Remote Install Cell Spy Software Exposed

Does remote install cell phone spy software actually work or is it a scam? Can you actually monitor a mobile phone without installing software on it? You need to read this and learn how to protect yourself.

I get questions about this subject at least once a week – in various forms.

  • Can I spy on a cell phone without having access to it?
  • What about product X – is it any good?
  • This software says I can install it on My phone and monitor another one – true?
  • Does remote cell spy work?              – You get the idea!

I get where people are coming from, I do. They want to use cell phone monitoring software, read that you need to install it onto the target phone and realize this is not going to work for them. Either they don’t have physical access to the target phone or it is password protected.

So they search the internet and find these companies promoting so called remote install spy software – no access to the target phone, download to your phone – works on all phones! Here’s the thing, no matter how much you want something to work – it doesn’t mean it will. This is the Emotion they are preying on, that you really want it to be true.

The companies know you are desperate for this to work and you let your guard down. You might not notice the glaring issues, screaming that things are not quite right. I will show you how to spot some of warning signs and put this issue to bed – once and for all! But you know what? People will still fall for it!


Can You Spy on a Cell Phone Remotely, Without Access to the Target Phone?

NO, never, not at all! Look at the major, established companies selling monitoring software – like mSpy, FlexiSpy or MobileSpy. Why would these companies Only sell software that needs to be installed directly onto the target phone, if there was an easy alternative – a remote install? There are two main reasons.

  1.  It would be totally illegal. Remember, to use traditional spy software you must have legal rights over the phone and any adult must be informed that it is monitored. Imagine if you could just ring any number and spy on that phone – would that be OK with you?
  1. The technology does NOT work as they suggest.


How it is Supposed to Work

These companies tell you that this will work on any cell phone on any network without modifying the phone. You simply install the software on your own phone and then ring up the cell phone you want to monitor – after thirty seconds you will be able to see all future activity of the target phone. Does this sound too good to be true?

The first minor issue – if you own an iPhone, you can’t install any external software which is not available from the Apple store, unless you Jailbreak it (modify it).

Next up – say you can actually install it onto your phone (most never get this far). They say you just need to dial the target cell number and connect for thirty seconds. What they actually mean is that you need to use Bluetooth tethering to connect – some call it Frequency Pairing but it is not.

For this to happen Both phones need to accept the Bluetooth connection – which usually means turning on Bluetooth (both phones) and adding a long code to pair the devices. The other issue with Bluetooth is that both phones need to be close – maximum range for Bluetooth is about 50 meters. Ref : Fast Facts Bluetooth

So now it looks like you don’t need the target phone in your possession after allBluetooth Logo – but you are going to have to call up the target phone owner and get them to turn on their Bluetooth settings and then accept your device – IE. Your cell phone. Oh, and they need to be within at least 50 meters. If they go more than 50m away or if they turn off Bluetooth you will need to do it all again.

Can you see any problems with this? Does this sound like the wonderful technology they describe?

This is the thinking behind the technology they are offering – which is just ridiculous in the first place.

The fact is that even if you can jump through all those hoops and ignore the legal issues, it still does not work. When you buy this type of spy software they give you separate download files for the different phone types – Android, iPhone etc. This is what you are supposed to install on your cell phone. The problem is that they are almost always impossible to install – the files are so outdated and simply don’t work. So, not only is the idea totally impractical but the technology itself is useless.

You Don’t Have to Take My Word for it.

When you find one of these products just do a Google search for the product name and add “scam” then look at what people are saying about being ripped off and not able to get refunds.Remote Install Cell Spy software

Of course you might also find websites saying how great they are. Have a close look at any site claiming they work – do they look legitimate, are they a proper website or just a promo page?

These companies are all basically scam operations. They will take your money and run. They are always based overseas or use virtual office addresses.

The products themselves are constantly changing names – when the level of complaints gets too high and the reputation is ruined, they simply re-brand the same thing as another name.

I have never found or heard of one which actually works as they suggest. They are easy to spot if you look for a few warning signs.

