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mSpy: Best Cell Phone Tracker in 2023

Thanks to this guide you will learn everything you need to know about mSpy, the most popular and used Parental Control app in the world for iPhone and Android smartphones.

how to set mspy on the target phone

Hi! It’s always me, Francesco – IT security and social media expert, and since a few months also mSpy official partner.

Thanks to the huge success (and I’m super proud of it) of my guides about how to spy on a mobile phone, how to read Instagram and WhatsApp chats, I decided to write this article to give you a more in-depth look at mSpy: the most used spy app (which is actually a Parental Control app) in the world.

A lot of people have asked me about it and I couldn’t refuse to discuss about this subject 😎

If you read my blog you will have surely noticed that I have stated many times that mSpy is the best solution to spy on a mobile phone, to read WhatsApp and Messenger chats and to track a mobile phone’s location in real time.

However, I noticed from the questions I get asked – both in the comments section and privately via email – that users’ needs are different and are not always answered in individual articles.

In this tutorial I’ll try to clear all your doubts about its use and answer the most common questions about this software.

Ultimately you’ll be able to understand if mSpy is right for you and if you have everything you need to be able to download and install it on your victim’s mobile phone.

Mind you, this guide is quite long because I’ll break down every aspect of it in detail. So get comfortable and take all the time you need.

Alright, enough with the small talk and let’s begin!

Legal Advisor: please remember that spying on a mobile phone in US, UK, Canada and other countries is a criminal offense. So use mSpy responsibly (i.e.: you can use it to monitor your child’s mobile phone but not to spy on your partner’s smartphone and find out whether or not they are cheating on you).

What is mSpy?

Let’s begin with the basics.

mSpy is a 100% legal Parental Control software that works on both iPhone and Android and is invisible on victims’ phones.

what is mSpy

If this is the first time you’ve heard the word “Parental Control” I’ll tell you what it is.

These are software that are designed to help parents protect their children from the dangers of the internet and technology.

As a matter of fact, these softwares allow you to remotely monitor your kids phones and access their social network chats or text messages in order to know if they talk to strangers or are victims of cyberbullying, to know where they are at any given moment thanks to the tracking feature and much more.

I don’t want to hide behind an excuse, and above all I want to be honest.

In many cases they are used by wives or husbands to spy on their partners.

In short, mSpy allows you to monitor:

  • conversations on the main social networks (WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram DM etc.)
  • your victim’s live GPS locations and to have a map with all his movements (geofencing).
  • incoming and outgoing call log
  • what apps are installed on your victim’s phone
  • phone activity
  • and much more

Is everything clearer to you now?

dashboard mspy

mSpy Premium Features

Live GPS tracking

This mSpy feature provides real-time information regarding your victim’s mobile phone’s whereabouts.

Yet, there is more.

In fact, mSpy records all the locations where “the victim” has been over a 24-hour period. This way you can get a complete picture of their daily movements.

Email Monitoring

mSpy tracks all emails sent and received regardless of the providers (GMail, Outlook, Apple Mail etc.) used.

Complete Call Log

mSpy keeps a complete record of every phone call made and received. Recorded information includes contact names, phone numbers, duration of calls, times and dates of calls.

SMS, MMS and iMessage tracking

mSpy tracks all text messages sent and received.

Also, it shows you any attachments such as photos, videos or files shared with the other party.

You know what’s really cool, though?

That you can track deleted messages too!

Video and Photos

mSpy gives you access to your victim’s smartphone gallery, showing you photos and videos.


This is one of my favorite features of mSpy.

Thanks to the Keylogger, basically every word typed on their mobile phone will be saved. This way you can find out passwords or personal information about your victim.

Contacts and Calendar

mSpy gives you access to your victim’s phone’s calendar and contact list.

Social Network Monitoring

This is definitely the most useful feature of all.

Thanks to mSpy you can access WhatsApp, Viber, Google Hangouts, Skype, Snapchat, LINE, Tinder, Telegram, Facebook Messenger and iMessage chats.

On top of that you will also be able to access photos, videos, and files sent and received.

In short, social will have no more secrets.

Keyword Alerts

This is a very convenient feature for parents who monitor their underage children’s phones.

In fact, you can set certain keywords that when typed into the phone will trigger a function that sends an alert to your phone.

Let me explain.

If you are afraid that your child will see violent content, you can remotely (directly from your control panel) set an alert on words such as: “violent videos” or “video fights.”

The very moment your child types one of these words an alert will be sent to your mobile phone.

Apps and Websites Block

You can also block certain websites or apps that you deem dangerous for your child.


As stressed several times, mSpy is absolutely invisible on your victim’s mobile phone.

Moreover, its use does not affect battery drain. This makes it so that even the most experienced victims will have a hard time finding it.

Internet Tracking

mSpy logs every Internet activity occurring on the target device, including search history, bookmarks, and Web history.


This feature reminds me of James Bond movies.

Basically you define some areas on Google Maps. If your phone leaves that area (or enters) you will receive an alert on your phone.

Now, let me show you how mSpy works.

How does mSpy work?

I will try to be as straightforward as possible and, above all, I will share with you ONLY REAL INFORMATION.

