Can someone read my WhatsApp messages without my phone? It’s a question we hear a lot. And we totally understand why. WhatsApp is supposed to be secure, especially with end-to-end encryption. And if you’re like billions of people around the world, you count on it to chat with friends and family — and even new colleagues.
And while WhatsApp is safe and secure, it’s possible for someone to track someone on WhatsApp without them knowing. Today, we’re going to walk you through 3 of the most popular methods people are using to read WhatsApp.
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Why Would Someone Want to Read Your WhatsApp Messages?
If you’re under 18, your parents have every right to read your WhatsApp. And according to the law in most jurisdictions, they don’t need to inform you that they’re reading your messages or monitoring your phone.
However, if you’re over 18, no one has the right to read your WhatsApp. Can someone track WhatsApp messages without informing you? Yes. That’s just the nature of technology. But by understanding the methods they might use, you can better prepare yourself for being monitored.
Method #1: WhatsApp for desktop
If someone wants to see others WhatsApp chats in your phone, they can install WhatsApp for desktop on their PC or Mac. Here’s what they need to do to start reading your conversations:
1. Download WhatsApp for desktop and launch it.
2. Go to WhatsApp on your phone.
3. Tap Linked Devices, followed by Link a Device.
4. Point your phone at the screen and scan the QR code displayed on their desktop
Once WhatsApp is activated on their desktop, every message you send will be visible on their computer.
How to find out if they’re using this method: On your phone, go to WhatsApp Settings and tap Linked Devices. If they’re using WhatsApp for desktop to read your WhatsApp messages, you’ll see their computer listed under Linked Devices.
Method #2: Google Sync or iCloud Backup
Can someone track WhatsApp messages by using built-in phone software? You bet. With Google Sync and iCloud Backup, anyone can restore another phone using your last saved backup.
With these methods, it really is easy to track WhatsApp chats on another phone. All they need is a phone with the same operating system. So, if you have an iPhone, they can grab another iPhone and restore your saved backup using your iCloud credentials.
The same goes for Android and Google Sync. They’ll need to know your iCloud or Google credentials for this method to work, but they won’t physically need access to your phone.
How to find out if they’re using this method: If they’ve restored from backup, there’s not much you can do. However, you can take solace knowing that in some cases, they may be asked to sign in to WhatsApp on their new phone.
Method #3: mSpy
mSpy is a powerful monitoring app with WhatsApp monitoring baked right in. Designed for parents to monitor their own kids who are under 18, mSpy makes it easy to read their private conversations. Here’s how it works:
1. Someone installs mSpy on your phone without you realizing it.
2. Whenever they want to read your messages, they can simply log in to their personal mSpy account.
3. By clicking WhatsApp on the left nav bar, they can read every single one of your WhatsApp chats. This includes words and pictures.
For mSpy to work, the person who wants to monitor you must install mSpy on your phone. So, they’ll need physical access to your phone to make it happen — unless you’ve got an iPhone. If they know your iCloud credentials, they can start seeing your stuff without having to physically have access to your phone.
How to find out if they’re using this method: Unfortunately, it’s not so easy. mSpy works in stealth mode, so there’s no icon on your phone to indicate that they’re able to read WhatsApp from their own device.
mSpy Goes Beyond Just WhatsApp Monitoring
If you’re not too worried about whether they can track someone on WhatsApp without them knowing because you don’t happen to use WhatsApp that often, don’t be too complacent. mSpy does more than just let users monitor WhatsApp.
With mSpy, anyone can monitor your other social media chat apps, including Snapchat, Instagram, Messenger, Line, Skype, and even Tinder.
But it’s not just social media chats that they can see. With mSpy, they’ll have access to your current and previous locations, the pics and videos saved on your phone, your web search history, your bookmarks, who you called (and who called you), and even screenshots of your phone as you use it.
Thankfully, you can take comfort knowing that mSpy is designed for parents to monitor their own kids, so anyone who uses it to monitor other people without their permission would be violating the user agreement — and the law.
To see mSpy in action, check out the free demo.