iPhone Tracking: 3 Simple Ways to Track an iPhone

By Alexander Mereïn-Velkor

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It is a known fact that iPhones are hard to spy on. Perhaps you are happy to read this, especially if you have the one in your pocket. 

But what if you need to track an iPhone for whatever reason? Maybe you need to watch your kid’s Apple device or reveal something about your spouse. 

Let’s consider the uMobix tracking app. Despite having fewer spying features for iOS devices than for Android, it is powerful enough to track the basic information: calls, messages, and main social networks. 

Another significant advantage is that you do not need jailbreak. Many iPhone tracking features don’t work without it, but not in the case of uMobix.

1. Tracking with Apple ID by uMobix

uMobix is one of the best iPhone tracking apps. It has a vast number of features, almost all that is possible. 

With that, uMobix for iOS costs $149.99/year: a very affordable price for an app of such level. If you want to track an iPhone for free, you can find another app with a free version, but we haven’t seen any for an iPhone, while there is a lot for Android.

You probably heard of a jailbreak: the process enabling you to access all features of iOS and obtain total control over the operating system.  Although sometimes this is an attractive option, jailbreaking voids the device’s warranty and can be harmful in other ways. It opens a possibility to change something accidentally in the operating system, leaving it non-working. 

uMobix does not require this. You can start your spying journey right after installation.

 Browser Usage 

First, you’ll have access to the browser history and bookmark in corresponding dashboard tabs.

There are tabs in the uMobix dashboard. You can also see which is available for iPhone tracking.

Call and SMS tracking 

The app provides a tool for monitoring the calls, SMSs, and iMessages on the iPhone. You will see lists of them with phone numbers and contact names. You also can explore the target’s contact list directly.

 Location Tracking 

Another tool will allow you to record the target’s location. You’ll see the map with a precise location.Along with that, you’ll see the list of visited locations.

Photos & Videos Checking 

uMobix grants you full access to the iPhone’s gallery. You’ll see photos and videos on the target device, including the time when each of them was made or downloaded. To do this, go to the Media menu section on your dashboard and select either photos or videos.

Social Network Tracking 

it shows the activity of your target in various social apps. Newsfeeds, messages, friends, all will be revealed in your dashboard.

Facebook tracking from the PC.

On iOS, there is a limited number of them available for tracking, but for most cases, Facebook and Instagram will be enough.

Message Tracking 

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are available: they are the most popular. With the high probability, your target uses them regularly.


The app’s keylogger remembers everything typed from the device. Your target’s activity will be recorded. Access it from your dashboard, choose any app, and you’ll see everything that you target wrote in it: from messages and SMSs to notes and documents.

Photos & Videos Checking 

it grants you full access to the target phone’s gallery. You’ll see which photos and videos your target loves to make and download, and when they all were made. To do this, select the Camera tab.

You see what you can do. Let’s see how to start your journey into iPhone tracking.

Installing uMobix on iPhone 

Watch this video first: How to use uMobix cell phone tracker on iOS devices

For iPhone tracking, you can install uMobix remotely, but you need to ensure that the iPhone has 2-factor authentication turned off and iCloud synchronization turned on. 

You cannot install the app otherwise: it requires sync because it will use iCloud for installation. 2-factor auth will prevent the app from installation if it is turned on.

To start, sign in to your account and choose the iOS installation. provide your Apple ID and password, and after that, choose the device you need to monitor. You should have physical access to your target iPhone because you’ll obtain a code on it. You need to type it to initiate the installation. After that, the installation will start automatically; the app will be hidden, and no further contacts with the target device are required.

The first sync with your dashboard can take up to 24 hours. After that, the dashboard will be refreshed quickly, with a delay of no more than 5 minutes.

What You Should Know Before You Install uMobix on an iPhone 

Let’s summarize:

  • iPhone tracking requires iCloud synchronization to be turned on on your target. It will allow the app to be installed via iCloud remotely.
  • Along with that, 2-factor authentication should be turned off: in another case, iOS won’t let uMobix install.
  • You should know the Apple ID credentials for the iPhone tracking. Without them, you won’t obtain access to iCloud and cannot install the app.
  • You should have physical access to the device. Despite uMobix will install remotely, you will obtain a confirmation code on the device, so you should reach it to start the installation.
  • Remember that some app features are not available on the iOS target device.

And now we are going to be comparing uMobix with two other iPhone trackers.

2. Tracking With SpyBubble 


$49.95/month for 5 devices at once

It is perfect to monitor several devices simultaneously, providing an economical plan for monitoring five devices. Despite claiming to be the best one, its range of features is limited compared to other apps: you can see them here. Unlike uMobix, it requires a jailbreak.

