailbroken, you can get current GPS location at all times, monitor activity in social media and communication apps (like Snapchat), view all emails and all internet activities.

How to Setup mSpy

Step 1: Go to mSpy website and sign up for the plan you’re interested in.

Step 2: Log in to mSpy.

Step 3: You’ll see a wizard that will help you set up the monitoring.

Step 4: On the first page, select the device’s type and give it a name.

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Step 5: Then, go through the list of requirements and make sure iCloud backups are enabled in the device and 2-factor authentication is turned off.

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Step 6: Next, enter the iCloud account username and password that’s associated with the device. Once verified, you’ll see a list of devices associated with the account. Choose the device you want to monitor.

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Step 7: Complete the wizard, download the private key that will be used for editing or disabling the tracking feature and you’ll end up on the Dashboard.

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From the website’s dashboard you can monitor things like call logs, browsing history, messages and more. Click on the Update Now button to see fresh data. Because the system is dependent on iCloud Backups (which only happen once every 24 hours), you’ll only be able to see data that’s a day older).

mSpy starts at $29.99 per month or $99.99 for a 12-month Basic plan. They are offering a 15% discount this month, so it is the best time to subscribe to the service.

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What Are You Monitoring?

What are you using monitoring services for? Do you have a system setup for how your kids access the internet? Share with us in the comments below.