Look for Warning Signs

If the spy software product claims it can be remotely installed, installed only on your phone or any version of this – it is simply a scam. It really is that simple. With the legal implications, no real company is going to release this kind of software – even if technically they could.

The websites which promote these products usually have some common terminology and a certain style to them – look for some of these:

One time payment – Free lifetime upgrades – no monthly charge
All of the legitimate spy software programs sell you the license for a period of time, from a month to a year. They need to do this in order to fund development. As new versions of phones and Operating Systems are released they need to keep updating their software. The market moves quickly and they try to keep up with changing systems. A one off, lifetime purchase in this market is always a sign of a scam.

Strange Free Bonuses – a common trick is to bundle together other useless products, free when you buy their software. One offers a free Hypnosis CD – handy! If a free bonus looks dodgy it probably is. Real companies don’t do this kind of thing.

Look at the sales page. Does it look like a real website – with multiple articles, company details, address etc? Or is it one really long page with lots of tick boxes and headlines, a crumby looking video, loads of Buy Now boxes – interspersed with glowing “testimonials”. You get to recognize these sales pages – they are all similar, just the product changes.

The Price – often, but not always a giveaway. Does it seem like an incredibly good deal – compared to all the other spy software programs? If you were a business and you had developed this amazing software product, would you sell it at a fraction of your main competition? If you see a site selling a brand new iPad with a “lifetime guarantee” for $49.95 – would you key in your credit card details?

How can you pay – check out the payment methods they will accept. I’m guessing only credit cards, Skrill or some other money brokers. Real businesses offer several methods and most include Pay Pal. There is a reason. Remember they are running a scam, they don’t want to be bothered with little things like refunds. It’s a churn and burn process and none of them can deal with Pay Pals rules.

Google their address – if they actually print one on the website. I found one whose address was a famous baseball ground in Chicago!

I could go on and on. A lot of these warning signs can be applied to any online purchase. Before you get out your credit card you need to have a good look at any website. Step back for a moment and think – is this too good to be true and are you happy giving your details to a crumby looking website.

Unfortunately these scam companies will continue to make money off the unwary. They will continue to change their names and websites when things get too hot then move on again. If you take on board what I have said you should be able to avoid getting scammed.


Final Note

If you come across any website either selling or promoting Remote Install cell spy software – leave! If a review site is actually recommending these products you simply can’t believe a word they say – they are trying to make money over providing honest opinion.

Have you been scammed – tell us about it in a comment – it might just save someone else.

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105 thoughts on “Remote Install Cell Spy Software Exposed”

  1. Can I ask about all these so called ‘Hackers’ who for an upfront fee claim to be able to do this illegally and remotely and bypass phone security anywhere in the world. Is there such thing as a genuine hacker you can pay to hack a phone and view whatsapp etc

    • There are people capable of hacking in various ways – all illegal! But good luck finding one amognst all the fakes and scams. Don’t do it.

  2. Just so you all are aware,and maybe you are by now? There’s a video on You Tube for a service called Spywhizz that will install Spy Apps on your target phone for a Fee.Well Two months later all it’s done for me is take my $70. DOOH!

  3. Mr. Keenan,
    Is the following possible? I received an unsolicited service from a “hacker”

    Thanks for your response phoebe, i can get you all past,present and also provide you access to future information of the victim and in doing that I would have to hack into the phone through his/her cell Phone number, you need not to have access to the phone.
    I would be sending a spyware virus with my SMTP as a text message to the phone number Once it’s delivered i gain access to the Phone and i would be able to Hack all files Through the bug attached to the spyware with a binary code calculator from my Hackstore.
    Once i have access to all hacked files on the phone both phone Calls, texts, email, social media and instant messenger app,i would load it all on an online portal for you to login and have personal/Continous access.
    The spyware virus is 64bit code carrying a bug and it would cost $200
    Binary code calculator $100
    Setting up the online portal cost $75
    My service is $150
    Total is $525 for the job to be completed successfully.
    Kindly get back to me and let me know your decision.

