How to track WhatsApp Messages, calls, text messages and more

As you land on this page it is most probably you are looking to monitor WhatsApp messages, track calls, text messages, emails, track Facebook messages on an Android smartphone or iPhone owned by your kid, family member, loved one or an employee. The question going through everyone’s mind must be Can you Monitor WhatsApp messages? The answer to this is Yes and we are going to let you know exactly how to track WhatsApp messages, call logs, text messages, emails, Facebook Messages, GPS location, Snapchat, Skype, Viber and more on an iPhone or Android Smartphone using mSpy. Even spy on computers using mSpy, however, we will only share information about smartphones in this article.

Why track WhatsApp messages / Monitor smartphone ?

Before proceeding forward we would like to explain the significance of tracking/monitoring Android smartphone or an iPhone.

Kids / Children : 

In today’s world children are given smartphones at a pretty early age. Approximately, 77% of children between age 12-17 years own a cell phone. No one will leave their kids alone with a stranger then why leave them unsupervised online where they are contacting many so called friends(many may be bad) or strangers. Ignoring this aspect may leave children making wrong choices like drugs, alcohol or any other activity which is not good for their future.

To avoid all of this, track/monitor your children smartphones for WhatsApp messages, text messages, calls, GPS location and more.

Employee : 

If your business demands to provide your employee with a smartphone then it may happen that employee is not producing expected results. Therefore, it is necessary to know if the employee is not wasting time on other things  like WhatsApp, Facebook, unnecessary calls and text messages.

How to Track WhatsApp Messages?

Now, when you know why is tracking/monitoring of smartphone is so important then let us look at how to achieve it.

In order to track WhatsApp Messages remotely for a smartphone, you can use mSpy which is a #1 monitoring software for all your devices.

mSpy Key Features

  • WhatsApp monitoring – Acts as a WhatsApp spy application and allows access to all  WhatsApp chat remotely from your mSpy Control Panel.
  • Track Call Logs – View all incoming/outgoing calls with their time duration and time stamp. Allows full phone call monitoring.
  • GPS tracking – to ensure that kid, loved one or employee is at the location where he/she is supposed to be.
  • SMS/Email Monitoring 
  • Skype/Snapchat/Viber/Facebook Monitoring
  • Key Logger – Allows viewing all the text entered on the monitored device(phone/tablet) remotely.
  • Geo Fencing  –  This a very useful feature which will alert/notify if the device is out of the zone/area it is supposed to be, also view/track when and how often a zone is visited
  • Access Web History 
How to track WhatsApp messages
mSpy Control Panel showing details of monitored device

Track WhatsApp messages on iPhone, Android

The beauty of mSpy application is that you can even monitor text messages in an iPhone without jailbreak. To monitor an iPhone without jailbreak using mSpy the only thing needed is iCloud credentials of the device to be monitored. However, if the iCloud backup is not enabled on the device to be monitored then mSpy application will have to be installed. Moreover, for without jailbreak iPhone the monitored features will be limited to the one’s given below:

  • Contacts
  • Call Logs
  • Texts Messages
  • Browser History
  • Events
  • Notes
  • Wi-Fi Networks

Recently monitoring of following Messaging/ Chat Apps is also added to mSpy for iPhone without Jailbreak:

  • Skype
  • Whatsapp

For monitoring jailbreak iPhone or Android smartphone installing mSpy application on the device to be monitored is mandatory. mSpy features are more for monitoring Jailbreak iPhone and Android smartphone as listed below:

  • Call Logs
  • Emails
  • Geo-Fencing
  • GPS Location Tracking
  • SMS Messages
  • Browser History
  • Calendar Activities
  • Chat Apps: Snapchat, Skype, Social Networks, Viber & WhatsApp
  • Instagram Tracker
  • Call & Website Blocking
  • Device Wipeout
  • & more!

