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 on my phone now.
Read this and compare it to the other mSpy reviews online. I know you’ll soon realize this is a genuine review from a real user.
I have been using the mSpy app since 2013 and have continued to track the changes in the program. This article is updated every month giving you the latest information.
Last Updated October 2020!
New Features from mSpy
For iPhone and iPad users the No Jailbreak version is going from strength to strength. This is in part due to difficulties in the jailbreak process. mSpy lead the way when it comes to monitoring iPhones and iPads Without Jailbreaking. Read more about it in the main review below.
Other recent additions include:
- Keylogger Feature– now available for both Android and iPhone (iOS)
- WhatsApp spy – see everything including images and videos
- Snapchat Monitoring – mSpy now tracks everything on Snapchat
Discount codes when available:
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….
In a Hurry? – The Short Version
The rest of this review goes into a lot of detail covering many features and explaining how everything works. Not everyone wants that level of detail but you still want to know if mSpy is the right choice.
This part should help but be sure to browse the rest of the review and check out the Questions section at the end.
Do I recommend the mSpy App?
Yes, mSpy is one of the few apps that I actually recommend. In my view it is the best all round monitoring app available. It is reasonably priced when compared to apps that actually work!
They have the largest range of monitoring features, features that are actually useful! One feature set they are missing is the ability to listen to and record voice calls. FlexiSpy is the only spy program to offer this capability.
My recommendation is based on years of using and testing this app. It isn’t perfect all the time but it consistently outperforms most spy apps. Spy apps by their very nature can be quite glitchy due to the technology involved but mSpy are the best at delivering a reliable service.
The company is legitimate and you can be sure you won’t be scammed! I can’t stress enough how careful you need to be when choosing a cell phone spy app.
- Great list of useful features
- Social app monitoring is the most extensive
- Easy to Install and user friendly control panel
- Long track record of sales online
- Best selling spy app – for a reason!
- No call listening or recording features (only FlexiSPY has these)
- GPS tracking can sometimes be inaccurate if the phone signal drops
Overall, I recommend mSpy because it is so easy to use, especially if you aren’t a tech expert. Use their mAssistance service to get the complete installation done for you and things are even easier. It is consistent and reliable.
Full mSpy Review
Before I do a full review and recommend any product, I test it and use it personally 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.
AcisNI.com covers a range of spy apps with lots of detailed information to help you get the most from these products. I only recommend a small number of apps, ones I have tested thoroughly and can honestly stand behind.
Have you noticed how some spy app review sites recommend every product?
The last few years has seen many new spy apps come on to the market but unfortunately many are poor quality and some are outright scams.
If you are not familiar with the spy apps market you will not realize that many apps simply disappear or rebrand under a different name as soon as they get exposed.
There are only a few that work as promised and stand the test of time – mSpy is one that I can honestly recommend.
There is a good reason why mSpy has been the best selling spy program for several years. Apart from the fact that it actually works – it is always ahead of the competition in terms of added features, useful features that users need.
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 full list of 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. This is a pretty detailed article – I hope you read it all, but feel free to scan ahead to the parts that interest you most.
Let’s get to point right away – how much is it going to cost? They offer two packages – mSpy Basic and mSpy Premium. These are also available for the iPhone Non Jailbroken service.
Basic is as it sounds and covers the standard monitoring features such as text and call logs, web history, GPS tracking etc. All the fancy features are in the Premium version.
- One month mSpy Basic – $29.99
- One month mSpy Premium – $69.99
- Three months Premium – $39.99 per month ($119.99)
- One Year Premium – $16.66 per month ($199.99)
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Mobile Family Kit – monitor 3 devices with premium subscriptions – $479.97 for 1 year.
Their pricing structures are simple and clear and offer good value for the features you will get. Only pay for the services you actually need and choose term lengths to suit your needs.
Payment Methods – You can pay safely and securely using Pay Pal or credit card – no branding from mSpy will show on your bill!
What is mSpy ?
Put simply … mSpy is THE best selling phone monitoring app on the market. It allows you to spy on another cell phone without anyone knowing. It is completely hidden!
See everything they do with their phone. You can read texts, emails, spy on WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram and others, see websites visited, all online activity and even track their cell phone location. More on all the features below …
Once the app is installed and activated everything can be seen remotely – there is no need to have any further contact with the target device. All activity on the target cell phone is reported directly to a secure online control panel that only you have access to.
