Have you been looking for the right spying apps for Android but haven’t found them yet? Then we have got you covered with our extensive top 3 monitoring apps for Android review. We have picked our three top picks after putting them through different compatibility, pricing, features and performance tests.
If you haven’t been able to find a spying app for Android yet, we guarantee you that will by the end of this review.
About the review, we have numbered the apps according to their ranks on our tests, so a better rank actually means a better spying app.
Phonesheriff comes third in our list of spyware apps. The reason for its popularity is that it provides the basic spying features at affordable prices. The app is exclusively designed and developed for parents. It offers all the important features for parents who are looking to track the whereabouts of their children.
Phonesheriff is compatible with major mobile operating systems. It is designed to work on Blackberry while it also has a separate version for iOS. As far as the Android is concerned, it can be used on Android devices Android 2.2 up to Android 6.0. For Blackberry, it supports 7.1 version and for iPhone users, it is compatible up to iOS version 9.0.1.
How to use Phonesheriff?
To use this spying app for Android phones, you will need to access the target device. Make sure to have internet enabled on that devices before you install it. Once you have subscribed to a package, you will receive a welcome email that includes registration and download details. The installation process is different for iPhone. So read through the user guide before you start the installation.
What does Phonesheriff do?
All the major features of Phonesheriff can be divided into two broad categories.
- Logging features
- Filtering features
Logging features include:
Real-Time GPS Tracking: You can find out the actual location of your kid by using this feature. This is a feature that tells you about the details of their whereabouts. It also prepares a log of all the locations of the target person.
Internet History: It gives complete information about the websites visited by your kid. It prepares the logs of all the websites visited so that you can know the interests of your kid on the internet.
Text Messages: Through this feature, you are empowered to access all the incoming and outgoing messages on your kids’ phone. It also shares the history of messages shared through this mobile.
Call history: All the information about the incoming and outgoing calls is provided along with time and number of the caller.
This category includes features like:
Application filtering: Kids’ addiction to cell phones is not good for their health, learning, growth and even development. This feature allows parents to block certain apps they deem harmful for their kids.
Website Filtering: Kids usually are not aware of the websites or spyware that pop up during web surfing. This feature enables the user to block a smartphone from accessing the harmful URL or website.
Profanity Alerts: This is perhaps the most potent and useful feature for the parents. Whenever a rude comment or abusive content is shared on the monitored mobile you will be instantly notified through this feature.
How much for all this?
If you visit their website then you would know that this monitoring app offers two different packages. The packages are not categorized on the device compatibility basis, rather on the basis of duration of usage. Following are the details of their packages:
- $49 for 6 months
- $89 for 12 months.
Phonesheriff is a decent spying app for Android but it falls short on a few fronts. Let me mention them:
- The app does not offer stealth feature. That means it is visible and can be identified.
- Although the app offers many basic features it lacks any advanced features of remote surveillance or geo-fencing.
- And last but not the least, its compatibility is limited to version 6 of Android, while currently, 7.0 Nougat is available. Additionally, it cannot be installed on an iPhone until its jailbroken.
Spyera is ranked among the highly rated spying apps. This app covers all of the basic features that you would expect from a decent mobile app as well as many advanced features. Once installed, it allows you to spy the target device in a variety of different ways.
The app is available on all the major cell phone platforms. It offers multiple variants for smartphones, tablets, and computers. The smartphone variant of the spyware supports Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Symbian operating systems. For Android users, it is compatible till the latest 7.1.1 version. For iOS devices, it supports 10.2 version.
How to use Spyera?
To use this Android app for spying, you would need an expensive subscription. Once you have it, you can download the app on the target phone and install it directly. The app will be ready to use after following a few easy steps.
What does Spyera do?
Spyera has many features to offer, let me discuss a few:
Call Interception: This feature allows you to listen to the live calls happening on the target phone. This is an advanced feature and quite helpful for employers for monitoring their employees.
