How To track and monitor facebook messages

By Alexander Mereïn-Velkor

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Social networks became crucial in our lives. Almost everybody uses social apps and messengers, for conversations, content exchange, blogging. Articles with titles such as “Social Media Addiction” become more and more popular. There is peer-reviewed scholarly research on this topic. People’s usage of social networks sometimes becomes an obsession and there should be ways to regulate it.

Facebook is the biggest social network in the world: it has roughly 3 billion active users in 2021, almost one-half of the total world’s population. Most people, when conversing, are using Facebook Messenger. But what should you do if you are facing social network abuse, for example, with your employees or with your kids? The possible way to stop it is to take control.

Facebook’s rise in the last decade. The number of active users gradually reaches 3 billion and, probably, will continue to rise.

Spying apps can be used to track Facebook content on the target phone and, if necessary, block social networks or even the whole device. They also are useful if you want to spy on your spouse or friend for some reason. It is definitely more purposeful than trying to access their phones or accounts directly.

How To Spy On Facebook Messenger

Spying apps usually provide a lot of different spying tools at once. A Facebook tracking device is one of the most basic tools of each spyware, due to the vast popularity of Facebook and high demand for such a tool. Some apps provide a separate Facebook tracker and those will be described as the best in this case. If you need to find help in tracking someone’s Facebook messages, this article will be useful for you.

When talking about spyware, rooting and jailbreaking are usually mentioned. Those are methods to obtain full access to the device’s operating systems: rooting in the case of Android and jailbreaking in the case of iOS. You can read more about rooting, for example, here, and for jailbreaking, here. Full access to the operating system may be required for some spyware’s functions, including Facebook tracking.

Note that for any tracking activity on an iOS device, you must know the iCloud credentials of the target. For Facebook tracking, a jailbreak is required.

The Best Apps to Track Facebook Messages


Price: $179.88/year for Android; $149.99 for iOS

Compatible: Android 4.0 and higher; all iOS devices

uMobix is a spying app for general purposes. It can be used for camera tracking, messages’ reading, and other spying things with its intuitive and convenient interface.

The interface of uMobix is very easy, clear, and convenient. Taken from

uMobix is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. To install it, check firstly the instruction either for the Android or iOS device. The installation requires physical access to a target phone, but it’s easy and you need no more than 5 minutes of your time to end up with it. There isn’t a full installation guide on the website, but you can find it, for example, here.

A big advantage is that Facebook tracking using uMobix is possible even without rooting and jailbreaking, especially compared to most other iOS trackers which need a jailbroken iPhone to work.


  • Facebook tracking is possible without a root or jailbreak
  • A demo version is available for try
  • High functionality and performance
  • Intuitive interface
  • Responsive support
  • A blog full of information is available on the app’s website


  • Limited support of iOS: fewer features are available
  • Quite expensive
  • No free trial/free version

Mobile Tracker Free

Free version available

€6/month; €15/month for unlimited monitoring devices

Available: Android devices

It provides a free and working version of the Facebook tracker: with messages tracking and hiding on the target phone.

To install Mobile Tracker Free, you must start from this detailed installation guide and watch a video attached to it. Note that you’ll need to root the target phone for Facebook tracking: it is better to do this in advance!

Singing in on a target phone before the installation

The main problem is that this exciting app isn’t available for iOS at all.


  • The only fully free Facebook tracker among apps that are mentioned here.
  • Paid versions are, anyway, extremely cheap compared with other apps.
  • A clear and concise database full of useful information; clear installation guide.
  • Quite a multifunctional tool: it can be used for SMS tracking, photo/video access, GPS tracking, and even call recording. Everything can be done for free!


  • Requires rooting for Facebook tracking.
  • Unavailable for iOS devices.
  • No live support; only via email.


Free version available


Available: Android 4.0+

Snoopza is a spy app designed mostly for text messages monitoring. It is a simple app, compared to, for example, XNspy. Its free version provides SMS and geolocation tracking and a couple of other useful features. For a Facebook tracker, though, you should buy a full version: still, it is cheaper than most other options.

Registration in Snoopza on a target phone

The installation of Snoopza is clearly described on a website. It takes only a couple of minutes, but you should read this instruction carefully before installation, to do everything right. 


  • Very quick installation with clear instructions.
  • Very affordable prices and a free version.
  • Ease of use.
  • A free version, despite not enabling direct Facebook tracking, enables tracking of internet browser history and provides a keylogger to log messages.


  • No live support is available.
  • No iOS version available.
  • A device must be rooted.


Free version available


Available: Android 2.3 and higher; iOS 7 and higher;

This app provides tracking solutions and is aimed mostly at businesses. Its best subscription plan is designed for more than 20 devices and costs $9.99 per month per device. It can be a good option if you need a Facebook tracker for your growing business.

