How to Hack Text Messages Without Access to the Phone – the Easy Guide

I thought it was about time I covered how to hack text messages in a detailed guide. It’s one of the most common things people want to be able to do. But don’t worry, as usual, I’ll cover lots more besides!

I’ll look at how to hack text messages without access to the phone – in some cases. Then I’ll cover details for Android phones and Apple devices – iPhones.

As always I only talk about legal and ethical hacking. These methods and tools are aimed at parents wanting to monitor their kid’s text messages.

By the end of this, everything will be clear and you’ll be an expert. Well, almost!

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Can You Read Someone’s Text Messages Without Installing Software on Their Phone?

Let’s clear this up once and for all. Many spy apps claim you can hack text messages without having access to the phone you want to monitor. This is possible but only in a few circumstances.

In most cases, you will need to have access to the target phone for a few minutes. Either you’ll need to install the app directly on the phone or you’ll need to change some settings on the phone. I’ll cover the details of how all this works below.

The problem I (and others) have is that some apps seem to suggest that no access is ever needed. I have debunked that theory in my article about remote installation of spy apps here. The truth is that once the spy app is installed, you can monitor the phone remotely. You don’t need to access the phone after installation is complete.

Modern spy apps are without doubt the best way to hack someone’s text messages but it pays to understand how the programs work. Always do your research and avoid getting scammed!

I only recommend a few quality spy apps that are reliable and offer great features. mSpy, FlexiSPY, and uMobix are the best right now. If you follow this website you’ll know that I have tested and still use these apps.

The good news is that these apps can do so much more than just let you see text messages. More on that later.

Read next – can someone hack my phone from my number?

On to the next question:

Reading Text Messages from Another Phone Without Them Knowing

Yes, it is possible to read text messages from another phone without them knowing. Yes absolutely! Good spy apps are very well hidden from the user. They make it easy to hide the app on the phone – and hide from things like running processes and settings.

And yes, you can read their text messages from another phone. But again Only after installation and setup. In most cases, you will need access to the phone you want to monitor. There is one exception and I’ll cover that next.

Hacking SMS Messages on Someone’s iPhone

If the phone you want to monitor is an iPhone this gives you the only chance to hack without access to the phone – possibly. Let me explain.

Some spy apps such as mSpy offer two ways to hack an iPhone. The old method works like Android spying. Here you install the spy app directly onto the target device. Because of the way Apple products handle third-party software apps, you need to Jailbreak the iPhone first.

This is obviously an extra step that many people don’t want to do. Plus the latest versions of iOS can’t be Jailbroken yet. The solution?

mSpy was the first app to offer a No Jailbreak version – read all about it in that guide. It does not need to be installed on the target phone. It works by monitoring their automatic iCloud backups. Then you can log into your mSpy account and read their text messages – plus a lot more.

To use this No Jailbreak method you need to have the user’s iCloud credentials – their Apple ID and Password details. If you have these and iCloud backups are already set up on the iPhone – Then you do not need access to the target phone!

How to Hack Text Messages with No Access – on iPhone iOS

Several spy apps offer the No Jailbreak solution but I would recommend using mSpy or UMobix. FlexiSPY does not have a no Jailbreak version – only a full software solution for the iPhone and Apple devices.

Here is what you need to do:

  • Make your purchase of mSpy and create your account
  • Then, you must provide the iCloud account details for the phone’s user. Their Apple ID and password.
  • If the phone is protected by 2F authentication, you must access the code. This can be accomplished by using their iCloud information on another iOS device.
  • Once you are set up it will begin to sync the data from their iCloud backups to the mSpy servers.
  • It can take a while to complete if there is a lot of information on the phone.
  • To view their text messages you can log in to the online reporting dashboard and see all the reports.

The process is really straightforward and when you make your purchase you will receive detailed instructions and login details.

The 2-factor authentication can cause problems for some people. It works by sending a confirmation code to the user’s iPhone. If you can’t access this code you may need to get their phone to disable 2FA.

This is the only true way to use spy apps to hack text messages without access.

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How to Hack Text Messages on an Android Phone

Monitoring texts on an Android phone or device is much more straightforward. However, for Android, you will always need access to the target device. There is no backup monitoring service for Android.

