How to Monitor a Cell Phone

By Mitchell White

If you're worried about the cell phone activity of your children or someone else, you can use online programs to track what they are doing on their cell phone. The easiest way to do this is to subscribe to a service that provides you with software and alerts regarding the activity of the cell phone you wish to monitor.

Things You'll Need

  • Monitoring software

Step 1

Visit a website that has a monitoring service available. An example is My Mybole Watchdog (see Resources).

Step 2

Input your name, the phone number of the cell phone you wish to monitor, and your e-mail address into the appropriate fields on the sign-up page.

Step 3

Click the "Submit" button to receive an e-mail that confirms that the cell phone you want is compatible with the program. Read the e-mail and click the link inside to continue the process. Some programs will want a start-up fee, and most will charge a monthly access.

Step 4

Set up your preferences through the program online, which will include which cell phone numbers are trusted and which aren't. That way the service can notify you whenever someone from an untrusted number calls that cell phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a less high-tech approach to monitoring a cell phone, check your monthly bill. Most carriers spell out incoming and outgoing calls and messages, so if there is a particular number you're interested in monitoring, you can check on it there.

References & Resources