How to Read Text Messages on a Cheater’s Phone

Do you suspect that your partner is cheating on you? Learn all about the ways you can read text messages they might be sending to their other guy or gal.

A whiff of perfume. Unexplained late nights after work. A strand of hair stuck to a coat.

You’ve had your suspicions that your partner is unfaithful. But you don’t want to confront them without proof. Or, they’ve already denied what you know in your heart to be true. 

So, you need the physical evidence to back up your theory. It would help if you could read text messages on their phone or other messenger apps. 

Fortunately, with the right software or sleuthing, you can. Here’s how to do it. 

Before You Read Text Messages, Brush Up on the Law

Reading someone else’s texts can infringe someone’s right to privacy. A person has an expectation of privacy, even when it’s a family member or partner who snoops. 

So, be sure to check the laws in your area before you try to read text messages without permission. If you get caught — and your partner objects to your behavior — you could get in legal trouble. 

Use Social Media

It might be hard to get your hands on your partner’s device, especially if they are up to no good. 

So, use the many web-based resources available to you to conduct your research. 

For starters, try Facebook. If you and your loved one use the same computer, their account may have its password saved, logging you in automatically. Or, you may know their web password, which can help you gain access.

Once you’re in, you can see their Messenger conversations and pinpoint anything suspicious. 

Log Onto Web-Based Texting Platforms

Plenty of texting platforms have an online portal so you can communicate whether or not you have your phone. 

Take WhatsApp, for example. You can download a desktop app that lets you text as quickly as you type. 

It might be tough to gain access to your partner’s WhatsApp. You need to scan a QR code with their phone to unlock the portal. However, it only takes a few seconds — if you have the chance, it could be a quick way to see someone else’s text messages. 

Android Messages works similarly, although reading your partner’s messages will depend on whether or not you’re on the same Wi-Fi network. You will also have to set up Messages from their device, which would mean you’d need their phone for a few seconds, too. 

Finally, you can read an iPhone user’s texts through iMessage. Once you know your partner’s Apple ID, you can log in from your computer and read what they’re saying. If you don’t recognize the number of the person they’re texting, do a reverse search to find out more. 

Download an App

You’re not the first person to want to read their partner’s texts. As such, a handful of apps exist that would give you this ability. 

In many cases, though, you will need access to your significant other’s phone. You will likely have to download an app to their device. That program will then give you access to their conversations, locations, phone contacts, and more. 

Here are some of your options:


Highster came about as a method for parents to monitor their children or employers to keep tabs on their staff. 

You can use the technology to your advantage if you need to catch a cheater. 

You’ll have to install the app on their phone — it works on both Android and iOS devices. 

Either way, once you’ve added the software to their device, you get a slew of information on them, including: 

  • GPS location
  • Text conversations
  • Messages sent via social apps
  • Browser history
  • Call logs

All of this combined can help you figure out what’s going on and what to do next. 


mSpy works similarly to Highster. Once installed, it sends information from the device to a server, which you can then log into and see what’s going on.

Once you download mSpy to your partner’s phone, the icon disappears. That way, the fact that you’re spying is indetectable. 

With mSpy, you can track all of the chat-based apps, as well as social media and dating apps. If you think your partner is using Tinder, for instance, then mSpy can confirm or deny that suspicion.

Better yet, if you know your partner’s Apple ID, you can use mSpy to log into their phone remotely. Their cloud-based servers will give you more than iMessages, too — you can also read their WhatsApp conversations. 


With AutoForward, you have an interesting value proposition. The app is meant to provide a back-up of your device and all the information stored there. 

You could encourage your partner to install AutoForward as a way to save their data, and it wouldn’t be a lie necessarily. But you would able to access their information with the log-in credentials to their AutoForward account.

AutoForward will provide you with all of the texts from all of the apps they use. You can also see their emails, web history and movements via GPS. 

With this and the other spy software, always be sure to download directly from the platform’s website. You can very easily install malware that’s damaging to your or your partner’s phone. So, find the right, reputable site before you start to download. 

Catch Them in the Chat

Now you know how to read text messages with or without access to your partner’s phone. Hopefully, what you find puts your mind at ease. But if they are cheating, now you know the truth — and you’re better off without their deception. 

If you need further help in catching a cheater, we’ve got you covered. Perform a reverse phone search to find out who your partner has been calling or texting. 

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