mSpy Review for iPhone and Android from a Real User 2020
People nowadays live a dual life — personal and professional. That’s why people prefer having two different phones for work and personal needs. in most cases, employers have to provide the work-based phone. While it’s a necessity, there are some nightmares to take care of. You don’t know if the device is being used against your company. Also, you have no idea when the employees start using the device and connection for their own needs. Of course, you cannot keep checking employee devices on a regular basis. And, here comes the need of a remote smartphone monitoring or spying solution.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you can monitor what your employees using the work-based devices for? In the same way, it’s great to know if your children are misusing the device or internet resources. mSpy is the one awesome solution for both these scenarios. In this article, we are going to have an in-depth review of this smartphone monitoring software. As an employer, I’ve been using mSpy for the same surveillance purpose and it has helped me a lot. And, when I’m a parent, it gives me the complete freedom to know that children aren’t going through inappropriate ways.
In short, I can share with you a detailed and personal review of using mSpy.
mSpy is a legal, multi-platform and popular smartphone monitoring app. It does not offer a free version, but the product is loved by conscious parents and employers alike. One thing about mSpy is that it’s available for Android, iOS, PC and Mac. Yes, at some point, if you want to start monitoring a PC or Mac, you need not to purchase other products or services. So, if you ask us, mSpy is one of the comprehensive and feature-rich device monitoring services in the market. In this article, however, we will be considering its Android and iOS sections only.
If you are not yet satisfied about credibility, you should check out mainstream web media. mSpy is praised by many publications like The Next Web, Forbes, The Huffington Post and CNN. Everywhere, it’s dubbed as a superb package to monitor smartphones and other devices. They also mention the trustworthiness and un-detectability of this monitoring package. We believe these are enough to get started with mSpy. Now, it is time to move onto the various sections of this spy software.
We will take a look at compatibility first — so you can start with assurance.
Compatibility — Where Does mSpy Works?
Before you purchase, you have to make sure that it works on your employee’s/children’s smartphones. The official requirements of compatibility are as follows. We will also mention the minimum specs for Mac and PC monitoring — just in case.
iOS – mSpy works fine with almost all the popular iOS devices. The devices should be running iOS 6 to 8.4 or iOS 9 to 9.1 if you have a jailbroken device. If you want to install mSpy without jailbreaking, mSpy works with all iOS versions. In simpler terms, mSpy should work fine with almost all the iPhones and iPads you may have.
Android – In case of Android compatibility, the to-be-spied device should be running Android v4 and later. This is pretty much easy, here, given most new devices now ship with Marshmallow or Nougat. Here, too, a huge number of phones are well-supported — from various brands like Samsung, Sony, LG and even Nokia.
Windows – mSpy works with all Windows versions between Windows XP and Windows 10.
Mac – In case of Mac OS X, you have support for Mac OS 10.7 Lion to Mac OS X 10.11 El Captain. We don’t, though, find macOS Sierra in the list. Be it Android, iOS, Windows or Mac; mSpy offers the best-in-class support for most devices, from different manufacturers and cellular carriers.
Installation and set-up of mSpy depends on the device and platform. We will have an overview about each cases.
In Android – As said earlier, you need physical device access to install mSpy spying software in it. Some features depend on rooting, though. Once you have purchased the mSpy subscription, you can find the corresponding steps in mSpy dashboard. You will have to download the APK file to target device and proceed with installations. In a few minutes, the app will be installed on the target device. After that, you can connect your account to mSpy app, and it will start broadcasting logs in a few minutes. In a day or so, you will have complete logs on mSpy dashboard.
In iOS — without Jailbreak – To install mSpy on a non-jailbroken device, you need to know the Apple ID credentials. It’s also required to enable iCloud Backup in the targeted device. If both are fine, it’s quite easy to set up mSpy monitoring. All you have to do is to sign into mSpy using the same Apple ID credentials. In a few minutes, backup files will be accessed from Apple servers and synced with the account dashboard. Although it may take some time, you will get the whole thing ready in a few minutes. As we said earlier, despite the simplicity of set up, you would miss some features.
In iOS — with Jailbreak – Here, you need physical access to the iPhone for installing and setting up mSpy. Once you have access to the phone along with internet connection, you can install the mSpy app on device. After it has been installed, you have to connect the account to the device — just like you have done on Android. In a few minutes, logs will be visible in the mSpy dashboard. In this method, you can unlock the complete capacity of mSpy, such as GPS Location tracking and complete IM monitoring. For this, however, you have to take up the effort for jailbreaking the phone in the first place.
This is all about the installation aspect of mSpy for Phones. The steps are very simple enough for even the beginners. You don’t have to worry about any technicalities either. So far, we are impressed with the way mSpy works for common users out there.
