Here is how to set up PC Tattletale for Android. Keep in mind you need to have physical access to the device. PC Tattletale installs just like any other Android App. Here is how to set up pcTattletale for Android is 3 simple steps:
- Make a free pctattletale account
- Download and install the android app
- View everything from the pcTattletale site using account from step 1.
Watch the video version above for even clearer instructions.
Getting PC Tattletale
The first step is to head on over to the download page to get the PC Tattletale download links and make a free pcTattletale account:
Download the pcTattletle app to your Android Device:
Just type this URL into your phone:
Note: We call PC Tattletale “Security Services” to better hide it in some parts of Android. Keep this in mind as you move through this tutorial.
That will start downloading pcTattleatle for Android. When it is done downloading just open it.
Android will most likely complain that you did not get this from the Google Play store. Click the “settings” link if you see this:
Check the box for “unknown sources”:
Swipe down and pick “Security services” from the list. Now you can install it. Press the “install” button:
Next you will see the app was installed successfully. When you see this click “open” at the bottom.
Tip: If the app will not open and says there is a “package parsing error” you have an older version of Android. You will need to Root the device before installing PC Tattletale. You will also need to use this download link instead. Use this link for older phones Android 4.4 and lower.
Now that PC Tattletale is installed just follow the instructions by pressing “OK”:
Make sure to turn on “Permit Drawing Over Other Apps”. Then press the Back Button (If you don’t press the back button it will not install correctly):
Now Do Step #2. Press OK again:
Check the box “Don’t show again” and press “start now”:
The last step is stop Android from shutting down pcTattletale to save batteries. Just follow the instructions:
Sign in to your new pcTattletale account. You should have created this when you went to the pctattletale download page:
When you are done you will see the success screen:
Press the OK button and you are done!
Remove Android Version 7 & 8 Icons & Notifications
Follow these instructions for Android 7 & 8 or they could find pcTattletale and easily remove it!
If you do not know what version of Android you have here is how to find out:
- From the home screen, press the Settings Button
- Then select the Settings option
- Scroll down and select About Phone
- Scroll down to Android Version
- The small number under the heading is the version number of the Android operating system on your device.
Remove Android’s Chrome-Cast Icon
With Android Naught (version 7+) and newer they will show an annoying icon that pcTattletale is running. This is what it looks like:
We need to get rid of it. Here is how.
First swipe down on the top of the phone and look for the sprocket (cog). Tap and hold it. It will spin. Then a little wrench icon will appear. Your screen might look a little different if you are not using Android version 8 (shown below):
TIP: Gear not spinning? Some Manufacturer’s (like Samsung) have decided to remove the System UI tuner. In this case click the link below:
You will probably get a warning or confirmation that you want to turn on the secret system UI tuner. Just agree to it or say “yes”.
Now click the settings icon again and scroll down to the bottom where you see the new “System” settings section. Select it.
On Android Version 8 you need to select “System” First like this:
If you have Android version 7 skip this step. The “System UI Tuner” is right in your settings section. Just like the screen below.
Now select the System UI Tuner:
Select “Status Bar”:
Turn off “Cast”:
Now the chrome-cast icon will not appear and give you away!
Remove Android’s “Drawing Over Apps” Notifications
With Android version 7 & 8 (oreo) they give nasty notifications about pcTattletale recording your screen. If the person you are watching sees these they can easily disable pcTattletale. You will not get any recordings. Let’s get those notifications removed.
Here is what the notification looks like. You can see it if you swipe down from the top of the screen:
To remove it we need to download a free app called “AutoNotification”. You can search for it in the Google play store or see it by following this link.
Just install the app:
After you install the app open it up. It will ask you to approve some permissions:
Press the Back Button and click the option for notification blocking:
Next you will see warning telling you to turn on the AutoNotification service. Just press OK:
Turn on AutoNotification and press the Back Button:
Now press the Notifications button again. We can start blocking the pcTattletale notification.
Now press the + button to add a new filter:
We need to tell AutoNotification which app to block. Pick the Android System app:
Type the word “displaying” in all lowercase. Press the OK button:
At this point the pesky notification should be gone. But we need to hide the AutoNotification app.
Hide the AutoNotification app:
Touch and hold the AutoNotification app icon. Move it and you will see “remove” and “uninstall”. Drag the icon to “remove” and you are done!
After doing these steps they will not be notified or see anything “weird” on their Android Phone.
Samsung Phones Only – Remove App Monitoring
Samsung has heavily modified Android and added additional security features. They will alert the person you are watching that pcTattletale is running. To make matters worse they have a “system optimizer” app that will shut down pcTattletale from time to time. Let’s disable both of these.
TIP: Samsung has also decided to remove the System UI tuner. Make sure to read how to remove the Chromecast Icon so you can get that off your phone too.
To get started open up settings:
Now look for the “Security” section:
Turn off “App Permission Monitor”:
Now go back to the settings screen and look for “Device Maintenance”:
Click on “Battery”:
Click on the 3 dots on the upper right then pick “Advanced”:
Now Turn off App power monitor:
You are all set. Make sure to restart the phone so it can see all your new changes.
Viewing The Recordings
At this point you have pcTattletale installed and running. Hopefully you have gone through some of the steps above to remove any pop warnings or notifications that might show up on the phone.
To see what was recorded just sign into your pcTattletale account from our website:
TIP: You can do this from a computer or any mobile device.
Here is what it should look like. NOTE: You should see a video of what you do on their device:
Clean up and Remove Download File
Swipe down from top of phone to show recently downloaded files
Swipe “Security Services” to the right to remove from list.
How to Remove pcTattletale for Android
To remove pcTattletale just follow the steps here: How to remove pcTattletale for Android