Let’s be honest. If you are currently scouring the web for a mobile phone spy app, then you are one of two people a caring (maybe overprotective) mum or a person who is currently having trust issues with his or her partner.
But you didn’t click on this to be told why you are searching for a monitoring app. No! You clicked on this because you want an honest review on one of the best spy app (or parental control software) currently in the market.
What is Mspy?
Mspy is one of the leading monitoring apps available in the market. Mspy first broke into the market in 2010 and has grown continuously, currently serving over 400,000 users in 100 countries and have over 70 capable employees.
Mspy has good ratings across reputable rating review websites like Trustpilot, which has an average review rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 2,651 customers, and SiteJabber, which has an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 from 656 reviews. That’s not bad for a company that has been in the market for over a decade.
Mspy primary targets are parents trying to protect their children from the many dangers online. It ensures this with its monitoring features and has so far delivered on its promises. Mspy boasts of its software being able to monitor activities on most social media platforms including, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, and Snapchat. Mspy can also trace all phone calls, texts messages, and emails from the target phone.
Mspy can block and delete contacts and can restrict the times the target can receive calls. A GPS feature that allows concerned parents (Or partners) to monitor the location of the target’s phone is also available.
All the following features have differentiated Mspy from its peers and have seen them as one of the leading spy apps in the industry.
Now that we have had a look at what Mspy. Let’s look at some features.
Ease of use
A big turnoff for most spy applications is how difficult it can be to install and navigate the application. Mspy is pretty different. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to install the app and even use its control panel features. If you are still stuck? There is a dedicated 24-hour customer service who can help you through the process. They typically take 30 minutes to respond to emails and 2 minutes on chat (Which is available for only premium users)
While on the subject of ease of using the app, let’s also look at how to install Mspy:
- Step 1: Open your Web Brower and input the “Mspy.com” or click on this link.
- Step 2: The home page will appear. Click on the “Try Now” button.
- Step 3: This takes you to a page where you have to fill in your email address. Do that and tick the “agree to terms and condition” box. Click “Next” to continue.
- Step 4: You will choose the device you want to monitor, you have the options of Android, IOS, or you can decide later. (If not sure yet.)
- Step 5: After choosing the device, the website will direct you to the next page. Where you will choose a payment plan, three options appear on your screen. They are a one-month premium plan of $48.99, 3 months premium plan of $27.99 and a 12 months premium plan of $11.66.
- Step 6: After choosing your payment plan, the website takes you to the page where you enter your card details. They will charge you a lump sum and not every month. (If you choose the 3-month or 12-month plan).
- Step 7: A welcome mail containing an instruction guide will be in your email. This instruction guide provides a step-step process of installing Mspy.
- Step 8: The mail will request you to click a link provided to you and login into your control panel. The control panel is where all the monitoring will take place (More on this later in the article).
From the next step, the process to install will differ depending on what you choose previously (IOS or Android).
- Step 9: For the installation on Android, you need physical access to the target’s phone. Go to your control panel and follow the instructions provided (They are straightforward). For basic functionality, the Android phone does not require rooting. (For those who are unaware of the term rooting, you can quickly check this site for a quick read) But be aware that rooting will is a requirement if you want to monitor Facebook, Skype, Line, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Gmail.
To root an android, you will need to google the specific make to get an article that will teach you, or you can input it on YouTube and follow video instructions. Alternatively, you can ask customer service to help you (at an extra cost).
As for an iPhone, it is straightforward if the phone has not gone through jailbreaking. All you need are the details of the phone iCloud, and you are on the target’s phone. You do not need the physical presence of the phone. A jailbroken phone will be a little trickier. (For those not familiar with the term, you can read on this site or wiki search it). If Jailbroken, selecting the option of the jailbroken phone on the control panel and manually installing the device.
The range and control you have from your panel are unrivaled by other spyware. Mspy allows you to control the frequency of messages sent back to your control panel. You have access to information such as call logs (Incoming and outgoing calls, including contact lists)
WhatsApp chats (includes dates and times), pictures, and calls. The browsing history of the target’s phone including, specific information like “most frequently visited” and “Last visited”, are available at a click of a button – so are the mails, and the pictures taken and uploaded to social media platforms.
Mspy has a Key logger feature, which is a program that records all the keystrokes on a device. This feature gives you the option to red-flag keywords you find harmful or dangerous to the person.
You can also control the intervals at which you want to receive the information.
