Technology can be terrifying for a parent.
One of the most frequent questions I get from concerned parents is how can I monitor my child’s text messages without them knowing.
As a parent myself, I completely sympathize. Kids rarely understand the dangers of smartphones and the amount of data they contain.
Let’s take a look at solutions for the two most popular types of phones.
Monitoring your child’s text messages on an iPhone is very easy.
While Apple makes a big deal out of how secure their phones are, it’s not difficult to see everything someone is doing on their iPhone.
The only thing you need to get started is a phone monitoring app. While there are dozens of these apps out there, my personal favorite is uMobix.
For more information you can read this article about why uMobix is my favorite iPhone spy app. This app is perfect for parents who want to monitor their children’s texts without them knowing.
Once you purchase the app you will need your child’s iCloud login ID and password. The login ID is usually their email address.
If 2-factor authentication is enabled on the phone you will also need a code to authorize access. This code will be sent to the phone.
Even if you can’t unlock their phone, you can still see the code when it arrives on the phone.
Once this is done all of the information from your child’s phone will be uploaded to a web-based control panel for you to view.
You can also monitor your kid’s text messages if they use an Android phone.
Android phones are more difficult to monitor because there is no way to access their information in the cloud.
Surveillance apps must be installed directly on Android devices. This means that you will need to have physical access to your child’s phone as well as the passcode to unlock it.
uMobix is by far the best solution for Androids as it does NOT require rooting the phone. You will also get full access to your child’s social media accounts like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Installing a monitoring app on an Android device is quite easy. Once you’ve purchased your monitoring software of choice simply follow the detailed instructions to get it working.
You will need a few minutes of physical access to their device and the passcode to unlock it.
Once the phone is unlocked you will need to download the app onto the device.
Then you will need to follow vendor-specific steps to install the app and configure the security settings of the phone.
These security settings need to be changed so that the phone doesn’t identify the surveillance app as malware and delete it.
It’s up to you if you want to let your child know that you will be monitoring their text messages. Some parents decide to tell their children because they want to respect their child’s right to privacy. Others feel it’s better if their children don’t know.
Either way monitoring software like uMobix is a convenient way for you to ensure your child’s safety online.
Jason is a work from home dad who has a passion for DIY projects, yard work, and SEC Football. His background is IT, but he's always fancied himself as a part-time ship welder, landscaper, and short order cook. During the week he can be found on his laptop 10 hours-a-day, but on the weekends he escapes to the local DIY Cave to play with REAL toys. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and can contact him via email.