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How to purchase Mobile spy software
The first thing that you need to do if you want to use Phones Spy is to actually purchase the application.
Here you can see the purchasing process of the application. As you can see in the upper area of the screen, there are three steps involved in the process: the Billing Information, the Confirmation and Payment screen and the Finish Order feature of the process. You can see how many licenses you decided to buy and you can see the price that you are about to pay. The company offers discount coupons for their application and if you have one, you can check the according box and then insert your coupon code in the provided field. After you refresh the page using the provided button, you will see that the coupon has been added to the purchase list and it will discount your price. We had a 45% discount coupon code for the tool and it was added instantly.
When you proceed with the payment process, you will be taken to the next step. Here, you have to provide your billing information and the first thing that you have to do is to specify if you are an individual person or if you represent a company. Fill in all the other fields that are required, such as name, address or card number. From the right side of the screen you can choose to pay with a simple credit card, with a PayPal account or by using other methods from the ones provided. There is also the possibility to select the currency that you want to use, depending on the payment method that you choose.
After you perform this step and confirm the payment, you will be greeted by the following screen. This is the confirmation that the order has been placed. You should wait a few more minutes until you receive the needed emails that can take you further through the configuration process.
How to activate Mobile Spy software
Check your email, as you should have already received the needed emails.
Check the second email from the three and here, you will discover the activation key for your subscription. You can simply copy and paste it whenever you are required to input it into your new Mobile Spy account.
The registration process is as simple as possible. You just have to provide an email address and then choose a password that will be used in order to log into this account. Check the CAPTCHA code and insert it correctly so that you can proceed to the next step.
After you perform these simple steps, you will receive another confirmation screen that shows the output of the accoutn creation process. Check out the advice they provide and proceed to install the application on the target mobile device that you want to monitor. During the third part of our review, we will deal with this part of the configuration process, and then we will summarize the contents of the administration panel, with respect to the information that the software grabs from the phone and displayes to you afterwards.
Installing and configuring the utility on the mobile phone
As mentioned before, we used an Android device in order to install this application. To be more specific, we used a Samsung I9000 that runs a custom Android 4.4.2 ROM. The phone was the first flagship of Samsung and although it is now quite old, compared to the newer S4 and S5, it still goes strong, It does not really matter what phone you want to use in order to install the application, but you can check the guide provided by the app in order to discover a more detailed compatibility list.
As you can see, after you select the application from the folder and begin the installation process, you can read about the permissions that the tool needs. You will easily see that the tool requires much more permissions which are designed to allow the app to feed information to your internet account. One important thing that must be noted is the name of the utility. It is not Mobile Spy, Phones Spy or any other name that might make people become suspicous if they were to discover the tool installed in their phone. SIM Toolkit is already the name of an application that is featured in the Android Operating System, so you are good to go.
After you install the application, you must press the Open button, and not the Done one. This software does not have an icon in the menu of the phone and it does not appear in the applications list of the device, so you cannot normally access it. This is why, in order to start configuring it on the phone, you need to open the app and not just finish the installation process with the aid of the Done button. If you are used to press Done and you do it by mistake here, you can open the app using a special code. Type #54321* into your dialer and then make a call. This will open up the tool and you can do this whenever you want it to be launched for further configuration.
As you open the app, you will be greeted by a fairly simple welcome screen. Here, you need to choose the option that applies to you, whether you are a new user or if you already have an account.
We already created the account and we can use the latter option in order to log into it. The following screen will show up and here, you just have to type in the email address and the password that you have chosen in the beginning.
After you log in, before the application actually starts, it will request Superuser rights. This means that it will be able to access just about any function of the phone. The red message that you see on the following screen is something encountered usually when it comes to Superuser, as this permission is not declared in the apps from the beginning, so that the user can grant manually the access whenever he wants to. You can choose to grant this Superuser access for 10 minutes, for the current usage time of the application or permanently. The last option is recommended, so that the tool can work on its own with no further intervention from you in the future.
The application has two preliminary settings screens that you need to go through if you want to access the rest of the features and to actually have it up and running. The first one is displayed below and it features multiple check boxes, one for each option that you can choose to track. This is Mobile Spy, in a nutshell. Record call logs or Dropbox downloads, it’s your choice. Keep track of messages or see the photos that were taken by the device, once again, this is your choice, depending on the interest that you have while using the app.
Mobile Spy can do something else, too: it can give you information about the location of the phone and obviously, about the location of its owner. You can see precise coordinates that the application records and all you have to do is to allow the tool to make use of the GPS feature of the device. The GPS tracker should also remain on within the phone if you want it to record the ‘steps’ made by the owner.
After you perform these two steps, you can proceed to the next screen, where you can either close the app or access more settings. Should you press the Close button, the app will disappear from everywhere and it will only remain active in background, recording the tasks performed by the smartphone. However, you can also press the More Settings button and see what else can the tool provide to you.
Below you can see how the menu of the application looks like. There are multiple option screens and by accessing each one, you can discover more in-depth details related to the utility. You can choose more than a general option, in order to practically fine tune the tool and make it function just as you want it to.
The following two screenshots contain the specific settings found in the Device Activity Logging menu. Here you can find the main elements of the device that can be tracked, such as the messages or the call history. There is an important box that you should check out, the first one in the Media sub-menu. You can allow the tool to upload photos and videos through Wi-Fi only, in order to avoid data consumption from the standard plan. However, you should know that logs, overall, are small in size and they can go undetected, even if Wi-Fi is not used.
When it comes to social media and instant messaging applications, you have a wide range of options from which you can choose one or more. You can receive logs from WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, but also from other apps, such as Gmail or Twitter.
The tracking option allows you to choose from three different options, the recommended one being the Advanced Tracking one. You can specify the time interval when you want the tool to grab the new location, which can be half an hour or half a day, depending on your preferences. These locations can be displayed on Google Maps, to give you the best output.
Next, you have the recovery options available. You can choose to be informed if the SIM card of the device is changed and you can specify a phone number that should receive a notification. There are also a few SMS commands that you can make use of, such as the .washit. function to wipe the contents of the device.
Certain applications can be prevented from running on the device. You can block the clock or the dialer, although if you want to remain undetected, it is best to stay away from these. People will quickly figure it out that something unusual happens if they cannot call or receive calls on their phone. In certain situations, though, these can be just as useful as other features of the tool.
In the Alerts screen, you can set up a variety of triggers that you should be informed of. Profanity is a standard one, so you can know when the owner of the device uses foul language, especially if he shouldn’t do it. An intrusion alert can also be set up, along with a few other different alert types that are featured in the menu and that can be triggered on or off, once again, depending on your needs.
If you press the settings option of the application, you will open the following screen and three options will be available. You can change the PIN code of the tool in order to have another way of accessing the app, if the standard PIN is too obvious. You can unlink Mobile Spy from the account that you created on the computer and added to this app. This can be useful if you want to use the license for another device. Finally, you can uninstall the application in order to stop tracking the device.