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How to Spy on a Cell Phone Without Having it?

If you have ever doubted your child for online misconduct, the first thought in your head would be to check their phone to find some answers or look for an evidence. We are living in the digital age where a smartphone is as precious as a wallet. That’s because it is home to our pictures, personal, and even banking information. Plus, technology has made us glued us to our devices, so simply checking someone’s phone in their absence is an opportunity we don’t always come across because nobody leaves their phone lying on the table just like that.

How to Spy on A Cell Phone without Having It?
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How Do Spy Apps Work?

Now the question rises that how to spy on a cell phone without having it? Is there any way I can see what’s in their phone without even touching it? As we are talking about technology here, there is a solution to this. And no, you don’t need to hack someone’s phone for that. You just need a spy app. Yes, you can spy on another phone without each touching it with the help of a spy app.

Spy apps have been out there in the market for years now. If you are hearing about them for the first time, you will be astounded to find out what kind of features they now come with. By using these apps, you can figure out someone’s location, access their call history, text messages and lot more. You can even keep tabs on their social media activities and listen to their calls remotely. It won’t be wrong to say that these apps work better than a bug or a GPS tracker that requires to be implanted.

Just like a bug, you have to install a spy app on the person’s smartphone. We will be calling it the target phone since they are the one you want to keep tabs on. The app would take 5 to 10 minutes to install and then it will start keeping a log of all the activities of the target phone. You will be monitoring everything from a remote web account that will show you all the information you need from the target device.

For spy apps to function, it is important that the target device is connected to the internet. The app needs internet to send the data from the phone to its server and then display it to you on your Xnspy’s web account.


The target device that you may want to monitor could be either an iPhone or an Android device. Most of the spy apps available only work on jailbroken iPhones and rooted Android devices. If the device you want to spy on is already jailbroken or rooted, using these apps wouldn’t be a problem. But if not, you will have to search for those apps that don’t have such limitations. Other than this problem, some apps don’t work on the latest operating systems. If you want to spy on the latest iPhone or latest Android phone, you got to be sure the app you will be using is compatible with your device.

Spy Apps Support Discreet Spying

It’s risky to install a spy on someone’s phone. But the good thing about advanced apps is they work in complete stealth mode. You can hide the app’s icon after it’s installed, so the owner of the phone will never know it’s there.

Physical Access is Necessary

Keep in mind, in order to install the spy app, you will need physical access to the phone. There is no method of remotely installing a spy app on another device. You will find lots of vendors selling apps that don’t need physical access to the device for installation. Don’t trust them. They are a scam. Once they have tricked you to subscribe to the app by paying the hefty fee, they will require you to get access to the target phone. When you will ask for a refund, you won’t be entertained.

All legitimate spy apps make it pretty clear at you must have physical access to the target device. You will be relieved to know that once you have installed the app on the target device, you won’t be needing access to it again. You will now be monitoring everything you want from the target phone via a remote control panel.

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Getting Started with Xnspy

Now that you know how you can spy on another phone without having it, you need a spy app to get started. You can count on Xnspy! It is an advanced monitoring app that lets you spy on a phone’s text messages, phone logs, location, internet history, videos, photos, calendrer entries, social media activity, IM chats and lot more.


Xnspy is among the most compatible spy apps out there because no rooting (optional) or jailbreaking is required whatsoever for the app to work. If you already have an iPhone that’s jailbroken, Xnspy has still got you covered.

You can choose from Xnspy for Android, Xnspy for iPhone and Xnspy for iPhone with jailbreak. Check our compatibility chart to see if it’s compatible with the device that you want to spy on:

Xnspy for Android

Xnspy for iPhone (Jailbreak)

Xnspy for iPhone (No JailBreak)

4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, 10, 11, 12, 13

6.x, 7.x, 8. up to 9.0.2

6.x, 7.x, 8.x up to 17.0.3

Step-by-Step Guide to Use Xnspy

Xnspy has made it simpler to keep tabs on your children’s digital routine by monitoring their smartphones. Wondering how to spy on a cell phone without having access? If you want to spy on an Android device, give the following steps a read:

Step 1: Subscribe to Xnspy

You must first subscribe to Xnspy for Android by choosing either the Basic or Premium edition of the app, depending on which plan you want. As you do that, you will receive an email containing the download URL for Xnspy, an activation code, credentials for your web account and an installation guide.

Xnspy dashboard
Xnspy dashboard

Step 2: Install Xnspy in The Target Device

You only have to access the target phone once for the purpose of installing Xnspy. Use the download URL to install Xnspy and enter the activation code as the app prompts to it. You will be done with the installation in a few minutes. After this, you must give Xnspy 24 hours to fetch data from the target device and display it on your web account.

