10 Best Mobile Spy Apps for 2018

It can be pretty daunting to pick the right mobile spy app when you have lots of options. Plus, who has got the time to review all the options and then pick only one. The trouble is that if you subscribe to a bad one, you won’t get a refund. Yep, you will be pretty much stuck with it. That’s why it’s really crucial to evaluate your options pretty closely and then pay for one. But don’t worry, we have made the job easier for you. We bring you top 10 most popular mobile spy apps that are available out there. With this guide, you will be able to compare the options you have and choose the app that best suits your needs. Let’s begin, shall we?

Best Mobile Spy Apps table

1. XNSPY

Xnspy is a leading mobile spying solution that’s a combination of advanced spying and monitoring features. It comes in a broad variety of tracking options combined with affordability and quality, of course. It doesn’t just serve as a surveillance app for kids and parents but also a location tracking solution. It has everything to keep you updated about someone’s activities in real time. Some of its incredible features include monitoring phone calls and messages, access to instant messenger chats and the multimedia sent via these chats, GPS location tracking (this includes monitor specific locations, current location, location history and geofencing), email and browser monitoring, recording phone calls and surroundings, remotely control the target phone and lot more.

Compatibility

It is not just the features of Xnspy that makes it an incredible choice, but also its compatibility. The developers of the app are very good at keeping up with the changes in technology. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. For iOS, Jailbreak and no-Jailbreak versions are offered too so that every device owner can use this app without any limitations.

Following are Xnspy’s iPhone versions:

  • Android Version: Supports 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x & 8.x
  • iOS Jailbreak Version: Supports 6.x, 7.x, 8. Up to 9.0.2.
  • iOS No-Jailbreak Version: Supports 6.x, 7.x, 8.x up to 11.2.6

Price

Xnspy is an attractive option because of its price too. It comes in two packages; Xnspy Basic Edition and Xnspy Premium Edition. The Basic Edition costs $8.33 a month and the Premium Edition costs $12.49 a month. Those who are looking for commendable quality and extended features, this would be the choice worth making.

Pros

  • It is compatible with both Android and iPhone devices.
  • It also supports offline tracking. Xnspy captures everything offline and as soon as the target device is connected to the internet, the information is uploaded to the web account.
  • The application offers 30 + features to provide you an extensive monitoring solution.
  • The live demo version lets you test each feature and even get a hang of the app before actually buying it.
  • Even if the device user deletes something from his phone such as a call or a text message, you will still be able to view that from your web account as long as Xnspy creates its backup.
  • Remote app installation support is offered for Android users where the team installs the app for you on the target device.

Cons

  • One license allows you to track one phone at a time.
  • Xnspy only supports smartphones and tablets, it does not provide desktop monitoring

Rating: 9.8/10

2. TrackMyFone

TrackMyFone is another great mobile spying app. The name suggests it to be a tracking app but comes with all the best spying features. You can monitor SMS, calls, emails, phonebook, web browsing history, GPS location, IMs, get alerts, remotely control the phone, and track your phone in case it is lost, of course. It is actually a cheap solution to monitor kids or employees.

Compatibility

TrackMyFone smoothly runs on all Android and iOS devices.

  • Android version: Supports 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x & 8.x
  • iOS Version: Supports 6.x, 7.x, 8.x & 11.2.6
  • No rooting is required for Android and no Jailbreaking required for iOS.

Price

The price of Android Premium Version starts from $6.25 a month and the iPhone No Jailbreak Version also costs $6.25 a month.

Pros

  • No need to Jailbreak your iPhone to use this app
  • It is a three-in-one solution. It protects your phone, tracks your kids, and monitors your employees.

Cons

  • Although no rooting is required to use the app on an Android phone but there are some features like IM chat monitoring that only work if the phone is rooted.
  • Not all the best features of the app are available on its iOS No Jailbreak Version.

Rating: 9/10

3. Spyzie

Here comes another popular mobile spy app that helps you record the messages of the victim, their call log, monitor IM chats, web browsing history, keylogger, GPS tracking, geofencing, and a lot more. It is capable of running in complete stealth mode. You don’t need to root the device or jailbreak to make it work. It offers some nice and intricate features like video preview and capturing screenshots.