You simply log on (from anywhere) and you can view all the reports. Incredibly simple but very powerful spy software.
Who is Using this Monitoring App?
It is very popular with parents needing to keep an eye on what their kids are up to on their phones. Modern smartphones can expose our children to all sorts of threats online. Monitoring apps give parents back some control.
Parental control is THE main reason to consider using the mSpy app. The parental control features are second to none giving you the tools you need to monitor your kids online activity.
With mSpy’s features parents can know where they are at any time and more importantly … what they are doing online. You can even block websites and certain phone numbers if you need to.
Monitoring company cell phones? More and more business owners are turning to spy apps to control what company cells are being used for. Every minute your employee is spending on Facebook is costing you – time and money!
There are legal limitations to the apps use – and I never condone illegal use. There is no getting away from the fact that in today’s world people are using these apps to spy on their spouses or partners. Unfortunately these apps are very good at this – but be aware there are legal consequences.
Mspy is primarily aimed at useful and legal monitoring of children and employees using company cell phones. When you are buying the app they make you declare that it is for authorized use.
Now you know who is using spy software – let’s see how it all works.
For Parental Control
mSpy is rated as the best parental control app today. Virtually every aspect of the app is aimed at giving parents the power to see and control their kids online activities. In their marketing they focus a lot on the parental control side and avoid encouraging things like spying on your spouse.
With mSpy you get to see all activity on the target device. Used on a childs phone you get peace of mind and the ability to avoid problems. Controlling things like the apps and websites they can use are powerful tools.
How It All Works
MSpy is available for Android phones and tablets and Apple phones and devices – iPhone and iPad.
There are basically two versions – the full software for Android and Apple or the No Jailbreak version for monitoring iPhone’s that have not been Jailbroken.
Don’t worry if you are confused about Jailbreaking – keep reading, I have a section below explaining how the No Jailbreak version works.
The full version software needs to be installed directly onto the device you want to spy on – and you need access to the phone or tablet for a few minutes to get it set up.
Once installed the app will begin to report all phone activity. The target phone does need to have an internet connection – either a data plan or a Wi-Fi connection. Reports can then be viewed remotely in your online dashboard or control panel.
So if your kid sends a text, downloads an image or visits a website – you will see it online in the account dashboard. It will work anywhere in the world all you need is an internet connection and you can view the reports from anywhere – your own phone or laptop.
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 9.2
- No Jailbreak versions – all iOs
Although the software will work on all of these types of phone you should check their website for up to date version support. They also 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 M-Spy 2020
As well as covering all the expected monitoring features – text logs, call logs, email, tracking and browser history etc. The mSpy app also has some useful advanced features to set it apart.
mSpy’s feature list is pretty extensive so I will cover the most important ones in this section. Remember that the feature list will depend on the type of phone you are monitoring and the subscription plan you chose.
When you are all set up and go to your mSpy Login – the control panel you can view the basic data from the target phone (see the screenshot). It will show you the software version, battery info, Wi-Fi connection status and your subscription plan details.
In the Phone Management tab you can see more information about the target phone – memory status, mSpy version and last updated time – all good. But, you can also control some functions from here such as pause the app, reboot, uninstall, clear logs or export logs.
The whole interface has been updated and is very user friendly – their dashboard reporting is very easy to navigate. All reports can be accessed from the control panel area.
On to the main functions:
Monitor Text SMS Messages
All details are logged and you can read messages sent and received with timestamps and contact information. If they delete text messages after sending, you will still see them – the information is collected on sending or receiving.
This is a core feature of how monitoring information is collected. Everything is logged at the point of sending and receiving. The data is logged and uploaded to the mSpy servers where you can see everything through the online reporting dashboard.
View Call Logs
Again everything is logged here with times, dates, call duration, numbers and contact information. Even if the user deletes their call logs, you will still see all the information.
Website Monitoring Browser History
This reports all online browsing history on the device with time stamps, duration and web addresses visited. You see everything they do online – a great feature for parents.
All emails sent and received are included in this report. It works with native email programs but you can also see emails sent and received using apps like Gmail.
Monitor Messenger Services
It will monitor all activity on WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Snapchat, iMessage (iPhone only), Telegram, Tinder, Line, Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. You can see messages, chats, pictures and videos shared on these platforms.
