Will Cell Phone Spy Software Work on My Device

Will Spy Software Work on My Cell Phone – Spy App Compatibility?

This is a very common question – it’s easy to get confused at the beginning – will cell phone spy software work on your phone? Compatibility of spy apps is very important. I will explain everything here and I’ll try to keep it simple!

This is part of my main Spy Apps Guide, I hope you are following along!

For any of the software programs to work there are a couple of really important requirements. Before we get to that remember that ANY iPhone must be Jailbroken before you can install cell phone spy software – one exception is mSpy No Jailbreak but it is not regular spy software but a PC software program – it offers limited monitoring and does not need a Jailbreak (read more at the link).

You can read more about Jailbreaking here.

Rooting an Android is NOT necessary – but a couple of advanced reporting features may need it – for example Monitoring WhatsApp messenger, Skype and Viber.

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Smartphones Only

The Target phone must have a web browser and an internet connection. This means it must be able to go online with a web browser – preferably with its own data plan, but it is also possible with a home Wi-Fi connection.

Some access to the internet is essential or it will not work. These phones are commonly referred to as Smartphones.

Your cell phone must also be compatible with the software.

They will work with all carriers or service providers in ANY country. As long as there is an internet connection available and your phone operating system is compatible – spy software will work.

Note – With the main companies you can now monitor Tablets and iPads with the same phone spy software – compatibility works just as for cell phones; Internet access and compatible operating system and iPads must be Jailbroken.

Cell Phone Compatibilitywill spy phone software work

The various spy software programs cover different phones, devices and operating system versions.

The mSpy app – covers Android and iPhone (phones and devices).

The Flexispy app covers – Android, iPhone, Nokia and Blackberry.

Spy software is supplied as a download to be physically installed on to the phone you intend to monitor – the target phone.

The software provider will have different downloads for the various phone type – Android, iPhone, Symbian etc.

It is further broken down by OS version – this is the Operating System version, for example Android 4.1.0 or Apple IOS5 etc.

You must match the target phones type and Operating system when you are buying the software. If your target phone is a Samsung Galaxy Y running android 2.3.6 – just choose the download which covers that version.

You need to find out which Operating System the target phone is running before you buy.

How to Find Your OS Version

For Android devices –  go into settingsabout phone – scroll down and you will see the Android version.

Apple iPhone – go to settingsgeneralabout – scroll down to see the version number.

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BlackBerry – go into optionsabout – look down for the version displayed as v4.6.0 etc.

This is another article on finding your OS version.

Now you know the OS version you can continue.

The cell phone make and model is not really important – the OS version is what really matters.

On most of the software providers websites you will see a list of compatible phones – usually with pictures. They do this to make it easy – if you spot your particular make and model of phone.

People panic if their specific phone is not listed but rest assured if the OS is correct the software will work.

Cell phones can sometimes have slightly different names and model numbers in different countries around the world, and with the rate at which new models are introduced it is difficult for the software companies to list ALL compatible phones.

If you are ever really in doubt – drop the company an email and ask – its also a good way to check their help system!

The vast majority of cell phones are supported by the best spy software products.

Tablets and iPads

The big companies have moved to support the various hand held devices. Flexispy, mSpy and MobiStealth now offer similar monitoring features for All Android tablets and iPads. Again all you need is an internet connection and a compatible operating system version. Remember you will need to Jailbreak the iPad before installing the software.

A Note About New OS Versions.

When new operating systems are released for say Android or Apple iPhones, it usually takes a while for the spy software companies to catch up and support them. If you are running monitoring software don’t upgrade right away or the program may not work. Wait a few weeks for the spy software to support them, then you can go ahead with updating your target phone OS if you want.

Disable Automatic Updates on iOS

Due to recent difficulties in Jailbreaking the latest iOS versions it has become important to disable automatic updates on any iPhone / iPad you are monitoring. This will enable your spy app to keep working.

Check out other articles in my Spy Apps section – lots of information there!

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june says

I have android. target phone is old flip phone with internet access but not smartphone and has gps. i was wondering if there is any spyware that works on this kind of phone. I do have life360 that is a gps tracker which accomodates it but ive yet to find a phone call/message full monitoring software. did they ever exist or do they?

    Susan Kennedy says

    As long as the target phone has internet access – data or even wi-fi, and the operating system is supported – then these monitoring programs will work. Good luck and thanks for getting in touch.

Bernadette says

What software will work with Windows (Mobile) 8? I have done a LOT of research, and while PhoneSheriff, Mobile Spy, MobiStealth, and Spy Bubble seem to support Windows, they only seem to work with Windows 6.x. My daughters have the Nokia Lumia 520, and it’s looking like there is no software that is compatible.

    Susan Kennedy says

    I’m afraid none of them support Windows 8 at the present time.

Mike says

Will iOS 7 and above be about to monitor ? Or rather is there any other way to monitor my iPhone besides this few apps ?

    Susan Kennedy says

    There is no jailbreak for iOS 7 at this time and so no software will work. Beware of any programs claiming they can monitor iOS7 – they will be scams.
    As soon as the Jailbreak is available the various spy software programs will work. I would guess that this will not be long – it usually happens within a couple of months.

      Kelly says

      is there a ios7 jailbreak now?

        Susan Kennedy says

        Yes – iOS 7 is possible to Jailbreak now and all of the main programs support it.

Jennyb says

Is there anything to spy on old type cell phones with no internet. The phone i have is not a smart phone. Thanks.

    Susan Kennedy says

    This type of software only works on smartphones – cell phones with an internet connection and a web browser. The old phones are safe from this software. Hope that answers your question.

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