Note: Android device needs to be rooted if you want to spy on instant messengers like WhatsApp, FB Messenger etc using mspy. However, for iPhone mspy can track WhatsApp and Skype messages without Jailbreak.

If you are looking to specifically spy on WhatsApp calls then, unfortunately, mspy cannot track WhatsApp calls(it only tracks WhatsApp messages) but you can follow this post for monitoring WhatsApp calls.

How to Set up mSpy?

1. To get started Purchase mSpy for Phones.

Important: Currently mSpy is offering a special 25% discount on all subscriptions. Take advantage of this amazing offer while it lasts.
Choose your subscription plan according to your desire, fill out your personal details and make sure to provide a valid email address where installation instructions will be sent once payment is made and confirmed.

2. Install and Set up mSpy – For this physical access to the device to be monitored is needed. Login to mSpy Control Panel using credentials sent in the email received after the payment confirmation. Setup Wizard in Control Panel will guide you through installation and setup process.

3. Start Tracking –  Once mSpy is installed and setup on monitored device, you will be able to monitor the activities on the device remotely via Control Panel given by mSpy.

Get more details about mSpy features and live demo on their official website – mSpy Detailed Features

We wish that your problem regarding tracking WhatsApp messages was solved by using mSpy and we provided a solution to the question how to track WhatsApp messages, monitor phone calls, emails, web history, GPS location and more.
Let us know in case of any doubts. Also, let us know did you like mSpy?

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147 thoughts on “How to track WhatsApp Messages, calls, text messages and more

  1. Hi Hemant,
    this is maria here,
    can you please guide me after buying this mSpy there would be physical access required?
    under the payment options something written like that please help me….

    1. Hi Maria,

      As I have mentioned in the article if you want to track or monitor non-jailbroken iPhone then you don’t need Physical access to the iPhone. The only thing you need to have are the iCloud credentials.
      If you have an android phone or jailbroken iPhone, then you need Physical access to install the mSpy app after which no physical access is required and you can monitor everything happening on that phone remotely.
      Let me know if you have any further doubt.

      1. hemant,
        Alright, I have android non-jailbroken mobile. Means there is no more physical access required.

        One more question, is this software is to be installed in my own pc or targeted mobile.

        Sorry I am little bit confused.

        1. Actually you just have to install the mSpy application on your android smartphone(the smartphone which you need to monitor).
          Once the mSpy app is installed on the smartphone which you want to track then you can monitor the smartphone remotely from the mSpy portal which can be done by using the credentials which you will get once you purchase the application.

          Do not hesitate to ask if you have any other issue or confusion 🙂

      2. According to their web site, it’s not possible to track Whatsapp messages specifically on the non-jailbroken iPhone. There is a set of features available for non-jailbroken devices, but for Whatsapp JB is a must. There are some other ways to get Whatsapp messages, like those described here – but they are pretty doubtful from the legal perspective, similarly to the initial software, by the way.

        1. Hi Katherine,
          Initially WhatsApp tracking wasn’t possible for iPhone without jailbreak with mspy. However, it’s been approximately more than 8 months since they have added spying on WhatsApp messages without jailbreak. Here is an image from mspy website which confirms the same.
          Track WhatsApp without jailbreak with mspy

          1. Wow, I didn’t know about that! Seriously, it’s pretty cool. Usually companies like that require mandatory jailbreak or rooting to unlock this feature.

          2. Can this app monitor below situations?

            A text message is sent and deleted immediately from sent items

            WhatsApp messages sent to unsaved number and deleted immediately

          3. Hi Prasant,
            The answer to both of your questions is the same.
            If the message is made while keylogger(one of the mSpy features) is active – it will still be tracked even though it is deleted immediately.
            If the keylogger isn’t active then the message has to there on the target device for 1 minute at least for it to be tracked by mspy.
            Let me know if you have any other query.

      1. Hi Prakash,
        It is an application which you need to install in the mobile to be monitored and not your personal mobile. After which you can track that smartphone remotely via mSpy portal/ dashboard.