It provides descriptions for both Android and iOS versions on its website. Installation guides are undetailed as if they think that customers can do everything by themselves.


  • Does not require rooting when installing on Android.
  • The free version includes SMS tracking, call history tracking, and GPS tracking facilities. It is quite functional in any way.
  • Compatible with different devices


  • The Facebook tracker works only on jailbroken iOS devices.
  • Fully suitable only for businesses.
  • Vague installation guides.
  • No live support on the website.


Available: iOS; Android 4.0 and higher

Price: $119/year

It is a spy app for general purposes. It has a good cell phone tracker available both for Android and iOS. In addition to location tracking, it can track SMS, most messengers, and website history. It provides remote installation for iOS devices, despite iOS credentials of the target device are still necessary.

Cocospy provides no free trial and should be purchased at once. It has a demo version enabling you to try the app before purchasing. It has detailed installation guides for both Android and iOS devices.


  • Very quick installation
  • Ease of use
  • Multifunctionality and cross-platform.
  • No rooting is necessary for Android devices
  • A demo version is available


  • For iOS devices, a jailbreak is necessary to track Facebook
  • No free trial or free version
  • No live support


Free keylogger available


Available: Android 4.0 or higher; Windows and Mac OS

This app is quite simple and well-suited for text message tracking; it provides a free keylogger. It can be used for PC, which makes it very useful for parental control at home and work control. It is unavailable for iOS, however.

On the website, there are clear instructions about how to install Hoverwatch on Android, Windows, and Mac.


  • Affordable prices and a free keylogger
  • Support for PCs
  • Rooting is not required for Facebook tracking
  • Clear installation instructions and F.A.Q.


  • No iOS version is available
  • No live support; only via email requests
  • Claiming to have a free version, despite they provide only free keylogger

Who Needs Facebook Tracking Apps

Facebook tracking apps are used for many different purposes. If you are reading this article, possibly you know your purposes already. But in general, there are two categories of people who need Facebook tracking apps more than others.

Parents need to track the messages of their kids. Today, there are a lot of dangers in social networks, from cyberbullying to suspicious connections which can lead to serious problems. Drug addiction and criminal activity are some of the worst examples of them. Such problems can possibly be prevented by using Facebook tracking apps and spyware in general.

Businesses and corporations need to track the messages on their working phones. Businesses must ensure that their employees will work, not texting. Tracking apps can help to know who is a reliable worker and who is only a time-waster and to respond accordingly. In addition, a tracker can help to prevent information leakage to competitors.

Other people can use tracking apps to spy on each other if they have a lack of trust. For example, if a woman thinks that her boyfriend cheats on her, she may try to use a Facebook tracker to check his messages.


Facebook tracker is a useful tool available with other tools for spying on messengers. Some of the spyware is designed mostly for messengers’ tracking. Such a tracker is useful for parental and work control: it enables the regulation of social network usage in school and at work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How to know if I’m being tracked?

A. Check the device carefully: the signs of spying can be the next:

  • High battery drainage
  • A lot of network data used for no obvious reason
  • Unknown devices are logged into your Facebook account or are visible in your device’s Settings
  • Your Facebook looks unfamiliar

You can check this article, for example, to know more about how to reveal that you’re tracked.

Q:Are there other ways to spy on Facebook Messenger?

A. Spying apps using is the best one. Quite obviously, you can log into the account of your target if you will be able to do this. For example, by taking his or her phone for several minutes and checking its account settings. 

You can use a keylogger tool we’ve mentioned: for example, Snoopza and Hoverwatch provide free keyloggers. A keylogger will record everything that was written on the device’s keyboard and you will need to deal with it: it will probably be a total mess, though.

You can check this article, for example, to read about those methods. However, all of them are inconvenient, unreliable and some are even illegal.

Q: Is it legal to spy on Facebook Messenger?

A. Only in case you own the device you’re spying on. If it is your kid’s phone, purchased by you, you can install a Facebook tracker on it. If there are your work phones, you can pre-install spying apps to track your employees. But if you want to spy on your friend, family member other than a kid, or partner, it can be recognized as an invasion of privacy. It is illegal, according to law experts.

According to a curious survey, conducted among more than 2,000 people of the U.K. and U.S. nationality, almost half of them either think that such kind of spying is legal, or don’t know about it.

Can I track Facebook for free?

A. There is an option for that: consider Mobile Tracker free, mentioned as the first number in our application’s list. Unfortunately, it is available only for Android.

Q. Do I need rooting or jailbreaking on a target device?

A. In most cases, yes. Some apps provide the ability to track Facebook without a root on Android, but a jailbreak is usually necessary for tracking Facebook on iPhone.

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