Unfortunately, all FlexiSPY Reviews are not created equal – you can’t believe everything you read online these days. In this review I’ll give you all the information you need to make a decision on when and why to buy FlexiSPY.
To make things easy for you I have a quick review followed with the big one – the most in depth independent FlexiSpy review. Keep reading … I will prove it!
Flexispy is one of the oldest phone spy software apps around and still performing. It was launched in 2005 believe it or not and I have been writing about it here since 2013!
Lots has changed along the way and today they offer arguably the most advanced spy software on the market. Why? – I’ll get to that below.
FlexiSPY Review – the Quick Version
Not everyone wants to read loads of details so I’ll give you a summary here – followed by the more in depth version.
Is it safe, is it reliable and is it worth the money? Ah, the questions – I’ll do my best to give you my impressions.
There is no doubt that Flexispy is one of the top selling spy apps and it does perform very well. I have it on my phone and have done for several years now – unlike most reviewers!
I only recommend a few products that actually perform well in my own testing – and FlexiSpy is one of them.
Why Buy FlexiSPY? – The main selling points of this spy app are the advanced features. Flexispy is the only spy app to offer call recording and call intercept. No other app can do this reliably … even though a few make the claim.
So, is FlexiSPY worth it? – It has the reputation as being the most expensive app, which is true in part at least. They have two versions FlexiSPY Extreme (with call recording features) and FlexiSPY Premium.
If you really want to be able to listen to voice calls and calls made using messenger apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and others – then you will need to pay the extra amount and get the Extreme version.
The Premium version actually competes well on price and features when compared to the competition. See the pricing structure below.
Other important factors to consider:
- FlexiSPY do not have a No Jailbreak version – to monitor the iPhone or iPads, you must Jailbreak the device.
- FlexiSPY Extreme for Android – you need to Root the device for the advanced features to work.
- Installation Service – they offer a service to Jailbreak, Root and install FlexiSpy
When FlexiSPY is Your Best Choice
If you need call recording and your phone is compatible – this is your only option.
For Android phone monitoring it is pretty straightforward – on a Rooted device the advanced features and reliability are the best.
For iPhone and Apple devices – if you can Jailbreak, again the features are the best available. But as I mentioned, there is no option for iPhone monitoring without Jailbreaking. mSpy is the better option here.
So, still interested and want to learn more? Let’s take a deeper look …
New and Updated September 2021
Full in Depth Review
Unlike most generic review articles out there – this one is quite long and goes into detail – so feel free to scan ahead to the parts that interest you the most. By the end you will have a better understanding of the program and when it will be the best choice for your needs.
FlexiSPY Price 2021
Both packages are now available in shorter terms as well as one year subscriptions :
FlexiSPY Premium – $68 for 1 month, $99 for 3 months and $149 for 12 months
FlexiSPY Extreme – $199 for 3 months and $349 for 12 months
The Premium version is actually good value and competes well with other products such as mSpy and MobiStealth. The Extreme version is expensive, but this is the only software that can intercept calls, record calls and phone surroundings.
If you really need these features, I’m afraid you have to pay – the 3 month option allows you to use it, try it and save some cash! It really will come down to the monitoring capabilities you feel you need.
One bit of good news though, there are no added taxes and no VAT charges – these are the prices you pay.
Their installation service will cost you $39.99 at checkout IF you require it. It is a popular option for people worried about the technical side of Jailbreaking, Rooting and installation.
Payments can be made by several means – including Pay Pal and credit card – no mention of Flexispy will show on the bill!
Site Redesign and New Flexispy Login
Their website now looks and acts like it is a premium product. Looks aren’t everything, what is more important is the re-design of their Control Center – the main reporting dashboard where you login to view and operate your account.
The front end of the website may be important to present a professional image and to give you confidence in the company but the real action happens in the Control Center. It now has the most user friendly dashboard that I have used – well designed with everything clearly laid out.
Reports are quick and easy to see and the controls for setting alerts or remote commands are simple to understand and use.
