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How to Spy on WhatsApp Messages from Your PC or Phone (Android and iPhone)

Would you like to spy on WhatsApp messages to read conversations from your partner (or your kid)? You are in the right place, then.

How to hack WhatsApp messages

Thanks to this guide you will learn the easiest ways to hack into a WhatsApp account and access chats without getting caught.

But there’s more.

Unlike other tutorials that you can find around the internet I will share with you ONLY TECHNIQUES THAT ARE EASY TO USE and work 100% (updated to 2022).


Before we begin, let me introduce myself. After all, who am I to tell you how to spy on WhatsApp?

Let’s have a virtual handshake (you never know these days eheheh).

My name is Frankie Caruso, your Italian nerdy friend raised on pizza, spaghetti and social media.

In my blog, I share guides regarding the most used techniques and apps for monitoring cell phones and social media apps (in this case, WhatsApp).

These guides have been extremely useful to both those looking for a method to monitor someone’s mobile phone (legally) and those who wanted to defend themselves from snoopers.

Besides, nothing is truer than the saying: know your enemy, and you’ll know how to defeat him. (Sun Tzu).

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Back to us.

I know how you feel.

You are just dying to know what someone else is talking about in their WhatsApp conversations, and most often, that conversation involves your significant other.

Is your husband or wife having an affair? You are on the right track to figuring that out.

You might also just be a worried parent, but if that’s the case, I should invite you to check out the guide to monitor your child’s cell phone where you can learn about the best parental control applications.

Maybe you found some photos in your partner’s cell phone with a man/woman who is not you and you want to know who he is.

But let’s get back to the espionage and 007 talk.

Is it possible to spy on WhatsApp?

I am not going to keep you on edge, spying on WhatsApp is possible and easy to do, you just have to learn the right way to go about it based on your skill set.

Allow me to clarify.

Basically, there are three distinct ways to snoop on WhatsApp. The first of these requires a deep knowledge of IT, the second is easy to apply and exploit WhatsApp Web, and the third is an easy-to-use WhatsApp tracker that will run you a few bucks.

To sum this up, below you are the best techniques to spy on WhatsApp chats on both your Android and iPhone:

  1. Mac Spoofing hacking technique (Very Hard)
  2. WhatsApp Web as a spying tool (Easy)
  3. mSpy WhatsApp tracker (Very Easy)

These methods are the fruit of my work. I have spent more than 5000 hours of testing ways and strategies to spy on a WhatsApp account.

Let’s take a look at these one by one.

Ah, just be warned: the guide is quite extensive because I will explain everything in detail, so get comfy and take your time.

LEGAL ADVISOR: I should not that spying on WhatsApp messages is illegal, and this article I meant to illustrate techniques for information purposes only. Any unlawful actions performed with this information is your full responsibility.

Method 1: Hacking WhatsApp with Mac Spoofing Technique

Mac Spoofing for WhatsApp Hacking


  • Effectiveness: 90%
  • Difficulty: Very Hard
  • Requires: Good computer skills and the victim’s phone

This is a popular and free method to spy on WhatsApp conversations without the victim being aware. When correctly applied, you can read every single chat on the cell phone of the victim, whether that is Android or iOS.

Now there is some bad news.

Despite it being so popular, not many people manage to find success with this method due to the variables. From my side, I can give the exact steps to follow and be as clear as possible.

The result, unfortunately, will not be a guarantee.

Before you begin, let’s take a brief look at how Mac Spoofing works and watch the video how to get your partner to give you his/her phone.

What Does Mac Spoofing Do?

Every mobile phone accessing the internet (or any device in general) has a unique ID assigned by its manufacturer consisting of various numbers and letters. This is called a MAC (Media Access Control).

Each mobile phone has one different from any other. You can take a look at this video if you have any doubts to this fact.

A sneaky way to spy on WhatsApp is to create a clone on your phone, but you will need to get the same MAC of the victim phone to get around the security barriers.

