Cell Phone Trackers and Mobile Phone Spy Software

Mobile phone spy software
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What is Mobile Phone Spy Software?

Mobile Phone Spy Software is a hybrid software and monitoring service that tracks caller activity on mobile devices, cell phones, tablets, and computers. The software is designed to track devices owned by the user. Examples include parents who wish to track their child’s activity and employers who want to monitor their employee’s usage of a company cell phone. If you want to learn how to track mobile phones, please read the following article.

How is Mobile Phone Spy Software Used to Track Cell Phones?

Mobile Phone Spy Software tracks and monitors activity on mobile devices, tablets, and computers. Activities include incoming and outgoing phone calls, text messages, online activity, social media activity, GPS location, and more.

The purpose of using mobile phone tracking software varies depending on who you monitor. The software works in the background and records everything on the device. The best mobile phone spy software solutions and parental control apps will do the following:

Track incoming and outgoing phone calls, including the timestamp and duration. Capture incoming and outgoing text messages and social media activity—record web browsing activity, including the URL of all websites in history. Make copies of any pictures of videos sent or received. This helpful feature provides proof to confront the individual regarding their activity on the electronic device.

Location Tracking

In addition, they will track the GPS location of the device. This allows parents or employers to know the exact location of the mobile device at all times. And they will allow access to the address book and calendar. This feature allows concerned parents to know who their child is communicating with. The apps also provide the monitoring party remote access to the data and information via an online control panel to review the activity.

You may want to invest in one of these trackers if you are suspicious about your child, employee, husband, or wife’s behavior. Most apps work with Android and iPhone devices, although some require that you jailbreak the phone first. Once the device is jailbroken, you can purchase, download, and install the app.

Installing the App

Install the mobile phone spy software covertly by sending a text message to the phone. Then, the person who wishes to monitor the device must get physical access to the phone. Once you can access the phone, open the text message and click on the link. The software will download to the phone.

Then, you install the app. The software will load once the installation is complete when the phone is on. The app will work in the background to monitor the activity performed on the device.

It is important to note that the best mobile phone spy software tools remain stealthy (hidden) and don’t appear in the cell phone operating system task manager. This is an important feature, as you don’t want the person to know about the monitoring. They will change their behavior or uninstall the monitoring software if they realize they are being watched.

Who uses Mobile Phone Spy Software?

Typically, three groups use mobile phone monitoring software on their phones. They use it to track cell phones, especially their location, without the person’s knowledge.

Parents and Legal Guardians

Parents who wish to track their children’s activity. Children start using cell phones and tablets at a much younger age. As a result, using those devices comes with certain inherent dangers. Examples include texting while driving, online bullying, being lured into personal meetings by strangers, and many more.

Parents may also want to know if their child abuses their privileges by using the phone too often. This software can be used stealthily if you don’t want your child to know.

Spouses and Significant Others

Spouses who wish to keep an eye on their partners. This is one of the most common reasons for using this stealth tracking method. A cheating spouse often uses their mobile device to communicate with their secret partner. They will make phone calls, exchange texts, send and receive photos, and even video chat (such as Skype). A suspicious spouse can install cell phone tracking software to find out everything that is going on.


Employers want to monitor their employees’ cell phone use while on the job. Often, companies issue cell phones and/or mobile devices to their employees. Often, employees use those devices for inappropriate, non-business purposes. We see many cases where employees download dirty pictures and videos, exchange lewd SMS text messages, visit gambling websites, and much more. Installing mobile phone tracking software allows employers to monitor the device and see what is happening. As a result, they can take action when necessary.

It is important to note that employees should be aware that they are being tracked. These are the people who most commonly use the solutions. However, there are many other situations where the products may be helpful.

The Best Mobile Phone Spy Software Solutions and Cell Phone Tracker Apps

Following is a brief overview of the best mobile phone spy software packages. We have reviews on Appmia, FlexiSpy, Highster Mobile, Mobile Spy, mSpy, and TheTruthSpy. If you want to spy on a mobile phone, please read the information below and visit the individual product website for more details.

These industry-leading tracking software apps should not be used for illegal purposes. The user of these products takes full responsibility for obeying all applicable and relevant laws that may prohibit such a product’s usage. Check your state and local laws before purchasing mobile phone spy software and hardware.