Unfortunately, on the internet there is a lot of nonsense about how mSpy works (many of my “fellow bloggers” write about mSpy with the sole purpose of selling it and omit details or share false facts).

mSpy works this way: once installed on victim’s cell phone (later I’ll explain how to do it) it collects data and shares them inside a Dashboard (control panel) that you can access from your mobile or pc from anywhere in the world.


Now focus for a moment because what I’m about to tell you is very important.

mSpy for Android

If your victim’s phone system is an Android (so a Samsung or Xiamoi to name a few) then you necessarily need to have your victim’s phone at hand (even for a few minutes) and then install mSpy.

mSpy on Android also works without rooting the operating system.

Root is neither a burping contest nor a propitiatory dance (come on, I’m just kidding 🤣).

It’s actually nothing too hard to understand.

I’ll try to explain it to you in the simplest way possible.

When a phone is released on the market, some restrictions are set in its operating system. These restrictions are designed to keep the phone secure. For example, you’re prevented from installing apps that don’t come from Google’s official store (Google Play) or changing some settings, and so on.

Rooting your system means “unlocking” your phone. In other words, it removes these restrictions and allows you to use it to its full potential.

Doing it takes a few minutes (depending on how good you are at hacking with your phone).

mSpy for iPhone

On the other hand, if your victim’s mobile phone is an iPhone, everything is a bit simpler. In fact to install mSpy you need to know their iCloud access details (all iPhones have an iCloud account otherwise you can’t use them) and have access to the device for a handful of seconds (just enough time to verify 2-factor authentication).

mSpy for iPhone is available in two different versions, one without Jailbreak (the equivalent of Root for Android) which has limited functions but still gives you the ability to spy on WhatsApp, and one with Jailbreak that instead allows you to spy on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.

Very important: mSpy works no matter what carrier you have and where your device is located, and it is compatible with any carrier. However, it requires your victim’s phone to be connected to the internet via data network or wifi for it to work.

How to install mSpy

Now let me show you how to install mSpy on your victim’s mobile phone (Android or iPhone).

You don’t need to be a smartphone prodigy or a geek, just follow these steps thoroughly.

Step #1

Purchase mSpy software license from its official website. By accessing from this link you will receive a 30% discountit is an exclusive discount for my readers.

Create an account on mSpy

Step #2

After a couple of minutes you will get an email containing the dashboard access details (which you will then need to remotely access your victim’s mobile phone)

Mail mSpy

With this data you will access the dashboard where you will begin the installation process.

Step #3

Install the software on your victim’s mobile phone following the different steps (I won’t list them here because they are very self-explanatory). Should you have a problem, you can reach out to the mSpy team for free assistance, you can contact me, or you can refer to mSpy’s official guides (with screenshots and videos).

Step #4

Access your Dashboard from any mobile phone, PC, Mac, etc. and monitor everything that happens on your victim’s phone.

Dashboard mSpy

I have a super news for you that will make you very happy.

Should you fail to install mSpy or Root the system on Android, despite all the information available, mSpy offers a paid support service – called mAssistance – where an operator will guide you step by step through the whole process by video call.

The person you’ll be monitoring won’t know anything about what’s going on. In fact, mSpy software works in “stealth” mode and the victim is not able to detect it (let me explain: no logo with the mSpy app will appear in the victim’s mobile phone homescreen).

mSpy remote installation (is it really possible?)

I decided to add this chapter at a later time.

As a result of all the BS around the net regarding mSpy, a lot of people got confused and contacted me asking if it was possible to install mSpy remotely.

Do you want to know the blunt truth?

You can install mSpy remotely, but you must have your victim’s mobile phone at hand – just a few seconds are enough.

I know it sounds like nonsense, but that’s the way it is.

Let me give you an example.

Let’s say you want to install mSpy on an iPhone without doing the Jailbreak.

You will be able to install mSpy remotely using your victim’s iCloud login details, but you will still need to access the victim’s iPhone to confirm two-factor verification.

Note: Two-factor verification is a security feature that iPhones have that prevents certain software or apps from accessing the device without your permission.

Ultimately: you can start the mSpy installation process remotely but you will need to have your victim’s phone physically close by to complete it successfully.

TOP TIPS 💣 for getting your victim’s phone

As mentioned, now you need to have access to your victim’s mobile phone in order to complete the mSpy installation.

This is not always easy, you need to be clever and not arouse suspicion in the victim.

To assist you, I have put together the best techniques for having the victim’s cell phone in your hand for a few minutes.

Pretend you are having problems with your internet connection: Baby, I have a problem with my internet connection, can I log in from your smartphone to check something in the email? It won’t take but a second!

Pretend you can’t find your mobile phone (put it silent and hide it): Sweetie I can’t find my mobile phone can I call it with yours?

Fake a phone call: Have a trusted friend/friend call you on your victim’s mobile phone and walk away talking. Use earphones so you can hold the phone in your hand and use it without arousing suspicion.

Gift with trick: The best method, however, is still to buy a smartphone (iPhone or Android), install mSpy and give it to your victim as a gift. This way you can carry out all installation tasks calmly and will not arouse any suspicion – particularly for parents who want to monitor their children, this is by far the best method!