They have recently released a mobile app to view and use the control panel from your phone – called FlexiVIEW. A well designed, user friendly way to access all your data, reports, set alerts and download voice recordings – all from your own mobile!
Times have changed – not so long ago you needed detailed instructions just to find your way around the user panels! Top marks here for being user friendly.
Phone and Device Compatibility
You can monitor Android phones and tablets with internet capability, iPhones and iPads. As always it is important to remember that the devices must have some sort of internet access (data and/or Wi-Fi) and the operating system needs to be supported.
Apple devices must be Jailbroken before you can install Flexispy. Here is the current list – I keep this updated regularly :
- Android Phones and Tablets – supported versions 4 -11
- iPhone / Apple Devices – support up to iOS 9.1 and 9.2 up to 14.x in tethered mode
Some features will only be available with certain types of device so you will need to check their site and make sure that the features you want are covered for your phone version. They have some really good information about available Jailbreaks and how they work.
Computer Monitoring From FlexiSPY
They have a PC monitoring software program – now you can see what your kids are up to on laptops and computers. It works in a similar way to the phone monitoring app and is available for Windows and Mac.
- Windows PC : Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and windows 10
- Mac OS : from Maverics to Big Sur OS11
Look out for my full review of their Computer monitoring software.
iPhone Monitoring with FlexiSPY
FlexiSPY might not be your best choice if you are an iPhone user. To use this app on Apple devices you must Jailbreak the device. The problem is that not all versions of Apple operating systems can be Jailbroken at present.
You need to check the iOS version on the target phone. Versions up to iOS 9.1 are fairly standard and can be Jailbroken easily. For later versions – iOS 9.2 to 14.x you need to use a tethered Jailbreak.
A tethered Jailbreak means that if the phone or device is powered off or the battery runs dead at any time – the Jailbreak is removed. If that happens you need to re – Jailbreak – although this is quick and easy.
With a tethered Jailbreak you DO NOT need to re-install Flexispy.
The good news is that the way most people use their phones these days, they rarely power off or let the battery drain. So you could get a good period of monitoring – and remember your subscription allows you to install the app again as any times as required.
mSpy have a No Jailbreak service that can solve this problem –see my mSpy page for more details.
They do not have a No Jailbreak monitoring solution for Apple devices, only the full version software which requires iPhones to be Jailbroken.
FlexiSPY for Android
The compatibility situation for android monitoring is much less complicated. As long as your device is running any Android version from 4.0 onwards you can use the Flexispy app. Just remember that advanced features such as call recording, keylogger and spying on messenger apps – all need Android to be Rooted.
Get Help to Install FlexiSPY
They have just released a new White glove installation service – for the technically challenged! Now you can have an expert Root Android or Jailbreak your iPhone/ iPad and install the Flexispy app on your device – for a $39.99 fee.
You can select this service on the checkout page when you are making your purchase.
You need to have the device in your possession and be able to connect it to your PC or laptop. You schedule a time and a support technician will be able to do the complete setup by remote assistance on your PC.
This is a Big deal for many people who fear trying to Jailbreak or Root – let alone install the software themselves.
You can find out more on their website and select the installation at checkout.
They offer two different monitoring packages – FlexiSPY Extreme with all the bells and whistles, and FlexiSPY Premium, competitively priced with standard features. On the website they have a handy comparison page where you can quickly see the difference between different versions.
The standard features cover all of the usual monitoring features you would expect such as : call logs, email, IM chat messengers, GPS locations, images, videos and audio, contacts, browsing history, bookmarks and social sites – all monitored on the cheaper Premium version.
See how their features stack up against the other spy apps in my Best Spy Apps page.
Social and Chat Messenger Services
Here they have the most comprehensive list of services that can be monitored – so important today as more people use these different platforms to communicate instead of SMS texting. They cover 15 services :
Facebook, Facebook messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Skype, Hangouts, Yahoo messenger, KIK, iMessage, QQ, Hike, Instagram, BB Messenger and BB Pin.