Thus, the term “MAC Spoofing”.

Without getting overrun with technical details, once you have identified the MAC address of the victim’s device, you mask your phone MAC with the one of the victim’s. Then you uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp.

Once you have done this, you have a clone of the WhatsApp account you want to spy on your phone and so you receive all messages and media the victim’s phone does.

Let’s take a look at how to put this into practice.

How to Use Mac Spoofing

Let’s see what the main steps are to put this espionage into effect. There are two things you need to have within reach:

  • Your mobile phone
  • The mobile phone of the victim (you need around two minutes).

At this point, the first step is to retrieve the MAC address of the target phone  and write it down.

The code you are looking for has a structure similar to this – 06: B3: 92: F4: 34: AC

There are two ways that you can obtain this MAC address:

From the Target’s Phone

Take the phone from the target and proceed as follows:

iPhone – Go to SettingsGeneralAbout and look for Wi-Fi

Android – Go to Settings – About DeviceStatus and look for Wi-Fi MAC

From a PC or Mac Computer

You can locate the Media Access Control on a computer only if both phones are connected through the same Wi-Fi network.

If they are, proceed as follows:

Windows – Click on the computer icon for connections (bottom right next to the date). Click on Open Network and Sharing Center. Go to Change Adapter Settings. Then, click with the right button on the icon of the network card that interests you. Go to Status. Click on Details. The MAC Address matches the code next to Physical Address.

OS X / Mac Computer – Go to System Preferences – Network – Advanced – Hardware. The MAC address you are looking for is the first information available in the window.

You can click here for some more information on how to get a MAC address from a network.

Now, you have to follow these steps:
  1. Uninstall WhatsApp on your mobile device.
  2. Change your MAC address with the one of the person you wish to spy on. (Apps will simplify this process like WifiSpoof for iPhone or BusyBox for Android).
  3. Reinstall WhatsApp on your phone, being careful to enter the phone number of the victim.
  4. Ask the activation code to be sent via SMS, but be mindful this will also be sent to the victim’s phone. Write down the code and delete the message, otherwise you are sure to be caught.
  5. Re-set the original MAC Address on your phone.

If this was done correctly, you should get all the messages, photos and videos of the person you are spying on.

Are there limits for using this technique?

One of the biggest notable limitations for Mac Spoofing is that if the targeted phone leaves the Wi-Fi range where it is connected, you lose your ability to continue monitoring their WhatsApp activity.

Because it is possible to read messages before the target does, you can inadvertently make someone suspicious (or worse yet actually be caught.)

  • Free
  • Real time messages tapping
  • Hard to apply
  • Time-consuming

Frankie’s Take:

Mac Spoofing is an effective technique to tap into someone’s WhatsApp account and messages, but the execution takes tech savviness and is time consuming. This is only advisable if you are a computer geek with a lot of time and patience on your hands.

Method 2: Exploit WhatsApp Web to play James Bond

This technique will make you a real James Bond and will allow you to spy on WhatsApp messages without installing any software and, most importantly, for free.

Spy on WhatsApp with WhatsApp Web


  • Effectiveness: 60%
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Requires: Victim’s phone for a few minutes

Quite recently WhatsApp introduced a feature to use across multiple devices (some countries are testing in beta).

This feature was designed exclusively to allow you to use your WhatsApp account across several devices. This new functionality permits the connection of up to 4 devices simultaneously to a single account – all without requiring these devices to stay always connected to the internet.

Of course, this new feature also allows you another avenue for spying on someone’s WhatsApp account.

I can show you how to do this right now. Even without technical skills, you will see just how easy this is to achieve. You do not need to install any software or perform complicated hacks.

Let’s just get to it:
  1. Start by borrowing the target’s phone for a brief moment.
  2. Navigate to WhatsApp and the Settings.
  3. Choose Linked Devices and then on Multi-Devices (beta)
  4. On your PC or phone, go to WhatsApp Web
  5. Scan the QR code that appears with the target device and wait a few seconds. In a few moments, the information is all available on the new device.

