How to Spy on Someone’s Texts – The Options

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If you’re in a situation where you want to track the communication of another person, don’t worry – you’re far from alone. Many people find themselves in such a situation at one point or another, and it’s usually for completely legitimate reasons. From parents who want to make sure that their kids are not hanging out with the wrong crowds, to employers concerned with how their workers might be using their company-issued devices, the market for this is actually huge. And it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of established solutions out there, some with a proven track record of effectiveness and performance.

Backing Up the Device Remotely

Most modern operating systems give you the opportunity to back up the device’s contents remotely and access them from another device on demand, including text messages. This can sometimes work out quite well if you have access to the accounts tied to the device – or if you’re the one controlling them in the first place – but it has its downsides.

The biggest one is performance. The person using the device will have to deal with decreased battery life and the occasional hiccups of their operating system while the backup is in progress, and this can significantly mess up a person’s experience with their daily device use. It can also annoy some people to the point that they might not even want to use the device at all, which can complicate things significantly if you’re working in a business context for example.

Local Backups Through USB

A similar option involves performing a backup over USB. While this is faster and more reliable than cloud backups, it comes with the obvious downside that the device has to be physically connected to a cable in order to download its contents, and this might not be possible on a regular basis. It can get even more complicated when the situation involves a parent trying to keep their kids in check, as getting a hold of those devices can prove to be a real challenge against some children.

Setting up a regular system where the device has to be backed up at predefined intervals might work, but that’s very circumstantial and might not be a suitable option for everyone out there, especially those with a busier schedule who’re trying to use tracking to free themselves up a little bit in the first place.

Tracking Apps

A tracking app is often a good solution to these problems, and one that comes at a relatively low cost and is typically easy enough to use. Most modern cellphone tracking apps give you the option to read through the messages sent and received using the device very easily, and you might even be able to control them in more precise ways, e.g. deleting and forwarding messages and other similar actions. Of course, try not to get too intrusive with what you’re doing, as some people will not appreciate knowing that someone is digging through their messages on such a deep level. Even if they expect the tracking in the first place, it can significantly change things when the person knows that you’re actually altering their communication along the way.

A good tracking app will generally be very unobtrusive and won’t make its presence known unless there is some need for the user to interact with it, so you shouldn’t be concerned about that. Just familiarize yourself with its guidelines and try it out on a separate device first to ensure that you know what you’re doing, and you should be fine.

Operating System Modifications

If you’re savvy enough with modern smartphone operating systems, you might be able to modify the phone in a way that allows you to obtain its private messages without having to install anything on top of it. This is usually the case with Android devices, as the system tends to be more open to modifications. There are even entire distributions of Android focused on providing you with more control over the device they’re deployed on, and they can make the OS more customizable as well. Making smart use of those distributions is one of the best things you could do to ensure that you’re always in control over the device, and that you know what its user is doing at any time.

If the user has an iPhone, you might still be able to do some things with a jailbroken device, but that’s not always the case. And running the procedure yourself might be tricky if you don’t have access to the phone in the first place, not to mention that it might be against the user’s wishes. Not everyone is happy to use a jailbroken phone, so don’t force someone into it if they haven’t explicitly agreed to that in the first place.

Screen Recorders

A subclass of tracking applications are designed to simply record the screen of the device they’re used on, and sometimes this may be all you need in order to get the job done. It can be a bit more intrusive than standard tracking apps though, and it can also drag down the performance of the device significantly if it has a larger screen with more to record. In addition, sifting through the messages can be more difficult if you have to go through long hours of recorded material, especially if the person doesn’t communicate that often and the segments you need are only several minutes long.

Some tracking apps might be able to help you identify the specific parts of those videos that you may be interested in, but that’s not always a guarantee, and in general, this is a bit of a tricky method that’s not recommended for most people, unless you have no alternatives. When it’s your only option though, it can definitely get the job done if you set it up correctly and know what you’re doing. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard with the recording, as it can easily eat up the memory of the device and make it uncomfortable to use.


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