How to hack a cell phone - a complete guide 2019


So you want to know how to hack a mobile phone? This guide will provide information on several ways to crack a smartphone in 2019. I'll start with a simple method, and then take a look at some alternative hacking methods that you may not know about.

First, let's clarify what hacking a phone really means. According to most definitions, the word “hacking” means “to gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer”. In our case, a smartphone is a system or computer.

I’m not quite happy with the term “Hack,” because it has certain illegal connotations. If you are following this website, you should know that I am analyzing cell phone spy apps in detail, explaining how to use them ... and constantly testing them. All of this can be done legally. I do not advocate any illegal use of spyware applications.

Call it hacking or spying or monitoring someone else’s mobile - they all come down to the same result - getting access to data. How does this happen?

Normal secret phone hacking

In most cases, the point will be to hack someone’s phone without their knowledge and gain access to as much data as possible. Opening a smartphone through spyware is by far the easiest and most affordable method; you don’t need to be a technology wizard.

This site has already collected reviews of the most powerful applications for penetrating someone else's smartphone. Each of them is functional and easy to use. We list the main ones - FlexySpy, Mspy, MxSpy, SPYZIE, UnderSpy, and others. Spyware is almost impossible to detect and this is their main advantage.

Two spyware methods

1. With access to the victim’s device

The former work on the principle of downloading and installing directly on the phone that you want to hack. You need physical access to the device for at least a few minutes.

After installation, the spy collects data from the smartphone and uploads it to the online panel. You can enter the Internet (from anywhere in the world) and see all the collected information and activity by phone.

Applications run on Android and Apple smartphones and tablet devices. After the program has been installed on the victim’s phone once, access is no longer required, and you can view all the data remotely.

2. Without access to the victim’s device (Apple)

This is a relatively new hacking method and is only available for Apple devices such as the iPhone. No software is installed on the device you want to hack - with Apple, this is not necessary.

This version works by monitoring smartphone backups made with iCloud ("Cloud") - Apple's free backup program for iPhone, etc.

It does not provide real-time data because it relies on backup updates. It also has fewer monitoring features compared to the full version of the spyware program - but it is still a powerful hacking tool.

Potentially, you don’t even need access to the phone you want to hack - until the backups are configured. Your iCloud account must have an Apple User ID and password.

What is controlled on a phone with spy software

People are always amazed at how powerful these spyware apps can be. Individual hacking programs offer various advanced feature lists. By default, in almost all spyware applications you can: see a detailed call log, read text messages, see GPS data (where the phone was or was recent), browser history, messages, photos and videos on the phone, a list of applications installed .... this list goes on.

Advanced spy features differ - for example, FlexiSpy and Xnspy have a call recording feature where you can listen to the voice of callers received on a hacked device.

You will see messages sent and received on popular sites and social networks, application messages - Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc.

You can track the child’s phone in real-time and receive notifications if you activate the function - “set restricted areas”.

It is your power to control many of the functions of the smartphone, such as blocking individual applications or websites; block certain contact numbers or erase data - all remotely (after installation).

The bottom line is that you will get access to almost every activity that occurs with a hacked smartphone or tablet device. From a small text message to weekly browser history.

How to remotely hack a phone without physically accessing

For full control of the software, you will need access to install the program physically on the target phone or device. After that, monitoring and control can be done remotely using the online dashboard.

Without installing software, you can hack only Apple products, subject to certain conditions: Firstly, you must have an Apple ID and user password, and secondly, the phone must already be configured to run backups in iCloud. If not, then you will need to access the device to configure backups to run initially.

This leads us to the next section, where I look at some other ways that you can hack someone else’s cell phone without having it in your hands. These methods are not readily available to most people and are likely to be very expensive and illegal. But I must tell you about them! (for informational purposes it's over)


How many smartphones in the world can be hacked?

More and more people in the world are choosing a smartphone as their primary digital device. People use smartphones not only for voice communications but also browsers, email, SMS, chat, social networks, photos, payment services and so on.

Today there are 2.6 billion smartphones in the world and is expected to grow to 6.1 billion. By 2020 there will be 7.3 billion people on the planet and almost everyone will master this device in their own hands.

This means that the "handheld computer" will turn into a target for hackers, as it can give a lot of information about its owner and will become an entry point into the public network.

In this series we will look at methods for hacking smartphones, which usually vary by type of operating system (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, etc.). Since Android is the most widely used operating system (currently 82.8%), let's start with it. In the end, we will consider hacking iOS from Apple (13.9%) and Windows Phone from Microsoft (2.6%). I don’t think it makes sense to spend time on the BlackBerry operating system, since it contains only 0.3% of the market, and I do not expect its percentage to increase.

In the first part, we will create a secure virtual environment where we can test various hacking methods. Firstly, we will build some Android virtual devices. Secondly, we download and install the Metasploit Framework on the smartphone as part of the pentest. This is a great tool for creating and testing exploits against smartphones.

Let's start by creating and deploying Android virtual devices to use them as targets.

Hacking a smartphone using Kali

Kali - one of the varieties of Linux, a program used by hackers and specialists in information security. A very popular and irreplaceable thing. I will not describe the pros and cons, but we will immediately get down to business:

Step 1: Open a terminal

Of course, to get started, launch Kali and open a terminal.

Step 2: Install the required libraries

In order to run these Android virtual devices on 64-bit Debian operating systems (e.g. Kali), we need to install several key libraries that are not enabled by default. Fortunately, they are all in the Kali vault.

kali> apt-get install lib32stdc ++ 6 lib32ncurses5 lib32zl

Installing these three libraries is enough to work, now we can proceed with the installation of the Android Software Developer Kit (SDK).

