What is a spy app and how can it make your life better? These rather controversial questions are the ones we will try to answer in the current article. Please, note that we won’t be talking about spyware in its most conventional form – all those evil Trojans and worms that infest people’s computers in attempt to steal their personal data and money. We will be talking about spy apps that everyday people like you can use for a variety of purposes – from keeping an eye on their children and the things they do when mommy and daddy are not around to collecting evidence against a cheating boyfriend or girlfriend. Besides, spy applications are widely used in the business sphere as all good bosses want to be sure their employees are doing what they are supposed to and not trying to steal from the company or whatnot.

How to choose the right spy app, is it possible to get a good one for free and how to make sure the person you’re spying on remains unaware of all that attention he or she is getting from you? Real on and we’ll answer these questions along with many more!

Choosing a spy app for Android

Although there are lots of things to consider when choosing a spy app compatible with Android OS, we will start off with the simplest and most obvious one: go for one that works! Though it sounds stupid, you won’t believe how many people fall for dummy apps that don’t do anything but cost money to the one who purchased them! Unfortunately, there are lots of fraudsters online and many of them are trying to pass useless code for fully functioning spyware. What’s good is that it’s relatively easy to avoid them – just read real people’s reviews online (preferably on a few different resources and never on the app developer’s official site) and that’s it! If the majority of users claim that this program is the bee’s knees, then it most definitely is. Besides, if you have decided to go for a paid spy app and there’s a free trial offered, never miss the chance to use it – it’s always a smart decision to pay only after you have checked the program and made sure it works the way it is supposed to.

Secondly, always check the specifications of the phone or tablet you want to plant a spying app on prior to downloading that app. For example, if that mobile device is a pretty old one running on Android 2.3 and you’re trying to monitor it with an app compatible with Android 5.0+, then… Sorry to disappoint you but that’s not gonna work!

Moreover, even though many think that downloading a spying application directly from Google Play Store is the right thing to do, there are lots of cases when it’s not. See, Google is against spying per se, so all of the tracking apps you will see on Play Store can’t be hidden from the eyes of the phone owner you’re spying on. And a spy that can’t hide is no good spy, that is for sure. On the contrary, spying apps available from third-party providers are often equipped with the feature allowing them to run in the background – without any notifications, suspicious icons or anything of that kind. Thus, if you’re planning to keep tabs on an exceptionally tech savvy person, spy apps from Google Play would be a no-no.

Popular free spy apps for Android

Please, note that the information below is by no means a comprehensive list of Android spy apps. If we merely attempted to name app the tracking and monitoring applications that are there now, it would require a huge article of, like, 10 pages. Instead of doing that and wasting your time, we will provide a quick overview of a few free apps that are probably in every top chart already. People like them and the things that can be done with their help, so… It’s safe to say they are the best!

Cell Tracker: a spying app that is probably the most popular among small business owners, whose employees often have to go around town delivering stuff, running errands, meeting clients, etc. With the help of this app you can make sure your colleagues are getting from A to B in the most efficient way possible without stopping by at their places for a sweet afternoon nap.

Children Tracker: the best geo location app for all of the worried parents out there. Just download and install it on your kid’s phone and you will always be aware of their whereabouts. If your son or daughter has already entered that rebel stage and doesn’t want to be watched, just lock/hide the app in the setting and… Bingo! They won’t know what struck them when you crash that party down the street when they least expect it.

Monitor Call SMS Location: unlike the two apps described above, this one can’t be found on Google Play Store and you know why? Yes, exactly – because it does so many things that good old Google wouldn’t approve of. When planted on an Android device, this application can capture and share its location, send SMS and call logs to your phone, etc. It even records what websites are visited on the targeted device, which is something that you might want to know as well.

Free Android Spy: does pretty much everything that Monitor Call SMS Location can do but has a very serious advantage over it as it is almost impossible to detect. Also comes with a paid version with extended functionality giving you full access not only to SMS and call logs but also to messages from Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and tons of other social networks and live messengers.

