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Smartphone spying apps are among the “most searched for apps” on the internet. This is because they help to silently spy on other people’s smartphones and get some important data for different reasons. In this article, I will precisely list the top five best smartphone spying apps, including their unique features, as well as other vital information about the apps. Let’s not make any further delays and get to the heart of the matter!

Top five best smartphone spying apps

1. XNSPY – Visit

XNSPY

XNSPY is an advanced smartphone monitoring app that is available for both Android and iOS devices. It makes it to the top because it is highly easy to use, offers a good list of features, and is the most affordable app on our list.

pricing

There are two versions of the service. You can opt for the premium version that offers the full range of features at $7.49 per month. On the other hand, the basic version is cheaper and does not provide all features; it costs $4.99 per month. Hence, it is advisable to go for the premium version due to the wide range of features.

Compatibility

XNSPY is compatible with all Android versions above 4.0 and all iOS versions above 6.0 and offers a wide range of features.

Features

  • Call logs and recording
  • SMS & MMS monitoring
  • Monitoring of popular instant messaging apps
  • Social media monitoring
  • GPS tracking
  • Geofencing
  • Email tracking
  • Web browsing history
  • App blocking
  • Screenshots
  • Surround recording
  • Photos & videos saved on the phone
  • Keylogging

Unique feature: Watch list alerts

The watch list alert function is a unique feature only available with XNSPY. All you have to do is add any location, contact number, or a word to the app’s watch list – the XNSPY app will notify you of activities on the phone relating to the “watched keyword”. For example, the app will alert you if a word you added to this list is mentioned in any text message, app, search engine, or typed on the phone in any other way. This is a very useful feature because it provides the most accurate information in real-time.

How to install & use XNSPY

For Android

Visit the XNSPY website, make a payment on your subscription package, and check your email inbox. The email will contain your login password and a download URL. Download the app on the phone you want to monitor and then log in to your account on the website. You can access all data through the app’s control panel. You only need physical access to the phone for installation. Everything after this point is done remotely.

For iPhone

Make a payment on a selected version of the service and obtain your XNSPY login password. Turn on the iCloud backup feature on the phone and login to your online account. You need the Apple ID credentials of the phone too. Select “iPhone” from the control panel menu and enter Apple ID details. Wait for verification and begin monitoring all data.

Here are some pros and cons of the app you should keep in mind.

Pros

  • Apparently, this the most affordable app in the market
  • Supports a variety of handy features
  • Unique watch list alert function.

Cons

  • Limited content-filtering feature
  • You may have to root/jailbreak the phone for specific features

Score: 9.8/10


2. Spyera – Visit

Spyera

Spyera makes it to number two because it offers a good range of features and ease of use. However, it is quite expensive to use Spyzie, but it does provide a wealth of features that make it worthy of the price.

Pricing

The premium version costs $13.99 per month, while the premium plus version is $31.99 a month. All the features are accessible on the premium plus version.

Compatibility

The app supports all versions of both Android and iOS devices. It scores full marks in this category.

Features

  • Logging
  • Call recording and interception
  • SMS & MMS
  • IM & Social media apps
  • GPS tracking
  • Emails
  • Web history
  • Photos & Videos
  • Surround recording

The unique feature of Spyera

Spyera offers good remote control features such as camera control to take photos/videos, screenshots, surround recording, SMS commands, and SMS keyword deletion.

Installing & using Spyera

The installation process of mobile spy apps is typically the same. You need physical access to the targeted device.

Pros

  • Supports remote control feature
  • Compatible with all Android and iOS devices
  • Intuitive and easy to use

Cons

  • Content filtering is unavailable
  • You may have to root or jailbreak the phone for some features

Score: 9/10


3. Spyzie – Visit

Spyzie

Spyzie is a popular smartphone parental control app. The app is primarily designed for parental control and its features are tailored for this purpose.

Pricing

The pro version of Spyzie costs $49.99 per month, while the ultimate version is $59.99 per month.

Compatibility

Spyzie can work on all Android devices running on Android 4.0 or later versions. Also, it is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 6.0 or later versions.

