Is there any way to have my son's phone set to where any text message that he receives or sends comes to my phone too.

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    I would consider this a serious interference with the privacy of your son, if he isn't aware of the fact that you are monitoring his personal text messages.
    – Flow
    Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 19:43

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I use DeskSMS on my phone, which will forward all texts to an email address of my choosing (which could then be received on another phone) and also allow responding through email, but it will appear to that person as a standard text from your phone. I found it really handy when I was working in a secured office that didn't allow personal cell phones. I could leave my phone in my car and still be notified of any texts and still respond to them, and the person wouldn't have any idea I was using email to respond.

In using it on your son's device, it is relatively easy to disable, so if your son doesn't want you to see things and is technologically inclined, he could probably find ways around it. But I think if the kid is smart enough, just about any app is able to be bypassed. It isn't made for monitoring, but it would work just the same.

I believe there is a $5 yearly charge (I am pretty sure it comes with a 30 day trial), because of the costs involved in running the server that processes everything.


A similar approach to the one suggested by bassmadrigal would be to use the app SMS Backup + that 'backs up' SMS to a Gmail account. You can then view them via Gmail on any device.

  • Does it back them up as they are being received or is it something that has to be run manually on the phone? Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 21:05
  • It backs them up as they are received. I think there is a configurable delay period (i think the minimum is 1 minute). I almost never open the app manually.
    – bmdixon
    Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 7:58

Not exactly to your phone, but there are several "child care" apps available in the playstore which can be used to monitor activities. Take e.g. a look at Care4Teem, Best Parental Control Android, or ParentalFlux Parental Control. Most of these kind of solutions offer a dashboard on the provider's website, where you can check logged acitivities such as calls, messages, etc. Some additional monitor the location and even allow for "geo-fencing" (sending you an alert when the kid leaves the "permitted zone").


Yes, you can spy on your son's phone without him knowing with the help of mobile tracking software. I have been using this spying app for watching my kids to be sure that they are where they supposed to be. Through this tracking app you can spy on his text messages, calls, every activity on his cell phone. Another thing regarding privacy - as you are really concerned about your son and you take care of him, you have the right to monitor his SMS messages. I think software will help you.

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    "…you have the right to monitor his SMS messages." Just wanted to clarify that this is not true in Germany (and in other parts of Europe and likely other countries with a sane privacy law). A child could sue you if you do so without its consent
    – Flow
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 22:08
  • Actually, is some countries, it's allowed as parents have complete right over child's property before they are 16\18 (depends where you go). In other words, the parents are free to monitor whatever, whenever they want. A child can by that not sue their parents, because the child has almost zero rights in therms of ownership.
    – Sharain
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 14:09

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