6 Best WhatsApp Spy Apps For Android And iPhone

When you read through this article, you can get all the necessary information about the best apps used on iPhone and Android to spy on WhatsApp conversations and not get caught.

best whatsapp spy apps

Hello, it is Frankie here – the messaging app expert and enthusiast of smartphone hacking techniques. If you want to know more about myself, I will share my bio with you.

I want to bring to your attention to day the possibilities of spying on WhatsApp using several apps.

Honestly, there are multiple methods to spy on WhatsApp messages such as software bugs, social engineering, Mac Spoofing, and more. If you want to know more, I have written a guide all about this topicbut nothing is quite as seamless and easy as spy apps.

With these applications, you can see if someone is texting, who they are messaging, read the messages and view any shared content. You can listen in on WhatsApp calls and have all of the deepest secrets of their digital life.

Let’s be clear: there are many spy apps out there. Some are great, some are not. Some are free and others require subscriptions. Some are just for iPhones, some are just for Androids.

Buying an app that does not suit your needs because you become confused is not uncommon. Luckily, you have me here to help.

I have spent more than 5 years testing nearly all of the available WhatsApp tracking apps on the market and listed the best of these according to my direct analysis.

I want to quickly tell you which apps are best for spying on WhatsApp users without wasting your money on the fake apps and scams out there.

Once I give you this information, though, we need to have a quick word before you scamper off.

30-SECOND SUMMARY: 

– It is possible to spy on someone’s WhatsApp chats without them knowing.

– Apps used for this are completely legal but should not be used with malicious intents – like to spy on your partner’s accounts.

– The best apps on my list are premium, but the cost is low:
🥇 mSpy: This is the best app on the market for spying on WhatsApp and other applications. It is easy for people to install and does not require a user to jailbreak their iPhone or root an Android device. It is a low cost for the service provided and features unmatched customer support.
🥈 FlexiSpy: This app comes in second, but the competition has been close. It has more than 150 features, including the ability to record WhatsApp calls. It is more challenging to use and more expensive than mSpy.
🥉 Hoverwatch: This is honestly one of the top apps for spying on WhatsApp chats through an Android phone. It does not require a system to be rooted. Features are more limited than with the first two apps.

Frankie-Caruso


Frankie’s Take:

Beyond spy apps, there are several other methods one could use to gain access to or spy on WhatsApp account activities. If you are interested in learning about these, see my guide on The Best Methods for Spying on Someone’s WhatsApp Account without Getting Caught.

Best WhatsApp Spy Tools and Apps for Online Tracking

NAME ANDROID IPHONE FREE TRIAL
mSpy Yes (no Root) Yes (no Jailbreak) Free Demo
eyeZy Yes (no Root) Yes (no Jailbreak) Free Demo
FlexiSPY Yes (Rooted) Yes (Jailbreak) Free Demo
Hoverwatch Yes (no Root) No Free Demo
XNSPY Yes (no Root) Yes (no Jailbreak) Free Demo
Spymaster Pro Yes (no Root) Yes (no Jailbreak) Free Demo

1. mSpy – Best WhatsApp Spying App

If I were to cheat on my wife and knew about mSpy’s existence I would be scared to death!

I’ll explain what it is right now.

mspy whatsapp traker app

mSpy is the most widely used spy app in the world.  It has been featured in global publications like Forbes and Tech Times.

It was originally conceived as a parental control app so it is 100% legal. If you’ve read other tutorials on the internet you must have already heard of it. It allows you to spy on almost everything that happens on your victim’s phone, not just WhatsApp.

In fact you’ll have access to: Facebook Messenger chats (by the way if you’re interested I’ve written a guide on this topic), Instagram, Snapchat, SMS and other social networks. You’ll be able to monitor the live location of the victim, have access to the call log (both incoming and outgoing) and much, much more. Here you will find all its features listed in detail.

Let me show you how it works and what you need to spy on WhatsApp chats with mSpy.

How mSpy works

I will try to be as straightforward as possible!

Most importantly I will share with you only TRUE INFORMATION.

Unfortunately many of my “fellow bloggers” write about mSpy without ever having tried it and they are full of crap.

If your victim’s phone is an Android device (so a Samsung or a Xiaomi to name a few) then you must necessarily have the victim’s phone at hand (just for a couple of minutes), root it and then install mSpy.

Root is neither a dirty word nor a tribal dance. In fact, it’s nothing too complicated to understand.

I’ll try to explain it to you in the simplest way possible: when a phone is launched, a number of blocks are set in its operating system. These restrictions serve to keep the phone safe. For example, you’re restricted from installing apps that don’t come from Google’s official store (Google Play) or changing certain settings, and so on.

Rooting your system means “unlocking” your phone. That is, it removes these restrictions and allows you to use it to its full capacity.