This program can spy on the largest number of social media and messenger apps. This is very important given how widely these are used today. Kids use WhatsApp, Snapchat and others to communicate these days. Text messaging is on the decline especially with younger users.
These features available for Rooted Android devices and the iPhone/iPad. Now they have added Tinder monitoring to the list.
GPS Tracking and Geo-fencing
As with most spy apps you can track a cell phones movements at any time using GPS. The big difference with mSpy is that they offer a feature they call geo-fencing.
You can set alerts that will notify you if the target device leaves a set area, or enters a set area. It’s really easy to set up using waypoints on a map. A great tool for keeping tabs on where your kids are at any time.
This is one of the best parental control features of any monitoring app on the market. Using the GPS tracking you can always monitor where your kids are, once it is activated on the target device.
You can define phone numbers and block incoming calls from them. Worried about who your kids are phoning? This could be a big help! It can also be a great way to help control spam calls and unwanted messages.
You can easily block access to pre-defined websites on the target device. Another great tool for parents trying to stop children accessing inappropriate content online. Block individual sites or even chose to block internet access at certain times – no late night browsing! Another great parental control aid!
Incognito Browser Spy
Worried about them hiding their online browsing habits using the incognito browser? Now you can see the browsing history even when the user is using incognito mode. This is a very useful and much requested service. This does not require target android devices to be Rooted.
You can view all installed apps on the target phone / device and choose which ones to block. Great tool for managing your kid’s phone and internet use – most mspy review articles do not highlight this feature and I think it is huge for parents!
This is another powerful feature that many people don’t mention in an mSpy review. The Keylogger feature reports everything that is typed on the target cell phone keypad. It is an extra way to make sure no activity goes unnoticed. One of the best ways to track everything your kids are up to.
You can use it to see messages, passwords, login details and emails. This can give you access to account logins for example including their secret passwords. Using this information you can actually log in to their accounts such as Facebook and Instagram.
Now works on Android and iOS devices (iPhone/iPad).
This will show details of any wi-fi networks accessed by the target phone – public or private. You can also track the device by this method – you will see where the wi-fi hotspots are located.
See All Video and Photo Files
With the mSpy app installed and activated you can instantly view all photos and video files on the target device. This will include any videos or photos sent and received using other message apps such as WhatsApp or Skype.
You can monitor all the photos and video clips your kids are seeing. One way our kids are exposed to graphic content is through social media and messaging apps. Using this app you can monitor and track everything to help keep them safe.
Phone and Account Management
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 to control how you track the target phone or device. You can choose reporting to be set at intervals between every ten minutes to every 24 hours. The shorter the interval, the more resources will be used and this could affect battery drain.
I recommend setting this to send reports every half hour at a minimum for good results. This should not impact heavily on the target device and still allow you to track it efficiently.
You will get an alert if the app is uninstalled or compromised in some way. Another useful addition keeping you aware when reporting may stop on the target phone.
Lock the phone, wipe phone data, sim change notification, start, pause or delete the app – all from the online control panel. These may not seem very important but are really useful when you are actually using this program. They will make things so much easier.
The list is long and covers most things anyone would need to effectively spy on a cellphone or monitor a mobile device.
mSpy for iPhone – No Jailbreak Required!
This is a relatively new service for spying on Apple devices – iPhone and iPad, all versions. Recent releases of Apple’s operating system (iOs) have not been successfully Jailbroken. This basically meant that the full version of mspy could not be installed on new model iPhones and devices.
Now using the No Jailbreak version you can monitor an iPhone without having to Jailbreak – and even without having access to the target device. With some limitations of course.
How The Non Jailbreak Version 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, Wi-Fi networks, installed applications, photos and videos, Events and Notes. Not as extensive as the list for their regular software – but still some useful ways to keep track of the target device.
This is proving a very popular service, no need for installation on the target device and getting away from problems with jailbreaking and updates. Remember this only works for Apple phones and pads.
Anything Else Special ?
They offer a premium support service – MAssistance. 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.
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. This is not always the case with some competing 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.
What About Customer Support?
This is one area where it pays to use a reliable company. So many spy apps on the market have little or no customer service once you have made your payment. You’ll find yourself on your own with an app that doesn’t work!
mSpy have improved here with live chat and email support as standard. They now offer toll free telephone support for the US and Canada.
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. You also have the option to pay $12.99 for priority phone support.