        1. Is it possible to hide it once installed in the device to be monitored… I. Even. Hide it such the holder of the device can’t see it.

  2. If i have iCloud credentials of the device to be monitored then i can see whats app chat is it? or still only can see those listed bellow only? please explain
    Call Logs
    Texts Messages
    Browser History

    1. Hi Raj,

      For a non-jailbroken iPhone you can track the following with iCloud credentials:

      Text Messages, MMS
      Call history & Contact List
      Website History
      Calendar, Notes, Tasks
      Wi-Fi Networks
      Let me know if you have any other doubt.

      1. If I have iCloud access, Do I need to install the app on the iPhone or can I just access the information online?
        Is this a program or a website that I can access from any computer?
        Will the person be notified that I am looking at the messages?

        1. Hi Ana,
          If you have credentials of the target iOS device then there is no need to install the app.
          You will get an mSpy dashboard(website) access once you purchase mSpy package. From the website which you can access from any computer, you can track the iOS device messages etc.
          No, the other person won’t be notified of his/her phone getting tracked.

          I hope this helps.

  3. Hi
    Some doubt I want to clear before I purchase the mspy
    After I install the application on the mobile will the application be seen or it hides
    Installing the mspy on the target phone will it record all incoming and out going and miss calls even if the target phone deletes the number after calling will it show on mspy?
    Same with the SMS or MMS or Whatsapp chat etc please let me know.

    1. Hi Dhawal,

      Regarding your first doubt Icon:
      You have 2 options: either to keep the icon on the screen of the monitored device or not.
      So, yes you can hide the app icon too if desired.
      And for the second query :
      The mSpy app updates information on the target phone every minute. It means that the item should exist on the phone at least 1 minute to be fetched by mSpy. On the other hand, if the item is removed from the phone right after it was received/sent/created, it is quite possible that it will not be fetched by the app, and correspondingly it will not be available for you at your account. However, it is very unlikely that the target person will delete his/her messages/photo/video within the first minute.
      Other than that even if user deletes the message/photo/call log/ WhatsApp chat etc. after 1 minute it will still be shown to you in your mspy portal 🙂

      Let me know if you have any further doubt

  4. I am very much interested in this app.
    Can we track live calls, if the app is hidden in monitored cell. What chances we have that the person using monitored cell phone won’t see it. And if they come to know that they have been tracked, what are the possibilities to uninstall the mspy.

    1. Hi Syed,
      Even if the app is hidden it will perform all it’s functions and track all calls, messages etc. Regarding chances of the monitored user seeing it, that can’t be estimated as it changes user to user.
      I would like to add that it’s better to buy this app if you are keeping the monitored user well informed that the cell phone is tracked and telling that it is for your safety or everyone’s good.
      Let me know if you get any other doubt.

  5. hello sir,
    I want to know that how can i find the sent and received sms history of my friend number, please sir help me.I am trying to find out since a long time,
    thank you

  6. Dear Hemant
    I want to install mspy on target device. 2 questions for you, Please advise.
    1) Does the target device need to be rooted for it to work, because I had used another software which said root not required, but it gave me only the call and sms details. It never gave whatsapp chat.
    2) Should I download the software on my device and then transfer it to the target device by either Bluetooth, software data cable etc ? Should work if I do the above, isn’t it ?

    1. Hi Satish,

      You need not root the device for monitoring of Calls, SMS, location, internet usage etc. but you need to root Android device to monitor Instant messengers(FB Messenger, WhatsApp and others). In case of iPhone you can track WhatsApp without jailbreak. However, it seems irrelevant to you as it looks like you are using Android device.
      Regarding your second query, yeah you can do it that way but it will be much simpler and easier if you directly download and install the application on the target device.
      Let me know if you have any other doubt.

    1. Actually this application is not meant for that and the other person is aware that he is tracked. If you are still interested to prevent the person from knowing that then you can hide the mSpy app in his/her smartphone.

