With over 1.5 billion users all over the world, WhatsApp is one of the leading instant messaging applications. With the touch of a few buttons, WhatsApp allows users to share messages, pictures, video and audio files.
WhatsApp’s popularity could be attributed to its material design, ease of use, free and high quality services. Plus, WhatsApp now provides end-to-end encryption which has brought businesses and entrepreneurs on board, too. This means that text messages, videos, pictures, audio files are encrypted, and can only be seen by the recipients.
The encryption provided by WhatsApp works in a lock and key mechanism. A lock encrypts the message which can only be accessed by a key. The key is unique and only available to the sender and the receiver. Thus, allowing the messages to be read by the receiver and the sender only. The folks at WhatsApp can’t even decipher the messages that you send. You can learn more on how WhatsApp encrypts messages here.
How to check that the messages you send are encrypted?
Here’s how you can check if your chats are encrypted or not:
- Open WhatsApp
- Open the chat with the contact that you wish to see. Then tap on “View Contact.”
- Tap on encryption to view the 60-digit code as well as the QR code.
This QR code and the 60-digit code is unique to you and the recipient. You can ascertain this by comparing the code or by scanning the QR code on one device from another.
WhatsApp offers encryption to ensure that no third party can decipher messages that are exchanged. This makes it difficult for other people to read messages and multimedia files sent via WhatsApp. Unless you have a valid reason for monitoring someone’s WhatsApp messages, you should reconsider reading this article!
In case you want to monitor WhatsApp chats, there are many ways to do it. These are listed below!
1. WhatsApp Web
WhatsApp Web allows users of the application to send and receive messages using their computers. It is a feature offered by WhatsApp so that one can use the application on devices other than their phones. If you wish to read someone’s messages, you can leverage the functionality offered by WhatsApp Web to read messages remotely. However, to be able to do so, you will need to gain physical access to the phone. Follow these steps to read messages from WhatsApp Web.
- Open the WhatsApp application on the phone.
- Go to Menu and open WhatsApp Web.
- Go to the website.
- Use the phone to scan the QR code on the website.
- Once done, you should be able to view contacts and chats on your computer.
WhatsApp Web is intended for users of WhatsApp so that they can communicate via their computers or laptops. So, in addition to monitoring WhatsApp activity, you can also send messages via WhatsApp from your computer.
Similarly, you can also monitor WhatsApp messages from your phone. In this case, you will have to open the WhatsApp Web on your smartphone. Open the website on the browser on your phone. Follow the same procedure and you will be able to view entire chats on your phone.
This method is very easy when it comes to monitoring messages and multimedia files. However, there are several drawbacks of using WhatsApp Web to read someone’s messages. First of all, a person using WhatsApp can log out of all computer from their phones. In this case, you will not be able to read messages from your computer. You will have to follow the above procedure again.
Secondly, if you read WhatsApp messages before the person, whose chats you are monitoring, reads them, it could lead that person to suspicion. Therefore, there are higher chances of being caught using this method.
2. A WhatsApp Spying Application
There are many WhatsApp Spying apps available that allow you to monitor WhatsApp messages including multimedia files. Xnspy is a spying application that allows you to monitor WhatsApp messages remotely. With a user-friendly dashboard, you can view the entire chat history as well as pictures that are shared.
The dashboard displays the contact name, number, and timestamps associated with a sent or received message. So users of the spying app know exactly what is happening in the chats. Xnspy is compatible with Android as well as iOS devices, so you can read WhatsApp messages sent and received on iOS and Android devices.
Since monitoring someone’s WhatsApp messages without a solid reason is illegal, WhatsApp spying apps such as Xnspy are marketed to parents and employers. Parents use WhatsApp spying apps to monitor the online activity of their child. While employers use monitoring apps to ensure that their employees are not leaking company secrets to rival companies.
How to install a WhatsApp spying app?
In order to install Xnspy on a device, you need to have physical access to it. Remember that after the installation, you don’t need to access the device again and can remotely view WhatsApp messages from the comfort of your laptop anytime!
- You first get your Xnspy subscription which you could by visiting xnspy.com.
- After this, you should get an email from Xnspy, including a download URL (for Android devices). Open the URL on the device’s browser you wish to monitor. It will download the application.
- You can then proceed to install the application on the phone.
- Follow the instructions and you will have the WhatsApp spying app up and running in no time at all.
Both these methods of monitoring WhatsApp chats have pros and cons. If you want to monitor WhatsApp chats only, you can use the WhatsApp Web method. However, it is laborious. In order to continuously monitor WhatsApp chats, you will have to go through the procedure again and again. There are also higher chances of getting caught. But, this method is completely free.
However, using a WhatsApp spying app is a neat way of monitoring more than just WhatsApp messages. You can achieve more by monitoring other instant messaging applications, calls log, pictures and much more. However, this comes at a price as you are required to pay for the services.
Before you make a decision, you should also weigh in the legal matters that arise from monitoring someone’s phone without their permission. According to cyber laws in many countries, gaining access to someone’s private and personal information is illegal. Furthermore, it is also illegal to spread someone’s information without their consent.
For parents who wish to monitor their child’s activities, it is understandable that they would want to use a spying application or other methods to monitor online activity. Similarly, employers can also monitor the online activity of phone provided by the company to employees.
In the end, the choice depends on what you require from the monitored device. So choose wisely!