How To Install Spy Apps On Android And iPhone?

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If you’re a parent and your kids are in their teenage, every day you would definitely come across a thought of securing them from all the possible threats. Kids and teens have a fickle and convincing mindset and the parents are always concerned about their safety.

And the safety not only from the physical perils but from the countless number of online threats too. But it’s simply impossible to stick with the kid 24/7 no matter how desperate you’re for your child’s security.

This is where undetectable and hidden spyware introduces itself and allows you to keep an eye on the kid’s activity remotely without them knowing.

Purchasing a spy app is easy but installing spyware on the target phone is hard. In some cases, you have to even root or jailbreak the target phone before installing the app on it. But don’t worry, in this article I will guide you through a step-by-step procedure to install a spy app on Android and iPhone. So without wasting any time let’s learn how to put a spy app on a phone.

NOTE: For demonstration purposes, I am using the Spyzie app and will show you how to install it on the target device. Following these steps, you can also install other spyware on the phone as all spy apps have a similar installation procedure.

Table Of Contents

How To Install Spyware On Android

Setting Up The Parent Device

Before following the installation method on the target device, first, you need to set up the parent device.

1. For that, provide your email and set a strong password for your Spyzie account, and click on Register.

spyzie signup on parent device

2. On the next page, you have to select the operating system of the target device. In this case, it is Android.

select monitoring device type


3. Provide the kid’s details like name, and age, and click on Next.

register on Spyzie


After creating the account you need to make a payment for the app. Once you have made the payment you will get the download link along with other details in your email. Now you can easily install this spy app on the Android phone of your kids or spouse

How To Put Spy App On Android

For setting up a tracking app on the target device, first, you need physical access to the device. After that, just follow the given instructions.

1. The monitoring software can only be set up successfully on the target device after the Play Protect option is turned off. For that, open the Play Store app and tap on the hamburger icon on the top-left side.

play store hamburger icon

2. Choose Play Protect from the list of various options available.

play store play protect option

3. Tap on the Settings icon at the top right side and toggle off the Scan apps with Play Protect option.

settings icon play store


4. Unlike parental control apps like FamiSafe, most of the spy apps are not available on the Play Store and you have to download them from their official site. Like in the case of Spyzie, first you have to go to their app downloading URL ( and Slide right to download the app.

download spyzie mobile app

5. On the next page, tap on INSTALL to download System Services(Spyzie) on the target device.

install spy apps on kids device




6. On the next page, read the privacy policy of Spyzie and Agree to it.

privacy and eula policy of spyzie

7. Sign in to the Spyzie account using the same credentials that you used to sign up on the parent device.

spyzie sign in on cell phone

8. Time to turn on the accessibility settings to get the updates from the kid’s device.

enable accessibility

9. Enable the usage access after that, to allow Spyzie to search for particular data from the target cell phone.

spyzie usage access

10. Give the notification access to capture all the notifications on the kid’s phone. Similarly, give the administration permission.

notification access from target device

11. Allow Spyzie to capture the screen by checking on Don’t show again and then tapping on, Start Now.

activate system update service


12. To make the tracking of the device complete in all sense, you have to give some other permissions to Spyzie. These permissions include location, calendar, call logs, message, etc.

give permissions to spy app

13. Finally, tap on START MONITORING to complete the installation process on your kid’s device. You can let the Spyzie app logo appear on the screen by tapping on I’d like to keep the icon. If you don’t want the targeted person to know about the app installation, tap on Icon is useless, I don’t need it.

start monitoring kids device

The kid’s device is all set and now you can use Spyzie on your device to keep a track of your child.

How To Install Spy App Remotely On Android?

Many people are not able to get physical access to the target Android device and look for a method to install spy apps like Spyzie remotely.

But is it really possible to do so? Unfortunately no. In order to install a spy app on Android, you have to get that device handy.

It’s because spyware demands certain permission before it can track all activities on the target phone. And those permissions can only be given manually.

So as of now, if you want to install a spy app on the target device you need it in your hand.

However, it is not hard to install a spy app on Android, there are some easy-to-install spy apps like uMobix that come with an automatic setup which only takes 2 to 3 minutes to get installed on the target phone.

