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4 Easy Ways to Intercept Text Messages Without Target Phone

Carla L. Hirsch

With the increased need to stay in touch and continuously communicate with each other, we consider smartphones an integral part of our lives. We use phones to not only make a call, as we did decades ago, but to also send text messages, share media files, look for services nearby, and even do some work on the go.

In some ways, devices make our life easier by helping us perform a whole range of tasks. However, the diverse possibilities that smartphones give us have a dark side, too. That’s where SMS intercept tools come in.

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Why You Need to Know How to Intercept Text Messages

We’ve always considered the digital environment a safe place for ourselves and our loved ones for a long time. We use the Internet to work, study, and have fun, but we often forget that danger is still out there. The Internet is filled with trolls and cybercriminals, standing by to use the same technologies that we know and love to commit crimes.

The statistics show that about 500,000 predators surf the web every day. According to the F.B.I., they look for victims between 12 and 15 years old. What’s more, numerous catfishers and scammers seek careless adults to steal their identities or savings.

It’s obvious that our loved ones need protection. One of the ways to prevent them from getting into trouble online is to identify the danger before they even know about it.

But is it possible to intercept text messages without them finding out? It is when you follow our guide.

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How to Intercept Someone’s Text Messages: 4 Ways That May Surprise You

1. How to Intercept Text Messages Without Target Phone by Using mSpy

One of the most reliable ways to find out if people close to you are in trouble online is to use a monitoring app. When it comes to intercepting text messages app, nothing stacks up to mSpy.

With its help, you can monitor incoming calls and messages, track your kid’s real-time locations, and find out who they’re chatting with on social media apps.

Before installing and activating the mSpy application, you need to check its compatibility with the device you’re looking to monitor. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Compatibility section on the mSpy website.
  2. Enter the model of the device you want to monitor.
  3. If your device is compatible, simply choose a subscription and create an account.

If you want to intercept text messages on an iPhone, you can install mSpy remotely without physically accessing the target device. However, you need to know its iCloud credentials to connect the app to the phone.

If you want mSpy to work on an Android device, you need to download it directly to the device. No rooting is required to access the app’s basic features. However, the Android you’re monitoring needs to be rooted if you want to monitor WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, Skype, Line, Snapchat, and Gmail.

When the installation is complete, you can intercept text messages sent to their device. In addition to accessing the standard device’s texting app, you can monitor social media chats where young people spend most of their free time.

One of the advanced mSpy monitoring features includes setting up trigger words. If you fear that your loved ones are doing something that you consider inappropriate, you can set key phrases and get a notification to your Control Panel when they use those words in their messages.

2. How Can You Intercept Text Messages Using iCloud or Android Back-Up?

Did you know that all text messages ever sent or received are stored locally on an Android device or saved in iCloud backup? You can easily restore and read them by following a few simple steps.

To start the text messages intercept process on iPhone:

  1. Sign in to the their iCloud.
  2. Choose Recover from iCloud Backup Files.
  3. Select a file that contains the needed messages and scan it.
  4. When the scanning is complete, tap the file and read the needed texts.

To intercept text messages on Android:

  1. Download the Android Data Recovery app on your PC.
  2. Connect the target device to the PC. Enable USB debugging.
  3. Click Messages -> Next.
  4. Install the third-party data recovery app on their phone using Android Data Recovery.
  5. Allow the app to read messages.
  6. Tap Scan authorized files on your PC.
  7. Tap the messages you want to restore, and then tap Recover.

3. How to Intercept Text Messages From Another Phone for Free Without Installing Software

If you want to read another person’s text messages without installing apps, you need to know their social media credentials. For instance, if you know their iCloud login details, you can easily check out their iMessage conversations.

However, if they change their password, you won’t be able to log in. So, consider finding an app that can do the job for you.

It’s natural if you want to save some money and want to find a free app. However, you need to remember that free apps can put your data at risk — and the data of the person you want to monitor.

There are thousands of free apps on Google Play that haven’t been updated for ages. What’s more, some apps are made by scammers who want to steal your credit card details. If you’re a non-tech-savvy Internet user, you won’t be able to identify a corrupted app.

If money is a top-priority question for you, consider installing apps that offer a free trial.

4. How to Intercept Text Messages by Using Their Mac

If they’ve got an iPhone and you’ve got a Mac, there’s a simple SMS intercept trick you can use to read their messages.

If you know their iCloud credentials, simply go to your Mac, open the Messages app, and sign in with their Apple ID. Because their phone number is tied to their Apple ID, you should immediately see their number as one of the checkbox options.

Select it (along with their email address) and you’ll be able to receive all new incoming messages. And you’ll see everything they send, too.

A few things to remember here. First, if you’re signing in for the first time on your Mac, you won’t see their previously sent and received texts. And once you sign in, they’ll receive a message on their phone that their Apple ID is being used on another device. While it’s not the most discreet method, it can work in a pinch.

Why mSpy Is Your Perfect Match

In addition to the text messages monitoring, the mSpy parental app offers other useful features. With its help, you can monitor phone calls and get information about contacts, view photos/videos, and erase data if someone steals the device.

You can also track the location of another phone and get notified when its user enters or leaves a specific area.

All these features are designed to protect young people from the dangers of social media and online bullying. If you want to know more about the mSpy parental control app or need help with its installation, don’t hesitate to contact our support managers.

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Carla L. Hirsch is a writer, editor, and journalist. She has been a staff writer in various US-based periodicals for five years. But then she decided to dedicate her life to traveling and freelance writing.


  • Hi, I only have my daughters iCloud username but not the password, is it possible form mSpy to get access?

    • Hello, Sam! Unfortunately, you do need the password if you want to connect through iCloud. However, there are a couple of other ways to install the software on the target iPhone, you can read about them in our Help Center or just message our support in the chat, they will walk you through it.

    • Hi, Alice. Unfortunately, you need both login and password if you want to monitor the device via iCloud. However, we have a few other options of monitoring iPhones. Please message our support team, they will tell you more about it.

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