  7. Hi,
    I suspect my Whatsapp account has been compromised. The reason I am saying is that my family complains that I have sent them some text on Whatsapp that I never did. Also whenever they open my chats the text “tap here for contact info” disappears within the first 10 secs. How can I check whether my suspicion is true through mspy?

    1. Hi,
      It is hardly something that mSpy can help with as WhatsApp seems to be hacked from within. When it comes to chat applications, mSpy is either about mere monitoring, or complete block of the app.
      Hope that helps.

  8. Hi, how can I find out if my iPhone has a mspy app installed by my partner and has hidden the icon? Is there a way to check?

    1. Hi Amit,
      As to having mSpy installed on your phone – you should clarify it with your partner in the first place. mSpy makes sure their service is used legally by imposing legal restrictions upon the user.
      As a the last resort you can contact mSpy support representative, providing extensive details about the case, particularly why you consider mSpy is installed on your iPhone.
      Hope that helps.

  9. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after reading through some
    of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll
    be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  10. Hi,
    I want to spy on one of my family member. Is there a way that I can just spy and that person will not be aware. My concern is that, will this software work without using that persons phone. As I don’t want anything to be installed in that phone.

    1. As I already mentioned in earlier comments mSpy makes sure their service is used legally by imposing legal restrictions upon the user. So you should make this clear to the person that he/she will be monitored.

    1. USing mSpy app you can easily track WhatsApp in your Samsung S4 by following the steps given in the article. After purchasing mSpy if you still have problems setting up or in understanding anything, you get full support from mSpy team.
      Let me know if you have any further doubt.

  11. I have gone almost all the queries and replies. Satisfying almost all the replies.

    The only question left- is it possible to get logs if phone is not connected to internet then and some sms or calls are made and deleted after more than a minute.

    May I get a trial for may a month and also any discounts offered after trial.

    1. Hi, following are the answers to your queries :
      Is it possible to get logs if phone is not connected to internet
      It isn’t – logs can only be transferred via internet, until then they are stored as encrypted data on the target device

      sms or calls are made and deleted after more than a minute
      that’s tricky – the shorter the interval between the message transfer and deletion, the higher the chance for it to be missed. The most reliable way to capture at least all outgoing messages is to enable our keylogger – it will capture any message the moment it is sent

      May I get a trial for may a month and also any discounts offered after trial?

      Trial Version for mSpy will be out soon. Stay Tuned.

      Hope that helps!

  12. hey, I just want to track watsapp messeges , is there any way that I don’t need to pay for using this much feature or pay a very little?

    Besides this the phone owner will get to know that such software exists in his phone, can this be avoided? like hide this app or it shouldn’t ask for updates on phone so that it can be kept complete discreet?

    1. Yes, there are various versions of the software. But to track WhatsApp you need to go for Premium version. Regarding your second query, you can very well hide the app but mSpy makes sure their service is used legally by imposing legal restrictions upon the user. Which means that the person who is tracked is well aware of that.

  13. You are very helpful but i have a really big problem. Someone i know is getting himself in to really big trouble and i need to monitor just his whatsapp messages and locations. But NO access to his cell at all we dont live together and when we see each other he does finger print locks his Samsung s5 at all times. So is there another way of installing mspy or is there another app to use . Maybe through an email it can be installed. Please help…

  14. Dont have any access to the persons Samsung s5. And really need to see whatsapp and location on their phone . He wont leave his cell for a second and its fingerprint locked at all times. Please help. Maybe sending an email to activate mspy or something similar.

  15. Hi I have to track my child phone in India
    He has xiaomi mi4.
    I am in Canada and I am owner of that phone
    Can I use this in Canada ?
    Is this one is legal here?
    After free trail do we have to buy or not?

    1. Hi Tajinder,
      It’s totally legal to monitor anyone’s phone as long as the person being monitored is aware of it. After the free trial period you may go for paid version if you like it, you are not forced to buy it after the trial period has expired.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further doubt.

