How To Read Your Child’s WhatsApp Messages

We live in an age where most children have cell phones. If your child does not, you can bet the question of getting one is coming soon. The fear parents have with allowing their kids to have a phone, is the threat of online predators. And other kids who can easily bully online using instant messaging. The threat is very real and you first off need to educate your child. If you’re going to allow them access to the world they need to know the dangers that come with it. Sugar coating it by trying to protect your child, will in the end not protect them from the real world. But enough about that, as you most likely already know this.

What you want to know is how can you read your child’s WhatsApp messages online? Fear not Moms there is a way!

Here is a list of ways to read your child’s messages:

Spy Apps

There are many spy apps available if you just google the search term. However the one that most are utilizing is called ‘TheTruthSpy’. This App is for any iPhone or Android user. You can with this app:

  • View all WhatsApp chat conversations.
  • Find out the names and numbers of people they have been chatting with.
  • Get time and date stamps to know when each chat took place.
  • Get access to any photos, videos or audio files sent through WhatsApp and saved on the target phone.
  • All WhatsApp conversations are uploaded to your online TheTruthSpy control panel which you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.

What does it cost? Pricing plans start from $16.99 (roughly R220) per month. Probably worth the investment, think of it as life insurance for your child.

But this App is not just for monitoring WhatsApp messages. You can also track your child, history location of your child, view deleted messages, view call history, record calls, view all contacts stored and so much more!

WhatsApp Web

An alternative option without paying for additional spy app, is to use the WhatsApp web/destop application. You will need scan a QR code with the app on your child’s phone, so you do need access to a phone with WhatsApp installed first.

How does it work?

The phone needs to stay connected to the internet for WhatsApp web client to work. Now you can move your phone anywhere until your WhatsApp web session gets expire. The phone can be more than a hundred kilometers away but when it’s placed where there’s sufficient internet connection, the WhatsApp Web application will still function.

On the phone go to ‘Settings’ > ‘WhatsApp Web/Desktop’ and scan the QR code. Then log into the web/desktop application here.

This will require either permission from your child (which is highly unlikely). Or you may need to do this secretly whilst they are sleeping. Although be warned if they are tech-savvy, they will be able to see you are viewing this on a PC.

You can either be upfront with your child and be honest about why you want to monitor the messages. Or you set the rules from the get go, should they want a phone these are your requirements.

Restore Chat History

The other option is to delete WhatsApp off the phone and then re-install it. This is a simple way to recover iPhone WhatsApp messages. Just uninstall your WhatsApp and then reinstall it. WhatsApp automatically creates a backup of your data everyday and stored it on your phone. When you re-install the app, you are prompted to restore your message history.

For Android devices, first you need to back up your message. You can back up your WhatsApp data using Google Drive and/or a local backup. Local backups will be automatically created every day at 2am and they will be saved as a file in your phone. WhatsApp will ask you to restore your chats and media from a backup when you verify your number. Simply tap Restore when prompted to.

This will of course require having your child’s phone with you to do this. Again always remember not to break your child’s trust. Rather be upfront about why you’re wanting to do this.

Read: How To Limit Your Child’s Screen Time (And Protect Them)

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