Time has changed and so is the smartphone technology. We see new models being launched every other day with a customized user interface. In this scenario, it is difficult for the apps to keep up with the changes in the technology and the interface. Many of the apps are playing a catch-up game while others simply crash out due to compatibility issues.
Spying apps is one category that has to be up on the toes to stay in line with the evolving mobile operating systems. As Android releases an update every year, it is hard for a mobile spy app to adapt to those changes in the new version. The last update was Android Oreo 8.0 which further closed the doors for mediocre apps on the market. As spying is an advanced utility, only a few apps in the market offer compatibility with standout features.
We have done this research about the top three best mobile spy apps in 2018 and used the following criteria for the research.
- Application Compatibility: It has already been emphasized that the operating systems and compatibility is a major factor why apps are a hit or fail in the market. This is the foremost factor that every spy user considers to make sure that their spyware is compatible with the target phone.
- Notable Features: Features are the basis on which a mobile spy app’s success rests. Spy apps usually offer ‘basic’ and ‘advanced’ features. The basic features are the same in all apps with small differences, but it’s actually the advanced or premium features that are the unique selling point for an app. This is why people choose an app that has most of the functions.
- Pricing: Price is often the first factor that everyone looks at when deciding about subscribing to a spying app. Some apps offer a free trial for some days to lure the users while other offer discounts. Packages are designed for varying durations and features to make them feasible for everyone.
Without any further delay, let us reveal our list of top three best mobile spy apps.
Xnspy tops our list because it leads every single criterion we selected for measuring the effectiveness of spying apps. The app has been on the market for quite a few years now and you can find many reasons why this app is among the top-rated mobile spy apps. Here is our analysis of the app:
Compatibility: Xnspy offers complete compatibility with the latest version of Android. It has flawless compatibility with the recently launched Android Oreo 8.0. But this is not the only positive thing about its compatibility. You can use the app on all the previous versions if you have an older Android phone. Another positive aspect of the app is that you do not need to root the target Android phone to use the app – a limitation that most of the spying app users complain about. However, an Xnspy user won’t be worried about it.
Notable Features: You can find a list of features on their official page, but since this is a comparison, we are stating only a few ones that make it stand out among its competitors.
- Call Analysis: Call related features are often considered a basic utility by many but Xnspy mobile spy app has a different way of representing them to its users. Recently, Xnspy launched its call analysis feature to make the calling information more meaningful and effective. The call analysis feature offers top five call durations, top five numbers called during a timeline, and even a punch card showing which hours during a particular day received the most calls. And this analysis is beside call recording and call logs information.
- Browser History Analysis: Internet logs is a major feature offered by almost all the spying apps. You are given access to the websites that anyone will visit on the target phone. But Xnspy went one step ahead of the others by offering the Browsing History Analysis. This is extremely helpful in finding the top sites visited and also their frequency. The analysis will provide you with a list of top 10 websites that have been visited the most in a month. The list shows the number of visits and the name of URLs.
Price: Xnspy mobile spy app is quite an affordable app and offers plenty of flexibility as far as its pricing strategy is concerned. The app has divided its features into two different plans; Basic and Premium. Both these plans can be subscribed for monthly quarterly, and yearly durations. The cheapest package can be subscribed by paying as low as $8.33 a month. If you consider pricing, then Xnspy is probably the most cost-efficient app on the market.
Downsides: No app is perfect and the same goes for Xnspy. While it may have many good features for its users, it has certain downsides. First, there is no trial version, so no free rides. Secondly, one subscription can be used only for one mobile, so you always have to subscribe again for spying another device. And finally, though the interface is easy to operate, you get bored after seeing a monochrome color scheme all day.
mSpy is another popular mobile spy app. It has many functions similar to Xnspy with some very handy features. Here is how it is different from the others:
Compatibility: mSpy is compatible with all the major operating systems. It can be used on Android phones using Android 4.0 till 7.0. As an advantage over Xnspy, this app can be used on Windows and Mac supported computers as well. Like Xnspy, you would need access to the target phone to install the app.
Notable Features: No single app can be similar. There will always be differences among them. Nevertheless, mSpy has its own set of features that makes it different from the others.
- Geo-fencing: You can set boundaries for your loved ones and monitor the movement of your target phone using the geo-fencing feature of mSpy. It allows you to set virtual boundaries for monitoring specific locations.
- IM monitoring: You can monitor different messengers by using mSpy. It permits you to monitor Snapchat, Tinder, Google Hangouts and many other popular messengers.
Price: mSpy has three different packages to offer. You can choose from Basic, Premium and, Bundle packages. All three packages can be subscribed for monthly, quarterly, and yearly durations. However, mSpy is expensive than the Xnspy. And its yearly premium package can go as high as $200.
Downsides: Even if mSpy offers greater cross-platform compatibility, it still lacks the depth Xnspy offers. It does not support Android Oreo 8.0 and its instant messengers monitoring feature works on rooted Android devices only. The rest of the app is all comfort to its users.
The last on our list is Highster mobile spy app. It is known for its affordability and best price-to-feature correlation.
Compatibility: Highster offers more depth than mSpy and is on par with Xnspy in terms of compatibility. You can use it on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 and it supports all the previous versions of Android till Android Honeycomb 3.0. But it does not offer support for Windows or Mac.
Notable Features: Here are some of the features Highster mobile is famous for:
Remotely Take Pictures: Highster mobile allows you to take pictures from the target phone without touching it. You can view all these pictures in your online account. This remote feature gives you complete control over the target phone’s camera to know what the other person is doing at that moment.
Live Tele Support: Besides all the spying features, Highster mobile is known for its customer support. If you subscribe to its premium package, you are given live telephone support 24/7. You can call their representative and they will guide you through all your queries.
Price: Highster is considered the most affordable app on the market. It will cost you $69.99 for a single package with unlimited validity. They also offer thirty-day money back guarantee.
Downsides: Being cheaper means you have to compromise on certain high-end features. It has no surround record or calls recording feature. Highster mobile does not even offer geo fencing. These are the limitations that you need to be aware of before purchasing.