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

IMPORTANT UPDATE 2022: Recently the software introduced a new monitoring system called Screen Recorder that allows you to install the software on Android phones without rooting.

mSpy ScreenRecorder
On the other hand, if the victim has an iPhone, everything is a bit simpler. As a matter of fact, to install mSpy you have to know the iCloud access data (all iPhones have an iCloud account otherwise you can’t use them) and have access to the device for a few seconds (just enough time to verify the 2-factor authentication).

Note: mSpy for iPhone comes in two versions, one without Jailbreak (the equivalent of Root for Android) that offers limited features but still allows you to spy on WhatsApp, and one with Jailbreak that allows you to spy on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.

Okay, don’t panic!

I know you may be a little confused (especially hearing new words like Root, Jailbreak or 2-Factor Authentication), but it’s all much simpler than it sounds. Let me show you now how to install mSpy.

How to install mSpy

The installation process is very simple: 

  1. Buy the mSpy software license from the official website. By accessing from this link you will be entitled to a 25% discount – it’s an exclusive discount for my blog readers.
  2. After a few minutes you will receive an email containing the access data to the dashboard to access your victim’s mobile phone remotely and detailed instructions for the installation (video and screenshot related)..
  3. Install the software on your victim’s mobile phone.
  4. Access your Dashboard from any mobile phone, PC, Mac, etc. and monitor everything that happens on the victim’s phone.

Believe me it’s easier to do than to explain!

To assist you in every stage of the process, I have made a step-by-step guide on how to install mSpy on iPhone or Android without making any mistakes. Enjoy reading 🤓

I have some special news for you that will make you very happy.

If you cannot install mSpy or Root the system on Android, mSpy offers a paid support service – called mAssistance – where an agent will guide you step by step through the whole process via video call.

The monitored person will not know anything about what is going on. In fact, mSpy software works in “stealth” mode and the victim cannot detect it (let me explain: no logo with mSpy app will appear on the home screen of the victim’s cell phone).

Price

mSpy only offers potential customers a single subscription called Premium that can be purchased month-to-month, quarterly, or annually.

To get this package, you can expect to pay a $48.99 monthly charge. If you want to purchase every 3 months, the per month price drops to $27.99. Annual subscriptions have a per month value of $11.66.

Pros & Cons

😁 PROS
  • Compatible with any operating system (iOS and Android)
  • Fully supportive (and multilingual) assistance
  • No jailbreaking or rooting required
  • Remote application support team (mAssistance) where the team can install the app for you on an old phone
🙁 CONS
  • You need to pay a small fee
Frankie-Caruso


Frankie’s Take:

I consider mSpy the best WhatsApp spy app available. You can try the DEMO version by clicking here. So you can have a more comprehensive idea and see if it’s right for you.

2. eyeZy WhatsApp

Eyezy whatsapp monitoring app

A real gem!

EyeZy is a Parental Control application – therefore 100% legal – recently released but very performing.

I have been testing it for about two months and I must tell you that it has convinced me completely: easy to use and very user-friendly graphical interface.

It allows you to spy on WhatsApp as well as other social networks (such as Facebook, Instagram, etc..).

Let me explain better how it works.

How EyeZy works

Its operation is very similar (not to say identical) to mSpy. When something works, everyone copies it!

On iPhone you can install it both without and with Jailbreak (you should know what it is by now). The non-jailbreak version allows you to spy on SMS, iMessage and WhatsApp as well as provide the live location of the person being spied on and the call log. The jailbreak version allows you to access all popular social networks such as Messenger, Insta and Snapchat.

As for Android smartphones, you must root the system. Then you’ll have access to everything.

How to install EyeZy

Installing EyeZy is a piece of cake.

All you have to do is:

  1. purchase the license (here a 30% discount)
  2. you will receive an email containing instructions and access data to your control panel from which you can view your WhatsApp conversations
  3. install EyeZy on your victim’s mobile phone
  4. wait a few minutes for the information to load
  5. access your control panel and start monitoring

eyezy whatsapp screenshot

Should you experience any difficulties their support speaks different lenguages and they get back to you quite quickly.

Of course the app is invisible on your cell phone (no logo will appear).

Prices

EyeZy is priced at 57€ monthly, 34€ quarterly and 13€ yearly. With the discount I managed to get because I helped them during testing, you can get it with a 30% discount, so respectively: 40€, 24€ and 9€.

Pros & Cons

😁 PROS
  • Easy to install
  • Does not require Jailbreak on iPhone or Root on Android
  • 24/7 support
  • Cheap
🙁 CONS
  • No option to try it for free for a few days, just the demo
Frankie-Caruso


Frankie’s Take:

To date I consider it the real alternative to mSpy, although – to be honest – they could have copied it a little less 😂

3. Flexispy

Flexispy Whatsapp

For several years, Flexispy has been mSpy’s only fierce competition. The difference is that Flexispy comes with more features, including the ability to listen in on WhatsApp calls and environmental recording to record what people say and do in enclosed spaces.

