11 Jun

mSpy Review: Worth the Price, or a Bust?

mSpy Is It Any Good?

mSpy is one of the big competitors in the mobile spying business, but is it any good? Here, we’ll give you all the details. We’ll tell you about its features, reliability, value, and so much more. If you’re been burning to figure out if mSpy is worth it, hold tight and we’ll tell you. If you’re in a hurry, though, here is a summary:

Pros

• Plenty of features to go around
• Is a good value for the price
• Has an option for those who don’t have a jailbroken phone
• Company is trusted and always reliable

Cons

• No option to record
• Compared to Flexispy, it doesn’t have as many features

Review Summary

If you want a well-rounded monitoring app, mSpy is the way to go. While not as advanced as Flexispy, mSpy comes close, and is cheaper to boot, especially if you don’t need all the recording features. mSpy has been a reliable leader for a few years now, and they have a few good reasons as to why.

Check it out, and you won’t be disappointed.

Our reviews involve us taking a good look at the software, delving deep into its features to give youa comprehensive review, and this is no different.

We’re going to give you all our findings, and much more. But first, let’s look at mSpy’s market standing as of this article.

Market Standing

mSpy is currently one of the hottest monitoring companies out there. Chances are, you’ve saw it if you’ve been looking for a program. StealthGenie is no longer active and MobileSpy is no longer discreet, so mSpy has been able to stand above the rest ever since it was introduced five years ago in 2011.

Over time, mSpy has gotten itself a good reputation of giving its customers monitoring for mobile devices that works, and they even have monitoring for PCs, although we won’t cover that.

Sadly, mSpy had to get rid of a few of their advanced features, such as call recording, because they were afraid of any legal trouble in the US. As of this article, Flexispy is the only company to have the option to record calls and surroundings, so if you really need to have call recording, go with that.

Otherwise, mSpy is a good alternative to Flexispy, providing some great features for a price that won’t hurt your wallet too much. We’ll be breaking down the features, both old and new, and giving you an unbiased look as to whether or not this software is worth your time. Let’s begin with device compatibility.

Supported Devices

Good monitoring software will have a wide range of hardware and OS’s that they support. Sadly, while mSpy does cover Apple and Android, they don’t cover any of the small names such as Blackberry, Windows, etc. If your target device is one of those, look elsewhere. Otherwise, if they have Android or Apple, you need to figure out if the target has a version that mSpy supports.

For Apple devices, mSpy supports every version up to iOS 9.x. For Android, 4.x and up. As usual, this list will change, and your best source of information is to visit the official website and see what they have currently. With everything always changing, their site will be more up to date than we will.

No Jailbreak Required?

If you’re spying on an iPhone – Apple device, you need to have the phone jailbroken, which is hacking the phone to remove its manufacturer-imposed limitations, to use the software. mSpy is not Apple-approved, so it won’t work unless the phone is jailbroken. There is a way, however, to monitor vanilla devices.

Apple devices have iCloud, which is their online backup system, which is free of charge. mSpy has a features that allows you to get data on the target’s iCloud backups, if they have any. You need to have the target’s Apple ID and password to get this information, so if you don’t have that, you can’t use this service.

Otherwise, you do have monitoring features, albeit limited. It can get iCloud information such as

• Texts
• Call Logs
• Browsing History
• Events
• Notes
• Contacts

Reporting is limited and depends on how often the device is backed up, and it’s not in real time. As such, it’s not as good as if you monitored the device normally.

However, in the instances where you can’t jailbreak an iPhone, you have something. And as the future happens, there may be better options available.

Now that we mentioned this, let’s look at mSpy’s other features, shall we?

mSpy’s Unique Features

mSpy has the features that are typical in monitoring software. You can look at emails, call logs, texts, browsing, GPS tracking, and much more. There’s nothing really to talk about in its basic features except that it works.

Instead, we’ll be looking at the unique features that make mSpy stand out. First, let’s look at Geo Fencing.

Geo Fencing

For parents, you don’t want your kids wandering somewhere they’re not supposed to. Geo Fencing fixes this. You can choose specific locations in the map that your target can visit. If the target gets out of that range, an alarm will be sent to you so you can stay alert. From our use, the alarm works great, making it a good way to figure out if your child is really going to their friend’s house for the weekend.

Chat Monitoring

Sorry to say this, but texting is constantly outdated. Many users rely on chat apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Snapchat, Line, Twitter, and others to message people and keep up with their friends. mSpy has many services to monitor these chat apps and give you the reports you need.

Tinder Spy

This allows you to see what your target does on Tinder. Good for your teenager who may be swiping a little too fast. Just don’t use it on your spouse, because that’s illegal!