How and Where to Buy mSpy
Just follow any of the links on this page to the mSpy website and you can make your purchase instantly. Just select the package Basic or Premium, select the term you need and follow the instructions.
You’ll be prompted to set up your account and will have the option to select mAssistance if you need help with installation, Jailbreaking and Rooting.
Remember this is a digital download so nothing is posted to you and everything can be installed right away. You can be monitoring in minutes!
Once your payment has been processed you will receive the download link and detailed instructions by email. There is no mention of mSpy on the invoice or credit card bill.
Is the Company Reliable?
mSpy is sold by Altercon Group, a company based in thr Czech Republic, 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. They have a standard 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 many years now and have quickly moved to become the market leaders – boasting over 1 million users. I think they are stable and likely to stay around for the foreseeable future!
I’m not joking here. I have recieved many complaints about spy apps appearing with great looking offers, offering advanced tracking and monitoring, only to simply disappear.
Literally they run for a while, get sales and then just shut down the website or re-brand as another name. Leaving very unsatisfied customers. Condiser the company selling the app and how long thy have been in business before making a purchase that seems too good to be true!
Is It Right for You?
As always you need to work out what spy features you really need and then look at your available options and of course the costs involved. For useful spy features, reliability and price – m-Spy is hard to beat.
FlexiSPY Extreme offers features including call recording, call interception and ambient recording – but it is quite a bit more expensive. If you really think you need these services FlexiSPY is your best option. For everything else I believe mSpy is the best value right now.
FlexiSPY do not have a non Jailbreak version you must Jailbreak any iPhone before installing the app on the target device. For iPhone spy apps mSpy offers the most flexibility.
You can check out my article – The Best Spy Apps – and compare features and prices of the top rated spy apps available.
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 is 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 spy software product you choose.
I hope this mSpy review is more useful than most standard reviews out there and has given you something to consider when looking for a quality spy software program.
mSpy Video Review
Questions About mSpy
Is mSpy Legit?
Yes, they have been the best selling spy app for years now. They regularly add to their features list and continually update their program.
Is mSpy Hidden?
Yes the mSpy app can be totally hidden from the user. It can be used in hidden mode which makes it very difficult to detect on the target phone.
What Phones and Devices are Supported?
mSpy works on Android and Apple iPhone phones and tablets.
mSpy has versions for all makes and models of Android phones and tablets plus Apple iPhones and iPads. For the iPhone they have two versions for Jailbroken devices and for non Jailbroken devices.
Can mSpy be Installed Remotely Without Having the Target Phone?
Yes, but only on the iPhone using their non Jailbreak version. For Android phones and Jailbroken iPhones you need to physically install the app on their phone.
Is mSpy Worth the Money?
Yes, mSpy is competitively priced and offers more features as standard than any other spy app. They have a long track record and report over 1 million users.
How Long Does it Take to Install the App?
mSpy can be installed in about 5-10 minutes comfortably. If using their mAssistance service allow about 30 minutes to set everything up.
Can I Monitor Multiple Devices?
Yes but you must buy a subscription for each device.
You can however move your subscription to another device at any time. Simply remove it from the phone currently being monitored and then install it on the new target phone.
Is mSpy Legal?
Yes mSpy is legal to buy and use with some important restrictions. You can use it to monitor your children’s phones and employee’s using company owned cell phones. See my legal page for full details.
Does Spy Software Work in Any Country?
Yes it will work anywhere in the world as long as the phone has an internet connection.
Does This App Work on Wi-Fi?
It can work on any internet connection including on Wi-Fi. If the phone doesn’t have a data plan it can still work using Wi-Fi but reporting may be limited. Things like GPS tracking will not work properly.
How Can I Uninstall mSpy?
mSpy can be uninstalled remotely from the online control panel. You don’t need access to the monitored phone to uninstall the app.
Do I need to Root Android to Use mSpy?
Rooting Android is not necessary for the app to work but some advanced features do require root access. If you need to monitor social apps such as Snapchat, WhatsApp and Facebook, Rooting is required.
How Often is the Monitoring Data Updated?
You can set this up in the online control panel and select a monitoring interval that suits your needs. Set it to update every half hour for good monitoring without draining the phone battery and resources.
Will I know if the User has Removed or Uninstalled mSpy?
Yes, there is an uninstall alert set up in the dashboard. It will alert you if mSpy has been removed from the target device.
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Stay legal and ethical – these apps can be used for good purposes!
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