Choosing a spy app for iPhone

The process of choosing a spy app that would work well on a mobile device operating on iOS is very similar to the process of choosing one for an Android-based device. However, if you decided to skip the above paragraphs and jumped straight to this one, let us go over the main points once again for you. Always, always read customer reviews prior to downloading (and even more importantly, buying) any spying software. Don’t even consider trying apps that have 0 reviews or lots of negative feedback – those are more than just likely to disappoint you. Besides, always make sure the spy app you want to try is compatible with the device you want to monitor – otherwise all the time you will spend on setting it up will be wasted in vain. Last but not least, always go for free trials whenever those are available as this can save you lots of time and money.

Just like with Android’s Google Play Store, don’t expect much for Apple’s official App Store – Apple Inc. is just as against unsolicited spying as Google is. All of the “spy” apps from App Store make sure that the person whose phone they are planted on is well aware of their presence.

What might be iPhone owners’ biggest problem when it comes to installing and operating spy apps is the fact that they can’t even install third-party mobile monitoring software that easily. iPhone, iPads and iPods all need to be jailbroken prior to use of any spy apps and jailbreaking is not that much of a simple process and you might know already.

Finally, there definitely aren’t as many free apps (and free spying apps in particular) designed for iOS as there are ones made for Android. Thus, if you’re planning to spy on someone who’s got an iPhone or an iPad, be ready to spend some money on it. But then again, it’s definitely going to be cheaper than hiring a private detective, so… It’s not all that bad! Basic spy applications are not likely to cost more than $2-5 while the most advanced ones have a price as high as $500 for a yearly subscription.

Popular spy apps for iPhone

Even though the market of iOS-based spy apps seems to be more limited than that intended for Android users, there are still enough software packages that are worthy of your precious attention. Here in this article we will list a few of them and tell you what exactly they can be used for when planted on your target’s Apple device. Please, note that we can’t stick to describing free apps only here as there are barely any decent free iPhone/iPad monitoring applications out there. Be ready to see a few paid apps here too (some of them fairly expensive, to be honest).

Spyera: a spying masterpiece, no exaggerations here. This app will snoop around your targeted person’s iPhone and give you all the information you need and perhaps even more. Location? Check. SMS, emails, social media message logs, conversations from all kinds of messengers? Check. Live recording of both phone and Skype calls? Check. Ambient listening and recording, full access to media on target device, a feature allowing to hide the app’s icon and well as Cydia’s one so that the person you’re spying on won’t even know their device has been jailbroken… Check, check, check! Quite impressing, huh? Unfortunately, the price is quite impressing too – subscriptions start from $149/3 months and go all the way up to $689/2 years here.

mSpy: another rather expensive but very powerful spying tool with different membership packages available. The basic membership includes lots of mobile monitoring functions but, unfortunately, doesn’t make message history from social network and various messenger apps available.

Not willing to spend much money on that iPhone spying app? Well, you can always download something like GPS Location Tracker ($3.99) or Phone tracker ($0.99 if you want to track more than 10 people) or even use Apple’s own Find My iPhone feature if you know the Apple ID and password of the person you’re spying on. While limited in functionality, all of these apps might still be able to help you reach your spying goals – if those are not too challenging, of course. They are impossible to hide from the eyes of the targeted device owner but… They work! Isn’t that what matters the most?

How does a texting spy app work?

While installing and operating a texting spy app is clearly no rocket science, we still decided to shed some light on how these apps work and how to ensure best possible results with them. Read on if you want to get a better understanding of mechanisms behind spy apps and their outstanding functionality.

The most important thing that you need to remember before even planning your operation involving a text spying app is the following: it’s not possible to spy on someone’s text messages without actually planting spyware on their phone, tablet or computer. You can be 100% sure that every source that states the opposite is a scam. There are numerous services that promise you full access to message logs on targeted mobile device as soon as you enter its phone number but… Those just don’t work, end of the story.

