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How to See Your Kid’s iMessages Without Them Knowing

Agnes W Linn

Do you remember the good old days when people communicated via landline telephones? You had to schedule a call in advance to make sure the person you were calling was home. Or you had to call multiple times until someone finally picked up.

But today, reaching someone is much easier. You can call anyone, even if they’re not home. And you can skip the voice conversation entirely and message them for an instant reply.

In fact, most people today prefer to communicate using texting apps, such as iMessage. Texting allows you to reach out to someone even when both of you are busy. In many respects, text messages make it possible to have more meaningful conversations than you could have on a phone call.

For those, who tend to perceive information visually, we’ve prepared a video on this topic:

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The Popularity of iMessages: Stats and Numbers

iMessage is an instant messaging service developed by Apple Inc. exclusively on Apple platforms. It was launched in 2011 and became extremely popular among macOS, iOS, iPad, and watch OS users.

Here are a few facts about iPhone text messages that you might have missed:

  • iMessage is estimated to have about 1.3 billion active users worldwide;
  • The number of iMessage users is growing in the USA, as many people prefer iMessage to other messengers;
  • iMessage is only available on the Apple OS and is not compatible with Android or Windows. This means that you can’t use iMessage without Apple ID.
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Dangers of Using iMessages

Although Apple systems are considered safe and secure, new research by Johns Hopkins University team shows the opposite. Apple’s iMessage experiences severe problems with its latest encryption that leaves the app open to retrospective decryption attacks.

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This is dangerous for iMessage users because those attacks can reveal the contents of all the victim’s past messages, including personal information and credit card details.

One of the researchers, who took part in writing the report, conducted:

“Our analysis shows that iMessage has significant vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a sophisticated attacker. In particular, we outline a novel chosen ciphertext attack on Huffman compressed data, which allows retrospective decryption of some iMessage payloads in less than 2^18 queries. The practical implication of these attacks is that any party who gains access to iMessage ciphertexts may potentially decrypt them remotely and after the fact.”

This means that if you send your personal details to someone, a sophisticated scammer can steal your data. Also, your loved ones can fall victim to online predators or catfishers. So, you can find out how to read iMessages without them knowing and prevent those who you love from getting into trouble online.

How to Read Someone’s iMessages Online: 3 Ways

1. Intercepting iMessages With a Parental Control App

If you want to access someone’s iMessages secretly and remotely, we recommend that you try a parental control app. A monitoring tool, such as mSpy, can help you intercept any text messages from another iPhone without them knowing.

Follow these simple steps to set up mSpy and read someone’s iMessages:

Step 1. Go to and create an account.

Step 2. Choose the subscription compatible with iOS-operated devices.

Step 3. When your purchase is confirmed, look for an email from mSpy. Follow the installation instructions from the email.

Step 4. Install mSpy on the person’s iPhone you want to monitor.

Step 5. Log in to your mSpy dashboard, link the target phone, and monitor iMessages on it in real-time.

The mSpy parental control app isn’t only a text message interceptor. The app can monitor someone else’s calls, social media apps, locations, media files, and calendars. What’s more, it offers a screenrecorder and keylogger for advanced user monitoring.

2. Getting Someone’s iMessages via iTunes Backup

If you’re in dire need of viewing someone’s iMessages online, you can use an iCloud backup extractor. It can help you see the backed-up data, including text messages, stored on another person’s iPhone. You’re likely to get the freshest data, as Apple recommends doing regular back-ups.

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Follow these steps to intercept another person’s iMessages using the backup:

Step 1. Download and install an extractor (it can be any app you like).

Step 2. Launch the app and click Recover from iTunes (or whatever the button might be called in the app you’re using). Then, click Start.

Step 3. Select the type of data you need to see. In your case, it’s iMessage.

Step 4. Start scanning the source of data. When the process is complete, you can read another person’s iMessages.

3. Viewing Someone Else’s iMessages With Their Apple ID

If you’re close enough to the person you want to monitor, you might know their Apple credentials. If so, you can log into someone’s iMessage without them knowing and secretly read their messages.

Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1. Log in to iCloud using the Apple ID and password of the person whose iMessage you want to read.

Step 2. Access their iMessages and read them.

Step 3. If you find evidence of abuse or dishonest behaviour, take screenshots and save them on your cell phone.

How to Receive Someone’s iMessages: Final Thoughts

Although the two methods described earlier can work for you, they have critical drawbacks.

The person you’re targeting can easily find out that you have used their Apple credentials to access their private data. Obviously, this will upset them, which could damage your relationship.

If you’re going to use a third-party extractor, make sure that it won’t damage the phone you’re monitoring. An iCloud backup app might seem like a good idea at first glance. But many are made by scammers who just want to steal your personal information.

If you want to see another person’s iMessages safely and secretly, a parental control app, such as mSpy, is your perfect match.

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Agnes Linn was born into the family of an eloquent preacher (parish priest), with the inevitable passion for writing. She received classic education in Philosophy, as well as Modern Mass Media Management; married, mother of one kid.

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