In this day and age, almost everyone has a smartphone. However, the days of using your phone just for talking and texting are long gone. People use smartphones for a lot of things, from browsing social media, to navigation in order to get somewhere. Smartphones are, nowadays, basically a pocket computer, and they’re as powerful as one.

In terms of spy gadgets, if you have a smartphone, you already have one. All it takes is a few apps you install and you can easily turn your cellphone into a spy gadget. But, how would you go about doing this? Well, there are a couple of simple ways, and we’ll discuss some of them below. If you’re interested, read on, and see how you can convert your cellphone into a spy tool.

Use it to track someone’s location

Even though you can use it to find your location and get around, you can track another cell phone from yours as well. As a spy gadget, you can monitor activities that are done on a particular device, and the GPS module is one of those activities. All that you would need to do is install a tracking application on the target device, and hide it out of sight. Then you use your own phone as a control panel and can see where the target device is at any given time.

This is actually a very popular method for parents who want to track the location of their children. It’s also very commonly used when you have employers that want to track their employees’ location out on the field. Last but not least, such an app can help you recover your phone, in the case it gets stolen.

Check communication

Another favorite with parents, you could use apps to track the communication of a target device. From calls to messages, and sometimes even messaging apps, you can now easily see who your children are communicating with. This way, you can prevent strangers with malicious intent from communicating with your child, even if you’re not physically with your child. Like the location tracking, all you need to do is install the app on your childs’ phone, and on yours, and you can see what’s happening.

Monitor any kind of activity on the phone

The highest level of surveillance possible, there are apps that will allow you to actually check whatever is happening on another device. Again, this is useful for parents who want to know what their kids are up to.

When your children are misbehaving, their smartphone and what they do on it can be very helpful in determining why they’re doing that, as well as preventing that. Especially if you have teenagers that are in a critical phase of development, you should be careful with things such as peer pressure and the influence of the wrong friends. Social media apps are where children will commonly share what they’re feeling with their friends, and you can know what they’re doing by monitoring their phone’s activities. You’ll also find out whether your kids are addicted to gaming and the Internet in general, which might lead to them not focusing on school as much as necessary.

Another common use is monitoring your employees if you have an employer. Note that doing so on phones that aren’t company issued might be illegal, so check before you do something like that. However, if you can do that, you have an overview of how your employees spend their working time when they’re using their smartphones, and whether they’re doing something they’re not supposed to. You wouldn’t be using it as a spy tool for any wrong doing, but instead, you would use it as a method of improving work performance and correcting work ethics.

What about actual gadgets and attachments?

Even though we mostly spoke about software, there are a few gadgets that you could use on your smartphone. An example would be an endoscope that lets you see in tight areas, or a long-distance microphone that you can attach to your phone.

Even though these might not be as spy-oriented as something like a hidden camera recorder, if you want to make use of your smartphone, those are the most common spy gadgets for cellphones that you’ll find. Actual spy gadgets are meant to work independently, instead of requiring a smartphone, but if you really want something that attaches to your phone, that’s what you’re left with.