The Take on Jailbreaking and Rooting
Compatibility of mSpy for iOS depends on whether the device is jailbroken or not. Let’s keep this differences apart, so that you would know what you need. Unlike many smartphone monitoring software out there, it’s possible to spy using mSpy even when your iPhone hasn’t been jailbroken.
mSpy without Jailbreaking
This is the simplest and easiest way to install mSpy and start spying on the target device. Here, mSpy uses a direct connection to iCloud for getting logged information. So, you would not need physical access to target device for installation and monitoring. The best part is that you just need the iCloud credentials of the person to be spied on. If you are going to spy on your children or employees, grabbing the credentials would be an easy task. If you are spying without jailbreaking, you will have basic features only, such as Call Monitoring, SMS, WhatsApp Monitoring, Browsing History, Events and Notes. All these information is drawn directly via Apple Servers.
mSpy with Jailbreaking
If you have provided a jailbroken device to employees and children, things can be a bit confusing. At a point, installation requires physical access to the device, which isn’t desirable. Also, you are getting a reduced level of compatibility — as said earlier, iOS 6 to 8.4 and 9 to 9.1. From the installation point of view, things can be much tougher. On the other hand, jailbroken version of mSpy opens up a wide variety of surveillance options. Apart from all the basic spying options, you can monitor all types of IM clients, track GPS location and even get deleted chat logs. In addition to Internet Browsing History, you can know the bookmarks. mSpy also lets you remotely wipe data from target device.
For those who don’t know, Jailbreaking can be a tough process for some people. Well, if you really want the mentioned features like GPS Location Tracking and complete IM Monitoring, you need to jailbreak your iOS device for better spying needs.
Things are more or less the same in the case of Android. You need physical access to the device for installing mSpy on an Android phone. Also, if you need complete set of features — including Instant Message spying —, you have to root the target device.
If these things are fine, you can move forward with mSpy.
Advanced and new Spying Features in mSpy
Now, we will check out the mSpy features offered for cell phone monitoring. Since there are a bigger number of features, we will divide them into sub-categories.
Call Monitoring – You can check out all the call logs, both incoming and outgoing. You can also find duration and time. In addition, you can block all phone calls that come from certain numbers. It can be managed via the unified mSpy control panel.
SMS – You can always keep an eye on the Messages that are sent and received. Just like the call logs, you can not only find the text but also recipient details and timestamp.
Email – mSpy also lets you go through incoming and outgoing email messages. This would be helpful for most employers, to see if there are some unwanted interaction from the users’ side.
GPS Location – You can find the current GPS-based location from the targeted device. The location is represented in an intuitive map and you can follow the person based on the data. There is also an option to set up a virtual Geo-Fencing border. If the person enters/ goes out of border that you have set, you will be notified.
Internet Activity –
You can know the complete browsing history of the targeted user, along with address and timestamp.
Website Bookmarks are accessible from the control panel.
You can also block certain websites via mSpy. Your employees/children won’t open those sites then.
Wi-Fi Network Management is another feature. You can know the network details and prevent some other networks from connecting. You also get Wi-Fi connection logs.
Keywords Alerts is a new feature you will be notified if the user enters particular keywords/phrases in the device. All these keylogging data is available via mSpy control panel.
Instant Message Monitoring – Via these section, you can monitor chat logs from following Instant Messaging clients.
Facebook and other Social Networks
In most IMs, you have options to find the messages and media that have been shared. For instance, if we’d take the case of Telegram, you can even find the Secret/Hidden chats that the user has done. The best part is that you can even check the Snapchat messages, which are actually deleted. So, if your kids are sending some potentially-dangerous pictures or something, you can know that.
Stored Content – You have complete access to all types of media stored in the device, including photos and videos. So, if you are confused whether your children are storing some pornographic/malicious content, you can check and remove it.
Remote Control –
You can remotely wipe all the data from the targeted device. It’s useful if the device has been stolen or lost.
Device Locking is also possible, whereupon there will be a pattern or combination. You need primary password for unlocking it later.
You can also get detailed information about the device in a single click.
Additional Controls –
mSpy has a key-logger that records all the keystrokes that have been made.
2. You can block certain applications, thus preventing the use. This is a great feature if your kids have installed something malicious or inappropriate. You should frequently take a look at the installed app list, though.
3. You can get alerted if mSpy gets uninstalled from the device. For instance, if mSpy gets blocked by an antivirus app, you will be notified about that.
4. In addition, mSpy offers comprehensive device reports. These reports are good if you haven’t been able to check the activities daily. At the end of the week or month, you can understand all the things that the targeted user has done.
So, these are the noteworthy spying features you will find in mSpy for Phones. As said earlier, availability of these features depends upon the device/platform you are using. It also depends on whether the targeted phone is jailbroken/rooted. However, we believe, mSpy offers complete surveillance on the device.
mSpy has one of the simplest yet effective control panels in the world of smartphone monitoring programs. When we log into the account dashboard, there is not much of a mess. You can see the list of products that you have installed mSpy in. Everything else is arranged in the sidebar, for better access.
From the drop-down menu on top, you can select one of the set-up devices. Once you have selected, many sections on the sidebar will be active. For instance, if you want to check out the Snapchat messages, you can simply click on the link named Snapchat and all the data will be visible in a few seconds or so.
