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 2020!
For iPhone and iPad users the No Jailbreak version is going from strength to strength – thanks in part to difficulties in the jailbreak process. They 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:
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….
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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 have had mSpy on my own test phone since 2013 now – constantly reviewing how this program performs. This article has been totally updated regularly – so that you get the latest information to help your decisions.
There is a good reason why it has consistently 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.
So before I go on I’ll answer the most important questions:
Does it work ?…. Yes
Is it any good ? ….. Yes
Is mSpy Hidden ? …. Yes
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. 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. 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.
|1 Month||3 Months||12 Months|
|mSp No Jailbreak||$69.99||$119.99||$199.99|
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!
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 – 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 are 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 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 of the reports. Incredibly simple but very powerful spy software.
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, monitoring apps give parents back some control.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 features:
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.
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 of 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 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 – very important given how widely these are used today.
These features available for Rooted Android devices and the iPhone/iPad. Now they have added Tinder monitoring to the list.
As with most spy apps you can track a cell phones movements at any time using GPS. The big difference with mySpy is that they offer geo-fencing – you can set alerts that will notify you if the monitored device leaves a set area, or enters a set area. A great tool for keeping tabs on where your kids are at any time.
You can define phone numbers and block incoming calls from them. Worried about who your kids are phoning? This could be a big help!
You can easily block access to pre-defined websites. 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!
Now allows you to see browsing history even when the user is using incognito mode. Very useful and much requested service – does not require android devices to be Rooted.
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 – most mspy reviews do not highlight this feature and I think it is huge for parents!
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).
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.
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.
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.
Lock the phone, wipe phone data, sim change notification, start, pause or delete the app – all from the online control panel. These features may not seem very important but are really useful when you are actually using this program. They will make things so much easier.
The feature list is long and covers most things anyone would need to effectively spy on a cellphone or mobile device.
This is a new added 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 m spy could not be installed on new 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.
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, phots and videos, Events and Notes. Not as extensive as the list for their regular software – but still some useful features.
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.
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.
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.
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 many years now and have quickly moved to become the market leaders – I think they are stable and likely to around for the foreseeable future!
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 and Mobistealth are the ones to look at. For everything else I believe mSpy is the best value right now.
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.You can Buy mSpy Here
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 product you choose. I hope this article is more useful than most standard mSpy reviews out there and 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! The comments section has grown – remember this review is updated at least every month and has been since 2013!
Hi there - I'm Susan, a regular mom who has used spy apps for years now. I was fed up with spammy reviews and poor information so I started this website. It keeps growing!