Mspy does not stop at monitoring the target phone. It also gives you control over the phone. This section will please you if you are a parent.
You can block the contacts of people you deem dangerous to the person you are monitoring, block calls from coming into the phone from specific periods (Maybe to prevent midnight calls) and block sites you deem harmful or dangerous.
The best part is because Mspy works on most social platforms including, Tinder (Oh yes, it does. I can see you smiling), iMessage and Kik. You have a lot of control over the target person’s phone.
The Mspy has tracking features that allow you to keep tabs on the location of the target’s phone. The Mspy has the current location feature, which works in real-time. You can also track the places the person visited in the past.
The Geo-fencing system is unique in that you can choose locations that are off-limits or restricted. On your control panel, you can add restricted areas and also permit other places. Once the target enters the off-limit area, you get a notification.
A concern for most prospective subscribers of apps is the compatibility of the phone with the app. The excellent news is Mspy is compatible with most versions of Android and IOS. Mspy works with Android 4 upwards (Androids phone post-2011) and works with all versions of iOS. The one exception is if the target’s phone has gone through jail breaking, then the iOS versions which will work with Mspy are iOS 7-8.4 and 9.0-9.1.
Compatible Phones include iPhones, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG and Motorola. Unfortunately, Mspy doesn’t support Windows Phones. If not sure about the compatibility of the phone. Check the “Compatibility Checker” on the site before making a subscription payment. You can click this link and scroll down. You would see where you can check if the target’s phone is compatible or not.
Mspy does not have too many negatives as a market leader and a company with over a decade of history and feedbacks – they have had the time to iron out most of their faults. Although there are still some cons, we can point out.
Truth is it’s rather expensive (When compared to its competitors). What makes Mspy particularly expensive is the one subscription per target phone. So, if you wish to monitor 4 or more phones you would have to make different subscriptions for each of them. Mspy did try to come up with an alternative with the family package but it only allows up to 3 phones.
No Trial period
Unlike other spywares, Mspy offers no free trial period but rather a demo. This move makes it difficult for prospective subscribers to test and vet the product for themselves.
How It Compares With Other Spy Apps?
Amongst other spyware, Mspy holds its ground well. Umobix has an efficient spy system that can get you into the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the target’s phone but lacks the premium services offered by Mspy. Service like its access to more social media platforms, geo-fencing or access to call contracts or blocking features on the target’s phone. (Click for an extensive review).
Spyera is more of a tracking app. It does not have advanced monitoring and blocking features like Mspy. Spyera also does not work with iPhone Cloud-like most spyware do. (Click here for an extensive review)
Xnspy offers similar advanced features like Mspy, but most of its features do not work on an iPhone, a big turnoff. It also needs the target’s phone to be connected to the internet. These cons have placed Mspy as a better alternative. (Click for a more extensive view).
Flexispy is a powerful competitor. It Offers similar services like Mspy, and some other neat features too. They include recording environment sounds, calls, social media calls and messages, etc. It truly is top-tier spyware, but its downside is how expensive the subscription is to other spyware, including Mspy.
The Mspy is good spyware. It offers a lot for a reasonable price. Depending on what type of information you want (Basic or extensive), the Mspy offers you such option. Overall, we here will give it a rating of 4.8 out of 5.
Is installing the software on the target’s phone hacking?
Technically, you are hacking the phone if you install the software because you have access to privy information which the person may have wanted private
Is it illegal?
Mspy is not illegal. You should make sure you get the consent of anyone above 18 if you install it on the person’s phone. If the person is your legal child and below 18, then it is within your power as a parent to install the app without prior notice.
How to remove the Mspy from the target’s phone?
Step 1: Go to “Settings” on the target’s device.
Step 2: Click Apps and proceed to Applications.
Step 3: Search for an application named Update Service (This is the file in disguise).
Step 4: Tap Uninstall, and that’s it.
Note: This installation process is for Android phones, you can get more information from Mspy official blog.
Can Installation Of Mspy Be Traced By The Target?
The target can get suspicious if you do not wipe the traces after installation.
Mspy has a service that can guide you to erase all signs of the installation of the program. You can also request assistance from customer service, but this comes at a fee.
Can Mspy work on Pc and tablets?
Mspy works perfectly on tablets, and it also has a PC version, although not as complex as the mobile version.
Can I get discounts with Mspy Coupons?
Currently, Mspy is offering its subscription at a discount, and most coupons are not applicable at the checkout section.