Guide on Reading Text Messages from Another Phone

Though we are entering the post digit era, people still take more interest in someone else life, such as our kids, rather than focusing on themselves. That explains so many people search for how to read someone’s text messages without installing software on their phone.

On the other hand, we almost do everything with our smartphone, from sending and receiving messages to making calls, from surfing the internet to monitoring health. That gives our chances to spy on others. In this article, we are going to talk about how you will be able to spy on others’ text messages.

Reading Text Messages from Another Phone

Part 1. Can You Read Someone's SMS without the Phone?

Is it possible to read someone else’s text messages without their phone?

The answer is simple, yes.

Apart from accessing iCloud backup or iTunes backup, there are many spy tools that advertise users they do not have to install software on the target device to read text messages. However, the reality is seen when actually using. We have tested the popular spy software on market in our lab in order to identify the efficient ones.

Part 2. How to Spy Someone's Text Messages

You should understand that the spyware should be installed on the target device if you want to read someone’s text messages. In another word, this task cannot be complete without their phone. We share two ways to meet your demand in this part.

Method 1: Read text messages from another phone by spyware

Spyware works in the similar way and we use iKeyMonitor as the example to show you how-to.


Step 1. Firstly, open your Settings app, go to Google > Security and disable Scan device for security threats, as well as enable Unknown sources.

Step 2. Download the spyware APK file from official website and follow the onscreen instructions to install it on your phone. To use it on iPhone, you have to jailbreak it first.

Step 3. When it is done, tap the Open button to start the spyware in the background.

Step 4. To read someone’s text messages, you do not need their phone. Access iKeyMonitor’s dashboard and select SMS to monitor the text messages on the target device.

Note: You’d better disable the notification of the spyware on the target device. Moreover, Google Play Store may display threat warning after install iKeyMonitor.

Method 2: Read someone else’s text messages online

If you just want to read text messages in WhatsApp or Facebook, some online services could meet your need, such as Cocospy WhatsApp Spy.


Step 1. Access the spyware website and log in your account. If you do not have, create one with your information.

Step 2. Enter the target phone’s iCloud account and password into the dashboard. Once finished, click Verify button to connect to WhatsApp. If the target device is an Android phone, you have to install the APK to it.

Step 3. Go to the Cocospy dashboard and select WhatsApp tab from the left hand column. Then you will be presented the text messages on the target device.

Note: This online spyware is able to let you read someone’s WhatsApp messages without their phone. However, you have to pay for it.

Part 3. Get Someone's Messages via Backup

As you can see, reading someone’s text messages without their phone is not only expensive, but also difficult. Only a part of spyware is able to complete the task. Plus, according to our research, they are not stable when spying others’ messages. More importantly, it is still a problem whether spyware is legal. If you want to spy on your children’s text messages, we suggest you to try Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore.

  • Back up text messages, WhatsApp and other messages from iPhone to PC in one click.
  • Support almost all data types, such as SMS, MMS, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and more.
  • Rely on physical connection to back up iOS data quickly and fast.
  • Open and read text messages backup without smartphone at any time.
  • Available to iPhone XR/XS/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s/SE/5 and earlier.

Anyway, it is the best way to read someone’s text messages legally and privately.

How to read SMS from other’s phone

Step 1. Connect the target iPhone to iOS Data Backup & Restore

Download and install the iPhone data backup tool on your computer. Then connect the target device to the computer with a USB cable. Launch the tool and it will recognize the handset.

Tip: We suggest you to use the Lightning cable came with the iPhone.


Step 2. Make a backup immediately

Click the iOS Data Backup button, select Standard backup or Encrypted backup based on your need and click the Start button to move on. Then check the box next to Message & Contacts and click Next button to start making a backup.

Select File

Step 3. Read someone’s text messages

When backup is finished, you will be presented the Congratulations window. Quit the backup tool and disconnect the target iPhone with your computer. Then you can read the text messages and other information in the backup without the target iPhone at any time.

Moreover, you can select to print the messages from iPhone with connecting the supported AirPrint.

Note: If you select Encrypted backup in the step 2, you have to decrypt the messages with your password when read them. That is able to protect the messages in the backup and prevent others from spying them.


As you can see, there are methods to read someone else’s text messages without having their phone. For example, parents are able to use spyware to monitor who they kids are talking with and what they said. However, it is still not clear whether the spyware is legal to use. On the other hand, we also shared the best iPhone backup tool, Apeaksoft iOS Data Backup & Restore. With it, you can transfer the messages from the target iPhone to your computer and read them without the handset at any time. If you have other questions related to read someone’s messages, please feel free to leave your messages below and we will reply it as soon as possible.

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