standard Install Android with Computer


Putting pcTattletale on an Android phone or tablet can be a lot easier with the help of a computer. If you have access to Windows PC or MAC you should use this method. It will not only make putting pcTattletale on their device much easier but by using a computer we can easily get rid of any pop up warnings or funny icons they might notice on their phone. And have a look too at the wonderful options that are available with custom PCs as that way you can pick and choose exactly what you want which is so much better than the standard PCs. When buying a new pc you should also get a new pair of headset for video editing and gaming, having a pair of headsets in your collection is a good investment.

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If you want to put pcTattletale on a windows computer you can read my article how to spy on another computer in 3 easy steps.  It will show you the same thing but spying on your Windows computer.

Step 1 Get Android Phone Ready

We will need to give your computer access to the phone by putting in developer mode. 

  1. Swipe down from the top of your phone. 
  2. Click the settings cog. 
  3. Search for “build” and tap Build Number 7 times (Strange I know).  As you start doing this Android will tell you are in developer mode:

How to Enter Developer Mode on Android Phone



Android will ask you to confirm the Phone’s PIN and you are in Developer mode!

Now go back to your settings screen and search for “usb d”. Then turn on USB debugging.  This will let your computer talk to the phone:


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.


Disable app scanning so it leaves pcTattletale alone:



Step 2 Download pcTattletale Android Installer

Now that the phone is ready lets plug it into your computer. With a MAC this should be very straight forward. With Windows you might need to install a “driver” so windows knows how to talk to your phone.

Mac Instructions:

The great news with Macs is they will almost always recognize your phone.  There are no software drivers to install like Windows.  The only thing you need to know about MACs are how to open the pcTattletale installer app after you download it.

If you try to open the pcTattletale Android installer you will get this error message:

Make sure to find the app in Finder.  Then hold down the CONTROL button and click the app icon.  YOu will get a way to open the app:


Samsung Phones with MACs

If you try to connect your Samsung phone to your MAC you will find out they do not know how to “talk” to each other.  To fix this just downloads the Samsung Smart Switch App Here.  You only to let smart search set up your MAC until it can “see” your phone.  You do not need to transfer contacts or use any of Smart Switches functions.



Windows Instructions

TIP: When you plug your phone into the computer you should see the phone’s name down by the clock. If you do not see it try putting the phone manufacture’s desktop software on your computer. They almost always have the right drivers so the computer can talk to your phone. If you do not have the right windows drivers for your phone it will not work. 


Here is what your screen should should look like when you plug in the phone.  Notice how the device’s name shows up:

Popular Manufacturers Windows Device Drivers

Keep in mind you only need to worry about installing these drivers if you are using a Windows PC and you do not see your device down by the clock when you plug it in (It will say device unkown).




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Now that the phone is connected to our computer we need to download the pctattletale Android Installer. This simple app will talk to your phone and put pcTattletale on it.



After you download the app just keep and open it:


TIP: App will not open? Make sure you have JAVA installed on the computer. Then it will work for you. Click Here To Install JAVA



Step 3 Install pcTattletale on Phone

At this point installing pcTattletale is easy. Just click the install button. The only problem you might run into is having the computer talk to your phone. Make sure to check your phone and look for a USB Debugging warning. We tell you to look for this as you run our installer app.

Google Play will most likely block pcTattletale.  Unlock the phone and check it.  You need to pick “install anyway”





Step 4 Unlock Phone Complete Setup

The pcTattletale Android Installer app will do a lot of work to configure the phone.  When you are done just follow the instructions.  Unlock the phone and finishing installing the app.


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.  Miss this step?  Just click the install button again and quickly reload pcTattletale:




Android 10 + 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.


How To Remove Android 10 Icons


Running into any problems? Just Contact us so we can help you get it working.