    • Thank you this is a fantastic example!!! So this was an unsolicited contact from a “hacker” – randomly sent to just you. All sounds very technical and exciting – and just what you want to hear – no access required – you’ll get everything past present and future! Amazing stuff. Only $525 too – I’m sure they have support and a refund policy. What could go wrong. Reminds me of an email I got from a Nigerian Prince …

    • Don’t get me started! They claim a lot of things – if you check closely you need access or password and ID. No magic tricks.

  4. What about this idea?

    Before purchasing the “amazing remote install” software, ask them for a demonstration. Ask them to use your phone to demonstrate the amazing-ness of their product {laughing} by installing their software remotely onto your phone. Should make for an interesting conversation.

  5. It’s a shame that this article is still so relevant in2017! Thanks for sharing your expertise- and common sense!

  6. I just want to thank Mr.Michael Keenan for that brutley honest article on spy apps that feature remote install, i did some researching on 4 different companies that offer remote install, (before i found your article) and just to make sure their app was completely remote i called their customer service number, and they all said i would need physical contact for up to 5 minutes. if after reading your article, people did not comprehend that no spay app can be installed remotely the they don’t understand plain English. it was very clear that remote install is not an option at this point in time.

    thank you again

  7. is possible my wife may be cheating. The phone she has is legally my phone and of course I pay for it both initially and on a continuous basis. Many times I have access to her phone. If I placed by wear on that phone which she uses is that illegal?

  8. MAN .YOUR AWSOME !!! —MICHAEL KEENAN. am glad i did some research before jumping to any thing!!i could say ,None of th articles online can be as helpful as urs. ur awsome STAY BLESSED!!

  9. I am in the lion’s den now.I was suspicious when the installation process was so complicated. For the record, the name is Cell Tracker, offering remote installation of the spy app by ‘pairing’ only. But you cannot have the downloads until you buy a product from its affiliated sponsors,saying those partners pays for their software they’r giving out free. So if you buy any one product from these ‘legitimate’ guys, you will be given a link to the installation manual.. so its not free after all.
    The next step to this manual after your purchase is another link where you are told the package is zipped, and unzipping it you need to have the special program to unzip the bloody thing,and you have to buy it from Cleverbridge the software called WINZIP.
    What is very stressful with the whole process is when you run the program to unzip the manual package and open to see the instructions, the only thing you will see is the opening page of how to get the free app…… these people should be wiped out from living

  10. Thank u 4your detailed explanations of spying on a phone without needing the target phone I was 5 minutes away from spending $69.95 on a app or software program that claims they can do it remotely it’s called auto forward?? They have some paid marketing telling you how good the company is its a one time lifetime purchase (which doesn’t make sense if it’s a good app why would a company limit themselves to a one time fee instead of charging a monthly fee if the app does everything it says it does?) including turning on the target phone’s camera and taking pictures!! anything and everything you would want to spy on is available according to the reviews there’s even a video that I watched a little over 7 minutes long that showed screenshots & step by step log in & the app dashboard & that all you needed is the target phones number ETC ETC….. what was even more funny to me is that on this particular website it gives a review of this company as a great company that they found how they used it for a co-worker’s phone just to try it out but yet they also had a link to how to choose a good company and when reviewing this article it tells you beware of one time fees and so on and so on to the website itself was very contradicting. So long story short thank you so much for schooling us on how to spot scam ads and scam companies and saving me $70 I should have known if it sounds too good to be true it always is.

  11. Even if i purchase any legall software can i check Whatsapp, line messenger, snapchat and imo without rooting mine or target phone.
    If i have to root the phone, whose divece should i roo?

    • For those messenger services the target phone needs to be Rooted – only the phone you want to monitor (not yours). Hope that makes sense!

  12. Michael, in my researching for an assignment im currently working on I snowed balled onto your website.
    I have just read your article and all the comments that followed. I am wow’d My initial reaction was to post you the question “so does remote install spy software work?”
    But I just could even joke with you. You have the patiance of a saint. I’m personally stunned at how many people have been and continue to be scammed.
    Sad really, if you can’t trust them they ain’t got you people.
    Best of luck to all, congratulations for doing your research and landing here (considering you did this before being ripped off).