Features

  • Call logs
  • SMS & IM apps
  • Social media
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Screenshots
  • GPS tracking
  • Emails
  • Geofencing
  • Emails
  • Browser history

Unique features of Spyzie

Spyzie offers unique features such as Timeline View and data export options. You can use the Timeline View to access daily activities on the tracked device, while the data export feature helps to create a backup on another device.

How to install & use Spyzie

Steps for installing Spyzie on Android varies from the iOS installation steps. Check the website for precise guidelines.

Pros

  • Unique Timeline View feature
  • Data export feature
  • No need to root or jailbreak the target device

Cons

  • Limited features
  • No remote control features

Score: 8.7/10


4. mSpy – Visit

mSpy

Like Spyzie, mSpy is primarily a parental control app. The features available with this app are not so many. However, it is easy to use and does not cost as much as some other spy apps.

Pricing

You can choose between two subscription options; basic and premium. The basic version is only available for one month at $29.99 and the pro version is $16.99 per month.

Compatibility

mSpy supports Android OS above 4.0 and iOS devices running on versions above 7.0.

Features

  • Call logs
  • Call restriction
  • SMS & IM tracking
  • GPS tracking
  • Geofencing
  • Emails
  • Web browsing history
  • App blocking
  • Keylogging
  • Photos
  • Videos

mSpy unique feature: unique filtering

mSpy provides a very useful content filtering service that blocks the user from accessing inappropriate content such as pornography, violence, or other rated content. This is a unique function that many monitoring apps overlook.

Installation & use

You can access all data via the app’s dashboard menu. Just log in to your mSpy account and select the phone you want to monitor. The installation process and requirements are very similar to other spy apps.

Pros

  • The app is affordable
  • The service is easy to use
  • Intuitive dashboard

Cons

  • No remote control or alert options
  • You may have to root/jailbreak the phone for some features to work

Score: 8.3/10


5. Flexispy – Visit

Flexispy

Flexispy is also a famous smartphone monitoring app but it is quite expensive to use. While the app offers a wealth of advanced features, I do not think they are worth such a high price.

Pricing

The Lite version is $29.95 per month, while the premium version costs $149.

Compatibility

The app supports Android phones running on OS above 4.0 and iOS devices using OS above 6.0.

Features

  • Call logs and recording
  • Call interception
  • Spy call
  • Surround recording
  • GPS tracking
  • Geofencing
  • SMS & IM
  • Social media
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Spoof SMS
  • Remote camera control
  • Emails
  • Web browsing history
  • Keylogging

Unique features

The SMS remote command and the FlexiView app are the unique features of this spy app. For example, you can use the SMS remotely operated the monitored device. FlexiView displays all data from the phone in an organized manner.

Installing & using Flexispy

Just register on the website and follow the on-site instructions. They are quite similar to the apps above, so it should not be an issue.

Pros

  • Unique SMS command and FlexiView app support
  • Advance remote control options
  • SMS spoofing

Cons

  • Flexispy is extremely expensive
  • You may have to root/jailbreak the phone for certain functions

Score: 8/10

Summary

XNSPY has been ranked at number one because it offers an effective blend of price, features, and ease of use options. Spyera ranks a close second only because it costs more than XNSPY. Spyzie and mSpy have been ranked third and fourth, respectively, because they offer a limited set of features. We ranked Flexispy at number five because of its very high price tag.

Review Summary

App/FeatureXNSPYSpyeraSpyziemSpyFlexispy
Price ($)4.99 – 7.4913.99 – 31.9949.99 – 59.9916.9929.99 – 349
Android and iOS
logging
Call recordingNo
Call interceptionNoNoNo
SMS/IM
Emails/ Browsing history
GPS/ geofencing
Photos/videos
Unique featureWatch list alertsSMS Commands/ Remote cameraTimeLine View/ Data export optionsAn advanced content filtering systemSMS Commands/Spoof SMS/ Remote camera
Root/JailbreakNo
Score9.898.78.38.0

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