How to Secretly Monitor your Child’s Phone and See Text Messages Right Now

By the time you read this article, you will have all the information you need to monitor your child’s phone to read messages, view web browsing history and more (even if you are not tech-savvy).

How to Monitor Child's Phone

Hello friends! It’s Frankie here to give you yet another useful hack to increase the safety of your children.

If you are a parent who worries about what your child might be doing or their safety behind the cellphone screen, you have come to the right place.


In this guide I will tell you about the easiest and best ways to track your child’s phone whether it is an iPhone or Android. This will ensure proper use of the internet and staying out of trouble.

While the internet can be used for so many positives, it is also now a tool for criminal behaviors such as violations, abductions and cyber bullying. To make matters worse, it is simpler than ever to gain access to inappropriate content.

Here I will list the best parental control apps to track internet activity and see their messages (and who these messages are sent to/from).

Here you can see exactly what your kid is doing like you are standing over their shoulder and watching.

Sound crazy?

I know that spying on your kids might have negative connotations, but it is often the right choice to make for them. And just between you and me, they will never know you installed a spy app on their phone.

This is our secret.

Now, let’s find out more about the best spy programs you can use.

Best apps for Parents to Monitor Their Kids in 2021

I’ve compiled a ranking of the best parental control software that can monitor everything on your child’s mobile phone.

I try to keep the chart up to date by trying and testing each software personally. However, there are plenty of apps out there to monitor your children’s smartphones and I might miss some of them. So, if you have had positive experiences with some software and want to share them you can tell me their name and your experience by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

1. mSpy

mSpy whatsapp screenshot


  • Works on both Android and iPhone.
  • Extremely easy to use
  • No Jailbreak for iPhone (only for some features) – System Root for Android
  • Leaves no trace on your child’s phone.

A top spot goes to mSpy. I have already mentioned it several times – always in a positive way – in my blog.

mSpy is the most widely used parental control application in the world and offers all the features you need to monitor your child’s mobile phone.

The program is available in two versions, Basic and Premium. Also, if you need to monitor more than one mobile phone, you can purchase the Mobile Family Kit license, which comes with 3 Premium licenses.

Let me show you the differences between these two versions.

The Basic version is non-invasive and provides you with control over the main activities on your child’s phone such as location (real time), call log, internet browsing history, access to photos and videos.

The Premium license is more invasive. It allows you to access the main social networks and read the chats of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Telegram and much more.

All these features work on any device (iOS or Android). However, I have to tell you something: for Android phones the system root is required, but you don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone (it’s only necessary to access some functions such as Messenger and Instagram chats).

The root for Android and the Jailbreak for iPhone are procedures that allow you to “unlock” some hidden functions of your mobile phone. Simply put, they remove some software blocks that prevent most spyware and parental control programs from accessing your phone’s data.

If you want to find out all the differences between the Basic and Premium license I suggest you to check mSpy’s website.


Frankie’s Take:

In short, mSpy is a complete software offering a lot of features. In my opinion it is the best on the market. If you want to know how to set it up you can consult my free guide on how to install mSpy in less than 3 minutes. If you are not familiar with the mSpy mobile phone, mSpy will assist you during installation through an exclusive service called mAssistance.

2. Flexispy

flexispy software


  • Works on both iPhone and Android
  • Little complicated to us
  • Jailbreak per iPhone – Root per Android
  • You will need physical access to the device

Flexispy is one of the best programs on the market and is very similar in many ways to mSpy. All in all there are more than 150 unique features including listening and recording actual phone calls placed on the device.

Currently, there is no other software out there that can do this. This programs also provides all passwords entered on your child’s mobile device.

So what’s the catch?

The only flaw that I can tell is that it can be a little complicated to use. You do not need to be a computer engineer to use it, but should know your way around a computer.

While many of the features mimic mSpy, you can get a few unique features such as: Call recording, Real-time listening to calls, Environmental registration (records what is happening around the phone) end View data from your phone without logging onto the website

While there are plenty of awesome features here, this program will not work on an iPhone unless it has been jailbroken.

If you do not know what that even means, mSpy is the answer for you.


Frankie’s Take:

This is the complete solution for full monitoring of your child’s phone, but requires some knowledge of technology to accomplish. You should have a basic mobile device knowledge before attempting to install the software.

3. Family Time

Familytime app Parental Control


  • Works on both iPhone and Android
  • Easy enough to use
  • No jailbreak for iPhone – No root for Android devices
  • The app is displayed on your child’s phone

Family Time is an app that gives you access to almost all of your children’s phone data.

Although it may not seem easy to understand at first glance (the graphical interface is not the best), it is a very easy to use and complete app.

Some of the features that I found very cool are setting tasks (homework and bedtime or simply limiting the time your kids spend on their phones).

In addition to these (which are almost exclusive to this app) you can add options for geofencing – which allows you to receive alerts when your phone enters or leaves a specific area – or block apps, sites and videos that don’t seem appropriate, as well as monitor calls, contacts and text messages.

Of course, it’s available for both iPhone and Android.


Frankie’s Take:

Family Time is a reliable and accurate app, but I would only recommend it if your children are very young (first time using their mobile phone) and don’t use apps like WhatsApp, Messenger or Instagram. In fact – unlike mSpy and Flexispy – Family Time is not able to access and track chats on this type of app.

