Using a text message spy app to monitor your children’s phone activity is pretty simple these days. Once you find an app that suits your needs you then download, install and start monitoring activity straight from the dashboard.
Below are some top picks for best overall text message spy apps.
KidGuard has a very simple setup, where there is no need for the target phone during installation. All you need is your child’s Apple ID and password and you’re ready to start monitoring. Their clean and easy-to-use interface makes this app one of the easiest to navigate, even for beginners.
Parents can track text messages their child sends, receives and deletes without jailbreaking the target phone. With KidGuard, you have the ability to view backed-up text messages even if they are deleted and can view who is texting, as long as the name is stored in your child’s contacts.
KidGuard also monitors other forms of messaging and social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat.
mSpy allows you to monitor your child’s or employee’s phone activity remotely to ensure a safe online environment for your child, and productive employees. Once installed on the target phone, you can access the monitored data from any web browser.
You can track text messages that are sent, received and even deleted from the target device. With this feature, you are able to view the content, whether the text message was incoming or outgoing, name of the recipient/sender and the time and date of the message. iMessage, LINE, WhatsApp and Skype messages are also tracked.
FlexiSPY allows you to see SMS messages sent, received or deleted on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and even Symbian phones! You can view the user’s SMS inbox, sent messages, contact names and numbers and time and date of text messages.
A unique feature that FlexiSPY has that I have not seen anywhere else is the Spoof SMS feature. With this feature you can send a text message directly to any contact in the user’s phone directly from your dashboard. FlexiSPY claims this is a powerful feature where you can gain useful information from a third party, but may require thought and planning before attempting.
With FlexiSPY you also have the ability to delete text messages that contain certain keywords. Within your account type in keywords you want blocked and FlexiSPY will block any incoming text messages containing them. The user will never know they received any text messages.
4. Highster Mobile
Highster Mobile is compatible with all Apple and Android devices, has been around for more than five years and requires no jailbreaking. The app can be downloaded using a WiFi connection and after entering a license key and the user’s mobile number you want to see text messages from, information will start appearing on your phone in no time.
With this app you can retrieve text messages and extract old and deleted messages, with some users saying it can retrieve messages that are up to a year old. Highster Mobile comes with free customer service support and free lifetime upgrades so you’ll never have to pay for another program again.