    Again thanks Michael, the patient display of education you provided was humbling.

  13. I just bought spy-call stealth, being so tired of being lied to, I acted on impulse because I’m desperate for some kind of truth. I un-clicked the box where it adds support and extra downloading for 29.99 each but it charged me for it anyway. I called their support hotline right away and they issued a credit but said it would appear in 5-7 days and I have a receipt. Does that mean I won’t get it? The site said not to open the link if you do not access to the phone you want to monitor, so I sent support an email. Should I just call my credit card Co to stop the pymt? So it really doesn’t work, does anything work to catch a cheater?

    • Sorry to hear that. You could try to stop the payment with your card company. Only try legitimate programs – any claiming you can instal remotely – do not work! Most are plain scams. Good luck.

  14. Many, many, many thanks! Came across your article as I was about to fall prey to a scam. Phew!
    Everything you explained in your article is exactly what I came across but my intuition made me look for reviews on this certain company, none came up but your article did…thanks again!

  15. How I wished I had stumbled across this site last night before parting with my hard earned cash… After spending 12 hours (yes, that’s right) trying to jailbreak (more cost) and install the software, I have given up. It’s a complete scam cashing in on people’s insecurity or safeguarding when they suspect a cheating partner or are a worried parent. Have asked for refunds, but I won’t hold my breath. DON’T BE FOOLED!
    Thanks Michael for explaining things in such a clear way.

  16. Hi I must be one of the lucky ones. I paid the $27 via Skrill but even though it said you could use PayPal for the remote cell spy.The PayPal option didn’t work. I didn’t even get as far as installation. I emailed them for technical support because I couldn’t work out how you could call the target phone for 30 seconds. I said to them does that mean that every 30 second call I make would enable me to monitor all those other phones. Without explanation I had a full refund via Skrill. Then they continued to ignore me. Call their bluff and ask technical questions. It worked for me.

  17. And does anyone able to tell me whether is possible an expert Hacker can remotely Hack into a phone in another country just knowing the target number? Is this technically possible??
    There many Hackers online advertising such. Is costly, but I do need access to a target phone, which I have no access too, and trying to see how?
    Any advices??

  18. I actually bought one of this Spy phone software before, only to realise it doesn’t work and is all a scam. I immediately contacted the seller and in a persuasive manner suggested them to refund me. They did, but not without also sending me a quite rude email back. Not very nice!
    Guys, don’t waist your money on this kind of ptograms!!

    • Sorry to hear that – I’m afraid you are not alone. TBH you are probably wasting your time with any lawsuit but good luck.

  19. Hi Michael,

    I understand that spyware cannot be installed remotely. Does this also include keyloggers? Is it possible for someone to have sent me a picture and installed a keylogger this way? I’ve seen several forums that claim it’s possible.


    • Lots of people claim lots of things … to make money. They can’t be installed without physical access to the device either. Viruses, Trojans and Worms can infect a device in this sort of way, but not spy software or keyloggers – they are fairly complex programs that need to run on the target device. The others just want to cause damage, not report anything back.

  20. How likely is it that a lay person could find someone to remotely intercept texts, etc., if money was not an issue and legalities were not a concern? Like a private investigator, etc?

    • It is possible – and expensive. The person doing the spying is taking big risks and the costs would reflect that. It is more common in business situations with companies spying on rivals etc.

    • You need to be careful – there are scams out there. Regular spy software products do legitimately track the device but some companies offer to do this using just the cell number (no software) – they are mostly scams in my experience.

  21. I have gotten ripped off twice, those apps do not work i have spent over $200 that i definitely do NOT have, but as you say when your desperate they’ll get you! But honestly NEVER again i learned my lesson, so everyone please save your money it’s true those apps DO NOT WORK!!!!!

  22. I was about to give my credit card when I decided to google them first to make sure they were ligit and they’re a scam!!! thanks to you.