4. Mobicip



  • Works on both iPhone and Android
  • Easy to use
  • No jailbreak for iPhone – No root for Android devices
  • The app is displayed on your child’s phone

Mobicip is an app very similar to Family Time. It enables you to instantly block your child’s device or decide to block only certain apps (such as social networks) or streaming websites (a great move to limit distractions during homework).

Unfortunately, just like Family Time, Mobicip cannot access WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram conversations.

However, I found the graphical interface of this clean and modern app to be very easy to navigate. It helps you customize your settings and monitor your kids’ activities by centralizing everything in one central control. It’s also easy to set daily and weekly time limits for each device.

From your dashboard, Mobicip lets you check your child’s browsing history up to 4 weeks earlier. Plus, with customizable content blocking, you can prevent them from accessing any app or website you care about.

Another thing I appreciate about Mobicip is its transparency and commitment to data privacy. No one except you should ever be able to view your children’s activity and it has to be said that Mobicip takes privacy very seriously.

This parental control app is only available in premium version, but you can test it with a free 7-day trial, no matter which subscription you select.


Frankie’s Take:

I recommend this app if you have more young children to monitor.

Disclaimer: No matter which you choose, I should warn you that choosing these routes is illegal via the premise that you are spying on another individual when they have not given consent. You could face legal consequences or even jail time. Be careful. Be advised by this claim.

Why Do I Need Spy Software?

Apps to Monitor Kids' Phones

With the growth of the internet and social media, monitoring has become a round-the-clock task for diligent parents. Often kids choose to speak about their problems or speak out in general in these forums rather than to their parents.

There are risks surrounding the use of the internet in regards to our children. Despite the positives of its presence, real dangers persist.

Monitoring your child can help you to protect them from the dangers that exist in the world such as:


This is sexual abuse involving a minor. Usually the rapist belongs to a circle of family or friends and it can be difficult to get any proof of suspicions. It could be someone that you and your child speak to every day. According to research, the internet continues to be the sole provider and means for this kind of monstrous behavior.

Child molesters are very good at luring children in, so much so that they might not even see a threat exists. Allow yourself to sleep better at night with an eye on the kind of things they are talking about in chats and texts.


The chances that one of your children is bullied at school is higher than ever these days. Most of the time the child chooses not to tell you about it out of humiliation. Not being able to get away from this destructive situation has led to a rising number of suicides. Cyber-bullying is also running rampant through messaging apps.

Monitoring allows you to see what’s happening to keep these negative things from continually affecting your child.

Older Boyfriends

To a child, true love is just that: true love. With age comes experimentation, and nothing should be more concerning to a parent than their daughter dating an older guy. He could potentially be demanding something that your daughter is not ready to give or experience.

Of course, you cannot expect your daughter to give you any details ever. The only way to keep her safe and protect her is through monitoring messages sent and received.


You may teach your child to be wary of strangers, but sometimes that simply is not enough to protect them. Modern kidnappers are creative and know how to lure children who have little experience in life. This goes well beyond the cliché candy outside of school.

Monitor the location of your child with these applications.

Drugs, Alcohol and Addictions

Drugs are more widespread among the youth now and can cause substantial problems for them. Many of the deaths of those aged 14-24 (under any circumstances) related to drug or alcohol use. Using these substances can lead to violent offenses or even sexual abuse.

If your child has a problem, they are more likely to talk with a friend about it than to you. Be in the know.


I hope the information provided in this guide has been valuable to you. I am very happy to help others. Before we say goodbye, I will make a quick recap about what we’ve covered in this guide – just to make sure you haven’t missed out on any important information.

There are dozens of apps that say they monitor and protect kids, but there are few that give you real peace of mind that your child is safe. In this guide, I’ve shown you the 4 best apps you can find on the net:

The first one is mSpy (the best in my opinion). It allows you to keep track of everything your child does with their mobile phone: messages they send and receive on WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, etc., call logs, internet history, location, and much more. – you can find all the features on this page. It’s easy to install and costs less than $50 a month.

The second one is Flexispy. This is an excellent app that gives you full access to your child’s phone. Unlike mSpy, it can record calls, but at the same time it is not an easy to use application and to be installed requires the Jailbreak of the iPhone or the rooting of the Android. Also, its cost (to have all the features) is much higher than average.

The third is Family Time. An application that allows you to block certain functions on your child’s phone and set timers to avoid distractions while studying.

Lastly, the fourth app is Mobicip. A software very similar to Family Time that allows you to set timers on your child’s phone or to fight over access to sites or apps during the day.

If you want to monitor only a few apps on your child’s mobile phone I suggest you read my guides on how to spy on a Facebook (and Messenger) account, how to read the conversations of a WhatsApp account and how to spy on an Instagram profile.

As you know, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are the social apps most used by kids and therefore those that require more monitoring.

As I’ve already told you. I spend a lot of my days testing apps and spying and tracking software trying to keep my guide up to date. That’s why I recommend you come back and check my blog and see if there are any updates.

That’s really everything now. If you have doubts or questions just leave a comment on this post. I will be happy to help you.

A hug,

PS – If your child has an iPhone I recommend you to check out my guide on how to set up Parental Control and keep your child safe. Thanks to this guide I’ve already helped a lot of families!

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Frankie Caruso
About Frankie Caruso

Hello! I am Frankie Caruso and I love to fiddle with all of the popular messaging applications with the hacking techniques that I love. I want to find out how to breach the defenses of these apps and exploit weaknesses.