Spyware apps are surely an intrusive way to keep an eye on someone, but with the looming online threats to our loved ones, they do provide a certain safety net.
Gone are the days when you have to wait around for your kids to get home to inquire about what they have been up to. Or ask your employees whether they are doing their jobs properly.
In this article, we will talk about three of the top spy apps available for Android and iOS devices along with their costs, features, compatibility, performance, support, and refund policies.
In the end, we will sum it all up with a tabulated comparison to help you choose the best option for you.
XNSPY might be the most popular spyware app in the industry right now. It certainly is a pioneer when it comes to monitoring applications and is known to be a great surveillance tool for keeping track of your children or employees.
There are two options available for you to pick from, you can either go for the basic or premium version. Both options come with their perks. The basic version is easy on the pocket, costing you USD 4.99 per month, however gives you access to only some of its 30+ features. While, if you opt for the premium version it will bill up to USD 7.49 a month.
- Call Monitoring: Gives you access to check on all missed, incoming and outgoing calls combined with complete duration, date, and time stamps. You can also enable phone call recording to save all conversations done over the monitored phone. These recordings are remotely accessible for you to download and listen to at your convenience.
- SMS Tracking: View all received and sent texts.
- Remote Access: Provides a control panel to remotely access the smartphone to records its surroundings, take screenshots, restart it, check app usage or even block them.
- Internet Browser Monitoring: Lets you know about the top five visited websites along with the complete internet browser history and bookmarked websites.
- View Emails: Read all the emails received or sent using the email apps.
- Social Media & IM Monitoring: Gives you access to go through messages exchanged using social media and other communication apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, Tinder, etc.
- Multimedia Files Access: You can view all photos or audio/video files stored on the phone. Calendar entries are also included in this function.
- Location Tracking: Find out the device location in real-time or check the GPS history to know previously-visited spots. You can even use its added geofencing feature to get alerts in case the phone enters a specified area of your choosing.
- Keylogger: Gets you all the keystrokes on the device.
XNSPY is supported on both iOS and Android devices. It is compatible with Apple phones from iOS 6.0 till 14.4. In the case of Android, you can expect it to work with all versions including and above Android 4.0.
100% Stealth Mode. Available for both jailbreak and non-jailbreak phones. Delivers on all its features as promised. It even offers an additional function, unique to other apps in this field, which is the watch list alerts.
Using this function, you can add any word, contact, or location in its specific watch lists for constant monitoring. XNSPY will send you alerts if any kind of activity occurs related to the things added to the watch lists. The app keeps track of this through constantly checking messages, keylogging details, location changes, and internet browser searches.
User Requirements, Installation & Support
For iPhone Users: You will need to have access to the Apple ID and password of the device you want to monitor. Enable the iCloud backup service (no physical access is required) or backup using the iTunes apps (for this you will need to hook the phone with a macOS).
For Android: Physical access to the smartphone is required. Once the app is installed, no further access will be necessary.
XNSPY support team is ready to help you through each and every process. You can opt for a live demo or buy their services right away, it’s your choice. If you are not happy with their services, you can ask for a refund within the first 10 days of your purchase.
Positive & Negative Aspects:
+ Highly affordable packages
+ Unique watch list functions
+ 24/7 customer support
– Remote control functions can be highly invasive
– Parental controls for websites or content filtering tools not present
Final Verdict: 9.8/10
FlexiSPY is another popular spyware app that is often used for smartphone monitoring and is considered to be one of the best. Offering several intuitive and useful list of features further assures its place in the best apps around to track devices remotely. Still, there are reasons it cannot be at the top of our list. Firstly, it’s costlier than XNSPY and secondly, it does not offer employee tracking anymore.
What will it cost?
FlexiSPY has come up with three different packages for its customers. Another thing to note is that the pricing plans are not the same for Android and iPhone users. The former has to pay USD 29.95 per month for the lite package with the most basic features.
If you want more of its offered functions, then you can opt for the premium or extreme packages that go for USD 68 each month and USD 199 for every 3 months. When it comes to iPhone users, you have to pay the same for lite, premium, and extreme versions. However, the extreme package for the iOS app is available at USD 19.99 per week as well.
