The Best Cell Phone Spy Software – How to Find It

We are always looking for the best - no matter what we are buying. You are interested in buying a cell phone monitoring program so you begin your search. Soon you realize that there are many different programs on the market all claiming to be the best cell phone spy software, so how are you going to make your choice?

This is part of my Main Cell Phone Spy Guide - a good place to start learning.

A quick search online reveals many products and reviews but you need to know which ones are reliable and safe vs. which ones are scams looking to take your money.

I made this guide to help you make a safe choice and to evaluate some of the best mobile monitoring software programs on the market.

On this site you will find several reviews and some guides on using these software products. I am not here to sell you any particular program. The important thing about finding the best spy software is to focus on finding one which is safe, reliable and is the best for your needs. This is truly the best software and it will be different for each user.

The main points in this article will show you how to evaluate the different programs. There are some simple tips to help you narrow down your search and find the right spy software for your needs. It is important to do some research before buying cell phone spy software - most importantly you need to avoid scams and inferior products.

What Do You Need to Monitor?

From the start it is good to set out what exactly it is you need to monitor. If you're new to cell phone spy software you may not know what this type of software can do. I recommend you check out a few articles on this site, starting with - Mobile Spy Software Reviews.

Read a few of my phone spy reviews and get a basic understanding of the things you can actually monitor with various software programs. Here is a quick list of spy software apps that I have tested and believe are the top programs available in 2016 (and have been for some time).

Top Rated Phone Spy Software 2017

Flexispy Monitoring


The most feature rich program available.


Quite expensive but simply the best.

Easy to Use

Easy to install and easy to use.


Better than most Live chat and email.


FlexiSpy monitoring software has a long record of delivering a program that works reliably and offers the most advanced set of spy features. This includes live call listening, ambient recording and a wide range of chat/ messenger app spy features. The top end product - if you need the fancy features.

Read my detailed Flexispy review here

Price from $99

mSpy Software


Excellent, practical  spy features - that work!


Great value considering the range of features.

Easy to Use

The most user friendly interface.


Live chat and email plus installation help.


MSpy is probably the best seller right now. Great value pricing plus a decent range of features and good on site support - it is easy to see why they are so popular. The user friendly dashboard is a big plus. Look for their No Jailbreak version too.

Read my full MSpy review here

Price from $39.99

MobiStealth Phone Spy


Fewer advanced features - but improving all the time.


A cheaper option - good to get started.

Easy to Use

Easy to use, just not as nice looking dashboard.


Good support with phone help on Pro version.


Mobistealth for mobiles is an older program that has had a lot of development recently. They have been adding features and modernizing the software and it is competing with the best spy apps now. Definitely worth a look - it works and is great value for money if you don't need the fancy stuff!

Read my full MobiStealth review here

Price from $19.99

  • Highster Mobile Review

(StealthGenie, Mobile Spy - no longer recommended).

find the best software

Once you understand what the features do - make a list of what you need. There is no point paying for extra features which you will never use. I have found most people really only need the basic monitoring features - which aren't that basic at all!

Things like monitoring text messages, viewing call logs and web browsing history as well as perhaps GPS monitoring - these are more than enough for most people.

Some of the more advanced features such as call recording may sound exciting, but will they really be useful to you in your circumstances? If yes, then go ahead and pay the premium price.

Flexispy is now the only company offering Call listening or Recording!

If all you need is standard monitoring, then the cheaper options will be just fine.

You might need to monitor other platform apps which kids are using more and more, like social media and messenger apps. Some of the software I revew can monitor things like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp Messenger and sites like Facebook and Twitter. The list of supported apps keeps on growing as new ones become popular - another good reason to buy from a progressive company.

Rooting Android - for some advanced features such as monitoring Facebook etc. android devices will need to be Rooted - check my guide about that here.

Jailbreaking iPhone - all Apple devices Must be Jailbroken to install regular spy phone software (mSpy does have a service for non Jailbroken devices, as well as their regular software - see my review). Find my Jailbreaking Guide here.

You also need to make sure that the phone or device you want to monitor is supported by the software program - check compatibility - I have an article about that!

Now you have an idea of what the software can do, and you have a list of features that are important to you and your needs, it's time to look the companies behind the software programs.

Evaluate the Spy Software Company

This is one of the most important steps in making a safe decision when buying mobile monitoring software. You need to learn how to spot poor quality websites selling crap software! First impressions from the website itself can give you some clues.

Look for two or three page websites - a bad sign. Good programs have lots of information on their website. The best ones will have guides, FAQ and installation instructions freely available on the website.

Have a good look around the company website for this type of information. No or very little detailed information on the website should be a warning sign.

Is this site professional looking – does it look like a real business with phone numbers contact page and some sort of help and support system. Some of the major companies such as Flexispy and MSpy have live chat on their websites - great for help and support.

Look at web presence - when you search online for phone spy software related terms do you see these companies appearing in the search results? The top companies work hard to be seen online. They will also have active Facebook, Twitter and perhaps Google Plus accounts. Check these out and see if they look real - another good sign!

You are really just looking for signs of legitimacy - that the company is real, has a web presence and has been around for a while. You do not want to invest money in some shady three page website with a big buy now button. Remember you are looking for the best spy software - for your needs!

Find Good Reviews

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Looking at good reviews of the spy software program you are interested in can be a great help. Unfortunately, finding a good review isn't always straightforward in this market. I have written about how to spot fake reviews in this article here - I suggest you check it out.

The important thing is to evaluate the review site in much the same way as you evaluate the company website. Approach it with an open mind and always think about the reviewer’s intent. Are they slating one product to get you to buy theirs, or are they telling you that X is the only program to buy. Everyone has their angle and motivation - be aware of it.

Of course I am biased, you should start with the reviews on this site - they are obviously the best! Seriously though, you should evaluate my reviews and the products I recommend just as you would with any other website.

Find the Best Cell Phone Spy Software for Your Needs

When you have done your research, evaluated the products and the reviews, you will be in a much better position to make an informed judgment. Remember to focus on your needs; you may not need the most expensive software with the most advanced features to get what you need. More expensive does not always mean the best.

At the same time, you must buy the software which will monitor the activities which are most important to you - so spend your money wisely. Remember that when you buy cell phone spy software you are investing in future support. You need to make sure that the company you buy from is going to provide help and support for their products into the future.

Don't just buy some cheap scammy looking software which is likely to change its name and disappear after a few months.

Sometimes you do get what you pay for.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 2 comments
Bob Miller - August 4, 2015

I keep seeing ads for software that does not need you to have the phone to install is this a scam? I have read that this is not possible, what is your experience of this.

    John Pruitt - August 12, 2015

    I have just published a new article about these scams – Remote spy software – they do not work! Stay well away from them.


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