Best monitoring apps for Android and iPhone

Mobile monitoring apps exist for a reason. One needs to keep track of their child online activity while others may use it for their personal reason which may deviate from moral principles. In this article we won’t discuss the need for the product rather the product itself. Here is an overview of 7 best mobile monitoring apps.

The assets to pay attention to are the following:

–    Compatibility

–    Features

–    Customer support

–    Price

  1. 1. mSpy

mSpy is a current leader on the mobile monitoring market. Over 5 years of the existence it has proved to be the most reliable and client –oriented app with a 24/7 customer care.

The software is compatible with iOS 6 +  Android 4+ devices; Windows XP and Mac OS. There’s an iCloud solution for those who wish to track iPhones without jailbreaking it.

Monitoring features allow to view:

–    chatting apps, such as Viber, WhatsApp, Telegram, Line, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Tinder, Skype, Hangouts

– installed apps on the target device

–  visited sites and sites’ bookmarks

–  call logs and text messages (even the deleted ones)

–   people from a phone book

–   shared and stored photos and videos, even the deleted ones

Additional features:

 – tracking the current GPS location

– setting geo-fences (no-go areas on the virtual map) with alert notifications if safe zones are breached

– tracking specific phrases and words via Keywords alerts

– tracking every keyboard stroke on the target device via Keylogger

– block apps and sites

Customer support: 24/7, in 4 languages, mAssistance (online assistance through the whole installation process).

Pros:

  • 24/7 customer support in 4 languages with online assistance (they really respond immediately)
  • stable Non-Jailbreak (iCloud) solution compatible with all iOS versions, including iOS 11

(No need of a physical access to the device but its Apple credentials).

– a low price for the whole set of monitoring opportunities

Price: from $22.49/month. There is also a free 7-day trial to test the app.

  1. Spyera

The software is compatible with up to iOS 10.0.1 and Android v7.1.1; Blackberry, Windows, and Mac.

Monitoring features allow to view:

– chat apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Snapchat

– multimedia files

– text messages, emails

 

Additional features:

– listening and recording phone calls

– the GPS location tracking

– taking pictures with a cell phone tracker

 

Customer support:

There’s no live support. The staff is available via the form request.

 

Pros:

– provides basic monitoring opportunities

– additional features expand monitoring opportunities

Cons:

– customer support is unreachable

– the price system is not flexible for those who just want to give it a try

– no live support

Price:  $189/3 months

 

  1. MobiStealth

 

The app is compatible with all Android-based phones and tablets, supports iOS versions 9+; Windows and Mac.

Monitoring features allow to view:

– WhatsApp, Line, Kik Chat, Skype, Viber

– videos and pictures

– emails and text messages

– contact details

– web history

– installed apps

– keyboard strokes on non-rooted phones

 

Additional features:

– location tracking

Customer support: the site claims the support staff can be reached via a live chat but they don’t answer right away. An email query is also available.

 

Pros:

–  provides basic monitoring opportunities for Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Nokia

– price is flexible to give it a shot

Cons:

– customer support may be unavailable

Price: from $16.66/month

 

  1. Webwatcher for Android

The software works with Android 2.1+ and iOS 8.0+ versions, Windows, and Mac.

Monitoring features allow to view:

– text messages

– photos

– call logs

– website history

– apps’ usage

– messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Viber, Instagram, Tinder

Additional features:

– tracking locations and following them via mapping interface

Pros:

– provides basic monitoring opportunities

 

Cons:  

– does not monitor videos

– customer support might be unavailable

– price is high for a 1-month package

Customer support:

The support staff claims to be reachable via a live chat, email, and by phone.

 

Price: $39.95/month; $99.95/yr

  1. 5. Pumpic

The app is compatible with iOS 6.0 and up on iOS and Android 2.2 – 6.0.1

 Monitoring features allow to view:

– calls

– text messages

– chats online in WhatsApp, Skype, Kik

– bookmarks

– videos (only for Android)

– contacts from a phone book

– the route history

Additional features:

– setting geo-fences (only for Android)

– blocking websites (only for Android)

– managing apps (only for Android)

– tracking keystrokes via Keylogger (only for Android)

Pros:

– provides basic monitoring opportunities

– additional features allow to manage apps’ usage and the online activity

– provides a demo version

 

Cons:

– Lots of monitoring opportunities are available only for Android

– no live support

– month subscription is quite high

Customer support: Only via submitting tickets and email.

Price: from $23.99/month

 

  1. Phonesheriff

The app is compatible with Android 2.2 – 6.0.1 versions; iPhone 3.1.3 – 9.0.2 (requires Jailbreak); BlackBerry versions 4.1 – 7.1.0.

Monitoring features allow to view:

– text messages

– photo logs

– apps installed

– call logs

– contacts from a phone book

– websites visited

 

Additional features:

– the GPS location tracking

– setting geo-fencing

– blocking sites

– managing apps

 

Pros:

– provides basic monitoring options, including Blackberry versions

– allows to manage apps’ usage and online activity

– price is good for users who agree to subscribe to a 6-month subscription

 

Cons:

– no live customer support

– least subscription is 6 months

iPhone 3.1.3 – 9.0.2 requires Jailbreak

weird pricing system

 Customer support: it is available via email and submitting tickets.

 

Price: from $49.00/6 months

 

  1. XNSPY

The app works on Android OS versions 4.0 – 7.0, iOS 6.0-9.0.2 (Jailbreak) and 6.0 – 11.2.1 (Non-Jailbreak).

 

Monitoring features allow to view:

– call logs with date, time, and duration stamps

– text messages and emails

– contacts

– messaging apps (Viber, Tinder, Kik, Skype etc)

– visited websites

– bookmarks

– photos, videos and calendar plans

– installed apps

 

Additional features:

– the GPS location tracking

 

Pros:

– additional features allow to manage the device’s usage

– there’s a demo version

 

Cons:

– customer support might be unreachable

Customer support:  the site claims the support is available 24/7. It’s also possible to get the assistance via a live chat and email.

Price: from $8.33/month

Among monitoring apps on the market, mSpy takes its highest rank for the full set of monitoring opportunities for a low price and with an around-the-clock support. Also, Spyera, Mobistealth, and Phonesheriff  fairly stand out in the niche.