To hack into and see their text messages on an Android phone you simply download and install the software onto the phone you need to monitor. Once installed and activated the spy app can be completely hidden. You then get to see everything that takes place on the phone from your online control panel or reporting dashboard.

The good news is that on Android you get access to lots more in-depth monitoring features compared to the iPhone.

More Than Reading Texts on the Target Phone?

So far this article has covered how you can use spy apps to hack someone’s SMS text messages. But reading their texts is only one part of what these apps can do.

With a decent app like mSpy or uMobix you can see almost every activity they do on their phone. In my article how to hack someone’s phone you’ll see a lot of details on the things available.

In short, you can:

  • See every phone call they make or receive
  • Track the phone with GPRS tracking
  • See every photo on the phone
  • Monitor social media use – Snapchat, WhatsApp, and many more
  • See what they type on the phone keypad – the keylogger feature
  • See their App list and even block any you don’t want them to use
  • See their web browsing history

This is only a sample of the features available. For even more advanced features FlexiSPY can let you listen to and record actual voice calls!

How to get text messages from another phone sent to mine? Yes, that is possible so check out the details in that guide.

Be sure to read my reviews and have a good look around this website. I try to cover everything these apps can do. Most people are shocked at how powerful spy apps can be.

Remember if you stick with one of my recommended spy programs they can be very well hidden and the user will never know they are being monitored. These apps are very user-friendly and easy to install and use – no need to be a tech expert.

Other SMS Text Hacking Methods?

The basic principle behind hacking messages is to hack the phone or device and gain access to their messages that way. In my main guide on phone hacking methods, I go into detail about alternative ways to hack a phone.

However, if you look into that, you’ll quickly realize that most methods either don’t work or are so sophisticated that they are not available to regular people. The simple truth is that the only feasible way to hack someone’s text messages (or phone) is to use a spy app.

In relation to text messages in particular I have been asked about using things like SMS Interceptors and SMS Peeper Codes – see those articles for details on how they work …. or don’t! It is possible to intercept text messages and spy apps can help!

How to Receive Text Messages From Another Phone Number?

By using a spy app you are actually already doing this. The app is intercepting text messages and you can see them on your phone – through the online control panel in the app account.

There are other apps that can have text messages sent from another phone to yours – read more about this in that article. It is slightly different – more like text forwarding. And of course, it is not hidden – the user will know you are doing this.

Can You Hack Someone’s Phone Text Messages for Free?

Oh, don’t start me! I get it, we all love free things. But you have to be realistic. If you see any spy app claiming they can do this for free – run away fast. Unfortunately, there are scams around making these claims and they don’t end well.

Think about it this way. How could a company develop sophisticated software like this and offer it free to their customers? Sound too good to be true? The good news is that these apps are relatively cheap and you can try them out for very little outlay.

Is it Legal to Read Someones Text Messages?

On I only cover legal and ethical ways to use phone spy apps. I don’t tell you how you can spy on your girlfriends/boyfriends’ texts, or track your wife, husband, partner, or other.

I know some people use these apps in illegal ways which can cause serious problems for others. Unfortunately, some products even encourage this behavior. But there are legal and helpful ways to use these apps.

It is legal to use spy apps to monitor your kid’s phones and help protect them online. You can also legally monitor company-owned cell phones – as long as the employee is aware the phone is monitored. Beyond these uses you risk breaking the law.

To Sum Up

That just about covers what you need to know about hacking text messages in general and the truth about how to hack text messages without access to the phone. Hopefully, you understand when you can do this without access to the target phone. And how in most cases you will need access.

Have a good look around this site – I have loads of tips and advice all shared for free!

Understanding how it all works and the tricks some companies use to make false claims will stop you from being disappointed in the end. Stick to well-known, reliable products and you can start monitoring like a pro!

Thanks for reading.

Author - Susan Kennedy

Hi there - I'm Susan Kennedy, a regular mom who has used spy apps for years now. I was fed up with spammy reviews and poor information so I started this website. I also teach you how to improve your online security and stop unwanted spy apps. Reliable information from a real person!

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