How to Install mSpy on Your Kid’s Android Phone in 5 Simple Steps

Agnes W Linn
how to install mspy on android

With the drastic increase of cyberbullying among schoolchildren and the growing number of online predators, parents need to think about their kids’ online safety. One of the options to protect a child from the dangers of the Internet is to install a parental control app on their phone.

A good monitoring app, such as mSpy, makes it possible to track a child’s location, set geofencing, monitor social media, and see multimedia files on their phone right from your device. However, to let mSpy perform its protecting functions correctly, you need to know how to download and install mSpy properly. In this article, we will guide you on the installation process, so that you can monitor your kid’s device remotely.

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Table Of Contents

Step 1. Purchase mSpy Subscription

Before installing mSpy on a target device, you need to purchase a subscription that corresponds to your needs.

  1. Create an account with mSpy. Go to and create an account. Use a valid email, as we will send you installation instructions. Don’t forget to accept the Terms and Conditions, as well as agree to the Privacy Policy.

Purchase mSpy Subscription

  1. Choose a monitored device depending on its operating system. mSpy is available for iOS and Android.
  2. Select a package. At the moment, mSpy offers 3 options: 1-month, 2-months, and 3-months subscriptions. N0te, if you want to use mSpy’s advanced features, you may need to root or jailbreak the target device.
  3. Finalize your purchase. You can now add the desired package to the cart and use your banking credentials to make a payment.

After you complete all the steps, we will send you a confirmation email that contains your order details, link to the Control Panel, username, and password. You will need them to install the app and access your Control Panel.

Step 2: Disable Play Protect

To install mSpy, you need to disable Play Protect on the target device. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Play Store and tap the Menu button.
  2. Make sure that a target device is unlocked, charged, and connected to the Internet.
  3. Tap the Menu button.
  4. Find and tap Play Protect.
  5. Tap Settings in the upper right corner.
  6. Disable Scan device for security threats.


You’re now ready to move to the next step.

Step 3: Download mSpy Installer

Follow the steps described below to download mSpy:

  1. Open a Google Chrome browser on a target device.
  2. Tap the address bar
  3. Paste the link you received by email (after purchasing mSpy) into the address bar and press Go.
  4. Draw the shape to pass the captcha security check and click Download. Click OK in the pop-up window.
  5. If a prompt appears at the bottom of the screen, tap Open -> Settings -> Allow from This Source and go back.
  6. Tap Next.
  7. Wait until the download is complete and tap Open.


Step 4: Install mSpy

In this part, we’ll guide you on installing the mSpy apk file on the target device. When you complete this step, you will be able to monitor your kid’s phone remotely without them knowing.

  • Tick the checkbox Accept the License Agreement.
  • If a prompt appears, tap Allow for all permissions. Follow the wizard instructions and give all the needed permissions.
  • Enter the Registration Code that we’ve previously sent to your email.
  • Press Complete Installation.

Now, you are ready to monitor the target device.

Step 5. Start Monitoring

To start tracking your kid’s online activity, you need to access your mSpy account and head over to your Control Panel. Fill in the target device’s information (make, model, and phone number) and monitor your child’s calls, websites, and social media apps right from your smartphone.

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Agnes Linn was born into the family of an eloquent preacher (parish priest), with the inevitable passion for writing. She received classic education in Philosophy, as well as Modern Mass Media Management; married, mother of one kid.


  • Hello my email address is ********

    My wife has a Samsung Galaxy A8plus cell phone, can I install mSpy on her phone?

    • It depends on which device you install it on (Apple or Android) and whether the data from the apps was regularly backed-up.

        • Hello, Mishaal! Sure. Once you purchase a subscription, you will receive an email with the download link and the Installation Wizard that will guide you through the installation process. Once everything is set up, just log into your account on our website using the email you registered with and the device should appear in your dashboard. The data from the device should be fully transferred within 24 hours.
          If you have questions at any point of the installation process, feel free to contact our support team, they are available around-the-clock.

  • I know this will monitor text messages and phone calls but does it monitor apps like Snapchat and instagram? I want be able to see the conversations on instagram my daughter is having

    • Hello, Lauren! Yes, if your daughter has an Android phone, you’ll be able to view her chats on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social apps. This feature is available only in the Premium subscription. You can check out our demo to see the full batch of features available.

    • Hello, Brenda! No, the app works in the background mode and doesn’t send any notifications to the target device. Just make sure to choose the option to hide the app’s icon during the installation if you don’t want it visible on the device.

    • Hi, Lacey! If you choose the option to hide the app’s icon during the installation and delete all download files afterward, there would be no other way to tell that the software is installed on the device as it works in the background mode.

  • Hi Agnes,

    I just signed up for mspy tonight, about an hour ago to be exact. I put the registration code in and everything, so it shows that I’m all set with an ID number. I mainly got this app to track WatsApp activity. However it’s showing no activity at all at the moment, no pictures or call log info? Could it be that everything didn’t download as yet, or perhaps I forgot to access something while downloading. Please help?!!!

    • Hello, Nesh! It usually takes up to 24 hours to sync all the data with the software if everything is installed correctly. If you’re still having trouble with getting the data, you can message us in the chat specifying your ID and technical support will look into it.

