Android phones are some of the most popular phones in the US and comprise the majority of phones globally, including many popular models from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Oppo. Because these phones are highly diverse and don’t all use the same messaging system, it can be a bit more difficult to fully monitor a given Android phone.
If you have a child with an Android phone, you may be wondering what the solution is for finding an effective, practical monitoring system. Most child safety systems are developed for iPhones, while the existing Android app selection is minimal – many apps simply do not function, while some have other problems.
Of the Android phone monitoring apps on the market, the applications on the Google Play Store operate openly to your child, which is ineffective as kids will simply find another way to communicate rather than letting their parents find out what they are doing. Other applications are developed by unscrupulous companies that want to use their app as an excuse to install malware (viruses) onto a phone.
To Root or Not to Root?
One common way of remotely monitoring an Android phone—including viewing its text messages, photos and GPS location—is to “root” it. This usually means downloading third-party software onto the phone to enable hidden capabilities that the phone’s manufacturer did not necessarily intend to allow. One example of this would be to allow software that automatically forwards text messages or sh
ares other information about your child’s phone with you. Rooting has the upside of allowing full access to a phone, which can allow you to run more powerful applications to run – but at what cost?
One of the biggest problems with rooting your Android is that in most cases, you will be voiding the warranty on that phone. Manufacturers would prefer that you didn’t modify the software they have installed on the phone, and therefore tend to not honor warranties if you have changed something. This includes rooting, as it essentially modifies the phone’s core code to give you more control.
Another problem is that rooting your Android can lead to glitchy programs or even permanently break your phone. This latter phenomenon is called “bricking” your device, as at the end you’re left with something that may not turn on, essentially an expensive brick! Given this risk, you really do need to ask yourself if rooting your Android is really the best solution.
Searching for the Solution
Luckily, not all the Android phone monitoring systems require rooting or special downloads. Some features are commonly available on your phone, such as Google Maps location sharing to keep tabs on your family. There are a couple apps out there which allow you to use your phone as an IP webcam and record through your phone. However, if you want to view your child’s text messages and social media posts – and particularly, if you want to do so without them knowing – you might need to search a bit further.
KidGuard has developed software for Android that can access text messages, photos, GPS location and more for parents without having to root your phone. All it will require is a quick download on your child’s phone to start tracking it. If you’re interested, you can find the details here.