Tracking IMs: Social media platforms are a major source of interaction in the modern world. This Android spying app enables you to monitor Facebook, WhatsApp, BBM, Viber and a few other instant messengers. You can access their chats and pictures shared through these platforms.
Spy on E-mails: This feature of Spyera gives permission to access all the emails on the target phone’s inbox. You can surf through all the sections of your inbox including sent, deleted, and junk emails.
Location Tracking: You can use the GPS on the target device to access its location details. It gives all the information about the location of the target person but for a certain time period only.
Ambient Recorder: This feature can tell you what is happening on the target device. You can make a hidden call to the target Android phone to listen to its surroundings. Not only this, it allows you to record the surroundings beside listening to them.
How much for all this?
As Spyera offers advances features, it has packages that are expensive than its market competitors. The packages are divided into three different categories including mobile, tablets and computers. The details of its mobile packages are as follows:
- $189 for 3 months
- $289 for 6 months
- $389 for 12 months
Spyera is feature-packed but it has a few downsides to it as well.
- Spyera’s packages are eye-watering expensive. Looking at its features, including a few additional features, paying such a high price is a downside of using this spyware app.
- For all the hype of additional features, its compatibility is compromised if the Android device is not rooted. Many advanced features like ambient recorder, IMs monitoring, and call interception work only if your Android phone is rooted.
Topping our list of spying apps for Android is XNSPY. This spyware is a mix of basic and advanced features with an affordable price tag. The app also stands out on its performance and compatibility as compared to its competitors. Let me discuss the app further.
XNSPY is available on both Android and iOS. It is compatible with the latest Android version. In case of iOS, it can run on both jailbreak and No-Jailbreak versions. The software is regularly updated. At the moment it can be used with the following versions of the Android operating system:
- Android OS Versions 4.x up to 7.0
How to use XNSPY:
To start using this spying app for Android, there is a simple three-step process described on its website. Let me summarize it here.
- Subscribe: You would first subscribe to the app by selecting a package of your choice.
- Download: After subscribing you would receive an email including all the download details. Use the instructions to download the app on the target phone.
- Install: Once you download the app, install the app using the given instruction. It won’t take longer than 5 minutes to install the app and the app will be ready to use!
What does XNSPY do?
XNSPY has ample features to offer and is considered a top app just for that. Let me discuss a few of them:
Remote Control Access: This is an advanced feature offered by XNSPY only. Phonesheriff and Spyera miss out on this one. Remote access of XNSPY offers a host of remote control features to control the target person’s phone. If the parents want to limit the screen time of their kids they can lock their device remotely. This feature enables you to remotely access all the apps installed on the phone and you can also block any of the undesirable apps.
Create Watchlists: This feature allows you to create watch lists of specific caller, specific words and even locations. So if your target person receives a message containing a word in the watch list, you will be instantly alerted. This feature also helps to save your time by not sifting through the whole phone.
Tracking Location: The location tracking feature is not as basic as the rest of the two. It is comprehensive in a way that it offers location information on four different fronts. It gives the accurate real-time location of the target person, provides you with the location history in the form of a log, monitors specific locations using geo-fencing, and gives you alerts on specific locations.
Access Multimedia: This spying app for Android phone gives access to all the photos, videos and calendar entries stored on the target device. You can see all the photos and videos stored on the monitored device.
How much for all this?
Price is the unique selling point of XNSPY. Its features-to-price correlation makes it a valuable option on the spyware market. It is affordable and packages are available in two different categories i.e. Basic and Premium. Their details are as follows:
- Yearly: $99.99 ($8.33/month)
- Quarterly: $69.99 ($23.33/month)
- Monthly: $49.99 per month
- Yearly: $149.99 ($12.49/month)
- Quarterly: $99.99 ($33.33/month)
- Monthly: $59.99 per month
- One of the downsides of this app is that it is not compatible with Blackberry or Symbian platforms. But considering their low user base, this cannot be an excuse not to use this app.
- Although the app is affordable it does not offer any trial period. Although the Phonesheriff and Spyera has a trial period offer, XNSPY do not offer any such option.