Thus, if you want to read what that someone you’re spying on is writing in their SMS, emails or social network chats, you will need to get hold of their phone for a period of time long enough for you to download a text spy app, install it and set it up so that it’s fully functioning and (preferably) unnoticeable for the owner of the phone. It’s easy to do it when you’re an employer handing out company phones to your employees or a parent upgrading your kids’ new phones a bit prior to giving it to them as a present. Planting texting spy apps on your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s or spouse’s mobile is more challenging but, as many people’s experience proves it, doable too.

Done with app installation and setup? It’s time to relax a little and get down to learning that truth finally then. Retrieved messages will come pouring in – right onto your device or into your personal account on the app’s website depending on what options are offered by that particular text spyware you decided to go for. Please, note that all texting spy applications need a steady Internet connection in order to function properly – after being retrieved, the texts are transmitted via WiFi or 3G connection, not via SMS service.

Best tracking app

Before we announce what our own favorite tracking app is, let’s try to define the concept of ‘the best tracking app’. What features does it offer? Is it free or paid? Is it a cross-platform one or does it offer a separate version of the app for each of the OS? How accurate is it and what information does it use for tracking? There are so many things to consider and we will do our best to take them all into account.

Also, a little disclaimer straight from the start. Our perception of a ‘tracking app’ is a little different from our perception of a ‘spy app’. Here in this part of our article we will only be talking about location tracking apps and not about multifunctional spyware that gives you access to message and call logs on the targeted phone, the media on the hard drive, etc.

So, a great tracking app should be capable of something larger than just showing the location of the targeted device at a given point of time. A great tracking app should follow the routes of the device it is installed on at all times and also log them. The more information it stores, the better, as you will always be able to present the evidence to the one being tracked.

A great tracking app keeps the information it gathers not only on your computer’s or mobile phone’s hard drive but online as well. What if your PC or smartphone breaks down? All that carefully collected information will disappear together with it? Not good.

Moreover, when it comes to geo location services, accuracy is definitely the key. Most tracking apps can only show approximate location of the targeted device – like, within 50 meters of its actual location. While that should be enough for you to understand whether your kid is at school or at home, figuring out whether your BF is shopping for groceries or making it rain in that strip club located next door to the supermarket may be more of a challenge.

So, the best tracking app as we see it is capable of logging the data it gathers, is accurate, backs up the information it sends to you in the cloud, uses both GPS and Wi-Fi hotspot data and is free of charge or at least moderately priced… Does the app you’re looking at right now fit the description? Almost? Well, then it’s definitely good enough.

“Cheating apps”

Okay, most sources writing about spy apps (including this article, actually) claim that tracking and monitoring software is widely used by parents trying to keep a tab on their children, by employers tracking their workforce, etc. But let’s be honest – most of the people searching the Internet for spy apps and considering using them are guys and girls suspecting their partners of cheating. And there’s nothing bad about it – we seek trust and confidence in our relationships and there have always been and will always be times we’re not 100% sure we’re getting what we seek for.

Spy apps can help you improve your relationship by taking your worries away or, on the contrary, save you time you could have spent next to an unfaithful person. It’s important to remember, however, that using one of these apps is a solid sign of distrust in itself, so… If you have made up your mind to use a spy app, at least make sure your partner has no idea about it. How? Well, most of real ‘cheating apps’ (not the ones you get from Google Play or App Store) can disguise themselves perfectly. They don’t have icons in the main menu (or anywhere else, in fact), they run in the background without any notifications whatsoever, etc.

The most important functionality that an app used for catching unfaithful partners can offer is message spying, of course. If your boyfriend or girlfriend is seeing someone else, you can be 100% sure they will drop each other an occasional text every now and then. And even if there’s not much texting going on between them, don’t lose hope – just go for a spy app that offers live call recording or can save and store call logs, at least.

Another basic feature of a good ‘cheating app’ is location tracking. Did your wife really go to the mall like she had said or is she spending her time somewhere else? Did your husband go to the bar for a round of drinks with his colleagues after work like he claims? A good spying application can answer these questions in no time at all.

If you suspect your significant other of cheating, take the time to choose the spying app as seriously as you only can – like your future depends on it. Oh well, that’s exactly the way it is.