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Receive Text Messages from Another Phone: 4 Easy Ways

Agnes W Linn

Wondering how to get text messages from another phone sent to mine? You’re not alone. If you’re like most parents, you want to make sure they’re chatting safely — and with people you know and trust.

But do you really need an app that lets you see their texts? After all, if you listen to your kids talk to their friends in person, you might hear phrases like “Send me an Insta” or “Snap me”.

Today, it’s rare to hear kids say “Text me” when asking their friends to text them. But that doesn’t mean kids aren’t texting each other using iMessage or Android’s text messaging app.

In fact, text messages remain incredibly popular, which is why parents need to know how to receive text message from another phone number.

Remember, anyone can send them a text — including strangers looking to scam them, harm them, or cause chaos in their personal world. That’s why it’s important to know how to receive text messages from another phone. And today, we’ll show you how.

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Solution #1: Get mSpy

When it comes to being able to get a text from another phone, you just can’t beat mSpy. The parental monitoring app lets you see every single text message that was sent and received, complete with date and time stamp information, plus contact details.

And it’s not just text messages that you’ll be able to see. If they use other texting apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype, Instagram, or Snapchat, you’ll be able to see their conversations there too — all with one subscription.

The best part about mSpy is that it works in hidden mode, so they’ll never know that you can see a text from another phone (their phone, specifically). Or see their iMessages, for that matter.

It's not just their text messages you should see.
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Solution #2: Turn On iCloud

Do your kids use an iPhone? That means you can take advantage of iCloud and iMessages to read their messages. It’s so easy to set up and all you need it another Apple device. Any iPhone, iPad, or Mac will do.

Got one? Now it’s time to log in to iCloud on their device using their credentials. For this method to get messages from another phone to work, you’ll need to know their iCloud username and password.

You’ll also need access to their device to authorize the Apple device you’re using. That’s because Apple will send a notification to their phone with a 6-digit password.

You’ll need to authorize the new device to sign into iCloud by clicking Allow on their iPhone, and then you’ll need that 6-digit PIN. Once you’ve authorized the device, you can see all their incoming and outgoing iMessages.

Solution #3: Use Google Sync

Not on iPhone? Not a problem. There’s an easy solution for Android users too. It’s called Google Sync and it’s automatically built into Android. With this feature, Google will automatically back up their text messages to Google Drive.

If you want access to text messages on another phone, just turn on Google Sync on their phone and follow these steps:

  1. On their Android, swipe down to show the Notifications shade.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom.
  4. Tap Google > Backup > Back up now.

That’s it. When you’re ready to restore to your phone, tap SMS Backup & Restore on your home screen. Then tap Restore and follow the directions to get everything synced.

Solution #4: Use Auto-Forwarding Apps

If you go to Google Play, you’ll find several SMS forwarding apps. They vary in function, but most of them allow you to forward messages to an email address or another phone number.

When searching for these apps, you’ll also notice that a lot of them come with a warning. That’s because these apps usually aren’t the greatest or most reliable. We recommend reading the reviews carefully before attempting to install any of them.

Why mSpy Is Your Best Bet

mSpy is also packed with other features designed to help you feel good about how they’re living their digital life. You can see their location on a map, find out what they’re saying thanks to an intelligent key logger and Screenrecorder, view their favourite websites, see their website and phone call history, and so much more.

Whether they use Android or iOS, and whether their phone is jailbroken, rooted, or right out of the box, mSpy can help you find out what they’re doing and saying online. Give it a try.

One final word…

Remember, it’s perfectly legal to use an app like mSpy to get messages from another phone, as long as you’re using it to monitor your own child (under 18) and they’re living in your household. Always check your local laws before using any text message forwarding app.

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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.

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