Step 3: Install the Android SDK

From your browser, go to the Android SDK website and download the Android SDK installer. Make sure you download the Linux kit. You can download and install options for Windows or Mac, and then test these virtual devices in Kali, but this will be a more complicated option. Let's go the simple way and set everything to Kali.

Once you have downloaded it, you can extract it using the GUI archiving tool in Kali, or using the command line.

Step 4: Go to the tools catalog

Next, we need to go to the tools directory of the SDK directory.

kali> cd / android-pentest-framework / sdk / tools


After we are in the tool catalog, we can launch the application for Android. Just enter

kali> / android

When you do this, the SDK manager will open the GUI, as above. Now we will download two versions of the Android operating system to practice our hacking of the smartphone, Android 4.3 and Android 2.2. Make sure you find them among this list, click on the box next to them, and click on the “Install XX packages” button. This will force the SDK to load these operating systems into your Kali.

Step 5: Android Virtual Device Manager

After we have downloaded all the packages, now we need to build our Android virtual devices or AVDs. From the SDK manager shown above, select tools -> Manage AVDs, which will open the interface, as below from Android Virtual Device Manager.


Click on the "Create" button, which will open such an interface below. Create two Android virtual devices, one for Android 4.3 and one for Android 2.2. I just named my devices “Android 4.3” and “Android 2.2,” and I recommend that you do the same.

Select the Nexus 4 device and the appropriate target (API 18 for Android 4.3 and API 8 for Android 2.2) and "Skin with dynamic hardware controls." The rest of the settings you should leave the default value, except to add 100 MiB SD-cards.

Step 6: Launch the android device

After creating two Android virtual devices, the Android Virtual Device Manager should look like this with two devices.

Select one of the virtual devices and click the "Start" button.

This will launch the Android emulator creating your Android virtual device. Be patient this may take some time. When he finishes, you should be met by a virtual smartphone on your Kali desktop!

Step 7: Install the Pentest Framework Smartphone

The next step is to install the Smartphone Pentest Framework. You can use git clone to download it to

kali> git clone https://github.com/georgiaw/Smartphone-Pentest-Framework.git

Step 8: Starting Apache

As the webserver and MySQL database will be needed, go ahead and start both of these services.

kali> service apache2 startkali> service mysql start


Step 9: change the configuration.

Like almost all Linux applications, the Smartphone Pentest Framework is configured using a text configuration file. First, you need to go to the directory with a subdirectory of the framework console

kali> CD / root / Smartphone-Pentest-Framework / frameworkconsole

Then open the configuration file in any text editor. In this case, I used Leafpad

kali> leafpad config


We will need to edit the IPADDRESS variable and the SHELLIPADDRESS variable to reflect the actual IP address of your Kali system (you can find it by entering "ifconfig").

Step 10: Launch the Platform

Now we are ready to launch the Smartphone Pentest Framework. Just enter

kali> ./framework.py

And that should open the Framework menu as shown below.

The finish! Now we are ready to start hacking smartphones!


We hire a hacker to open someone else's phone remotely

I saw a lot of people offering to "hack any cell phone" without access, for a fee .... just send your payment to this person (often several thousand rubles). What could go wrong?

Beware of scammers! They understand how desperate some people are in search of breaking the phone of their spouse or partner. I am offered these services every week, trying to get me to recommend them to my readers.

* Most of them are ordinary scammers, and I will never use them or recommend them to anyone. This is a crime and it is punishable, regardless of your circumstances or how desperate you are.

Can some telephone hackers really do such things? Sure, the answer is yes. If they are genuine, having knowledge and skill, they will be very expensive. The price of the issue is several thousand dollars for hacking one smartphone! What they do is very illegal and have serious consequences. They are extremely cautious and often remain anonymous.

How do hackers hack someone else’s smartphone remotely? I will talk about these methods below. Most often, the main role is played by the right connections with the right people. These people are usually smart and technically informed, occupy some position in the right places.

Hacking with Stingray or Imsi Catcher

This hacking method has several names and terms related to each other. IMSI Catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) is sometimes described as “false towers”, “false communications towers”, etc. This device looks like a suitcase or a large smartphone. The IMSI Catcher function to spoof phones forcing them to connect to the "tower" whose signal is stronger. This “vulnerability” of finding the best source of communication is inherent in the mobile systems themselves. Link to a detailed description, features, and specifications - 

A similar device, the interceptor, is Stingray, so loved by special services, which can not only steal and monitor transmitted data packets but also send victims to the device.

Such equipment works mainly by substitution in order to appear to be a genuine mobile phone tower and intercept signals in the vicinity. They can then identify individual phones and crack their data - sometimes including listening to and recording calls or tracking movements.

Initial versions of the equipment cost about $ 50,000, but are now reportedly available from $ 1,500. Obviously, in order to reach a large audience and range of cybercriminals.

Due to the massive distribution of devices, law enforcement officers came under pressure from the authorities due to unregulated use without a warrant and, allegedly, the abuse of privacy laws.

Law enforcement hacking

I always get questions from people who suspect that they are under police surveillance or hacked by the FSB! Seriously! I do not know what they expect from me. I refuse to give any advice, promises, hope to these "heroes".

I think smart people will understand that law enforcement services (wherever you live) have the opportunity to hack your mobile phone without your knowledge.

There were numerous scandals and data leaks from informants. If they want to spy on your emails, they can and will, I hope, legally, using a warrant, but who knows?

One thing is for sure ... they won’t use Mspy or FlexiSpy and you won’t know when looking at your phone what signs to look for. Paranoia she is so ...
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