Compatibility

  • Android Version: Supports all Android 4.0 or higher versions
  • iOS Version: Supports iOS 10.0.0 or higher versions

Price

Android version of Spyzie has two editions. The Ultimate Edition version costs $49.99 a month and it comes with fully functional features. The Premium Version costs $39.99 version but it has restricted functionality. The iOS version’s license costs $49.99 a month. Spyzie appears to be an attractive mobile spying app with tons of features because it is quite pricey. Only the Ultimate Edition offers all functional features. All functions are not operational on the iOS version.

Pros

  • It is a nice solution to monitor kids and employees from a remote location.
  • No need to root or jailbreak the device.
  • The app provides a decent interface that’s easy to use.

Cons

  • It is not a good value for money since all the features are not functional on all devices. For instance, location tracking does not work on iPhone.
  • If the target device owner deletes some data from his device, let’s say a text message or a call, you cannot retrieve it from Spyzie’s control panel.

Rating: 8/10

4. MobiStealth

MobiStealth is also one of the top 10 mobile spy apps that come with a broad range of spying features. It is available in three different packages starting from basic to advanced monitoring features. So the features it is offering include viewing text messages, application list, monitor chat messengers web browsing, track location, emails, pictures, keylogging, surround recording, call recording, and Gmail logging. It offers mobile and computer monitoring, making it a perfect choice for business owners.

Compatibility

MobiStealth supports Android, iPhone and iPad, PC and Mac tracking.

  • Android Version: Supports all android versions
  • iOS Version: Supports iPhone X / 7Plus / 7 / 6Plus / 6 and all other models having iOS versions 9.0 and above.
  • PC Versions: Supports computers with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
  • MAC Versions: Supports MAC versions greater than and equal to 10.6.

Price

For Android

Pro: 16.66/ month

Pro X: $26.66/month

For iOS

Premium: $26.66/month

Premium Plus: $40/month

For Windows:

LITE: $13.33/month

PRO: $20.00/month

For MAC:

LITE: $13.33/month

MobiStealth’s basic Versions for each of the devices mentioned above offer only basic spying features. You will have to go for the Premium Versions to avail all features. In that case, the app will become really expensive for anyone, whether it is parents or employers and in the long-run, it can break the bank of an average person.

Pros

  • It is offering a broad range of features at a good price.
  • It supports desktop and smartphone monitoring.
  • Advanced features like keylogger, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp monitoring are now supported on Android devices.

Cons

  • It does not support website and contact blocking.
  • There is no keyword alert feature.
  • A lot of customer complaints regarding app download and installation have been received.

Rating: 7.8/10

5. iSpyoo

iSpyoo is the mobile spy app meant to check your employees, protect your family and even deal with cheating partners. The distinguished feature about this mobile spy app is that it lets you monitor video calls on Viber and Skype too. Other features it supports include location tracking, read text messages, SMS, view call logs, record calls, view contacts, photos, videos, IM chats, emails, and internet browsing history. There is a free trial version of iSpyoo too.

Compatibility

iSpyoo is compatible with most Android or iOS devices. It does not support Windows or Blackberry phones. In short, it is compatible with any carrier is offering open GPRS internet access.

Price

iSpyoo is available in 3 different packages. The higher the package you choose, the better features you will get.

  • Basic: $19.99/month
  • Premium: $23.99/month
  • Gold: $25.99/month

Instead of paying a monthly subscription, you can also buy for 3-months, 6 and 1-year subscription according to your budget.

Pros

  • 48-hour free trial version is available
  • It offers interesting features like monitor video calls on Viber and Skype

Cons

  • To use some of the features in premium and gold membership, you will have to root your device.
  • Jailbreaking is required for iPhone monitoring
  • There is limited support for compatible devices
  • Their customer support is not reliable. They don’t answer any emails and almost no one is there to help you at their live chat support either. There is no phone support either.