That’s it!

Spy on WhatsApp with Multi Devices feature

Once you do this, you can then use your PC or smartphone in this same manner to view all messages incoming to the account.

Note: If you wish to use your phone instead of a computer, you need to choose the Desktop Website choice rather than the mobile mode. To activate this on your iOS device, you can navigate to the site as normal (web.whatsapp.com) then click on the “aA” icon at the top left. From here, choose Request Desktop Website. On Androids using Chrome, choose the three dots in the corner while on the site to Request Desktop Site as well.

You didn’t expect this to be completely perfect though, right?

Are there limitations to this technique?

Limit 1: If the intended target does not access their WhatsApp account for 14 days, all connected devices become automatically discarded.

Limit 2: It is possible for those to view any connected devices to their account – so it is possible that you could be caught and the victim disconnects you.

Limit 3: This new feature is not available in all countries because it is slowly rolling out. Currently, the market for this is Europe, Canada, the UK, Australia, and the US. Don’t despair though! If your country does not fall into this group yet, you can still connect a target’s WhatsApp account to WhatsApp Web. Unfortunately, if they take the phone from the area near you, this connection would get interrupted.

Note: While you can see just how easy it might now be to spy on someone, be careful that you do not become a victim yourself. Protect your information and your account. A surefire way is to not loan your phone out to people to use at all, or at least without your direct supervision.
  • Free and fast
  • Easy to apply
  • Real time messages tapping
  • Easy to get caught
  • Connection drops often

Frankie’s Take:

The Multi-Devices feature and WhatsApp can become a powerful spying tool that is free and easy to use. Unfortunately, using this method leaves you likely to get caught.

Method 3: WhatsApp Spy app – mSpy

This is hot stuff! Let me tell you, if I were cheating on my partner and I knew that mSpy existed, I would not sleep tight. 

Spy on WhatsApp with mSpy app


  • Effectiveness: 100%
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Requires: Small Initial Fee To Use Software

If you are looking for a way to quickly and effectively see someone’s WhatsApp messages remotely without their knowledge, then you need a professional spying application.

Let me explain this a little clearer.

There are dozens of spying applications on the market, but only mSpy is the best for several distinct reasons:

  1. Value for Money
  2. Effectiveness
  3. Ease of Use

mSpy is an advanced tool but still very easy to use. You can spy on messages across all instant messaging platforms including WhatsApp.

mSpy WhatsApp Screenshot

They are the leading application in this field, offering a solution for Androids and iPhones.

To put it bluntly, no other application out there comes close.

The software will allow you to monitor activity on the target’s smartphone, tablet or computer without their knowledge.

You will be able to see everything sent and received with the device, monitor phone calls, text message, voicemail, browsing history, and multimedia content send or received.

This application also features real time map positioning with GPS on the phone, meaning that you can see where they are at any time. Maybe you can find my guide on how to locate a cell phone interesting.

Dashboard mSpy

But what I love most about this company is the 24/7 support available.

The mSpy monitoring software is easy to download and install, even without any tech background. But if you do have difficulties, there is a support staff available 24 hours a day to help you through whatever hiccup you encounter.

With its expert design and all that mSpy can do, you would expect to pay a fortune for it. Actually, while it does have a cost, it is very minimal compared to the features and information it provides.

How does mSpy work

I will try to be as straightforward as possible.

Just pay close attention. Take a deep breath… and focus.

Ok, let’s dive in!

mSpy works on Android devices and iOS systems (iPhone or iPad).

If your victim’s phone is an Android device (such as a Samsung or Google Pixel, just to name a few) then you need to have your victim’s phone at hand (even for a few minutes), and then install mSpy.

Recently the software introduced a new monitoring system called Screen Recorder that allows you to install the software on Android phones without rooting.

Screen Recorder takes periodic screenshots when the victim opens one of the following apps: WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype.