  23. the most important thing for me to access is whatsapp.. I have checked with a few companies, they do not work with android… Can you please suggest to me what company does this? And has the best overall reputation..

    • MSpy and Flexispy both monitor Whatsapp messenger as long as the Android device is Rooted. Check out my reviews to see which one will suit your needs.

  24. Hi Micheal
    Thanks so much for your warning article on these scam. I was just about to purchase some of the spy software. Was searching the web to find software to install with out an access to target phone and couldn’t find. Thank God that I came across your articles, that gives me a better understanding.

  25. Thank you for this well written informative article

    Kept hoping for the one to do just what said couldn’t

    Found your site and saved myself Grief


  26. How do viruses, malware and spyware work then?
    They download themselves via email and such so surely the remote install thing does actually exist?
    Forgive my ignorance, I’m not very technologically minded.

    • There are loads of ways your devices can be monitored illegally – and it would be technically possible for it to work via hidden executable files etc.etc.etc. But the point is – you can not just buy this kind of thing – the companies you will find online offering remote install software do not work as they describe and they are scams. You can’t just buy a malicious code or malaware freely online. Sooner or later these companies offering remote spying will be closed down – you can’t buy them through Pay Pal for example – but when they are reported and taken down, they just re-launch as something else. Classic online scam procedure. Take care.

    • Check the reviews on this site – that’s what I do – Flexispy and mSpy are the most popular right now depending what you need to monitor. Good luck.

      • Hi Michael. So it seems to me that no spy software can be phisicalllly installed in the targeted phone unless it is jailed broken or by using the I cloud which means you need to know the owners’ Apple ID and password. I just simply want to buy the spy software, be able to access the targeted phone somehow and for 3-5 minutes,download the software and hope it gets installed and hidden and then walkway. Then be able to monitor from my PC or my personal phone. Do Flexspy or mSpy a complish this?

        • That’s about right – remember that only iPhones need to be Jailbroken (people do get mixed up). You need to jailbreak and then install. It is easy enough to do and Flexispy have a white glove service where tech support will install the software for you – it costs extra though! Good luck and have a good read around this site – lots of information including in the comments.

  27. I want to know which mobile spy software when installed on target phone is invisible on the phone? Meaning that he/she can not see any app or icon of that very software? Do you have any to recommend?

    • Most can be well hidden – Flexispy and mSpy have settings you can choose to hide any icons etc. Flexispy is the most difficult to find – if I had to choose!

  28. WOW, I almost bought it too. It really is an emotional buy. It is a slick website. Occam’s razor comes to mind. Thanks MIchael.

  29. Thank you Michael, I wish I had come across your page sooner because I just fell for a scam because I bought it and then realized I should have known better and researched it first. Too late, I’m now $27, in the “blink of a click”, poorer . Live and learn…so I’m sharing my woes so that others need not fall into the same trap.

    The so-called “company” is RemoteCellSpy​

    In the meantime, I will be frequently checking my pending bank transactions tomorrow and dispute it if I “catch” it before it gets processed. It’s worth a try.

    Thanks for listening! (-:

    • Ouch – sorry to hear that, you are not alone – I’m afraid many people still fall for the hype of these “programs”. I hope you can get your money back.

  30. I am very glad I found your info.
    I was close to [attempting to] purchase the remote cell phone spy program to gather evidence. I am so glad I didn’t. Thank you!

  31. so glad i decided to do more research and run across your page, i was so tempted to purchase, but thought this is to good to be true, thank you again for having this article 🙂

  32. Thanks Mike,I almost fell for it but yeah,after reading this page and some others,it is so obvious,Remote Cell,don’t fall for it!

  33. I WAS naturaly suspicious of the claims of this “company” RemoteCellSpy. I am pleased you have exposed them.They exibited all the tell tale signs you mention. Sorry for the last caller

  34. Crap,Darn! I just bought the remote cell spy and after the payment my computer blocked the site saying virus. I immediately phoned master card and emailed the company to try and stop the charge. Wish I had of done my research first.