Rating: 7.5/10

6. StealthGenie

Here is another mobile spying app that lets you monitor all activities on smartphones running iOS, Android and Blackberry. With StealthGenie, you can read incoming and outgoing text messages, emails, call logs, track GPS location, instant messenger chats, remotely monitor the phone and intercept the calls.

Compatibility

StealthGenie supports Android, iOS and Blackberry devices.

  • Android Version: Supports 2.1 and higher
  • iOS Version: Supports 3.0 and higher
  • Blackberry Version: Supports 6.0, 7.0 and 7.1

If you want to use StealthGenie on iPhone, you have to jailbreak the device. So, iPhone users aren’t really able to use this app.

Price

StealthGenie comes in 3 different packages. Its price is quite competitive. You just have to pay between $8 and $16 per month, depending on the package you purchase.

  • Basic Package: It comes with entry-level features like reading SMS and call logs.
  • Gold Package: It includes all the features of the basic package and a few extra like viewing photos, reading emails and get basic alerts.
  • Platinum Package: It includes everything in the basic and gold package and some advanced spying features like spying on instant messenger chats, track the phone without GPS, call recording, view videos and more.

Pros

  • It is a package of advanced monitoring features, especially for parents.
  • You pay very less as compared to what features you are getting.

Cons

  • The app did not comply with the legal standards of spying which undermined its reputation.
  • Since the app used a lot of network data, it reduces the battery life of the device.
  • Technical support regarding the installation of the app is very poor.
  • If you ask for a refund, you are not really entertained.
  • iPhone Jailbreak is required to install this on device.
  • When the app discontinued, a lot of users had to lose their subscription.

Rating: 7.3/10

NOTE: StealthGenie was a great app but unfortunately, it is no longer available.

7. PhoneSheriff

PhoneSheriff is particularly designed for parents who want to keep tabs on the phone and tablet activities of their kids. It is not really a spying app because a child is notified before install it on his device. However, if you want to monitor your child in discretion, its icon feature can be turned off too. It is not just made to monitor kids but monitor employee activities too. Along with regular spying features, such as GPS tracking, call and SMS tracking, setting alerts, viewing photos, instant messenger messages, etc. it also offers significant filtering features like app, website, contact blocking, time restrictions, geofencing, phone locking and more.

Compatibility

It is only compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. Its iPhone, iPad and Blackberry versions have been discontinued which is why it is 8th on our list.

Android version: Supports versions till 7.1.2 (Android rooting is required to access some features)

Price

PhoneSheriff is available in two membership options:

  • For 6 months: $49.00
  • For 1-year: $89.00

Getting all the app features in $49.00 for 6 months is not a bad deal at all. On top of it, you can monitor 3 devices with a single subscription. For parents who are want to track and control the cell phone usage of their kids, the price and features are great.

Pros

  • It is a good solution for parents to monitor and control their kids.
  • You can use this app to take remote camera Snapshots and record the surrounding of the phone.
  • The price of the app is quite affordable.

Cons

  • It does not support the latest Android OS and iOS monitoring in the first place.
  • It offers plethora web block filters but the procedure is cumbersome and if you are not tech savvy, you hit and miss lots of filters
  • Installation takes a lot of time and you may not get it right at the first attempt. This makes it a difficult option for most parents.
  • It does not provide complete social media monitoring. You can only monitor WhatsApp, Kik, Line, Facebook and Snapchat messages.
  • Only ticket system is supported. No live chat support is offered

Rating: 7/10

8. MobileSpyAgent

It is a simple and reliable mobile spy app which common tracking features. If you are looking for a budget option and you don’t need a complicated tool, this one is for you. It lets you access text messages, view call history, photo, videos, track Location, get device information like memory usage, IMEI, browser history, see installed apps, notes, calendars and more.

Compatibility

It is compatible with Android and iOS. It only works on jailbroken iPhones.

  • Android Version: Supports Android 1.0 and higher
  • iOS Version: Supports iOS 2.x, 3.x, 4.x, 5.x and 6.x. Since versions 6.1.3, 6.1.4 and iOS 7 cannot be jailbroken at this time, they are compatible too.

Price

MobileSpyAgent is available in 3 plans; Basic, Pro and Business. The business plan is meant for the users who need multiple licenses and its price is provided as per your spying needs and license requests.

