Top Three Spy Apps You Should Try This Year

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You have come to the right place if you are looking for a smartphone spying app. In this article, we will list the top three spying apps you should try this year. We will detail the price and compatibility options of each app, explore the available features, and list some important pros and cons too.

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Top 3 Spying Apps 2020

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1. mSpy

mSpy homepage

mSpy is another well-known smartphone spy app that is designed for parental use. Since the app has a limited and specified area of use, the lists of features available with the service are also limited. However, mSpy offers specialized functions that are highly suited for parents.

Price

The basic version of the app costs USD 29.99 per month, offers limited features, and subscription has to renew each month. However, the one-year package for the premium version costs USD 16.99 a month, which makes it an affordable option.

Compatibility

mSpy supports all versions of iOS. However, you need to have Android versions above 4.0 installed on the phone to use the app.

mSpy features

  • Call logs
  • SMS/MMS
  • A wide number of social media and instant messaging platforms
  • GPS tracking
  • Geofencing
  • App management and app blocking
  • Access to photos and videos
  • Web browsing history
  • Emails
  • Bookmarked pages
  • Access to calendar and contacts

Special feature: Call blocking and content filtering

mSpy offers a call restriction feature that is highly useful for parents seeking to prevent inappropriate communication. You can add any number to the call blocking list, and the app will prevent incoming calls from showing up on the phone. Similarly, the content filtering tool available with the service is among the best. The tool blocks inappropriate content such as pornography or violence from being opened on the phone. You can also manually add any website to the web blocking list and the user will not be able to access it. It can prove to be helpful if your child is overusing specific websites, so it can prove to be a useful screen-time management function as well.

Installation & use requirements

The requirements for installation and use are the same as with other apps mentioned on this list.

  • For Android: Require physical access for installation only.
  • For iOS: Must enable iCloud backup and have the Apple ID/password of the relevant phone.

Pros:

  • An effective content filtering tool.
  • A call restriction feature.
  • Affordable yearly package.
  • Live customer support.

Cons:

  • Limited range of features.
  • Only useful for parental use.
  • Many features require rooting/jailbreak.

Verdict: 9.4/10


2. XNSPY 

XNSPY HOMEPAGE

XNSPY is one of the oldest smartphone spying apps that offers a broad range of advanced functions. It is suitable for use by both employers and parents because it provides the flexibility to operate in diverse environments.

Price

You can choose between the premium and the basic version. The premium version costs USD 7.49 per month and offers full functionality. You can also opt for the basic version if you want an even more affordable option. It costs USD 4.99 a month but offers limited functions.

Compatibility

XNSPY supports both Android and iOS devices. For the former, it is compatible with all versions above 4.0. For iOS, XNSPY supports all devices running on versions above 6.0.

Let’s take a look at some of the features available with the service.

XNSPY Features

XNSPY Features

  • Call tracking: You can view all incoming, outgoing, and missed calls, along with their date, time, and duration. You may also use the call recording feature to record phone conversations. These recordings can be downloaded for remote access.
  • SMS monitoring: View all sent and received SMS/MMS.
  • Internet activity tracking: View complete web browsing history, all exchanged emails, and go through bookmarked pages.
  • Multimedia access: View all photos, videos, audio files, and calendar entries.
  • IM & Social media: View messages exchanged via apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Tinder, and others.
  • Phone remote control: Remotely control the device via the XNSPY control panel. Take screenshots, lock the phone, restart it, and view/block apps, or recording surroundings.
  • GPS tracking: Track the phone’s location along with GPS history. Use the geofencing sub-feature to stay alert to changes in location.
  • Keylogging: View all keystrokes on the phone.

Special function: Watch list alerts

The watch list alert function is a unique feature only available with XNSPY. Just add any term, contact, or location to the list so the app can track it. XNSPY will notify you immediately the moment there is any activity related to anything included in the list. This works for messages, location changes, keylogging, and search engine queries.

Installation & use requirements

  • Requirements for Android: Physical access is required for installation. No further access needed.
  • Requirements for iPhone: Enable the iCloud backup function and obtain access to the Apple ID and password. No physical access is required.

Pros:

  • Most affordable spying app.
  • Advanced watch list alert function.
  • Live customer support.

Cons:

  • Some features may require rooting/jailbreaking.
  • No website blocking or content filtering tool.
  • The remote control function is quite intrusive.

Verdict: 8.2/10


3. Spyera

Spyera homepage

Spyera is another well-known smartphone spying app that offers an advanced set of features with the flexibility for use in different situations. However, it lands on number two on our list because it is many times more expensive than XNSPY.

Price

The premium version does not provide all features and costs USD 13.99 per month. For full functionality, you need to choose the premium plus package that costs USD 31.99 a month.

Compatibility

Spyera offers the widest compatibility options out of all spying apps. It supports all versions of both Android and iOS operating systems.

Here are some of the important features provided by Spyera.

Spyera features

  • Call logs
  • SMS/MMS
  • GPS tracking
  • Web browsing history
  • Geofencing
  • Emails
  • Bookmarked pages
  • Social media and instant messaging app monitoring
  • Application activity
  • Media files access
  • Screenshots
  • Surround recording
  • Remote camera control

 Special functions: Call interception & SMS keyword deletion

You can use Spyera to listen to phone conversations as they occur. The app will record the call as well and your presence on the line will not be detected. The SMS keyword deletion feature is also quite interesting. You can add any word to the keyword list and Spyera will scan all incoming messages that contain that word. The message containing that word will be blocked from reaching the device.

Installation & use requirements

  • For Android: You need to physically access the phone to install the app but only for installation purposes. All monitoring is done remotely via the Spyera dashboard.
  • For iPhone: No physical access is required. However, the device must have the iCloud backup feature toggled on. Moreover, you need access to the Apple ID and password of the relevant iPhone.

Pros:

  • Unique call-interception feature
  • Special SMS keyword deletion function
  • Remote camera control option
  • You can purchase a new phone from the app’s website that comes pre-installed with Spyera.

Cons:

  • A bit on the expensive side.
  • Many features are highly intrusive.
  • No content filtering or website blocking tool.
  • No alert-based function.

Verdict: 7.6/10


AppPriceCompatibilityFeatures
mSpyThe premium version costs USD 16.66 per month.Android + 4.0 and iOS +6.0.
  • Call monitoring.
  • SMS, IM, Social Media monitoring.
  • GPS Tracking & Geofencing.
  • Web activity monitoring.
  • Content filtering.
XNSPYUSD 4.99 per month for basic version and USD 7.49 a month for the premium version.Android + 4.0 and iOS +6.0.
  • Call recording & monitoring.
  • SMS, IM, Social Media tracking.
  • GPS tracking & Geofencing.
  • Web activity monitoring.
  • Device remote control.
  • Watch list alerts.
SpyeraThe premium version of Spyera costs USD 13.99 per month, while the premium plus version costs USD 31.99 a monthAll Android and iOS versions.
  • Call recording & monitoring.
  • SMS, IM, Social Media tracking.
  • GPS tracking.
  • Web activity monitoring.
  • Device remote control.

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