  • Do I download the app on my husband’s phone or mine? I’m trying to monitor his device without his whereabouts.

    • Hello, Kat! You have to download the app on the device you’re going to be monitoring, no need to install anything on your own phone.

    • Hello, Phil! Of course, our team can help you with the installation. Feel free to message us in the chat or email us at and we will let you know about any additional help we can provide.

  • Estou tendo problema com a senha, tenho os códigos, mas a senha dá errado como posso acessar minha conta. por favor me ajude

    • Hello! It’s better to leave it off if you don’t want any notifications about the app popping up on the target device.

  • How do I get the app uninstalled off target phone? The target is getting a Samsung A21, is that compatible with your app? If they do Smart Switch will your app come over as well or do I need to uninstall ASAP? Will it be detectable?

    • Hi! It’s best to uninstall the app from the current phone and download it again on the new phone. You can find out how to delete the app from the phone here.

  • If i purchase the premium package do i have to root the other phone to see whatsapp? And should i be able to turn off other fone’s cellular data from control panel?

    • Hi, Talha! You can check which features are available without root/jailbreak on our compatibility page.
      As for the second question. In terms of restricting internet access, you can only block access to Wi-Fi networks the phone connects to. However, you can also restrict access to specific apps or websites remotely.

  • I installed mspy on my child’s phone last night. The screen keep going black. How do I fix this issue?

    • Hello, Danine! Sorry to hear you’re experiencing technical issues. Maybe antivirus is blocking the app or you’ve missed something during the installation? Could you inform our support about the problem in the chat or email us at The technical team will help you figure out what the problem might be.

    • Hello, Noah! You can check out our Help Center to find more info about installation on iPhones. If you still have questions, you can contact our support in the chat.

  • If they get a new phone and data transfer over will the installation process need to be repeated with the confirmation code

    • Hello! Yes, you will need to remove the app from the old phone and install it on the new one. You can switch devices without buying a new subscription.

  • hi, so is there no way I can ever install the app on the targets device remotely without physically holding their device?

  • Hello,
    I sent you a mail to sales mspy with some pre purchase queries but I haven’t gotten back from them.

    • Hello, Bibek! We’re sorry for the delay, the support team is a bit swamped with the requests at the moment. Did anyone get back to you? If not, let me know and I’ll ping them.

  • If they factory reset their phone, how do i go about reinstalling mspy? do i need to unlink the device from my mspy account first and reinstall?

    • Hi, Triss! Yes, you’d need to unlink the device and go through the same installation process once more. Obviously, it’s done within the same subscription, no need to cancel it. You can find more info in our Help Center or contact our support, they’ll help you with the installation if needed.

    • Hi! No, the Keylogger works without rooting. You can also view Chrome search history through the Browsing History feature.

  • Hi!if i can’t use the victim phone how can i get access to his phone I mean without collecting or installing the app from his device

    • Hi, Abraham! Sorry, but our software is intended only for legal use and needs to be installed on the device.

    • Hi, Jess! No, the app will not be visible anywhere on the phone (just make sure to check the “hide app’s icon” option when installing). All app-related files will be renamed and hidden.

    • Hello, Kumar! You can do so through your mSpy Control Panel in the “Block Applications” tab. You’ll see a list of all installed apps and the block button next to each of them.

    • Hello, Cheryll! Rooting is done to give the user control over the system files and to be able to install software from platforms other than the Google Play Store. You can ask our technical support team to help you root your device through the mAssistance service. You can read more here.

  • I want to purchase the mspy app and install but the problem is how can i install the app when iam working fare away from my family n fly over only on feild there any other way i can install the app without being there.

    • Hello, Gilbert. Sadly, you do need the target device for at least a few minutes to give permissions or turn off certain settings, otherwise, the app won’t function properly. But a lot depends on whether the target device is an iPhone or an Android. For iPhones, there are a couple of ways to install the app, you can read about them in our Help Center or just message our support in the chat, they will walk you through it.

    • Hello, Anchal! Unfortunately, the call recording feature is still in development. For now, you can only see who called, at what time, and how long the call lasted.

    • Hello, Jess! Please message our support team to resolve this issue. If they manage to figure out the user ID, they can block the account.

    • Hi, Adrian! Sorry that you’re experiencing some issues. Maybe try logging in through a different browser? If that doesn’t help, please message our support team in the chat so they can help you solve this.

    • Hi, Alex! It’s better to leave it off if you don’t want any notifications popping up on the monitored device.

  • Hello!
    The play protect is always send notificitations about the app or if I turn it off it sand notifications about turn on the play protect. What can I do?

    • Hi, János! You need to disable the “Scan device for security threats” feature so that the phone doesn’t detect the software. If you’re having any technical issues, feel free to message out technical support through the live chat on the website.

  • How long will it take to have it installed on target phone? I need access to messages, social media, call logs. I m in long distance and may have limited time like 10 mins at a stretch to do this..

    • Hi, Marie. If you have an Android, it shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. You can also ask our technical support to help you install the app quicker.

    • Hi, Sarah! Technically, you can, but we wouldn’t recommend doing it since activating the phone may revert some permissions and settings that allowed the software to work properly.

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