mSpy Review

This mSpy review details one of the most talked-about data monitoring software products on the market today.

This product positions itself as a solution for parents who wish to monitor their children’s smartphone use. It also tailors its application to business owners (with their business solution) who wish to keep track of what employees are accessing with company-owned phones.

mSpy Review updated September 2014.

mSpy Review 2014

mspyOverall Ranking: spyware softwarespyware softwarespyware softwarespyware softwarespyware software

Website: mSpy

Money Back Guarantee: Yes, 10 days

Price: Basic 1 month $39.99 – Premium 1 month $69.99

Product Demo: Yes

 

mSpy Product Overview

mSpy software provides the user a look inside each and every bit of data sent, received and downloaded onto a phone. The data remains available in the online account even after it is deleted from the device being monitored. Here are few ideas of the information that can be monitored with this software.

  • Monitor messages: Read text messages, emails and instant messages sent via Skype, WhatsApp and iMessage
  • Review calls: Access call logs, call duration and timestamps. In addition, record incoming or outgoing calls associated with predefined numbers.
  • Track activity: See GPS locations, review web browsing history and see photos, calendars and address books

 

mSpy Benefits

Benefits for Parents – the world is becoming a scary place and as a parent you want to do everything you can to protect your kids. mSpy will allow you to sleep better at night because you know where your kids are at all times. The program will allow you to help your children stay out of trouble. It will also help you catch online issues before they get out of hand. mSpy will help you keep an extra eye on your children, keeping them safe.

Benefits for Employer – mSpy has a special business package that will help you keep your company data safe. You can make sure that your employees are productive and not taking care of personal issues while working. If you have staff on the road you can make sure they are where they are suppose to be. mSpy will keep an eye on your employees so that you can focus on what`s important.

Benefits for Spouse – with mSpy the truth will come out. If your spouse is keeping a secret from you and using the phone to communicate about it, the truth will come out. It might not be what you want to hear but it will give you peace of mind.

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mSpy Features

Monitor Calls

To monitor calls is one of the basic features included in most monitoring softwares and mSpy is no exception. With mSpy you can see whom the call is to or from, as long as the name is included in the address book it will show in the call logs. You can also see how long the call is and when it was made.

This can be very helpful to make sure your employees are taking care of business and not making too many long personal calls during work hours. This can also be a great help to parents to make sure that your child is not talking to “strangers”. It can be very dangerous to take online chat conversations offline and with this feature you can keep an extra eye on who they are talking to.

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Restrict Incoming Calls

With mSpy you can also restrict the incoming calls, you can block them to make sure your kids are not staying in touch with people they shouldn`t.

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Call Recordings

Call recordings can be set to record all phone calls OR phone calls made to or from specific numbers. When the call is recorded you can chose to listen to it directly from the control panel or you can download it to your computer. When we do this review, this feature is working with Android smart phones and tablets only.

This can come in handy if you have that funny feeling that something is going on but you can`t really put your finger on it. Listening in on employees calls can stop you from losing invaluable company data to sources that should never get access to it. If you are a parent it can help you save your child from getting into deep trouble.

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Read Text Messages

Today a lot of our communication is done by texting, reading send and received text messages can give you a lot of information. With mSpy you can find out if the text message is send or received, the number or name of the person that they are communicating with. If the name is in the address book it will show up in the control panel under name. You will also see the full text message and when it was send.

It doesn`t matter if you are a parent, a loved one or an employer if there are secrets, reading the text messages will most likely reveal the truth.

 

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Track GPS Location

With mSpy you can see the location of the phone on a easy to read map.  You can also see the rout history within a specific amount of time.

If your child is out driving by themselves knowing where they are will make you sleep better at night. This can also help keep track of your employees if they go on delivery for you.

 

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Read Emails

With mSpy you can also read incoming and outgoing emails, the content of the email, when it was send or received and if the contact is listed in the address book you can even see whom it`s to or from.

Today we communicate via texting, chat and emails. Knowing whats being said in those emails can help your child stay safe and out of trouble.

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Monitor Internet Activities

This software allows you to monitor the internet use. You can see website visited and when the website was accessed.

This can be an invaluable feature to make sure that your employees are actually working and not spending their time surfing the internet. As a parent you can make sure your child visit safe websites. mSpy also allows you to block websites this is a way to take safety a step further.

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View Instant Messages

These instant message platforms can be monitored with the mSpy software:

  • Skype – track calls and see chat (Works with iPhone/iPad only)
  • WhatsApp – view chat
  • iMessage – read chat  (Works with iPhone/iPad only)
  • Facebook – view chat (Works with Android only)
  • Viber – see sent and received text messages (Works with Android only)

As you can see some of them only work with iOS and some only work with Android, this is something mSpy needs to look at and hopefully find a solution to soon.