  16. Hi Hemanth,

    I need to monitor hike app contact status like the other contact is online or not or last seen status. Is there any app which will help this situation? please suggest.


  17. hi, i have a question. do we need to pay for the package first in order to install the apps to our phone? i was looking for the apps on google but cant find it. Second question, the iCloud credential is needed for me to be able to install the apps ONLY right.. and then i do not need it anymore. is it true?

    1. Yes, you need to purchase the app first. The app is not on Google store and you can purchase it through the links given in the article.
      Yes surely You will need only iCloud credentials to monitor non-jailbreak iPhone

      Let me know if you have any further doubt

    1. Yes of course – that is not a problem at all.
      In fact, mSpy HELP section provides information on how to do it properly. Basically, you can re-/ install mSpy and/or switch devices as many times, as your heart desires 🙂

  18. Hi Hemant
    I am in Dubai, my kid has smart phone Huawei in India, but i have iPhone 4s
    Can I track his phone here,
    Provide me software link, also advise me how to hide the icon on target mobile

    1. You can use mSpy for smartphones to track your kids smartphone and look after him from Dubai.

      The option to hide/show the icon is provided during the installation process.
      Later the user can unhide the icon from within his online panel provided by mSpy.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further doubt.

      1. Mr.Hemant,

        2 things i wanted to know,

        1. the above said mSpy software should down load my friend mobile (or) my mobile.
        2. what is the cost of this app.

        1. Hello,
          mSpy needs to be installed on your friends mobile and the cost of the app varies according to the features you want to track and also depends on the duration you want it. For Premium version which can track most of the features you have to pay Rs 3980 INR/69.99 USD(as of today) for a month. You can get more details on their official website.

          Let me know if you want any further information.

  19. Can I install only key logger on target phone? if yes than how it works? As you mentioned earlier key logger can track each & every key word type on phone whether it is connected to internet or not. I am very much interested to get key logger.

      1. Hi. Whatsapp just announced an update that they claim makes the chats scrambled and unreadable to anyone else but the sender and receiver. Will mspy still be able to show whatsapp messages and calls?
        The target phone is an HTC one M8 and has the latest Android Marshmallow version

        1. Hi Jeries,
          Even after Latest WhatsApp update of end-to-end encryption, mspy can still spy on WhatsApp messages. Yes, the target phone(HTC ONE M8) is compatible with mspy. So, you can go ahead with mspy if you are looking to Spy on WhatsApp messages.But if you are looking to track WhatsApp calls, mspy cannot do that. However, you can Spy on WhatsApp calls using FlexiSpy.
          Hope this helps 🙂

  20. Sir how it work suppose I want to track my wife’s phone. Can I hear or listen what ever she is talking by her phone from my phone??

    Please clear the doubt.

  21. How can I hide mspy on the installed phone ( not in my phone)? give all information including detailed mags/calls

    1. Hi Jasna,
      You can easily hide the app as you do get the option to hide it while installing mSpy. You need not install it in your phone, you just have to login to mspy portal from your web browser with credentials which you will get once you purchase the app. When you login to the portal you will be able to see all the activity of that phone on which you installed mspy. It will give all the information about cellular calls, messages, WhatsApp messages etc. except WhatsApp calls.
      Hope this helps.
      Let me know in case of any further doubt.

      1. Hi Hemant,
        1st of all thanks a lot for informing about such an app, as really it’s going to solve many problems of many people.
        I have a query, in my case targeted mobile is an android device but I don’t know whether it is jail break or not please advice how to find it.
        Second problem target mobile has password so how can I access it and install mSpy?

        1. Hello, for Android device root is the correct terminology and not jailbreak. Also, mspy is not advised to be used in cases where the monitored person isn’t aware of it. So, it’s better to get all of it cleared by the individual whom you wish to spy.

