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:
- Log in to your pcTattletale Account or get one here
- Install the special android recording app on their phone.
- View everything from the pcTattletale site using account from step 1.
Best Results – Got A Computer?
You will get better results if you use the special pcTattletale installer. Just plug their phone into your computer. It will configure the phone and put pcTattletale on it with less work. Plus you are able to get better results.
Listed below are phones where the vendor modified Android. These include Samsung, Motorola, and Amazon Kindle devices. Got one of these? Then you are in good luck. Follow the speical guide for your device below.
Step 1 : Turn Off Google Play Protect App Scanning
Some phones have Google play app scanning. You need to turn it off or it will delete pcTattleatle after a few hours. Does your phone have it? Just open up the phone settings and type “play protect”. If it shows up follow the screen shots below. Notice in the screen shots below pcTattletale was found pretty quickly and wants to be removed. If this already happened you will need to just install pcTattletale again.
Some phones will not let you search for Play Protect. Instead it is under the “security” section like this:
Disable app scanning so it leaves pcTattletale alone:
Turn off Google Play Protect Notifications
From the phone or tablet, perform the following steps:
Clear Data and turn off Notifications for the Google Play app
This should remove the sticky notification from Google Play Protect.
- Go to Android SettingsAppsGoogle Play Store Storage and cacheTap on Clear Data.
- Tap Notifications Toggle OFF Allow notifications
- Tap Change System Settings (can also be called Modify system settings) Toggle OFF Allow permission
Sign into your Account
After you have purchased pcTattletale sign into your account:
Then Pick “Account Overview” and “add Device”:
Get your Special Android download link. This link is encoded with your account information and is unique to you:
Now you just type the link into their web browser. This will start downloading the recording pcTattletale app. Notice Android will ask you to allow installing apps not in the Google Play Store:
App Not Installed?
Did you get a message “App Not Installed”? Or did pcTattletale do nothing when you tried to install it (It just dissappears)? The good news is it is still caused by Google Play Protect. It is easy to fix.
Install the app and follow setup instructions:
Turn on permissions when you are asked. You will need to restart pcTattletale from your home screen.
TIP: Some phones have removed Notification Access. If you see a screen like the one below click here.
Android 11 GPS Tracking Warning!
With Android 11 you need to click the “Allow in settings” setting during GPS permissions like this. If you select “only while using the app” your GPS tracking will stop after a while:
When you are done just press “Start Recording”. pcTattletale will disappear and start recording the device.
Remove Android’s Pesky Cast Icon
With Android Naught (version 7+) and newer they will show an annoying “cast” icon that pcTattletale is running and recording your screen. Follow these steps to remove it:
Android 10 + Home Screen Icons
With newer phones pcTattleatle can not remove its icon from the home screen. Click the image below to see how to remove it if you have Android 10.
Huawei Phones Only – Disable Power Sensitive Apps
Huawei is a 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:
As you add more devices pcTattletale will list them out and you can see everything as it happens:
How to Remove pcTattletale for Android
To remove pcTattletale just follow the steps here: How to remove pcTattletale for Android