Hack WhatsApp with mSpy

If your victim’s phone is an iPhone, things are a bit easier.

In fact, to install mSpy you need to know your victim’s iCloud login details and have access to their device for a couple of seconds (just enough time to perform 2-factor authentication).

Note: mSpy for iPhone is available in two versions, one without Jailbreak (the equivalent of Root for Android) that has limited functions but still gives you the ability to spy on WhatsApp, and one with Jailbreak that allows you to spy on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.

I hope I have made things clear 🙂

Here are some of the things that this spyware will help you monitor:

  • WhatsApp (messages, images, videos and audio)
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Viber
  • Skype
  • LINE
  • Telegram
  • Tinder
  • Hangouts
  • iOS Messages
  • SMS, MMS
  • Call Log and Phonebook
  • Browsing History
  • Email Photo and Video
  • Installed Applications
  • SIM Change Notifications
  • GPS Tracking

How to install mSpy?

As I mentioned before mSpy is simple and easy to install.

Let me walk you through the steps you need to follow:

  1.  the first step being to obviously purchase and download the spy tool (it is cheap and accessible)
  2. Installing the app and connect the software to your child or spouse’s mobile phone
  3. Wait a few minutes (it might even take a few hours) for the software to upload all the contents of the target phone to your dashboard.
  4. Now you can start to spy in real time – boom!

Installation only takes a few minutes, and you do not need any technical skills to do it. You can learn more about installation in this guide I have written: Step-by-Step Guide to mSpy – the Best Cell Phone Tracker App. Inside you will also find a discount voucher (it’s a gift reserved for readers of my blog).

Note: as I mentioned before if you have issues with the installation, or just do not think you are capable, there is a paid service available through mSpy (around $50) called mAssistance where an operator can walk you through installation step-by-step over the phone.

Whenever you download the program, you will be able to see any information on the target phone, no matter how private it might be. You will also be able to access their phone information from your computer as well.

This should be plenty enough for you to finally be able to log on to your dashboard on mSpy and receive all the information you ever could have asked for.

Once installed, the spyware can be accessed from your mobile device (iPhone and Android phones) or computer anywhere.

All you have to do then is log into your account and see the entirely of the victim’s phone on your dashboard.

Spy on iPhone with mSpy App

Does mSpy Have Shortcomings?

Truthfully, I haven’t noticed much of anything. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the need for access to the device for a few minutes to get the software installed.


mSpy only offers potential customers a single subscription called Premium that can be purchased month-to-month, quarterly, or annually.

To get this package, you can expect to pay a $48.99 monthly charge. If you want to purchase every 3 months, the per month price drops to $27.99. Annual subscriptions have a per month value of $11.66.

  • Fast, Very Easy to apply and Infallible
  • No need physical access to victim’s phone to monitor WhatsApp (only for iPhone)
  • Any instant messaging apps messages tapping
  • Include GPS tracking
  • 24/7 support for the installation
  • No chance to get caught
  • You need to pay a small fee
  • Time-consuming
The use of mSpy software is for legal applications only. Spying on WhatsApp and other social media platforms could result in monetary and criminal penalties against the violator. You might even break local laws by installing surveillance software in any capacity. Often, you have to inform the owner of the device that you are installing an WhatsApp spy app or any trackers.

Frankie’s Take:

This is the best way to remotely access not only WhatsApp, but an entire phone without detection. Anyone can use it, and it does not require training or expertise to avoid detection. You only have to pay a few bucks to download the program.

FAQs WhatsApp Spy

Since I wrote this guide – boy it’s been almost 7 years since the first release – so many people have reached out to me both in the comments below and privately to ask me questions.

I’ve decided to select and answer the most interesting ones in order to make this guide complete in every way.

I do care about doing things right 🙂

On to the first one.

Can I spy on WhatsApp if I only have a phone number for the person I want to spy on?

This is not possible.

You cannot access a conversation with only a phone number. If anyone online tells you they may be scamming you.