On the cheaper version you can see messages, photos, videos and all logs for these apps. But on the Extreme version you can hear and record any call made using these apps.
Messenger apps are being used so much these days for communication – especially with kids. Now more than ever parents need to be able to see and hear what their child is up to.
Keep checking as they add new services. Again it is necessary to check that your phone type covers the services you want to view.
The Extreme version has just become the leader in a field of one! They are the only company currently offering the following :
- Live Call Intercept
- Call Recording – Phone and VOIP
- Ambient Recording – phone surroundings
If you really need any of these features, FlexiSpy is your ONLY option. Due to some high profile legal cases a few years back – US based spy app providers stopped offering any recording features.
Flexispy continue to do so because they are based outside the U.S.A. and have no worries about being shut down. This does NOT mean that you can use their software for illegal purposes – they stress this on their website. See my own legal updates and stay within the law.
I expect the other companies to return to offering call recording in the future, but for now FlexiSPY is unique!
Does FlexiSPY Extreme Monitoring Feature Work?
I have been testing the advanced features and they work reliably. The recording works well on a rooted Android when you have good call connection quality. I know that people in areas with poor mobile reception have reported some problems with the call recording features in the past.
A sketchy connection can lead to only part of a conversation being recorded. This situation has been improving as more regions are benefiting from better internet services in general. Technical improvements in internet services are helping this improve.
This is an extremely powerful part of the Extreme package – it allows you to Tap another phone!
I recommend using VLC Media player for playing back any recordings – works better than Windows Media player!
Call Intercept – Spy Call
For some this can be a really useful feature – if it works for your phone. It works by adding your phone to a conversation, like a conference call but you stay muted and just listen. The target phone needs to allow 3 way calling so you need to check your carrier service.
Some business users and parents do find it useful, but I must admit it isn’t the most important feature to me – a bit of overkill.
Live call intercept is now available for the iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices.
You can also listen to VOIP calls – made using Skype, Viber and WhatsApp – the actual calls! This is another big step forward with so many kids using services such as Whatsapp to make voice calls instead of their phone.
Again – NO other spy app has these call features.
Ambient Recording (Phone Surroundings)
This feature allows you to turn on the target phone microphone and record the phone’s immediate surroundings. It works well! You can use this to have the phone act as a “Bug”. Powerful feature – but keep it legal please.
Remote Camera Capture
You can remotely operate the target device’s camera and take pictures without the user knowing. Not the most practical feature in my opinion … but pretty clever all the same! Not many apps have this feature!
They have also added a remote video recording function allowing you to control the phone and record a video without the user knowing. This is a big technical advance for this application.
Everyone tends to focus on the big features such as call intercept and recording, but there are some really useful ones to look at – adding real value to this spyware app.
Keylogger – Password Cracker
This is a new feature and is included with the Extreme package – but you can buy it separately on the website. It is basically a keylogger – once installed and activated it will record any passwords / codes / login details entered on the device.
This allows you to see every username and password entered on the device for social sites and messenger services. It will even record the passkey to unlock the target phone (but the software must be installed beforehand).
This is another great tool for any parent trying to gain access to a phone and monitor their child safely and completely.
Again, from a legal perspective, you must be sure you have a legal right to access these details – kids and employees only!
Alerts and Keywords
You can set up an alert (sent to your own phone/email) for specific phone numbers or to spot certain keywords – think drugs or profanity. Great feature for monitoring kids online behavior. mSpy has a similar alert setup.
You can view all apps installed on the device and close them, block them or even uninstall remotely. The user will not even know what is happening! Control over how your child interacts with different apps. Several of the best spyware applications now offer this control.
Update and Upgrade Remotely
Once Flexispy has been installed, you never need to access the target device again. Many features have been integrated and can be controlled from the Control Center – including installing any software updates or even upgrading to their Extreme version. You can also stop, start or remove the software without further access to the target phone.
Advanced GPS Tracking
Flexi-SPY can track the phone and show it’s location at any given time using a live map. You can also view historical locations – where the device has been over a given period.
