Clone an iPhone or iPad
Cloning an iPhone or iPad will allow you to see everything that has taken place on that device as of the latest backup. You will have an exact copy of that phone on yours (or whichever device you choose to use).
In effect, what you are doing is restoring the monitored device to YOUR device which creates an exact copy of that phone to yours.
It is 100% safe and will not void any warranties or harm your device or the monitored device in anyway. Follow the simple instructions below and in a matter of minutes you will have an exact copy of the monitored device.
To obtain an exact copy (clone) of an iPhone or iPad you restore from an iTunes or iCloud backup. Doing this will allow to see all activity conducted on the device including:
- Text messages
- GPS location (recent places)
- And more!
What you need
You will need an iPhone or iPad (the Clone) for this procedure.
- You can use your own or another device. Whichever you use, be sure to make a backup of the device to iCloud and/or iTunes.
You will need the Apple ID and password used for the device you want to monitor (the Original).
VERY IMPORTANT – BACKUP CLONE DEVICE FIRST (this is your device or the device you will use to create the clone. This is NOT the monitored device)
How to back up with iCloud
- Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Settings > [your name], and tap iCloud.
- Tap iCloud Backup.
- Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.
- You can check the progress and confirm the backup completed. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Under Back Up Now, you'll see the date and time of your last backup.
How to back up with iTunes using your computer
- Connect your device to your computer. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
- If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps.
- Locate your device on your computer.
- If you want to save Health and Activity data from your device or Apple Watch, you need to encrypt your backup: Select the box called Encrypt [device] backup and create a memorable password. If you don't need to save your Health and Activity data, you can make a backup that isn't encrypted. Just click Back Up Now.
Write down your password and store it somewhere safe, because there's no way to recover your iTunes backups without this password.
- When the process ends, you can see if the backup finished successfully.
Restore the monitored device to your device from an iCloud backup
- Turn on your device. You should see a Hello screen. If you already set up your device, you need to erase all of its content before you can use these steps to restore from your backup.
- Follow the onscreen setup steps until you reach the Apps & Data screen, then tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
- Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
- Choose a backup. Look at the date and size of each and pick the most relevant. After you choose, the transfer starts. If a message says that a newer version of software is required, follow the onscreen steps to update.
- When asked, sign in with your Apple ID to restore your apps and purchases (If you've purchased iTunes or App Store content using multiple Apple IDs, you'll be asked to sign in to each). If you can’t remember your password, you can tap Skip this Step and sign in later. But you won't be able to use the apps until you sign in with your Apple ID.
- Stay connected and wait for a progress bar to appear and complete. Depending on the size of the backup and the network speed, the progress bar might need a few minutes to an hour to complete. If you disconnect from Wi-Fi too soon, the
- progress will pause until you reconnect.
- Now you can finish setup and enjoy your device. Content like your apps, photos, music, and other information will continue to restore in the background for the next several hours or days, depending on the amount of information there is. Try to connect often to Wi-Fi and power to let the process complete.
Restore your device from a backup on your computer
- On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
- Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable. If a message asks for your device passcode or to Trust This Computer, follow the onscreen steps.
- Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch when it appears in the Finder window or iTunes.
- Select Restore Backup.
- Look at the date of each backup and pick the most relevant.
- Click Restore and wait for the restore time to finish. If asked, enter the password.
- Keep your device connected after it restarts and wait for it to sync with your computer. You can disconnect after the sync finishes.