Altogether, I’d love to give a 5-star rating for the easiness of UI and the effective organization. The dashboard feels so simple to use, while providing every bit of information we need. Altogether, the dashboard can be a reason to recommend mSpy software to others.
Support from mSpy
There are different kinds of support packages you get with every mSpy subscription. We will have a look on them for better understanding.
If you haven’t purchased anything additional, you can get the standard support via emails only. There is a personalized support package, via telephone, which costs $12.99. if you can pay this 12.99, you can clear queries in a quicker way. On the other hand, if you need complete assistance and support, you can purchase mAssistance for $39.99.
Personally speaking, I have used all the three types of support forms. Even in the free version, quality of the offered support is something commendable. The answers were quick and clear, and the emails are still a lot more useful. On the other hand, with mAssistance and Personalized Support, you can make things easier. In that case, you don’t have to worry about any glitch that may come across. You can simply call the toll-free support number and get things done.
Considering all these points together, we’d say that mSpy is offering the best-in-town support for its products and services. No matter the plan you have purchased, the ticketing system and live call system — if you’ve paid for that — will be quite useful, at one point or another.
mSpy Reliability — Trust and Effectiveness
There are two aspects of reliability in the case of mSpy. First, you should check the reliability of the company, whom you’re paying money. Second, you should see how much trustworthy mSpy is in terms of tracking and detectability.
Talking about the company, mSpy has been in the industry for years, on the top position. You can easily trust the utility for all your surveillance needs on employees and children alike. It also supports a wide variety of payment methods, giving you the freedom to choose. If these are not enough to impress you, you should see the number of people who use mSpy and their impressions. Chances are, you would just go and purchase mSpy for your own needs. Obviously, we should also take into account the richer set of features. Altogether, we found mSpy to be completely reliable — as far as hassle-free smartphone monitoring is concerned.
Coming to the second aspect, mSpy is absolutely undetectable. No matter what, the target is not going to find out that they’re being spied on. There are two major reasons for this assurance. First, mSpy icon won’t be visible on your app drawer or home screen. Nor will the user see some notification while the program is sending data. Second, in comparison, mSpy consumes a lower amount of battery and the reduction of battery percentage is quite negligible. Viewing things from these points, it’s clear that no one would detect the presence of mSpy on the target device.
So, in short, you have more and more reasons to trust mSpy when it comes to purchasing. It’s a fool-proof method to spy on your children or employee without letting them know.
mSpy Plans and Pricing
Now, let’s have a look at the different plans offered by mSpy and their pricing.
mSpy Basic – mSpy Basic is the first plan in list, available for just $29.99 per month. If you are purchasing the package of three months or 12 months, you can get the same for $59.99 and $99.99 respectively. In this plan, you get almost all features expect IM Tracking, Geo-Fencing, Key logger, Website Blocking, Call Blocking and Remote Access to the device. We believe the plan is suitable for those who don’t need control but want to keep an eye on users.
mSpy Premium – With mSpy Premium, you have access to the whole set of offered features, including the above-mentioned ones. Monthly, it costs you $69.99, but again, you can purchase the package for three months or 12 months, for $119 and $199 respectively. Here, you get all the features, along with classic support from the team. If you need control over the device, this one is for you.
As the name says, this package lets you install mSpy on iPhone/iPad without jailbreaking the device. It too is priced at $69.99 for month. If you are ready to compromise the tracking features for not having to jailbreak the device, you can go with this package. As you can see, there is no change of pricing, but many features are still missing.
Judging by the pricing and feature availability, we believe the pricing structure of mSpy is quite a lot impressive. It’s a great thing that you don’t have to pay for features you won’t use. We are impressed here.
The Necessary Note on Legality
We don’t endorse the use of mSpy unless you have legal authority to do so. The common legal scenarios for using a smartphone monitoring software are as follows:
When you’re a parent and want to find out what your kids are doing through their smartphones.
When you are an employer who wants to track what the employees are doing through the company-given phone.
In some cases, you may have to install mSpy on your own device, for remote access perks.
Unless you’re in any of these situations, you are not legal to use mSpy or any other alternative. The core idea is to own the device that you’re spying on. We hope you keep this in mind before purchasing.
The Final Verdict
So, in this mSpy Review, we have seen the different aspects of this spying solution. And, now, it’s the right time to take a decision about the whole service.
It’s pretty much clear that mSpy offers a lot more features than many alternatives. Almost all features have been arranged through the dashboard, giving you instant access to it. Also, from the installation to initial set up, everything about mSpy is simple enough. You don’t need any professional support or technical guide to set up mSpy on the targeted device. Considering all these points alongside, the pricing is quite affordable as well.
So, at the end of the day, I’d love to recommend mSpy for every conscious parent — or an employer who do not want leakage of data. It is surely worth the money and does the job it claims to. We also recommend to go for the advanced package, because you may need those features in future. By the way, how was your own experience with mSpy? Do let us know via comments.