This is a regularly updated, Real review of mSpy – the popular cell phone spy software program. Why should you read this one? Because I have actually tested this software, in fact it is installed on my phone now. Read this and compare it to the other mSpy reviews – don’t forget to check the comments – lots of questions answered at the bottom.
Updated February 2017!
New Features! – Find the Latest Added Features Here
The latest release now includes a way to have limited monitoring of iPhones and iPads Without Jailbreaking. It is basically a replacement for Phonesheriff Investigator which was recently withdrawn by the makers of Mobile Spy. It is included with every version of mSpy at no extra cost. Read more about it in the main review below.
- Keylogger – now available for both Android and iPhone (iOS)
- Snapchat Monitoring just released
Discount codes when available at this link
Now featuring Tinder Spy – the main program can now monitor everything on Tinder – matches, pictures and messages sent and received – the fist spy app to do so!
MSpy are now the best selling spy software on the market – with a good range of features and competitive pricing backed up by a reliable company – they look set to keep growing. Find out why in the rest of my review….
Before I do a full review and recommend any product, I test it and use it for a few months to see just how good or bad the product is. This is the only way to be able to give good advice about any product.
I first tested mSpy about a year ago but decided against doing a full review. At that time it was one of the newest programs and it worked well enough for me. I was reluctant to recommend it as it just didn’t offer anything different to StealthGenie and being relatively new made it a slightly more risky choice. (Ironic – given Stealthgenie’s demise!)
The two products were quite similar and my view then was why take a chance on an untested product against one which was has a proven track record? I kept getting people asking about m Spy – does it work, is it any good?
I gave in and decided to give it another run. It really has come on and it does indeed offer an alternative to the competition – with some unique features of its own.
If you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know I don’t just do a full run down of the features.
For a list of the MSpy features you should visit their website here.
I will concentrate on what makes it a little different looking at a few advanced features and try to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
Compatible Phones and Devices
m-Spy works on cell phones as well as Tablets – the important thing to remember is that it must match the OS (operating system) version of the target device.
- Android Phones and Tablets – all versions 4 onwards
- iPhone and iPad up to iOS 9.0.2
Although the software will work on all of these types of phone you should check their website for up to date version support plus they have lists of actual phones by make and model. Always check the features available for each type of phone as they are slightly different for each.
Advanced Features from MSpy
As well as covering all of the expected monitoring features – text logs, call logs, email, tracking and browser history etc. it also has some useful advanced features to set it apart.
Monitor Messenger Services – will monitor activity on WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Snapchat, iMessage(iPhone only), Telegram and Facebook Messenger. These features available for Rooted Android devices and the iPhone/iPad. Now they have added Tinder monitoring to the list.
Call Blocking – you can define phone numbers and block incoming calls from them.
Website Blocking – block access to pre-defined websites.
App Blocking – you can view all installed apps on the target phone and choose which ones to block. Great tool for managing your kid’s phone and internet use.
Keylogger – This is unique to mSpy. The Keylogger feature can report all things typed on the target cell phone – messages, passwords, login details and emails – extremely powerful feature. Now works on Android and iOS devices (iPhone/iPad).
Management Features – they have some useful ways to manage how the reporting is set up. You can set reporting to be sent to the control panel by Wi-Fi only, by any connection or none. This is very useful and avoids any data being sent using the target cell phones data plan. You can also set reporting intervals and GPS intervals.
Security Features – lock the phone, wipe phone data, sim change notification, start, pause or delete the app – all from the online control panel.
mSpy With No Jailbreak Required!
This is a new added feature for Apple devices – iPhone and iPad, all versions. The add-on is included with all purchases of m-Spy for mobile devices – no extra cost!
How it Works
For the regular versions of mSpy all Apple devices must be Jailbroken – easy enough for most people. If for some reason Jailbreaking your iPhone is not possible you can use this feature to monitor the target phone. The device must be using the (free) iCloud backup service and you need to have the users Apple ID. No physical access to the phone is required!
Obviously this method has it’s limitations and the monitoring is less extensive and relies on updates from the backup service – but it can be a useful way to have at least some monitoring capability, when Jailbreaking is not possible.
You can monitor: Call logs, Text messages, Contacts, Browser history, WhatsApp, Skype, Line, Facebook Messenger, Events and Notes.
This is an added extra – there is no charge for this service and it is provided free with all mobile monitoring packages of mSpy. Of course if you are using the full capabilities of the software with a Jailbroken device – you can just ignore it.
Anything Else Special?
They offer a premium support service – MAssistence. This is not required and is a separate purchase for those who need it. It is a great idea for those worried about the technicalities of installing the software.
For a few dollars extra ($43.99) you get remote assistance and a technician will Jailbreak or Root your device and install MSpy for you – you will need the target phone and a computer/laptop. They guarantee to get you started! You can select this option on the checkout page during the buying process and it is available after purchase as well.
It is a great idea but unnecessary for most people – installing the software is not that technically challenging. I have not used the premium support so I can’t verify how good it is but if you are worried about the technical side it might be worth considering.
They have a clean and easy to follow website – I like that on the buying page it is very clear which features are supported by each price subscription – not always the case with some products.
Ten Day Money Back Guarantee – always check the terms, but good to know you can get a refund if you are not satisfied.
Telephone Support – as well as live chat and email support you can talk directly to their staff by phone. This is long overdue in the spy software market. We are dealing with technical products and it is reassuring to know that help is available.
Demo Site – they have a live demo site – good to check around how the different features are reported and get a feel for how everything will work. I definitely recommend you check it out.
They offer two packages – mSpy Basic and mSpy Premium. Basic is as it sounds and covers only the standard monitoring features such as text and call logs, web history, GPS tracking etc. All the fancy features are in the Premium version.
- Basic 1 month costs $29.99
- Basic 3 month costs $59.99
- Basic 1 year $99.99
- Premium 1 month $69.99
- Premium 3 month $119.99
- Premium 6 month $149.99
- Premium 1 year $199.99
The one month options are good if you only need reporting for a short period of time or you just want to try the software out. Obviously the longer term options are better value. It is good to have the choice.
They also do a Bundle Kit – to monitor your desktop PC and smartphone. Plus they have good discounts if you need to buy more than one license.
mSpy is sold by MTechnology Ltd. – a company with offices in the U.S and the U.K. They do a lot to reassure their customers with good support options, including phone numbers. Ten day money back guarantee. Payments are securely processed by credit and debit cards and of course Pay-Pal.
They have been selling mSpy and developing it for over two years now and have quickly moved to compete with the market leaders – I think they are stable and likely to around for the foreseeable future!
Is It Right for You?
As always you need to work out what features you really need and then look at your available options and of course the costs involved. For standard monitoring features and price – m-Spy is hard to beat. Mobile Spy is no longer recommended as it is no longer hidden!
But perhaps you need a little bit more in terms of features. FlexiSpy Extreme will offer more advanced features including call recording, call interception and ambient recording – but it is more expensive. These two are the best available options right now.
With mSpy you get the Keylogger feature and some good management options – they also have the No Jailbreak option. In terms of support options perhaps the phone support and the premium support options could make it the best choice for your needs.
I like the product. It works as described, the company was professional and their website and control panel is well designed and works well. It’s really down to your needs in terms of features which product you choose. I hope this mSpy review has given you something to consider when looking for a quality spy software program.
Don’t forget to check the comments below – lots of answers to common questions about the program!