There's no geofencing on either platform. At that price, getting Norton Family Premier along with Norton's excellent antivirus protection is a no-brainer. Read our full Norton Family Premier review.
Kaspersky's location tracking and geofencing work in both iOS and Android, as do its web monitoring and device scheduling. But app management is limited on iOS, and the iOS app can't monitor calls or texts at all. Still, if you don't feel a need to read your kids' text messages, then Kaspersky Safe Kids is well worth considering.
In March , Kaspersky Lab filed an antitrust complaint against Apple for allegedly forcing the removal of some features from Kaspersky Safe Kids. Apple hinted in June that it might relax some of its tighter restrictions on iOS parental-control apps with iOS 13, but we haven't yet seen anything different and Kaspersky's complaint is ongoing.
Read our full Kaspersky Safe Kids review. Qustodio has software for Macs, PCs. This service's limited location tracking works on both iOS and Android, although there's no geofencing option.
However, a Family Locator feature that shows you where all your kids are at once was added in September You can manage only a few dozen apps on iOS, as opposed to all Android apps. Web filtering is more powerful on iOS, while monitoring texts and calls works on only Android. Read our full Qustodio review. Once the most powerful parental-control app for iPhones, OurPact was hobbled by an Apple rule change in late that nixed the service's geofencing, location tracking and time allowances on iOS.
At its peak, OurPact was the only parental-control app we tested that could manage or block any iOS app. It can still do so for Android devices. OurPact also gets kids involved in managing the daily allowance of screen time that you give them, and it does a good job of scheduling. Yet, its website filtering simply blocks porn, and it can't monitor calls or texts at all, even on Android. However, you can block messaging apps, and OurPact remains a joy to use. Read our full OurPact review. Screen Time does an excellent job of managing and scheduling kids' device access.
Unfortunately, this app doesn't do a whole lot else on iOS devices.
And it has baffling upcharges for location tracking and web filters, both of which come standard with other parental-control apps. You get both features in the day premium trial. We liked how this service doles out additional screen time for chores or good deeds. But you can't block apps on iOS, and there's no call or text monitoring at all, although geofencing and location history were recently added. Read our full Screen Time review. ESET Parental Control for Android sticks to one platform, but it doesn't shine even there, lacking text-message- and call-monitoring features. The free app management and time management do work well, as do the paid location tracking and geofencing.
MMGuardian has nearly every parental-control feature you might want, especially on Android, but the user interfaces are outdated and frustrating. Both the iOS and Android smartphone apps offer location tracking and excellent web filtering, and have recently added an artificial-intelligence component to spot nudity in saved images. App management is strong on Android but primitive on iOS.
On Android, the parent can read every text and block any number. Time management and screen-time scheduling are also Android-only. Spy apps can be used to track a person without their knowledge. Worried about what your kids are up to on the internet? You could install a spy app on their smartphones. These apps let you monitor their social media, read their text messages, track their location, and even record their calls. All recorded data is stored online, so you can access it from anywhere.
There are a lot of spy apps available for Android and iOS, but only a few are worth your time. Without further ado, here are the five best spy apps available right now:.
Important: All the apps listed below are completely undetectable — Once installed on a phone, the spy app hides its icon and runs in the background immediately. All you have to do is install the mSpy app on the target phone the phone you are monitoring , then activate it using your license code. Once mSpy is activated, you can log in to the online portal to access information collected from the target phone such as messages texts, WhatsApp and other messaging apps , phone calls, browsing history, and GPS location.
One of my favorite features of mSpy is its no-jailbreak feature, which allows you to spy on an iPhone without jailbreaking it. Their trained technicians will help you every step of the way. Want to spy on an Android phone?
There are a number of text messages monitoring apps for Android available with various features and functions. To help you choosing the one. Hence, we will take a look at the best free Android Monitoring Apps available for Cannot monitor calls or text messages; Cannot check contact details. 10 Best.
There are no settings or options to configure. After installation, you can log into your account and start tracking. Highster Mobile works with devices running Android 2. I tested it on a Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4. Once installed and configured, it runs in the background and silently records all user activity, including call recordings, call history, GPS, texts, emails, photos, social media and instant messages Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, etc.
All the data collected can be viewed through a web-based portal or mobile app. There are two versions: Premium and Extreme.
FlexiSPY Premium offers everything you generally need from a phone spy app, but if you want more advanced features, the Extreme version might be what you need. So should you use FlexiSPY? I would only recommend using it on a jailbroken iPhone or rooted Android. Make sure you NEED all the features before you spend the money.
Hoverwatch is a spy app that tracks and records phone calls, texts, instant messages, locations and visited websites. If you are a parent who wishes to monitor the movements and communications of your child, Hoverwatch allows you to do so via a secure Web portal. I tested it on my Android phone and it worked quite well. The Hoverwatch app works on all Android devices running Android 4 and up. It also has desktop versions for Mac and PC. Mobile Spy, as the name suggests, is a mobile spying app that lets you spy on Android phones.
It has all of the usual features you might expect from a cell phone spyware, including location tracking, remote locking, and the ability to record phone activities. Other features of the Mobile Spy include:. As with most Android spy apps, Mobile Spy is easy to install and configure. You must have access to the target phone. To install spyware app on an iPhone, the device must be jailbroken. Learn how to install the spy app on Android and iPhone. Make sure that the target phone has an internet connection either cellular or Wi-Fi.
Internet access is required to download, install and activate the spy app. You can read more about how the app works here. You may need to root the target Android phone.