The Best Phone Tracking Apps

The topic of today’s article is “Phone Surveillance Apps” In today’s article I will introduce you to the best Android and iOS smartphone surveillance apps. Let’s take a detailed look at the disadvantages and advantages of each app and try to select the best ones. We’ve written about mobile spying more than once before. For those who are new, here are a few articles that may be helpful:

The best mobile spies for Android and iOS
How to track your phone with the free Avast app

Best phone tracking apps can track incoming and outgoing phone calls, intercept messaging (WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) and SMS, listen to what’s happening in the room with a microphone, locate and capture images from phone cameras. These applications are hidden and undetectable by the user.

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All the information in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Neither the editorial staff, nor the author are responsible for any possible harm caused by the materials of this article. Keep in mind that access to data without prior written agreement with its owner is punishable by law.

Are phone tracking programs legal?
Yes, if it involves your minor children.

Can I install phone spying apps remotely?

Installation requires physical access to the device or access through a remote access program.

Are there free phone spying apps?

Yes, we wrote about such in the article “Best free keylogger for Android”, but it is designed for people who understand computers and phones. There is also a free antivirus Avast (link above), with the help of which you can track the location of your phone, but its functionality is much less than the programs mentioned in the article.

Is it possible to send spyware applications via email?

It is possible, if you have a written permission from the owner of the device for installing such applications.

Best apps for phone spying

Everything described below is our subjective opinion, based on testing the latest version of the applications.


uMobix is this iOS and Android mobile device monitoring software. uMobix monitors almost all activities of the target phone: phone calls, SMS messages, GPS location, web search history, messengers, social networks, etc.

The app provides real-time access to target devices and allows users to record screenshots on the target phone.

Key features of uMobix:

  • Real-time control panel.
  • Phone call tracking.
  • Text message monitoring.
  • Advanced GPS tracker.
  • Browser history tracking.
  • Access to photo gallery.
  • Program page


mSpy is a smartphone tracking application that allows you to remotely track your child’s actions: read correspondence keep track of the device’s location.

mSpy is one of the oldest mobile device tracking applications that maintains its position as one of the best on the market.

The only thing that may not meet your expectations is the speed of data synchronization. It usually takes mSpy 10-15 minutes to load new data into each section of the control panel, and Keylogger is no exception.

To make snooping easier, mSpy has a sorting feature that you can use to retrieve data from only a certain app, such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.

The main features of mSpy:

  • Works in the background.
  • The app encrypts and protects data.
  • Updates information every 5 minutes.
  • Offers multilingual support.
  • Allows you to read incoming / outgoing text messages.


Anyone who has ever had an interest in mobile spying has heard of FlexiSPY. It’s a powerful mobile surveillance application with tons of features but due to recent events we strongly advise against using FlexiSPY.

The main features of FlexiSPY:

Parental Controls.
Remote installation assistant.
Remotely remove or deactivate the software.
Run in hidden mode.
Can prevent uninstallation.
Launch with a safe keyboard shortcut.
Automatic remote updates.
Supported platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows.


iKeyMonitor is an easy-to-use parental control app that is used to capture keystrokes, calls, SMS, chat messages, view website browsing history, screenshots and much more.

In all reviews of the best Android phone tracking software, iKeyMonitor will always be included

Just like FlexiSPY, iKeyMonitor has an alert section. You’ll be notified every time your child speaks an obscene word.

Main features of iKeyMonitor:

  • Allows you to take periodic screenshots.
  • Locks certain apps and games on your phone.
  • Backs up contacts on the device.
  • Supported platforms: Android, Windows and Mac.


Hoverwatch is a simple application for tracking your mobile in stealth mode. What sets it apart is that it has no keylogger function, instead taking screenshots at regular intervals.

It’s ok for this type of software, but the speed of data synchronization can be a bit frustrating.

The main features of Hoverwatch:

  • Hidden phone tracker remains invisible.
  • Allows you to view all information received and sent by the user of the device.
  • Hoverwatch software saves information about all websites that the Android device user visits.
  • Supported Platform: Android.


Cocospy allows you to track locations, messages, calls and app usage. It is a good app to monitor your Android phone.

Better knows how to hide itself well and is not detected by anti-viruses.

The main functions of Cocospy are:

  • Viewing visited sites.
  • View call duration, timestamps, and call frequency.
  • Real-time location tracking.
  • Supported platforms: Android and iOS

Which phone tracking app is best

You can try any of the apps reviewed, they all do the job. But there are a few things worth mentioning.

During our testing, the keylogger feature in iKeyMonitor and Cocospy didn’t always work well, i.e. the apps don’t always record and save keystrokes. I think this will be fixed in future updates.

As for iKeymonitor, it takes longer for the app to update the dashboard data. This can be stressful in certain situations and interfere with full smartphone tracking.

Now about FlexiSPY, uMobix, mSpy. They did their job better than the others, but we cannot recommend FlexiSPY despite its rich feature set because of its tarnished reputation.