Step 3: Log into The Web Account

Once 24 hours have passed, you can now access your web account from your PC or use the Xnspy dashboard for that. If you choose to spy from your PC, open in your browser and enter your login credentials to access your Xnspy dashboard.

Xnspy dashboard
Xnspy dashboard

Step 4: Time to Spy on the Target Device

A dashboard will appear after you log in. It is just like the control panel of a website. Everything that’s on the target phone will be there in the web account too. You will see a menu at your left-hand side from where you can choose to see anything you like from the phone whether it is text messages, phone logs, photos, location, and even IMs.


No Installation or Physical Access Required to Spy
On iPhone! (*Currently Not Available)

If you want to spy on an iPhone (without jailbreak), you will be glad to know that you don’t need physical access to the target device, nor would you have to install Xnspy on it. To make remote spying without installation possible, you will need iCloud credentials of the target iPhone though. That’s an absolute prerequisite as Xnspy retrieves the data from the iCloud and display it to your remote web account.

The process of spying on iPhone is as simple as that of spying on Android. Here is what you have to do:

Step 1: After you have subscribed to Xnspy for iPhone without Jailbreak, log into your web account using the credentials you received in your email.

Step 2: You will see 3 options for the platform on the screen – iPhone (Jailbreak), Android and iOS (no jailbreak). Click ‘iOS (no jailbreak).’

Step 3: Now click ‘iCloud setup.’

Step 4: You will be asked to enter the iCloud credentials of the target iPhone. After entering the Apple ID and password, click ‘Next.’ Keep in mind, you might have to provide 2-factor authentication code in case it’s enabled on the target iCloud device.

Step 5: Once everything is set, you should see all the devices registered with the iCloud credentials you have provided. Select the device that you
want to spy on.

Step 6: Click ‘Finish’ to save the settings and exit the screen.

Now, you will be able to spy on the iPhone from a remote location.

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Why Choose Xnspy Over Other Spy Apps?

Xnspy is not the only spy app being sold in the market. Lots of you might have this question that what makes Xnspy better than other spy apps out there or why should I choose Xnspy. Xnspy is among the best spy apps for multiple reasons such as:

It’s Highly Compatible

Unlike other spy apps, Xnspy is compatible with the latest operating systems for both Android and iPhone. If you want to spy on any latest smartphone, you can count on Xnspy.

No Rooting or Jailbreak is Necessary

There are no such prerequisites to root your Android device or jailbreak your iPhone to use Xnspy. Of course, you will get access to more feature on rooted or jailbroken devices but it’s not a compulsion. You will not be disappointed that Xnspy doesn’t support the device you want to spy on.

A Toolkit of Basic and Advanced Spying Features

Whether you just want to check someone’s call logs or text messages or you want advanced spying features like ambient recording, Xnspy has got you covered. If you just need basic spying features, you can subscribe to the Basic Edition of Xnspy which starts from $8 a month. On the other hand, if you need advanced spying features, you can subscribe to the Premium Edition which starts from $12 a month.

It Does Not Hurt Your Bank

Xnspy is highly affordable as compared to other spying apps that are selling their basic versions at a price starting from $30 and more. Both Basic and Premium editions are fairly priced so that everyone can meet their spying needs without breaking their bank.

Great Customer Support

Xnspy has got all your needs covered with its amazing customer support services. You will find an agent via live chat support 24/7 to help you with your technical issues. In case you need help with the installation or any other feature, we have video tutorials as well as comprehensive how-to guides that explain to you whatever you need to know.

Email support is also available but the fastest way to get in touch with a representative is through the live chat support.

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Here is a Glimpse of the Things You Can Spy on a Phone Without Having
Access to it by Using Xnspy


Text Messages

You can read all the messages sent and received by the target device.


Phone Logs

You will be able to see the log of all the outgoing and incoming calls.



Whether it is their current location, location history or geofencing, can keep track of the whereabouts of the target phone via Xnspy.


Photos and Videos

You can remotely view the photos and videos downloaded in the phone’s gallery.



You can read their conversations on different IMs such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, Line, or even Skype.


Read Emails and View Online Activities

With Xnspy, you can keep track of the emails sent and received by the device and you can also monitor their browser’s internet activities.


Surround and call recording

With Xnspy, you can even record the phone’s surroundings and phone calls and listen to them later on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

question General Questions

  • No, this feature is not available yet. Once the target device is disconnected from the internet, Xnspy will not be able to retrieve any new information for you during that time.

  • No, the target device owner will never you are spying on them as they are using their phone. You will be keeping tabs on them via a remote dashboard that already has all the information organized for you.

  • Yes. If the owner of the target device deletes something from their phone, you will still be able to retrieve that information on your web account. Xnspy will create its backup and upload it into your web account so you won’t miss out on anything.

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