  • Appmia – Appmia has all the essential features, and its admin panel is easy to use.
  • FlexiSpy – FlexiSpy is a strong contender for the top spot, with an impressive array of features for parents, employers, and spouses who need to monitor activity on mobile devices.
  • Highster Mobile – Highster Mobile is a close follower of FlexiSpy. It is a cell phone spy software solution with powerful features and an excellent dashboard.
  • MobileSpy—MobileSpy is a solid contender in the monitoring space. As such, it offers a wide variety of the most popular features.
  • mSpy – mSpy is the industry leader with the most extensive and powerful features to track cell phone activity.
  • Hoverwatch – Hoverwatch can do most of the things the others can do, but it is FREE. If you want to learn about the features and benefits of using these programs, try them for free. They are also known as HoverSpy or HoverSpyApp.
  • Ikeymonitor – A powerful parental control app for iPhone and Android devices.
  • Ispyoo—Ispyoo is a monitoring app for concerned parents. It can determine location, web usage, call logs, etc.
  • Mamabear – Mamabear is a family safety app.
  • Mobicip – Mobicip is a cloud-based internet filter and parental control service.
  • MobiStealth – MobieStealth helps you monitor mobile devices and computers.
  • Spyera—Spyera is monitoring software for Mobile Phones, Tablets, and Computers. It includes capabilities to spy on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, and Mac OS.
  • Spyzie – Spyzie is a web application tracking data on Android and iOS phones.
  • Teensafe – Teensafe is a parental control and phone tracker for phones and mobile devices.
  • TheTruthSpy – Explicitly made to spy on Android and jailbroken iPhones

Discontinued Cell Phone Spyware

  • Mobile Spy – Another solution to help you monitor your child or employee’s actions on their cellular device
  • PhoneSheriff – Discontinued
  • SniperSpy – No longer active
  • SpyBubble – SpyBubble was a decent solution with many of the same features as the industry leaders.
  • TeenShield – No longer active

Other Things to Consider Before Making a Purchase Decision

In addition to the details mentioned above, consider the following before making a purchase:

Consider more than just the features and the price. The cell phone spyware market is flooded with solutions from various companies. Once you look under the hood, you’ll find that many of the solutions perform the same functions in terms of monitoring and tracking. So, try not to base your decision solely on the product’s features and functionality. Consider the company’s reputation, online reviews, ratings, the quality of its website, and its support options.

Is the price reasonable? Indeed, it isn’t easy to put a price on the safety of your children. However, before buying any cell phone spy equipment, consider whether the product’s price is worthwhile. Even the best solutions are available for under $100. Don’t overpay for the product. In addition, pay attention to add-ons such as “premium” versions and unique support plans. Premium versions usually provide access to additional features and functionality, so they aren’t necessarily bad. Just be aware of what you’re buying.

Does the vendor offer technical support? Do they offer technical support via their website, email, live chat, and phone? Does it offer support for phones, PC, and tablets? The best vendors have various technical support options available to meet your needs. If you find it challenging to find the vendor’s contact information, they probably don’t have good technical support.

Is the product easy to use? The spy equipment for cell phones should be easy to use without requiring technical skills. It’s not worth the money if you can’t figure it out. Make sure you understand how to put spyware on the phone. It is useless if you don’t know how to install it. All vendors listed above have installation instructions, online help, and technical support.

Can I trace a cell phone number with this? If you need to trace a number, meaning you have the number and you want to find out who owns it, then you’ll need a public records search service like BeenVerified. These apps aren’t designed to look up numbers and trace them back to the owner.

Can I tap a phone with this? Technically, you can’t use any of these solutions to tap a phone. However, some industry-leading tools allow you to listen in on phone conversations, which is very similar. Most states have laws that govern wiretapping, so be sure you check out your local laws.

What do the online reviews say? Check the company website, social media, and review sites to read reviews about the company and its products. It would help to look for both positive and negative reviews. If you find only positive, raving reviews, they may not be trustworthy. The best companies will share honest reviews from real users.

What are the legal issues? It is your responsibility to research and understand the legal issues surrounding the use of this software. Mobile phone spying may be illegal in your state. Please explore how to use it, who you can monitor, etc.

Free Monitoring and Tracking Software Apps

Note: Many people search for a free version of mobile phone spy software or apps allowing them to spy on cell phones or a PC for free. Honestly, several apps are available for download. However, these apps are not as powerful as those described above. You will unlikely find free mobile phone spy software apps as powerful as these.

More Information

In some cases, private investigators use both software and hardware gadgets to spy on cell phones and conduct cell phone and computer forensic investigations. Also, hardware such as SIM card readers allows you to retrieve much of the same data as the software options. However, they require physical access to the phone or at least the SIM card.

Questions and Comments

Please post a comment below if you have any questions about mobile phone spy software or how to use a cell phone tracker. If you want to learn more about following someone’s location, see GPS Trackers. Also, check out our other Private Detective Software and Surveillance Gear.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


  1. If phone has antivirus, is it possible to download these software

    After downloading these software, will the phone work strangly. Will the person come to know about that somebody has download spy software in their phone.

    How we can find out if somebody has download such software in my phone

  2. I am looking for Mary Virginia Cates. She is 77 years of age. She lasted lived at 2820 Peachtree Road, NW, Apt 1406 in Atlanta, GA. She was taken to a nursing home facility somewhere in metro Atlanta. I need to find her. She does not own a car.

  3. I want to use my cell phone to show I was in a certain Location or at least near to that location two tears ago.
    Can you help ? and how much will that cost ?


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