Features of FlexiSPY:
- Access call logs
- View SMS/MMS
- GPS Tracking
- Web Browser History
- Bookmarked Pages
- Instant messaging/social media app monitoring
- Details on all the network connections the device has connected with in the past.
- Remote microphone access
- RemCam feature enables you to take photos with the monitored phone.
- SpoofSMS: Send invisible SMS from the target phone.
FlexiSPY is compatible with Android versions 4.0 till 11x, but not without some feature limitations in Android 8.0 to 11.0. It also supports all iOS phones and tablets. What makes it different from the other two apps in the mix is that you can use it to monitor PCs (Microsoft Windows 8 to 10/Latest macOS) as well.
Runs in hidden mode. You get free updates. Offers some very unique features like RemCam and SpoofSMS. Using the remote camera, you can check where the smartphone is located with visuals and capture photos for authentication. Or send fake SMS from the phone without the knowledge of the person using the surveilled device. This can help you warn another person to stop contacting your children if you think they mean them any harm.
Requirements & Support for Installation
You will need to have the iOS or Android device on hand. The process requires jailbreaking/rooting for Apple devices. However, Android users can enjoy a limited version of the app without the jailbreak version.
For easy installation, FlexiSPY recommends that you call their customer support to get in touch with a skilled technician. In terms of the refund policy, you can get your money back only if their technician is not able to help set up the smartphone monitoring app. They might deduct a USD 9.99 fee on their refunds.
Positive & Negative Aspects:
+ Remote Camera Access
+ Live customer support
– SpoofSMS can be misused easily
– Expensive packages
– Many features are highly intrusive
Final Verdict: 9.6/10
Minspy prides itself to be an easy-to-use smartphone tracking app with an interface nothing like its competitors. You can use its secure, intuitive, and browser-based interface to get all the critical data from its spy app features easily.
Much like its competitor FlexiSPY, Minspy is also offering three different price packages for its app. But the pricing itself is not the same.
For Android: You can buy the basic version for USD 39.99 a month and it only gives you access to eight of its many features. Currently, the premium version is available at USD 9.99 per month but only when you get the full o-year license. While the family package will cost an exact of USD 69.99 monthly that will allow you to use the complete suite of its features.
For iOS devices: You get the family package at the rate of USD 99.99 per month, a premium version for 1 device at USD 10.83 monthly (when the 12-month license is purchased), and a business package for 25 devices that starts at USD 399.99 a month.
List of Minspy Features:
- Call logs
- Text Messages
- Location (real-time)
- Geofence Alerts
- App List
- Browser History
- IM/Social Media apps
- Contacts & Calendar activities
- Multimedia Access
- Track Sim Location
Android users can be worry-free if they have any phone or tablet with Android version 4.0 or above, as they are all supported. Also, the app is compatible with every iPhone and iPad operating on iOS 7 and higher.
As you can guess, Minspy came up third on our list because it does not offer any unique functions and still costs more than both of its counterparts mentioned in this article. But that does not mean it’s a bad surveillance app. On the contrary, it delivers perfectly and discreetly on all its mentioned features.
What’s Required for Installation?
You will need to know the iCloud login credentials of the targeted Apple phones and tablets. For installation in an Android device, you will need physical access to it.
Minspy is not very big on live customer support. So, you will have to rely on FAQs and other text-based material to set up the cell phone monitoring app. In case you want a refund, you might have to take it up with their online reseller Paddle. While the refund claim might take at least 60 days to be processed even if it is eligible.
Positives & Negatives:
+ User-Friendly Interface
+ No jailbreak/root required
– Extremely Expensive
– No live customer service
– Intrusive features
Final Verdict: 9.4/10
Basic: USD 4.99/month
Premium: USD 7.49/month
|Android v4.0+ and iOS 6.0+||
Lite: USD 29.95/month
Premium: USD 68/month
Extreme: USD 199/month
Android v4.0 till 11.0, All iOS phones, and PCs (Windows/
Basic: USD 39.99/month
Premium: USD 9.99/month
Family: USD 69.99/month
Family: USD 99.99/month
Premium: USD 10.33/month
Business: USD 399.99/month
Android v4.0+ and iOS 7.0+