There’s also a possibility to install a spy app via link remotely if you can get someone to access the target phone on your behalf.

How To Install Spyware On iPhone?

The method of installing spyware on iPhone is completely different when compared to Android devices.

Unlike an Android device, you don’t need to install the app on the target iOS device. All you need is the iCloud login details of the target person and you are ready to monitor all their iPhone activities.

After creating a Spyzie account and providing the iCloud credentials, the app gains access to all the iCloud data and shows it to you.

So basically, only that data can be seen that has been uploaded on the iCloud, nothing else. And due to this reason, the monitoring of the iOS device is always limited and the user cannot use advance level features and other useful features of the tracking app.

Installing Spy App On iOS Device Remotely

One thing is clear it’s possible to spy on a child’s iPhone without even installing the spy software on the device.

But this is only possible if the two-factor authentication of the target device is disabled. If by chance the 2FA is enabled, then you need to have the access to the target phone in order to know the 2FA code for installing spyware on iPhone.

Secondly, we already know that the monitoring features available for the iOS devices are already very less.

But if by chance the spy app has been set for keeping an eye on the kid while 2FA was on, the list of features decreases further. And you will only be left with tracking of contacts, photos, calendar, and location.

Important: In some cases, it is not possible to monitor on an iOS device if  2FA is enabled. Moreover, you can only disable 2FA within 2 weeks of turning it on. After that, it is not possible to turn off two-factor authentication.

Features In Jailbreak iOS Device

Tracking of the iOS device is very limited, but only when they’re not jailbroken. If by chance the device you want to track is jailbroken, then its monitoring is no less than that of an Android device.

You will be able to use all the features of the monitoring app, be it the basic feature like location tracking or advanced features like tracking of social media messages.

Currently, there’s only one spyware that can track a jailbroken iPhone in its entirety and its name is FlexiSPY. There’s no other spy app like FlexiSPY that can do it. You can read the detailed FlexiSPY review here.

Uninstalling A Spying App

The spying apps are undetectable and work in stealth mode so that the child doesn’t try to delete the app. But when you want to get rid of the app, you might also face difficulty in doing so.

The reason is that the icon of these apps is not present on the screen and they need to be deleted from inside the phone settings.

Go to the phone settings and open the app manager. Here you will see the list of all the apps installed on the device. The spy app will possibly be present by the name System Services, just uninstall the app and the target device is free from the spy app now. (The name of the app might differ)

uninstall syp apps

How To Install Spyware On Phone? Final Verdict

Installing a spy app remotely on the target device is not possible and you must have access to it, be it an Android device or iPhone. Therefore, installing spyware on a phone can be a little tricky if you are doing it for the first time. However, if you know the right way to do it then it’s really simple. Also, all spy apps provide an installation guide which makes it really easy to install the app on the target phone without any external help.


What is the best app for spying?

We have tested many spy apps and the best one was undoubtedly Spyzie. It provides all the features in Android and that too without rooting. If you want advanced tracking features on a jailbroken iOS device, in that case, choosing Spyzie is a bad idea.

Can spy apps be detected?

No, the spy apps work in stealth mode and cannot be detected on the Android devices. In the case of an iOS device, the user doesn't even need to install an app, all they want is iCloud details of the target device.

Can we track someone's phone without them knowing?

Yes, it's possible to do so with the help of the spying apps. However, doing so is illegal in many cases and even if you're tracking your child, you need to take their consent or at least tell them about such installation.

Can spy apps be installed remotely?

In the case of an iOS device, yes, it's possible to install the spy app remotely. This can only be done if you know the iCloud credentials and 2FA is disabled on the target iPhone. Talking about an Android device, it's impossible to install the monitoring app service remotely. The reason is that various permissions need to be given for which it becomes necessary to manually hold the target Android cell phone.

About the Author

Ankit Prasad, an engineer driven by a passion for digital safety, founded SpyDrill to simplify cybersecurity. With a modest approach, Ankit shares insights on parental control and monitoring apps and effective protection measures. His aim is to empower users with practical knowledge, bridging the gap between technology and everyday understanding. An advocate for digital literacy, Ankit's commitment to demystifying cyber threats underscores his dedication to creating a safer online environment for all.

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