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Can Someone See Your Texts if You Use Their Wi-Fi?

Justin Oyaro

By Justin Oyaro . 2 April 2023

Cybersecurity Expert

Shanika W.

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Wi-Fi owners, admins, and other prying eyes cannot read your text messages when you connect to their Wi-Fi.

If you suspect someone is seeing your texts, they use other workarounds such as spy/monitoring apps.

Update 2023: I felt the original answer above was incomplete.

Most of the time (almost always, really), it is not possible to spy on someone’s text messages just by having access to the Wi-Fi connection that person used.

The exception is if you use unencrypted messaging. The thing is that nearly no one even uses such a thing these days.

The second method is if someone has installed a spyware app on your phone or device. But they can only do this if you give them physical access to your device. They won’t be able to do this just by you connecting to their Wi-Fi.

So, the original answer that someone cannot spy on your text messages through WiFi is technically accurate in nearly every imaginable scenario.

Why Is It Hard for Someone to See Your Texts Over Wi-Fi?

This is because text messages (SMS) are sent via your mobile cellular network that doesn’t rely on a Wi-Fi connection.

If someone wants to hack your SMS texts, they will have to rely on the vulnerability associated with the cellular network and not via Wi-Fi.

This cellular vulnerability is usually used by authorities such as the FBI. Usually, they target high-profile and most wanted individuals.

What About the Texts that Rely on Wi-Fi?

Messages you send through Wi-Fi using messengers and other chat apps won’t be readable by the Wi-Fi owner.

Most messengers and chat apps use end-to-end encryption to secure text messages.

End-to-end encryption encrypts your texts on your phone before they are sent over the internet. The texts are then decrypted on the recipient’s end.

Prying eyes won’t be able to read your texts on Wi-Fi even if they intercept them. Prying eyes on Wi-Fi can only read your messages if you use a service that doesn’t have end-to-end encryption.

Workarounds That Hackers Use to See Your Texts

The most common method someone can use to see your texts is installing a spy or monitoring app on your phone.

Usually, the person needs to have access to an unlocked phone to be able to install the app.

After everything is set, the app will forward the required information to the individual, such as texts, messages, browsing activities, and other sensitive information.

Wrap Up

Generally, someone cannot see your text messages when you connect to their Wi-Fi. However, threat actors can use other methods that don’t rely on Wi-Fi to get your texts.


  • T…D

    September 1, 2023 3:24 am

    But if you have your phone off an u use Wi-Fi an send messages threw Wi-Fi should someone get it immediately or is there another reason

  • Brenda Shanley

    August 29, 2023 7:45 pm

    I have a vile stalker in my phone and computer. He had cancelled my electricity payment; AC. Payment.
    He adds to or deletes my texts.
    He is a pervert neighbor.

  • Deidre

    July 5, 2023 7:56 am

    How do I get spyware off of my phone

  • Marlene D Breite

    May 19, 2023 3:23 am

    Wifi lending to a friend: are they able to see my Facebook page?

  • Marlene D Breite

    May 19, 2023 3:19 am

    Can I lend my wifi key and password to a friend or is it dangerous???

  • Gerald

    February 22, 2023 9:43 pm

    Wow I told my bff about this she thought I was crazy but after I show her what your post said she lost her mind I new someone was hacking my phone and website because all my information and doctor info was on my Google account and adds I thought I was losing my mind but I was right all alone Im on social security and I won’t put nothing on the internet I go to the store now to pay my bills

  • Norma

    January 30, 2023 8:08 am

    Useful information to keep nosey relatives out of my business. Thank you. I am rather old and and tech things do not come easily. Thank you !

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