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Calendar and Contacts

mSpy records all the calendar activities and contacts from the address book you can access them right in your control panel. This means that you can see all meetings scheduled and see all names and numbers from the address book.

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View Photos and Videos

Both photos and videos that are downloaded or taken with the device can be viewed using the mSpy software. Today cyber bullying is a reality, we know that kids take pictures and videos that might not be meant to be seen or shared by others. Avoid the media getting into the wrong hands.

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Record Surroundings

Some of the more sophisticated monitoring software on the market includes recording options, and mSpy is no exception. With this feature, the phone can be tuned to function like a bug. The environment to record, the length of time to record, and when to listen to the recordings is managed via the control panel.

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Remote Control of the Device

There are two options when it comes to closing the phone down remotely. You can use the device whipe out, be aware though that this is irreversible. You can also lock down the phone remotely.

This comes in handy if the phone happens to get stolen or get into the wrong hands.

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The Following Features Set mSpy Apart From Their Competitors

Control and Block Apps and Other Programs

One of the more interesting features of this software is the ability to control apps and other programs. For parents monitoring children, this provides a great parental lock tool or alternative route to monitor the time spent playing games. For business owners monitoring employees, this helps circumvent the download of applications that pose security threats to proprietary data. This innovative feature is not found on other systems. Spyera has a similar feature but not as advanced as mSpy.

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Analyse With Reports

The analysis feature also seems fairly impressive. This tool allows the person in charge of monitoring to take a look into multiple devices. The reports can be filtered by time period, device, activity, a particular user or a group of users. The information is available for download into .csv, .xls or .pdf.

If all you are looking for is to read text messages and track gps location then this might not be of importance to you BUT if you are tracking more than one device this will come in handy. This is another feature that sets mSpy apart from their competitors.

Latest News

With mSpy`s latest version you can now monitor Wi-Fi, you can see every Wi-Fi hotspot that the device has been connected to.

Another new feature with the latest update is SnapChat monitoring. You can actually see the content sent or received and when it was done.

 

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What Is mSpy Missing?

mSpy is an advanced monitoring software but if we compare it to its competitors there are a few things we are missing.

Chat functions – some of the chat functions are only available for Android OR iPhones. If there is a specific chat you want to monitor make sure it works with your phone. If we compare mSpy`s chat options with Stealth Genie, Stealth Genie also offer Gtalk and BBM monitoring. If those are important to monitor take a look at the Stealth Genie software instead.

Alert settings - another function mSpy is lacking is alert settings. With Stealth Genie you can set alerts on suspicious words and phone numbers. This comes in handy if you want your child to have their privacy but are ready to access their phone data if the alerts goes off.

Safe areas - with safe areas you can map the area you child is allowed to be in, if they leave the area you will be notified. This feature is not something that mSpy offer, Stealth Genie will. If you are concerned that your child is skipping school or not coming home directly after, this might be a good feature to have.

It comes down to what features are important to you?

 

mSpy Compatibility

iOS

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone

The phone must be running iOS 5.1.1 – 7.1.2

To be on the safe side you do want to check so the iPhone model you are monitoring is compatible, click here to check compatibility.

Android

  • HTC
  • Samsung
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Sony Ericson

The phone must be running Android 2.2+

To be on the safe side you do want to check so the Android phone you are monitoring is compatible, click here to check compatibility.

Blackberry

  • Blackberry Curve
  • Blackberry Bold
  • Blackberry Pearl
  • Blackberry Storm

To be on the safe side you do want to check so the Blackberry phone you are monitoring is compatible, click here to check compatibility.

Windows

  • HP iPAQ 610c
  • HTC Touch Cruise
  • HTC Touch
  • Samsung i900 Omnia
  • HTC Touch Diamond

To be on the safe side you do want to check so the Windows phone you are monitoring is compatible, click here to check compatibility.

Symbian

  • Nokian N95 8GB
  • Nokia N81 8GB
  • Nokia E65
  • Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition
  • Nokia E63

Just a few of the Symbian phones that are compatible make sure you check that your phone is compatible, click here.

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mSpy Installation Process

Here is a screen shot from the mSpy website of the installation process:

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mSpy Pros/Cons

 

mSpy Pros

Features

The innovated features are unique for mSpy and if you use these it is money well spend.

Keep Data Secure

Of course, data security is at a premium nowadays. The device wipeout feature on this product allows a user to remotely delete data from a device. This action removes sensitive data when a phone is lost or stolen. Because this is a permanent and rather drastic action, the product also comes with a locked device feature. This capability allows the user to remotely lock the monitored device, allowing time for a lost phone to be found yet still protecting the data.