  • Basic: $14.95/month
  • Pro: $19.95/month

Pros

  • It is pretty easy to use.
  • It has all basic spying features and they work pretty fine.

Cons

  • There is no 24/7 chat support. You have to submit a ticket for your queries.
  • The app offers a limited choice of features. Keylogging, social media monitoring and app blocking are not supported.
  • It only works on Rooted and Jailbroken devices.

Rating: 6.9/10

9. SpyBubble

SpyBubble is another great mobile spy app with some nice spying features. Along with the basic spying features, it offers logging features. It does not provide block or restriction features, which almost all mobile spy apps are offering these days. The app was designed for parents and employers to get answers about the suspicious activities they think might be happening around them. It does not offer instant messenger logging feature.

Compatibility

SpyBubble is compatible with Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows and Symbian.

  • Android Version: Supports Version 1.0 and above
  • iOS Version: Supports iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 2G (Jailbreak is required)
  • Blackberry Version: Supports OS 4.2.1 and higher
  • Symbian: Edition 3, Edition 3 Feature Packs 1 and 2, Edition 5
  • Windows Version: 5.x and 6.x.

Price

SpyBubble is available for one-year subscription only. It is offered in two versions; Standard and Pro.

  • SpyBubble Standard: $49.95 (comes with basic spying features like call, SMS, Phonebook, email, URL, Photos and GPS tracking)
  • SpyBubble Pro: $84.90 (comes with advanced spying features like intercepting phone calls remotely)

Pros

  • If you need basic spying features at an affordable price, SpyBubble is a good option.
  • It is compatible with a wide range of devices.
  • There is no recurring billing.

Cons

  • If you lose your phone, the only open you have is to track it using the GPS tracking tools. There is not much security offered. Yup, you cannot wipe the data remotely or lock the phone.
  • No SIM cards alerts are available.
  • iPhone jailbreak is required.
  • They do not offer live chat or telephone support and the website does not contain any user guides.

Rating: 6.7 /10

NOTE: Unfortunately, SpyBubble was discontinued due to legal reasons.

10. Highster Mobile

Highster Mobile is a popular cell phone tracking application famous for its steal camera, call recording and eavesdropping features. It supports all basic spying features like monitoring call logs, text messages, iMessages, IMs, media files, emails and address book and GPS tracking. It works in absolute covert mode. Its stealth camera feature allows you to take pictures and make videos of the surrounding and view them online. If you want to block an app, a website or uninstall an app, Highster Mobile does not support that.

Compatibility

Highster Mobile is compatible with both Android and iOS.

  • Android version: Supports Oreo, Nougat, Marshmallow, Lollipop, Honeycomb
  • iPhone version: Supports all iOS versions (No Jailbreak required)

Price

Highster Mobile is available for a one-time fee of $69.99. There are no monthly or annual billings. It may not have all advanced spying features but given the features that are being offered, it is a great bargain.

Pros

  • The stealth camera lets you take spying to another level.
  • The one-time fee makes it affordable.
  • Free lifetime upgrades available.

Cons

  • Since it does not offer many spying features, it is only a good fit if you have basic monitoring needs.
  • There are no parental controls so it is not the best spying app for parents.
  • It may support Android and iOS but it is not compatible with all smartphones.

Rating: 6/10

So, which one’s the best?

The mobile spy app that we would recommend to anyone who is looking for best features, affordability, and reliability is ‘XNSPY’! We have made our recommendation by analyzing and comparing the features of Xnspy with other best mobile spy apps. So, here is what makes Xnspy the right choice:

Compatibility

Xnspy works on all latest operating systems for both Android, iPad and iPhones. If you want to monitor an Android Oreo 8.0 device, all features of Xnspy will readily work on it. Similar is the case with Xnspy for iPhone. You will see lots of apps on the list that either only support Jailbroken iPhones or their advanced monitoring features don’t work on iPhone to begin with. That’s not a problem with Xnspy. It also offers a separate version for devices that are already jailbroken. The developers continue to update the app to keep up with the updates in the operating systems.