I’ll tell you more.

I’ve seen that you can find apps on Google that promise you can access someone’s WhatsApp conversations by entering their phone number (e.g. hacking-tor.com).


Not only do they not work but you also risk them stealing money from your credit card.

How to spy on WhatsApp messages without target phone?

This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Spy on a WhatsApp conversation without a target device is possible as long as this requirement is met: 

Whatever technique you decide to use, to be implemented – the first time – you need your target smartphone. Afterwards, not anymore.

Let me explain.

Spy Apps > when you install them you need your victim’s mobile phone (even if only for a few seconds). Then you can access their chats form remote.

WhatsApp Web > you need your target phone to scan the QR code. Then you can spy without having your victim’s mobile phone.

WhatsApp chat backup > you need your target phone to access the backup containing your victim’s conversations.

Mac Spoofing > to know the Mac address of the target phone you need to have it at hand. Once obtained you won’t need it anymore and you can read the conversations without your target phone.

Ultimately, the answer is: Yes, you can spy on WhatsApp without target device but only after you have it at hand and connected WhatsApp to the spy app or your device.

Are there free apps for spying on WhatsApp?

There are no credible free WhatsApp spy tools that can do this.

Most of the spy softwares are cheap and easily affordable. If you want to know more about spying apps I have selected the best WhatsApp spy apps that you can find in 2022. Check it out!

I think my WhatsApp account is being spied on. What can I do?

You will need to remove any spyware from your phone. You will need to restore it to the factory settings and then change all of your passwords or pins.

How can I track WhatsApp calls?

I got good news and bad news.

Which one should I start with?

Okay, off with the good one.

There is a WhatsApp spy tool called FlexiSpy that can record your WhatsApp calls and let you listen to them from remote.

As of today it is the only spy app that comes with this feature. If you’re interested, I’ve written a guide on everything you need to know about FlexiSpy (from how to install it to how much it costs).

The bad news? It’s very expensive and tricky to install (you have to Root on Android or Jailbreak on your target iPhone).


Now we have reached the end of the guide, and I can only hope that all the information I provided can be put to good use. Before we leave, though, I want to take a minute to make sure that you didn’t miss anything.

I have shown you 3 of the simplest techniques to spy on someone’s WhatsApp account. These are:

Mac Spoofing – hacking technique that requires good computer skills. The advantage here is that it is free, but it requires access to the target phone.

You should only consider this method if you have a lot of time and are already good with computer hacking.

WhatsApp Web – this is also a free option that you can use if you have access to the victim’s phone for just a few seconds. You should be careful to use this method, though, as it is easy to detect.

This method is good for a quick peek at a target’s WhatsApp conversations.

mSpy WhatsApp – The best solution in this list. It is not free (as it costs about $27 a month).

If your target has an iPhone, you can install mSpy software without accessing the victim’s mobile phone at all if you have access to the iCloud. If it is Android, you are going to need to get that phone in your hand.

This is completely stealthy software, so it does not show up in apps or on the home screen.

I would recommend this to someone who wants long-term access to WhatsApp conversations and you are not familiar with a computer or tinkering with mobile devices. I have a guide about how to install mSpy in less than three minutes.

That’s it – if you have any doubts or questions, do not hesitate to write in the comments or contact me on Instagram. I will get back with you as soon as I can.

Remember to specify the phone model you want to spy on – Android or iPhone – so I can be as precise as possible in my answering.

Feel free to check back often as I will update this blog with new techniques for spying on WhatsApp as soon as they get developed.

A hug,

Frankie Caruso

PS – Often those who have something to hide do not only use a singular method of communication like WhatsApp, but multiple. I suggest that you take a look at how you can spy on Facebook accounts and how to hack someone’s Instagram account and how to hack Snapchat. You might find this to be highly useful information.

PS II – Take a minute and look at our guide all about protecting your phone from spying, because as you have seen, it is not challenging for someone to become a target.

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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.