Control Panel

Another considerations include the control panel looks, which very much like iTunes. It has a clean, organized lay out and is intuitive and easy to use.

Price

For some time mSpy was more expensive then their competitors. The mSpy team has now adjusted this and offer a basic version to a very reasonable price. Offering their basic product for $39.99 mSpy is now competing even with their price.

mSpy Cons

Chat functions

mSpy need to take a look at the chat functions and make sure that Skype, iMessage, Facebook and Viber chats are available on all smart phones.

Money back guarantee

I have heard from two people that said mSpy tried to prolong the process when they wanted their money back. The process back and forth took longer than 10 days and therefor they did not get their money back.

I just want to be completely honest with you on this one… Do your research read through this page and make sure this is the software for you. If it is then you are good to go.

Customer Support

The software comes with a dedicated customer support line that is available via phone and web chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can also contact the support team via email support@mspy.com

mSpy has been in business since 2011. It might not seem that long but they have taken a market share with innovated features and an advanced business product they have proven that they are here to stay.

Products and Prices

So what products does mSpy offer and are they affordable?

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To see what`s included in the packages please visit the mspy website.

So how does the price compare with a software like Stealth Genie? Stealth Genie has different products depending on what phone you use. I will compare the Stealth Genie Platinum version for Android and the Gold version for the iPhone (there are no platinum for iPhone) with the premium mSpy product that includes everything we discussed above.

  • mSpy 3 Months Premium $119
  • Stealth Genie 3 Months Platinum for Android $109.99
  • Stealth Genie 3 Months Gold for iPhone $89.99

As you can see mSpy is a little bit more expensive, one advantage that mSpy has is that you can try the software out with a 1 month subscription. 1 month premium for $69.99 Stealth Genie does not have a 1 month option.

Still Not Sure mSpy Is For You? Watch This mSpy Review


mSpy Final Verdict

mSpy listened to their customers and offer now both a basic and a premium option for the private person along with the business package. With a quality product and a reasonable price, this has put mSpy in the top and they are today considered one of the leaders when it comes to monitoring softwares.

 

Overall Ranking: spyware softwarespyware softwarespyware softwarespyware softwarespyware software

Website: mSpy

Money Back Guarantee: Yes, 10 days

Price: Price: Basic 1 month $39.99 – Premium 1 month $69.99

Product Demo: Yes

Would I Recommend This To a Friend: Yes

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  • graham hill says:

    Do you have to dowload an app to the target phone?

    July 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    • Anna Vince says:

      Yes you do have to download mSpy on the targeted phone.

      Anna

      July 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • JAN says:

    is the software detectable? if so how?

    September 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    • Anna Vince says:

      Taken directly from the mspy website:

      Our cell phone tracking software is 100% undetectable!

      September 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  • ttrinidad says:

    i put this software on my sons phone and it does not work properly it says all of his pictures are corrupt and does not show all of his text msgs and i know for sure he is not aware this is on his phone now i need to pay for a new software since not all the features are working

    October 12, 2013 at 6:08 am
    • Anna Vince says:

      Hello,

      Contact mspy, I`m sure they can help you.
      Tech support: support@mspy.com

      You can also call them at USA + 1 800 713 7528 / UK + 44 20 8133 8717
      If you are in another country look up their phone number on the website.

      Hope this helps,

      October 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  • Shannon says:

    I own my phone, I bought it myself. My estranged husband put the software on my phone without my knowledge. Is that legal?

    November 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm
    • Anna Vince says:

      Hi,
      You have to check with the country you are in.

      December 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm
  • Serge says:

    I wish it would record iphone conversations, please fix that, other than that, it is a great tool

    January 5, 2014 at 11:39 am
  • diego says:

    How much data a month will this product use transferring the data? is there a way to limit this?

    March 14, 2014 at 2:18 am
    • Anna Vince says:

      Hi,
      I was talking to mSpy about this and they said everything is stored on their servers. Their reply was everything except photos, recordings and videos take 1-2 MB daily. Does this answer your question?

      March 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • John says:

    Hi,
    Do I need to jailbreak the iphone before installing the mSpy app ?

    May 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm
    • Anna Vince says:

      Hi,
      With mSpy yes you do need to jailbreak the iphone.
      If you are looking for an alternative where you do NOT have to jailbreak the phone, I just found PhoneSheriff Investigator that might be an alternative for you. They are part of the Retina X group that`s been on the market since 1997.

      May 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm
  • mani says:

    will mspy work on a KARBONN smartphone which is android 4.2..??

    July 19, 2014 at 7:32 am
  • Eric says:

    will mSpy work on an ipod touch 5g with a 7.1.2 os?

    July 26, 2014 at 2:32 am

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