I’ve put together this chart so that you can quickly compare some of the main features of the top phone spy software apps. With so many different monitoring features available it can be confusing to work out which programs support them – hopefully this will save you some time in your research. Check back often – I will keep this updated as new features are rolled out.
This is part of my main Phone Spy Software Guide.
Updated – April 2017
Mobile Spy is no longer recommended – it is no longer hidden and several features have been removed.
The table below does not cover every single feature – just the most important ones so you still need to check out my Reviews and check the spy software sites before buying. Getting all of the monitoring features you require is one of the most important steps in choosing your software.
mSpy vs FlexiSpy vs MobiStealth
Not all features are available for the Basic packages – some require the premium packages which obviously cost a little more. Be sure to check on the company website for the exact features you need for the type of target phone you want to monitor – before buying.
- Main Features
- Call Recording
- Surround Rec
- Call History
- Text Messages
- View Contacts
- Web History
- GPS Tracking
- Geo Fencing
- BB Messenger
- Trigger Words
- Stealth Camera
- View Apps
- Block Apps
- Lock Phone
- Wipe Phone
- Control via Web
- No Jailbreak
You can see that these three programs cover many of the same reporting features but that each one has something unique to offer – which might be a feature important to you.
The competition between the companies is fierce as they try to outdo each other with New features and greater support – all good news for the consumer!
Flexispy versus mSpy
These two are obvious, direct competitors in their basic packages at least – sharing many features and competing closely on price. The Big key features are Call Recording, Call Intercept and Surroundings Recording.
For many people these premium features are very important and their main reason to buy.
mSpy recently withdrew their call recording features to avoid any future legal complications – BUT – they are the best selling monitoring product today and for good reasons.
As far as the other features are concerned, FlexiSpy and mSpy match up pretty much. Their main features are very similar so it will come down to the level of monitoring you need to have.
One stand out difference with m spy is their No Jailbreak Monitoring service – it allows iPhone users to monitor without having to jailbreak the device or install software on the target phone – with certain limitations. I go into details on the main review of MSpy.
Pricing – For all the recording and call intercept features you need the Flexispy Extreme version – their most expensive. They were the only company supporting these features – until recently (Mobistealth) and so could charge a premium price for them – although they now offer a 3month version of their Extreme software at a reduced cost.
The other thing to note is that both FlexiSpy packages are now available in short term contracts – as with m Spy – you can take out shorter terms – 1, 3 and 6 months. MSpy is definitely the cheaper option right now which helps them be the number 1 seller!
Something to consider if you only need to monitor for a short time period, or want to try the software without spending too much. As you would expect the longer term deals are better value.
Mobistealth Spy is perhaps the most surprising of the three in this features chart. It is (correctly) viewed as the cheaper alternative – the old reliable one. There have been many changes and enhancements to their monitoring features over the last year.
Mobistealth actually offers very similar monitoring features to both Flexispy and mSpy – in the main features list.
The big difference is that they now offer call recording for Android devices. That is great news if you thought Flexispy was your only option to record calls.
They are still significantly cheaper and have a proven track record – the longest running of the three.
Pricing – they offer the cheapest starter package at $49.99 for 3 months and the top of the range package works out at $179.99 – compared to $199.99 for similar packages of mSpy and Flexispy. Definitely worth looking at if you want affordable software.
Mobile Spy versus …
Update – December 2014
So, What is the Best?
Ah that favorite question again! It might sound like a cop-out but I deliberately don’t say X is better than Y. It really does come down to many factors:
- Your monitoring needs
- The target phone type
- Your budget
- Your personal preference
Go through these factors and then check out the Demo versions on the spy software company websites. This will give you a feel for how their online dashboards and reporting all works.
M Spy is currently the “Best Seller” and costs less whilst Flexispy can charge a bit more and claim some of the most advanced features. Mobistealth are improving vastly, offering advanced features at a reduced cost – definitely worth looking at!
All are reliable, work well in my testing and are supported by reputable companies – you won’t get ripped off!
Check out my Phonesheriff Investigator Edition review – a different type of monitoring for Apple devices – iPhone/iPad etc. It is aimed a child monitoring in a limited way But without the need to Jailbreak. Worth a look for some situations. M spy Now offer this service – and I no longer recommend Phonesheriff as it isn’t hidden!
You can find the main reviews at the top right hand side of this site – go read them too!