Best Apps to Monitor a Cell Phone

Cell phone activity

Welcome to Digital Addicts. I am Pat Sanderson. I made a list and talk about what I have found to be the best parental control apps for you to use. Parental control and employee tracking apps have a wide variety of uses. Don’t think that because they are called “parental control apps” that they cannot perform in all situations.

These cell phone monitoring apps are among the many I have used. They are all very capable, very versatile and very powerful. Choose which one is best for you.


#1 – Auto Forward 

Excellent for all iPhones and Androids. 

auto forward text spy app

Our TOP PICK! Auto Forward was introduced in 2012 and has been a market leader ever since. Over the years, the app has been improved with remote access and the ability to monitor a phone without having it in your possession. They also have an option to “clone a phone” which shows you how to create an exact copy of one phone to another. Very cool!

OTA (over-the-air) link allows remote download

The latest version now lets you use their exclusive OTA (over-the-air) link to download the app to your phone where it creates a remote connection over the internet to the phone you want to keep track of. All you have to do is download the app, activate it using your license key, then enter the number of the cell phone you want to monitor. You can be getting information from the other phone within minutes!

Auto Forward delivers everything you need and then some. We tested a variety of iPhones and Androids and we did not encounter any issues. Auto Forward can extract text messages and iMessages (even if they have been deleted) from your child’s phone. The app also gathers calls, GPS, Facebook, Instagram and a lot more! Among its many benefits is its quick and easy download.

How it Works

Auto Forward works by establishing a remote connection over the internet with the target phone (the phone that is being montored).

Three Easy Steps:

    • Download – Use the OTA (over-the-air) link to download the app.
    • Activate – Enter the license you get from Auto Forward to activate.
    • Monitor – From your cell phone, tablet or computer view texts, calls, GPS and all available information from the target

Features

    • OTA (over-the-air) link: Enables remote downloading for quick and easy monitoring of any cell phone.
    • Undetectable: Activity is captured and uploaded silently.
    • Text messages: See all texts that have been sent or received (even they have been deleted). Includes the date, sender and complete message.
    • Social media: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat messages. Records; Likes, Shares, Private messages, and more.
    • Keylogger: Captures and records all keystroke entries performed on the phone.
    • Calls: Record all incoming and outgoing phone calls. 
    • Remote listening: Activate the phones microphone to listen to surroundings.
    • Stealth camera: Send a remote command to the phone to snap a picture.
    • Low price: One-time fee of only $29.99 and no monthly subscription. Plus, you get free lifetime upgrades!
    • Works with: All Android’s and iPhone’s

 

Using the OTA (over-the-air) link, you can remotely download the app and monitor the target phone without having the phone with you or anywhere near you. Once a remote connection is established, Auto Forward continuously uploads activity from the target phone to your secure online account. You can literally monitor the target phone right from your own cell phone without being anywhere near it!

Visit their website: www.auto-forward.com

Read my Auto Forward Review


#2 – Highster Mobile 

Works with all Androids and iPhones.

highster mobile

Another app that allows you to keep track of a cell phone without having it in your possession! That’s Highster Mobile in a nutshell. Great technology that’s easy to use for the average “Joe”. Downloaded over 1 million times and going strong, Highster Mobile is still one of the best parental control apps you can buy.

Highster Mobile has been on the market since 2007. They helped pioneer the technology and remain the leader in cell phone monitoring applications. You just can’t go wrong with this app. Tried and true and up to date to work with the all Androids and iOS devices.

    • Social media: Captures and records copies of both incoming and outgoing messages for Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
    • Text messages: Get an exact copy of every text sent or received (deleted texts can be viewed)
    • Keylogger: Captures all keystrokes performed on Androids and iPhones.
    • GPS tracking: Tracks a phone to within a few feet of its actual location.
    • OTA (over-the-air) link: Download the app remotely for fast and easy monitoring.
    • Works with: All Android’s and iPhone’s

If you’re looking for a low-cost app for Android or iPhone, Highster Mobile should be at the top of your list. It’s competitively priced, offers many useful features, has a user-friendly web interface and it’s very easy to use, even for beginners.

Visit their website: www.highstermobile.com

Read my Highster Mobile Review


#3 – PhoneSpector 

PhoneSpector logoPhoneSpector LLC, the U.S.-based company behind the PhoneSpector mobile monitoring app, boasts more than 500,000 users of their cell phone tracking and monitoring software. They’re on track to hit one million users in the next two years. Very impressive!

It was easy to see why they’re so confident once we tested the app. All you need to do is install the app, then activate it with the license key given to you at the time of purchase. The whole process took less than 45 seconds, easily the fastest of any monitoring app we tested. 

This app is a great choice for anyone needing to monitor a cell phone. It has a lot of great features plus excellent customer support. PhoneSpector was the only company that has live operators ready to answer customer calls. It’s an exceptional product backed by excellent customer support. You can’t go wrong with this mobile monitoring app! 

Developer: PhoneSpector LLC.

Visit their website: www.phonespector.com

Read Our Review 


#5 – DDI Utilities

DDI Utilities is a next-generation utility program that can extract and deliver large amounts of data and activity from any cell phone quickly, easily and silently without having the phone anywhere near you.

DDI is fast taking over space in the market once occupied by cell phone monitoring programs that just don’t work anymore. As new models and operating systems are introduced it has become more difficult to find an app that actually works. DDI Utilities works!

How DDI works:

DDI Utilities download procedure is simple. All you have to do is text the download link to the phone you want to monitor. When the link is activated (tapped on) the automatic install begins and within minutes stored data and activity from the phone uploads to your secure online account. Log into your account using the user/pass provided and you can see all captured files and activity.

Features:

  • Text messages: An exact copy of every text that was sent or received. Deleted texts can also be recovered.
  • iMessages: All iMessages sent and received.
  • Keylogger: Captures all keystrokes executed on target phone.
  • Social Media: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter messages posts.
  • GPS location: The GPS tracking system of DDI Utilities will track the phone to within 50 feet of its actual location.
  • Photos: All photos, new, old and deleted.
  • Videos: All videos residing on phone.
  • Works with: All Android’s and iPhone’s

If you have tried regular employee monitoring apps with no success, you will want to buy DDI Utilities. It has been shown to succeed where the older, more traditional spy programs no longer can.

Visit their website: https://ddiutilities.com/

Read our review: DDI Utilities review


With this type of monitoring software, you’ll need an easy-to-use program that features full telephone support. Skip any company that doesn’t include a toll-free phone support for its cell phone monitoring apps. If you’re note able to use the program you paid for, you’ll become as frustrated as I did without free phone support 

Another thing that’s important to know before using a cell phone monitoring app is that unlike typical apps from Google Play or the App Store, most mobile monitoring apps like mSpy, Flexispy, Spyzie, and more require you to have more knowledge of how apps and cell phones work. They’re not for tech newbies: Even I experienced some amount of frustration when I used their software. 

You won’t waste your time or money with the mobile monitoring apps I’ve listed above. I’ve tested each of them myself to be sure that they are what I believe to be the best monitoring apps on the internet.