You can also set location boundaries and receive alerts if the device enters or leaves a pre-defined area – really easy to set up in the main Control Center.
Both versions of FlexiSPY – Extreme and Premium offer some of the most advanced spy features available. Some features have different requirements to make them work so it is important to check before buying.
Why Chose This Monitoring App?
The obvious reason above – the advanced features. Another couple of good reasons to buy Flexispy I have discovered :
FlexiSPY is Very Well Hidden
One of the most common questions I get asked is ” is Flexispy hidden – will the user know?” – They have really set out to create the best, securely hidden spy software on the market. There is even a feature to hide the Cydia app after Jailbreaking or the SuperUser app after Rooting Android.
The software has no recognizable files and will not show up in the application list or the task manager. They claim it does not get flagged by antivirus software apps (I haven’t tested it fully yet, but didn’t get flagged by Lookout Security).
Most apps leave hiding the software up to you – not here!
It is User Friendly!
This is something that many will overlook, until they come to install and use the software. It comes with an installation wizard – which guides you easily through the installation process.
Many people struggle with installing spy software apps and FlexiSpy are ahead of the competition, making it the easiest to install – dare I say fool proof? Even better – take advantage of their installation service for peace of mind.
The Online Control Panel – is definitely the best one I have used. Very easy to navigate and understand. Their new FlexiVIEW app just makes it even easier to see the reports online from your own mobile phone. No need for a PC.
You can transfer your license to any device (even cross platform). Most software companies only allow you to change to a phone of the same operating system. With Flexispy, if your target phone is changed from Android to iPhone for example, you can simply deactivate one and transfer your valid license to the new phone.
Customer Service and Support
FlexiSPY have always had a good reputation for their customer support services. They have 24 hour 6 days a week email and live chat support. Another good thing you can check out on their website – lots of resources to get started and get the most from the software.
They have a detailed support section with Knowledge base articles and extensive video tutorials – a great place to check out how everything works in detail even before buying.
Installation Service – their technicians can Root or Jailbreak the phone and install Flexispy for you – great for some people!
Refund Policy – they have a 10 day full refund policy and they honor it – gives you a little peace of mind when deciding to make the purchase. Most complaints about spyware apps involve them not working and not refunding unhappy users!
Multiple Languages supported – at the moment the site is available in: English, Espanol, Italiano, Russian, Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Deutsch and Thai.
FlexiSPY – My Verdict
Would I recommend FlexiSPY monitoring software? Without a doubt – but think about what you need to monitor before making your decision.
The Extreme app version is the only one of its kind at the moment – if you really need the ability to record calls etc. you have no other choice. It is expensive, but good things cost money!
If standard monitoring is all that you need then it is a straight race between Flexispy, and the mSpy app – all in a similar price range at least for yearly contracts.
They do differ in the features and services they can monitor so there is no quick answer – you need to look at each one and pick the features that matter most to you.
– see what you think!
Common FlexiSPY Questions
Is FlexiSPY legal?
Yes but as with all spyware apps there are limitations. See my Legal page for details.
Can FlexiSPY be installed remotely?
No you must have physical access to the phone or device you want to monitor.
Can FlexiSPY be detected?
FlexiSPY is one of the best hidden spying apps. They have several layers of protection to avoid being detected.
How to uninstall FlexiSPY?
It can easily be uninstalled from within the online dashboard without needing access to the phone again.
How good is FlexiSPY?
FlexiSPY is seen as the most advanced spy app with the best customer support. For Android monitoring in particular it is hard to beat!
One last thing to consider. Following the legal issues and takedown of StealthGenie things have changed and the companies based in the U.S. are trying to comply with the law. Flexispy is not U.S. based and is very unlikely to be taken down at any time – just be aware that you need to stay within the laws of your country – and stay safe.
This review article was first written in 2013 and has been updated regularly ever since – keep in mind that I have had this spying app on a test phone for years now and continue to monitor it’s performance. Looking at other “reviews” – do you think they have tested it?
Thanks for reading!