Price and features correlation

Xnspy is the best value for money. You might find apps like MobiStealth and Spyzie attractive but after a month or so, these apps become hard to afford for an average person. On the other hand, even the premium edition of Xnspy is affordable if we compare it with the features being offered. Advance monitoring in the form of alerts, geofencing, surround recording and ambient recording come at the price of $14 a month. Similarly, some apps are offering unique features like video call monitoring, keylogger, remote picture and video capturing but to use them, you have to root or jailbreak your device or pay a lot of money. But Xnspy is a package of all essential monitoring features that come at a really affordable price.

Customer Support

Customer support provided by Xnspy is quite reliable. They are offering 24/7 live chat support. The website offers tutorials, live demo versions, and comprehensive how-to guides on all features which makes it easier for any user to understand the app. The FAQ section contains answers to most of the questions customers would want to know. However, if you can’t find answers to your queries or you are facing technical difficulties, you will always find support agents to assist you. Xnspy is always on top of the game to hear and address the concerns of its valued customers.

Features

  • GPS tracking: It offers comprehensive GPS tracking which includes (location tracking, monitoring, geofencing).
  • IM monitoring: You can monitor chats and media files exchanged on all popular Instant messenger apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Line, Kik, Viber, Instagram, Tinder, and iMessage chats.
  • Call and surround recording: You can record and listen to phone calls and record and listen to the surroundings.
  • Remotely control target device: You can lock the device, view installed apps, remotely wipe data, block apps and take live screenshots.
  • 24/7 alerts: You can get alerts on SIM Card changes, specific words, contacts, and location.
  • Others: You can view photos, videos, calendar entries, monitor emails, bookmarks and browser history.

Take a look at these features and then see if any app is offering all these at a price that actually is affordable.

What features to consider before buying a mobile spying app?

Before you decide which mobile spying app is worth your money, here are some essential or in other words basic features that must be available in your app:

Compatibility

Is it compatible with the OS of your phone? It can be either Android or iPhone. You also have to see if the app supports your phone.

Location tracking

GPS tracking system lets you track the location of the target phone. A mobile spying app should have this as a crucial feature since you will be interested to know the whereabouts of your children or even employees.

Call log and SMS tracking

These are the most basic features to look for in a mobile spying app as it is these conversations that can let you get to the bottom of some issue. Plus, some advance apps let you intercept calls and surroundings of the phones too. If you can get these features at a good price, then it is totally worth it.

Ability to work in stealth mode

Since it is a spying software, it must be capable of working in discrete mode. You must be able to install it on the target device and be sure it will monitor things for you without being visible on the phone.

Price and quality co-relation

A cheap app will give you cheap features and a pricey app will give you quality features. But that does not mean you should buy a spying app that is costly. If the app is actually offering great features and it is justifying the price, you can readily go for it.

How to choose the right company?

Since there is a huge variety of mobile spy apps these days, you will, of course, have a lot of companies to choose from. Before you purchase the app from a particular company, it is recommended to do your homework to be sure you have made the right choice. Here are some tips that will help you pick the right company:

Customer support

The product itself may be good but if the customer support is not good, then you may never be able to make the most of the product itself. If the website offers live chat support, test it. Ask a few questions related to the mobile spy app and see if they are handled efficiently. Similarly, if a phone number is provided at the website, make sure it’s functional.

Website

The website doesn’t just give you a bigger picture of the product but the company itself. A decent company will always have a comprehensive website. Along with having details about the product, its features, tutorials, FAQs, guides, etc. also have information about the company, its location, and availability of support. Make sure the website has Terms and Condition, Privacy Policy and Disclaimer sections. Reading these pages will clear your head and help you decide whether to make a purchase or not.

Location

A lot of people don’t take this into account but you should always consider the location of the company you are buying the mobile spy app from. Choose the company that’s located in your own country so that you don’t have to face time zone constraints. The location of the company also tells about its reliability and quality of services.

We hope that this guide came as an answer to most of your questions related to the 10 best mobile spy apps. The purpose of creating this review was to make your decision easier and choose the right mobile spy app.

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