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 in 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.
March 2020 – Please be aware that pcTattletale does not work on Android version 10+. This is caused by changes Google has made to the Android operating system that does not let pcTattletale hide itself anymore. Check your phone under system settings to make sure it Android version 5-9 only.
Using A Computer (Easier)
If you have access to Windows PC or MAC installing pcTattletale can be much easier. Just use our pcTattletale Android Installer app to do all the work for you.
Without Using Computer
If you do not have access to a computer then you can still install pcTattletale. 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:
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”:
TIP: Some phones will try to stop pcTattletale from working by showing you various screens to block its functionality. If you see any of these just press cancel or they will shut down the app:
Now that we have blocked the warnings we can finally install the app. 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”. When you are done press the Back Button (If you don’t press the back button it will not install correctly):
Now Do Step #2. On some phones there is a checkbox that is white. You need to check this or they will be warned about pcTattetale recording their screen. See screen shot below. Press OK again:
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, or 9 Icons & Notifications
Follow these instructions for Android 7,8, or 9 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 “cast” icon that pcTattletale is running. Click the link or image below to see how to remove it. This is what the cast icon looks like:
If you do not do this step they can see pcTattletale is running and easily take away our screen reading permissions. Then you will notice pcTattletale stops recording their activities.
Remove Android’s “Drawing Over Apps” Notifications
With Android version 7,8, and 9 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.
Click the image or link below to turn off this notification. Here is what the notification looks like. You can see it if you swipe down from the top of the screen:
Special Cases with Device Manufactures…
Samsung Phones Only – Remove App Monitoring
Samsung has modified Android and there are a few extra steps you need to do to get pcTattletale running smoothly. Just click the picture or link below to set up your Samsung phone.
Huawei Phones Only – Disable Power Sensitive Apps
Huawei is another popular android manufacturer who has taken it upon themselves to modify android and add extra battery protection. If you have a Huawei phone just click the picture or link below to see how to configure it to leave pcTattletale alone.
Xiaomi Phones will not let pcTattletale restart when the phone is turned off and back on. There are a few steps to allow pcTattletale to run on Xiaomi Phones.
Alcatel phones have bloatware that will break pcTattletale. You will see pcTattletale stops working after a few hours. To fix this use the Computer Install Method. When you do this the Alcatel “smart Manger” app will be disabled and pcTattletale will run beautifully.
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