    • We hear a lot of claims on the web! Don’t be conned – you need to install software on the phone directly, with physical access.

    • I think you are getting confused – remotely refers to sending it to someone elses phone. You download apps from the Play store to your phone and you also download spy software from the company website directly onto the phone you want to monitor – in both cases you have the phone in your possesion. Two different processes – remote install software refers to sending it to another phone by text etc. without their knowledge – but it doesn’t work!

  35. Hi Michael,

    Mine is a very simple question. If remote spying is not possible, how did the newspapers get to listen to the voice mail of politicians, celebrities and other citizens without being able to access their phone physically?

    • They were able to hack their voicemail accounts – very illegal (and not so easy now) and some people went to jail for it. They did not remotely install spy software, just took advantage of unsecured voicemail.

      • Thank you sooo much Michael . I was about to purchase Remote Cell Spy for my Iphone.
        it was a one time charge of 27.00. I accidently stumbled onto your site and glad I did. I will not be throwing my money out the window thanks to your knowledge. My sincere gratitude.

  36. Dear Michael,
    I know the article was written in Nov 2013 but Hope you read this question: recently again there are new websites claiming remote installation like Cell Phone Spy and Cell-Spy-Stealth, is it still not possible right?
    I actually have been a victim of cell phone spy and always get worried when such websites come up.
    Just a thought: For our peace of mind it would be great if you could have a status update on top of this web page or another webpage that could confirm from time to time (say quarterly) that remote installation is still not possible. 🙂

    • Great question! I must admit it frustrates me when people keep asking about remote installation – but I do understand how many people really want this to work (and be true). New products, old products – all claiming you can just send a text and don’t need to install software, no jailbreak for iPhones etc. – sounds too good to be true and it is. The thing is – even if these programs had the working technology to make this happen – they will not. Why? Because they would be shut down instantly – they would be breaking so many laws you wouldn’t believe. You will not be able to buy remote install software legally – ever! The only reason they get away with selling this stuff is that it does not work as they claim – the only laws they are breaking are to do with making false claims, and these are not worth pursuing. Try taking a website to court for a false claim – especially one hosted in say the Caymans or wherever.

      Just imagine if all anyone needed to do to spy on you was have your cell number – think about it. Can you imagine the backlash? There are products out there which work in different ways but you will not be buying them with your credit card from some spammy website. These are highly illegal, used by criminals and law enforcement (oh the irony). Every year people are jailed for stuff like this – it is serious stuff. And no you will not find it for sale from a website ever!

      So now people will still ask about their ex using this remote software – paranoia is a strong feeling and reason goes out the window. Sure it is possible your ex hired a criminal gang or a shady private detective for thousands of dollars just to see who you are texting – and they will be risking jail to help you. Do you think? Don’t beleive me – go buy one and report back, and tell us how you got on with the refund!

  37. thanks micheal u certainly answered all my questions regarding remote installs, and to think i was actually on the verge of purchasing one, no doubt a scam.looks like i can that idea, for a great many years at least.

    • Ha Ha – they don’t need to bother with software, they just go direct to the carrier and get what they need. Who owns the satelites all this stuff bounces around on? Big Brother … but why worry?

      • Thank you for the advice Michael 🙂 can you recommend any good freeware phone monitoring programs? something that is easy to install on multiple devices

        Thank you in advance

        • So, you are looking for free phone spy software that actually works and can be used on multiple devices …. Free. I am looking for a free Ferarri – we both have similar chances of success! Sorry but I couldn’t resist.

          • There are several legitimate spy programs – I have some reviews on this site – Flexispy and mSpy are both long running programs – very popular. Law enforcement agencies do not use this type of spy app – they can get your data directly from the service providers – amongst some other rather shady ways that have been publicised lately.

      • As intelligent as I am, I am so humbled by the common sense you’ve just explained.I was indeed emotionally eager for this product to work. It must have been God himself whom wouldn’t allow my credit card to process at least 5 times. I feel a little beside myself after your display of reason…… Thanks


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