          Hope this helps

  22. Hi
    this is pruthvi kumar
    i wanna see others chat histroy in whatsapp out going and incoming chat history i.e only one persons chat history how can i install mSpy it means can i install in targeted phone or in my phone

  23. Hi Hemant,

    I am looking for something through which I can monitor whatsapp and facebook messages in an iPhone 6 Plus non jail broken !! However I do not have physical access to the phone . Can you please advise how can it be done !??


    1. Hi Sujaya,
      mSpy is the perfect option for you as it can track iOS device without jailbreak with exception of Facebook messages as of now. For tracking iPhone without jailbreak you don’t need physical access to the target phone. iCloud credentials will do the trick for you.

      Hope this answers your queries. Let me know in case of any other issue.

      1. Hi Hemant,
        Apple changed their security settings for iCloud. Will the user be notified of an attempt to access iCloud?

  24. My WhatsApp call history log for my iPhone 6s is not showing me recent people that I have called? please could someone inform why this is happening.
    Thank You

    1. Hi Rajni,
      Yes you can. You only need the iCloud credentials of that device if it’s not jailbroken. For jailbreak device you will have to install the app(which can be done once you purchase it)
      Let me know if you have any other query.

    1. Hi John,

      iCloud is an account associated with every iOS device where data(photos,messages etc.) is stored. You will need credentials of that account of target iPhone.iPad.

      Hope this helps.

  25. Hi Hemant,

    I would like to know if I can track back Whatsapp and FB messenger messages back in 2013 or 2014?? How do I go about doing that? Pls advise.


    1. Hi Chen,
      When it comes to WhatsApp/Facebook messages, the app tries to transfer them as many of them, as there are currently on the phone. Of course, it is very unlikely that messages from 2013 are still cached on the device.
      Hope this helps!

  26. is it possible spy a non rooted android, without having phisical access but knowing google credentials?
    Many thanks in advance.

  27. Hi Hemant, is it possible install a tracking app to a nonrooted android? No physical access to the phone but known google credentials.

  28. Hi
    I just want to know that will mspy work on Sony Xperia Z or Sony T2 Ultra dual phone as one of these phone is going to be my targeted device?

  29. Hi Hemant. Please can you advise how to root an android phone without leaving any physical traces of rooting on the target device?

  30. I started using mSpy a long way back when there were only few apps around like Flexispy and Mobistealth. mSpy was the cheapest of all, so I got it without looking any further. Well, overtime, I switched to mSpy nojailbreak, but unfortunately, there were too many limitations when it came to spying on instant messengers. I am in a situation where I have to constantly monitor my husband and therefore, spying apps are always on my list. Just recently, I came across this article on techuntold and it was the moment I realized that there are better options that mSpy. I have read some very positive reviews about xnspy on the internet and my mSpy subscription is also expiring in 15 days; could anyone tell me if xnspy is worth getting? It really seems promising and affordable option though!

    1. I like mSpy a lot because of the simplicity of the app. However, if you want some really advanced tracking like listening to phone surroundings, capturing photos from the camera secretly etc. then I would like to recommend FlexiSpy
      You can go through the difference here – mSpy vs FlexiSpy

      xnSpy is also a good option but according to me you should try out FlexiSpy first.

    1. Yes, mspy does provide no jailbreak solution. This means that you just need the iCloud credentials of the target iOS device to spy on it. Of course, there will be limitations in non-jailbreak tracking.
      But I am afraid you cannot spy on Android smartphone without installing the app.
      Let me know if you any other query.

    1. Hi Sachin,

      You can download and install mspy app once you purchase it. There will be a link(mspy Dashboard) and you will get dashboard details. In your mspy account you will find all the data of the target device.
      I hope this helps.

  31. Is it possible to monitor someone’s iPhone without having an Apple ID and password of the particular?
    Or an iPhone can be monitor through phone numbers?

  32. WhatsApp Latest Update Now tracks WhatsApp user location, find someone’s location by WhatsApp.
    Track the live location of members apart from just sending locations.

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