App Block

If you don’t want your employees or kids using certain apps, this feature allows you to disable selected apps. You can disable Facebook for your employees, or your kids until they finish their homework. It’s a useful thing.

Keylogger

The Keylogger is mSpy’s own special feature. Basically, you can see what the target has been typing, all in real time. You can learn the person’s passwords, emails, and other login info. A keylogger is useful for many things, and we’re glad to see mSpy having it.

Sadly, as of this article, it’s only available for Androids. Maybe the future will bring Apple compatibility, but for now, Android only.

Website Filtering

Don’t want your kids getting on sites they’re not supposed to? Don’t want your employees surfing Facebook when they should be working? All you need to do is use the website filtering option to block any website you desire.

But what if the employee is on break or the kid has finished their homework? Well, you can set certain periods when the website is accessible. See? This app has planned ahead.

Wi-Fi Monitoring

This features allows you to see what Wi-Fi networks the target phone has been on in the past. This is good if the GPRS shuts off. Wi-Fi monitoring allows you to see what time the device connected to the network, and you can even control the phone’s access to certain Wi-Fi networks. It’s good if you don’t want your kid connecting to a fishy network.

Device Managing

The control panel gives users multiple ways to see what’s going on when it comes to the mobile devices being monitored, all without any hassle. You can edit how you receive notifications, and choose how to receive reports. You can get reports on GPS, or when the device connects to Wi-Fi. You can even get automatic updates to the software without having to worry about grabbing the target device.

Device Change

So what if the target phone is lost, or you no longer want to monitor the target phone and instead monitor a new one? Well, you’re in luck. The license for mSpy is flexible, allowing you to move between devices as many times as you want to. All you need to do is deactivate the target device and activate another. It’s very useful!

Security

mSpy includes many ways control security features. You can limit certain apps from being used on the target phone, you can lock the phone via password, you can wipe the phone’s data any time, and more. Being able to wipe away sensitive data is a nice perk, especially if the target device is lost.

Discreetness

When installing an app on a target phone, you don’t want your target knowing of its existence. MobileSpy used to make its app visible to the target’s phone, but mSpy manages to be discreet. The target won’t even know they’re being monitored. However, don’t use mSpy to monitor an adult without their consent.

Customer Service

Good customer service is important when it comes to monitoring software. You need someone to work out the kinks if you run into any technical difficulties, after all. Thankfully, most monitoring companies do have good, if not great, customer service.

mSpy has live chat support, allowing you to chat with an agent in real time. If you don’t want to do that, they have email and phone lines as well. When it comes to email, some emails do slip through the cracks, so if they don’t reply right away, send them another. We applaud mSpy for having phone support, as someone can explain everything while you work on your problem.

As for the website itself, it’s sleek, clean, and easy to navigate. It gives visitors the basics of their product without overwhelming them too much. They do a good job in sucking a visitor in and letting them test out the product.

Speaking of testing out, they do have a 10-day money back guarantee. If you don’t like mSpy, they’ll give you a full refund. Neat!

The Price

So how much will this app cost you? Like with most monitoring apps, mSpy has multiple packages and plans. mSpy comes in two different packages, which is the Basic and the Premium. The Basic package is, well, basic. It only has call logs, text message logs, web history, and GPS tracking. The Premium bundle may be what you’re looking for if you want a little more in your software.

Basic has either a one month or a three month option, while Premium adds six months and a year. The more months you have, the better value it is. For example, a Basic one month is about $40, while three months is about $60. You do the math.

As of this article, here are the prices.

Basic

  • 1 month $39.99
  • 3 months $59.99

Premium

  • 1 month $69.99
  • 3 months $119.99
  • 6 months $149.99
  • 1 year $199.99

Payment Plan

With any trusted company, mSpy includes multiple options for paying. You can use debit, credit, and PayPal. All of them include a money back guarantee should you not be satisfied.

We, for one, enjoy the prices. You can get a better deal if you’re looking for long-term monitoring, but if you just want to monitor someone short-term, the one month option is good. With a variety of choices.

Overall

There’s not too much negative to say about mSpy, really. It’s versatile, with many features that make them unique. We enjoyed the Keylogger feature, as well as the No Jailbreak option. We’re glad to see a company who knows that not everyone wants to jailbreak their Apple devices.

Sure, FlexiSpy is still the most advanced objectively, but mSpy is slowly catching up to them. With their price, they’re good if you don’t need call or ambient recording. If you just need the basics, along with some good bells and whistles, mSpy is for you.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments!

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