What's the best cell phone spy program available today? One of the most frequent questions I get asked. In this article I will compare the top programs - spy apps that I use and test and can honestly recommend.
I compare their prices, their features and the phones and devices they work on - and give you easy to follow tables to make your decision painless.
When you get into this post you'll soon see that there is really no such thing as "The Best" but there will be one that is the best for you and your needs. This is part of my main Phone Spy Guide - use it and my main reviews to make the smart choice.
I have put together my top picks based on using these programs over a long period of time - these are all reliable programs from trusted sellers. I only recommend a few spy apps that I have used personally and feel confident to stand over.
The ratings above are all based on my opinions and experience - but you need to think about which program will be best for your needs - remember?
The table below shows the pricing information of each of the recommended programs - I keep it updated but always check their websites for special offers and any changes.
mSpy No Jaibreak
Mobistealth Android Pro
Mobistealth Android Pro X
Mobistealth iPhone Premium
Mobistealth iPhone Prem Plus
As you can see there is quite a variation! Remember when comparing prices to take into account the features you need and the length of time you may want to keep monitoring - both ultimately affect your final cost.
Always double check that the features you really need are available for your phone type and are included in the plan you choose.
Speaking of features ....
Now for the fun part - exploring all of the different features available from the different spy programs. They all cover the same standard features such as call logs and text messages - but then they have different advanced features and controls.
Hopefully this table helps you to compare the features you need!
No Jailbreak Version
Gps Tracking History
Gps Real Time
View Installed Apps
Sim Change Notify
Remote Pause Start
Control Via Web
Control Via Sms Text
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Again I keep this part updated regularly as the different apps roll out new features.
You need to ask yourself a few important questions:
The most important issue is if the target device is compatible with the spy program you choose. This depends on the operating system and the version.
If you are monitoring an iPhone - can it be Jailbroken, or will you need a No Jailbreak spy version?
With Android devices you may need to Root for some features to work. I go into details on the main reviews and in my main guide.
Do you really need call recording features or be able to read SnapChat activity? Only pay for the features you need - quite often the Basic versions have more than enough information for most people and cost a lot less.
The prices vary quite a bit and obviously you need to pay extra for so called Premium features such as call recording. If you need these features you could also consider taking out shorter term subscriptions - and save some money.
Warning: Avoid Free Spy Software - it is never free! Beware of programs offering a one off payment for lifetime cover - what could go wrong? - they are usually scams.
If the price seems really low compared to the rest of the main spy apps on the market - ask yourself why? I like everyone to save money but if you want a reliable spy software that actually works, stick to the main recommended programs.
Now for a bit of a head to head on the top spy apps. In this next section I try to compare the main programs in terms of what they are best at monitoring.
Android is probably the easiest operating system for the spy apps to work well on. The only consideration is whether or not you Root the device. Rooting is NOT absolutely necessary but a few features do require it: Recording features, screenshots and social messenger apps (WhatsApp, SnapChat, Viber, Instagram and Facebook etc).
All four work very well on Android and it really does come down to your monitoring requirements and budget.
For Advanced features I would go for mSpy - for a budget option ... XNSpy.
Spying on Apple phones and devices is always a little more complicated - I have a detailed guide here worth a read.
You first need to determine if the target iPhone can be Jailbroken - up to iOS 9.03 can right now. You can only install the full version software on Jailbroken Apple devices - otherwise you need to use the No Jailbreak versions.
Mspy, Mobistealth and Xnspy all have both versions available. Flexispy only have the full version software - but they are your Only option if you want call recording on an iPhone.
People get confused about requirements for spying on Tablets or Pads. Firstly they must have internet capability and then all that matters is the operating system being compatible. Same rules as with mobile phones.
All four programs have GPS tracking and it works well - it is a pretty standard report with modern spy apps today. Where they get interesting is with combining the tracking with alerts and notifications - and how easy this is to manage.
mSpy have this feature well taken care of - you can view tracking information history or in real time and you can set Geo fencing areas with trigger alerts. Great for tracking your kids movements - get an alert if they enter a restricted area!
Winner - mSpy
Messenger apps have become a big deal when it comes to monitoring text messages. It will not be long before they overtake the old fashioned text! If you are monitoring a cell phone and you can't see their instant messages, you are probably missing a lot.
The spy companies recognized this early on and have worked hard to keep up with the changes. All four have decent coverage of the main platforms but Flexispy does monitor the largest range of social media and messenger apps.
The important thing is to look for the platforms that you need to cover - nobody uses all of them ... do they?
Always seen as the Premium feature - and for some people it really is. Having the ability to hear a live call or a voice recording is crucial for some. Ambient recording is another feature that I would place in this category - where the phone can be used like a bug to record the phone's surroundings.
FlexiSpy has dominated these features for the past few years and they do a good job. They now also record things like Facetime and WhatsApp voice calls!
It often comes down to money in the end. As always with spy phone software there is no simple answer - have a look at the pricing comparison above!
mSpy has the cheapest version - 1 month Basic for $29.99
Flexispy has the most expensive - 12 months Extreme for $349.00
Somewhere in the middle is the best value.
There is no getting away with it - if you need Flexispy's recording features you need to pay. If you can get away with a bit less in terms of features, you can save substantially.
I personally think the basic monitoring versions over a year represent real value for money - and they should cover most people's needs.
Now it is up to you. Take some time and consider what you want to achieve before looking at my individual reviews in more detail.
Have a good read around this site - if something is confusing, I bet it has been answered in an article or in the comments.
Good luck and thanks for reading.