Here are some techniques I have collected in this video (which I suggest you to see):

How much is mSpy

Unlike many other Parental Control apps, mSpy’s price doesn’t vary depending on the features but changes according to the type of subscription you choose: be it monthly, quarterly or yearly.

I think it’s a great idea!

For just one month, it costs $48.99 (just less than 45 euros). If you are interested in purchasing the quarterly plan, the monthly price drops to $27.99 (just under 25 euros). The annual subscription costs $11.66 per month (about €9).

If you want to monitor more than one mobile phone at the same time, you’ll have to purchase two separate subscriptions, or request the Family Kit with which you can save up to 20% on 3 licenses (if you have more children to monitor, I recommend it!).

Is it possible to get mSpy for free?

I know you will be disappointed but, unfortunately, mSpy does not come in a free version.

The reason is simple: making a software like this is very expensive (developers, licensing, servers, etc.)… if you were the owner would you distribute it for free?

I don’t think so 😁

There’s one thing I would like to warn you – stay away from mSpy’s cracked versions.

There are some cracked versions of mSpy circulating on the Internet but in reality they are just viruses or outdated versions of the software that no longer work.

I warned you!

If you have doubts whether or not to buy mSpy you can try the software for free in its Demo version.

Final Thoughts | Is mSpy Worth it in 2023?

mSpy has proven itself to be one of the premier spy apps on the market in 2023. After thorough testing and analysis, it is clear that mSpy lives up to its reputation and provides a robust set of monitoring and tracking features that work reliably.

The comprehensive list of capabilities covers all the key areas a user would want to keep tabs on, including calls, texts, locations, apps, websites and more.

One of the standout aspects of mSpy is that its sophisticated features actually work as advertised, which is not always a given with spy apps. The location tracking and geofencing features provide detailed insights into movement and whereabouts.

Call and messaging monitoring captures complete histories across a wide range of communication platforms. Keylogger and screen capture functionality lets you see exactly what the target device user sees and does.

Few apps on the market can match the depth of surveillance mSpy enables.

On top of its impressive capabilities, mSpy offers an intuitive and user-friendly control panel that makes it simple to access information and manage monitoring features. Settings and alerts can be tweaked to provide updates on only the most important events rather than constant notifications.

The ability to set keyword triggers and geofences further improves the relevance of alerts.

The one downside of mSpy is its lack of a free trial, but it does provide a thorough demo to give prospective users a clear sense of its capabilities before subscribing. Try the software for free in its Demo version

Overall, the reliable performance, vast feature set and ease of use make mSpy a top choice for spy app users in 2023 and beyond. Its price is justified by its unique combination of robust capabilities and usable design.

FAQ about mSpy

Can I get caught?

The person tracked will not know anything about what is happening, as mSpy software works in stealth mode and the victim is unable to detect it.

Let me explain:

  • there will be no logo appearing with the mSpy app in the homescreen of your victim’s mobile phone
  • apps that detect battery consumption are not able to detect mSpy
How can I uninstall mSpy?

Uninstalling mSpy is extremely easy.

You can do it remotely – and without accessing your victim’s mobile phone – from your dashboard. You can follow these steps: Log in to your dashboard > Menu (icon with three dots in the upper right corner) > Device Manager > Unlink Device.

mSpy Refund Policy

If the service does not work or you are not happy with mSpy, you can request a refund of the full price of this product. All you need to do is contact customer support through chat and explain your reasons.

The refund is immediate, however it takes 3 to 4 business days for the money to be credited to your credit or prepaid card.

Why do many people speak ill of mSpy?

The answer is simple. A lot of people buy mSpy without reading how it works and without getting informed first.

Then, feeling ripped off, they say it’s the software’s fault that it doesn’t work or that it’s a scam.

I will stand up and bet my online reputation on it: mSpy works 100% (also because it would not be the most widely used in the world).

How do I know that mSpy is not a scam? Is it trustworthy?

I have worked hard to be a voice you can trust, and I am telling you this is a legitimate program launched in 2010.

It has had millions of satisfied users.

I even will attach some links here below from reputable technological voices in the world about the credibility and functionality of this program. You can find write-ups from Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, and The Next Web (TNW).


Alright, we reached the end of this guide. I hope I have helped you better understand how mSpy works and how to install it.

Before we say goodbye, I’ll give you a quick recap just to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

mSpy is a legal software for monitoring mobile phones. It works in stealth mode and thus is absolutely invisible (even to apps that track battery consumption).

You can install mSpy tracking app on Android only by having your victim’s mobile phone handy.

You can install mSpy on iPhone in two ways: the first remotely by knowing the iCloud login details (but in this case you will have limited functions); the second by having your victim’s phone physically in hand and first performing the Jailbreak (in this case you will have access to all mSpy functions).

To install mSpy on both iPhone and Android first you have to purchase the software here with the 30% discount), then receive the email with the login details to the dashboard, choose the operating system of your victim’s mobile phone and follow the directions.

A hug,

Frankie Caruso

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I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media, instant messaging apps and computer security. I help all those frustrated people who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world.