mSpy Review: What You Need to Know Before Buying

boys using smartphonesThe reality is spy apps in the market today are a hit or miss. If you’ve downloaded countless spyware apps only to uninstall them a short while later after finding that they don’t work, you’re in great company. We’ve all been there.

But, once in a while, you’ll find one that works and bingo! It’s a slam dunk. We came across mSpy and decided to test it out and see whether it would live up to our expectations. Without further ado, let’s get into this mSpy review.

How to use mSpy

mSpy was created for protective parents who want to keep their children safe from online predators out to take advantage of vulnerable kids. It was made for employers who wish to keep an eye on their staff members to prevent competitors from getting their hands on company secrets.

It’s for wives or husbands who suspect their partners of having an affair. All you have to do is download mSpy to the target phone and start monitoring the user’s activities remotely.

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How does mSpy work

mSpy DashboardmSpy runs in the background of any smartphone it’s installed in. It works by monitoring and collecting data on all activities that take place in the target device and uploading them to your online control panel.

You can access it using any browser and at any time. One of the best things about it is that you can spy on someone’s phone without them knowing. That comes in handy to save you from all the drama that would ensue if the target user ever found out that you were monitoring them. Besides, it’ll give you a chance to revel in glory when your kids start to believe that you have superpowers. It might even help to pre-empt trouble on their part.

It starts working after you install it on a device. But, you have to pay for a monthly or annual subscription first. For purposes of this review, we decided to bite the bullet and purchase a monthly plan. We felt that a month was the right amount of time to get a feel for it before deciding whether or not it was a keeper.

Android OS compatibility

android phoneBefore you start using mSpy, you need to check whether your device is compatible. We were using an HTC U11 running on Android Pie version 9.0. Nonetheless, we can confirm that it works on just about any Android device that runs on OS version 4.0 upwards.

Next, you’ll need to have actual physical access to the phone in question. Additionally, it needs to have an active internet connection during the installation process.

mSpy iPhone compatibility

iphoneWe have it on competent authority that mSpy works with iOS version 7 – 9.1. You’ll need to have physical access to the iPhone you’re installing it in. It’s important to mention here that before you can install it, the target iPhone needs to be jailbroken.

However, this effectively voids its warranty, so it’s worth considering what the ramifications would be if you do this without the user’s knowledge and they found out later that you messed up their warranty. In addition to this, the target device needs to have an active internet connection throughout the installation.

Installation process

Once you’ve confirmed that the device is compatible, here’s how to start using mSpy.

  • Sign up for mSpy
  • Select your preferred subscription plan based on what features you want to enjoy
  • Proceed to pay for it
  • Check your email for the login credentials to your online control panel and an installation guide as well
  • Launch the internet browser of the target device you intend to monitor and enter the link you received in your email
  • Download the app to the target phone
  • Set it to run on stealth mode
  • Start monitoring the device remotely through your control panel

After we had paid for our subscription, we received an email in a little under a minute. The installation process was quite fast, and we were ready to roll within a couple of minutes.

Supported features

mSpy phone managmentWe tested the app’s features to see whether they worked. Here’s what we found:

1. mSpy keylogger

This feature records every keystroke made by the user as they type on their keypad. We were able to view logged text data on our control panel and can verify that it was accurate. We, however, found that for any networking apps that mSpy couldn’t track directly, we were still able to capture all keystrokes made and read every message sent through them. The keyword alert feature works hand-in-hand with mSpy keylogger to alert you when the target user types specific words or phrases that would be red flags in your books.

2. mSpy no jailbreak

mSpy has a unique no jailbreak feature for those who want to install it without voiding the iPhone warranty. We were quite impressed by this and happy to learn that it worked with all iOS versions. While you don’t need to have physical access to the device, you will need the target’s iCloud Apple ID and password for it to work. Once activated, mSpy syncs with all data in the iPhone, so you get realtime updates to your control panel. This only works if the user activated iCloud backup on their device. If they haven’t, you’ll need to do that on the physical device. Also, if it has 2-step verification enabled, you’ll need physical access to the phone too.

3. GPS Tracking

mSpy gps trackingThis feature monitors the GPS location of all target devices. It also stores information about the route history. That way, you know exactly where the user has been and for how long they were there.

4. SMS Monitoring

mSpy keeps a log of all texts sent to and from the target’s device. It also supports a feature that allows you to receive these reports of SMS on your phone in realtime.

5. Social messaging apps

If the user has Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, SnapChat, and Facebook messenger installed on their phones, mSpy records all data exchanged and uploads this information to your control panel. All messages, photos, and videos come with time stamps attached.

6. Multimedia spying

mspy multimedia trackingmSpy monitors all photos and videos that were taken by the target phone and uploads them to your account. You’ll be able to browse through the thumbnails and preview their contents quickly. That way, you get some insight into what your target user get up to when you’re not looking.

7. Call and email management

Keep an eye on all incoming and outgoing phone calls and emails on the target device. The app also allows you to block calls to and from any unwanted number.

8. Geofencing

With this feature, you can create virtual boundaries for the target user and receive realtime alerts when those boundaries are crossed. That way, you can monitor the target’s whereabouts at all times.

9. View web browsing history

mSpy browser historyAll browsing activities of the target can be monitored and logged through mSpy even after the user clears their browsing history. If you’re worried about your child visiting inappropriate websites, you can use the blocking feature or internet filter to mitigate it.

10. Is mSpy detectable?

Perhaps one of the fascinating features of mSpy has to be its ability to operate on the target phone undetected. Not only is it lightweight, but the user won’t even know that it’s running in the background. The moment the phone is connected to the internet, all the information will be transmitted to you discreetly.


mSpy has one of the most affordable and flexible plans you’ll find in the market. Customers can choose between the:

  • Android Basic plan  $8.33 /mo
  • Android Premium plan  $16.66 /mo
  • iOS Premium — $16.66 /mo

mSpy Pricing

The Basic plan supports all the features outlined in the previous section except:

  • Messaging Apps monitoring
  • Geo-fencing
  • Website, app and call blocking
  • Keylogger

The verdict: pros & cons


★ Fast installation

★ Discreet operation

★ Affordable subscription plans

★ Supports all global network carriers

★ Works even when phone number changes

★ Refund available within 10 days of purchasing

★ 24/7 customer support in multiple languages via Live Chat, email and phone call

 Rooting devices voids the warranty

 Requires physical access to the target device

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We found mSpy to be one of the few spyware apps in the market that does what their developers assert. We had it installed on our target HTC phone for one month to test out all its features. We are happy to report that it accurately captured all phone data, and we were able to view it remotely through our control panel. Although there was no way to install the app without having physical access to the phone, we found mSpy to be feature-rich, affordable, and reliable. It’s a thumbs-up from us.

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