 GPS Tracking  

You can see the location of your target. Open the dashboard, find the location tracker and start monitoring.

 Message Tracking  

It will also provide you with recordings of SMS messages, phone numbers, dates, and other relevant information.

It is an example of SMS intercepting using the SpyBubble dashboard. The image is from the official site.

Call Tracking  

The app will show you the list of calls made from the device, with similar relevant information. You’ll also be able to download the logs.

Social Apps  

You can intercept messages from popular social networks and messengers, such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. You’ll see messages from your dashboard.


The app allows you to see the visited websites, showing the browser history and its bookmark manager on the target device.

How you can obtain this?


Installation instructions on the site are unclear. 

However, the procedure is standard and similar to other spying apps: you need to buy the spyware and register on the website. Then, you’ll obtain the download link: download and install the app on your target iPhone.According to the website, you cannot install SpyBubble remotely: you need physical access to it.


  • Well-suitable for multiple device monitoring.
  • A free 3-days trial.
  • It can download the call recordings.


  • Limited features.
  • Only a monthly subscription plan is available, not the yearly one.
  • Jailbreak is required.
  • The information about features and installation is unclear, and the app’s support, in general, is poor.

3. Tracking With SpyBubblePro 

Despite similar names, SpyBubblePro is the app distinct from SpyBubble: they have different prices and features. It is, actually, much better. It costs the same as uMobix and provides a range of features comparable with it.

However, it is unclear which features are available for the iPhone tracking. As you know from the uMobix example, probably some of them are not. 

We encourage you to contact support before installation to clarify this question.

You can easily explore the SpyBubblePro features on its official site, but it is unclear which operating systems they’re working on.


You can use the app for GPS tracking. It will show the current location of your target, along with its target history. Of course, it will work only if your target has a GPS module enabled.


SpyBubblePro provides you access to the device’s mic and camera. 

You can use them to listen to the phone’s environment and use the device’s camera to take photos and videos, which will be sent directly to your dashboard.

It’s unclear whether you can do this on the iPhone.

Messages and Calls Tracking  

You’ll have access to the conversation logs on the target phone. 

In the dashboard, tap the Calls or Messages tabs to open the list of calls or messages with the contact names and numbers. You can see both SMSs and iMessages. 

Social Tracking  

SpyBubblePro gives you access to all popular social networks and messengers: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp. You’ll see messages, newsfeeds, friends, and other relevant information.

Control Features  

Finally, the app will show you the list of installed applications and give control over them.

You’ll be able to track the time each application has been used. The app allows you to turn off each app when you need it or even delete them.

Installation guide  

Installation is claimed to be very quick: you first need to register, but the app and sign in to your personal account. 

Then, enter your target’s Apple ID credentials and select the device you need to track on. The app will install itself automatically.

You need to ensure that iCloud sync is turned on and 2-factor auth – turned off, just as in the case of uMobix and SpyBubble.

 Benefits of using SpyBubblePro  

  • A good range of features
  • Average and accessible price
  • No jailbreak is required

Frequently Asked Questions 

That’s what you need to know about iPhone tracking. Let’s complete the journey by this F.A.Q. list. You can always ask us in the comments if you want to know more.

Q: Why are there fewer features available for iOS than for Android?  

A: iOS is much better protected than Android, according to experts. Apple has designed both the iPhone and its operating system, and they are perfectly fit each other. In addition, Apple watches for its products’ security very strictly. Due to that, it is much more complicated to spy on iOS devices.

 Q: Why should installation proceed via iCloud?  

A: The spyware, of course, is not officially approved by Apple. That means that it cannot be installed on the device, at least without jailbreaking: you can read more about Apple’s tight approval policy here. It is part of Apple’s famous security from the previous answer. To circumvent this policy, we need to use the indirect iCloud installation, regardless of it will be online or offline.

Q: What to do if I don’t know the Apple ID credentials but need to spy anyway?  

A: You can find them by accessing the target iPhone and searching them in the iPhone Settings. They will be displayed in the main Apple account.

Q: Why jailbreak can be dangerous for the iPhone?   

A: First, it voids a warranty and stops the iPhone support from Apple. Second, it opens possibilities to change something in the core of the operating system. It may lead to the breakage of the device.

Q: What is 2-factor authentication?  

A: It is the extra security system for the iOS device: you can read more on the official Apple website. Using verification codes ensures that no one except the iPhone’s owner can use it and install anything on it.

Q: Can I track an iPhone without installing software?  

A: No, you need to install the spyware on the device via iCloud to enable it to gather information from the iPhone.

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