The real drawback that has been the requirement for users to jailbreak iPhones or root Android devices to install the software.

To be honest, this requirement is a pain in the ass.

Performing this requires some degree of computer skills (not wizardry) and time to achieve the result.

How to install FlexiSpy?

Here are the steps you need to achieve to install Flexispy:

  1. Purchase a license
  2. Gain access to target phone for around 30 minutes for jailbreaking or rooting
  3. Install Flexispy
  4. Log in to your dashboard to begin spying on WhatsApp chats

Note: If you want to learn more on installing FlexiSPY on smartphones, I composed a comprehensive guide to help you. Check it out!

If you encounter issues, you do have access to free 24/7 suppose in multiple languages.

The app is very user-friendly and streamlined for the user. You have a convenient dashboard to organize and monitor all data. You do not need to worry about raising suspicions, Flexispy is completely invisible on devices.

Pricing

FlexiSpy provides three tiers of potential subscriptions for customers. The price, as you would expect, relates to the available features. To spy on WhatsApp Chats, you will need to have the Premium or Extreme plan.

Lite: This plan is charged monthly and will cost $29.95.

Premium: Per month, this will cost $68, but you can get 3 months for $99 or a full year for $149.

Extreme: Available for three months at $199 or a full year for $349.

Pros & Cons

😁 PROS
  • Nice features like ambient recording
  • More than 100 features
  • 24/7 support
🙁 CONS
  • Difficult to install
  • More expensive
  • Jailbreaking (iPhone) or rooting (Android) required

3. Hoverwatch

Hoverwatch whatsapp spy

Another hidden tracking app gaining traction with users with Androids (unfortunately no iPhone version at this time). It can track and record WhatsApp messages, photos, and videos sent or received. You can also monitor shared links and calls.

Much like other spyware already discussed, Hoverwatch can also track visited websites, track locations, monitor phone call information, and more.

The interface for the application is easy and clever. It is completely designed to be used by people that are not technologically savvy, like parents who just use this technology to keep their kids safe.

How to install Hoverwatch

The installation is quite simple, even if you have never done something like this before. You do not need to do any rooting, but you will have to have the victim’s phone with you. Let me show you quickly the steps you will have to follow:

  1. Purchase a license
  2. Access the target phone and enable the installation of apps from unknown sources (i.e. NOT from Google Play)
  3. Install Hoverwatch
  4. Sit back and monitor the activity pouring into the dashboard showing you all the action happening on the victim’s phone.

Hoverwatch whatsapp chats

Let me include a link to a video that can show you step-by-step how to install this spyware so you don’t experience any hiccups and make your life a little easier.

Pricing

Hoverwatch also breaks its service into three tiers. The difference in the levels depends on the number of devices you are spying on and not the available features like the other options listed here.

Personal: This is good for 1 device and costs $24.95/1 Month, $59.95/3 Months, or $99.95/12 Months.

Professional: Good for up to 5 devices at $49.95/1 Month, $99.95/3 Months, or $199.95/12 Months.

Business: Spy on up to 25 devices for $149.95/1 Month, $299.95/3 Months, or $499.95/12 Months.

Pros & Cons

😁 PROS
  • You do not need to root a device
  • 24/7 support
  • Easy to install
🙁 CONS
  • No version for iPhone

4. XNSPY

XNSPY Whatsapp spy app

The fourth software app that I want to introduce you to is XNSPY. It is a very powerful application that has only been on the market for a few years gaining traction.

This app allows you to spy on WhatsApp conversations, videos, photos, and the log of WhatsApp calls made/received.

Note: XNSPY does not have a “WhatsApp call tracking” feature, you just see calls that are sent/received on the phone.

Like the other spyware listed here, you can monitor other social networks with this software, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. You can also view saved photos and videos on the phone, access the call log, and implement environmental recording.

For people to spy on WhatsApp, you have to purchase XNSPY Premium (but there are good deals with a year purchase)

If you are targeting an iPhone, you do not need to jailbreak to track WhatsApp. If you target an Android, you can either root the system and monitor WhatsApp entirely or you can just spy on incoming WhatsApp chats without rooting.

How to install XNSPY on the target phone

Installing the software is not complicated, and requires very little computer skills. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Purchase the Premium Edition
  2. Access the target iPhone or Android
  3. Root the Android (for the full version)
  4. Install XNSPY
  5. Sit back with a bucket of popcorn to view all the new content and conversations you now have access to

XNSPY Screenshot Whatsapp chat

You can try out a demo version so you can see how the dashboard works.

Pricing

XNSPY provides two different plan types which varies in price in accordance with available features. To spy on WhatsApp as described in this article, you will need the Premium plan.

Basic: $19.99 for 1 month, $13.99/Month for 4 months, or $4.99/Month for one year.

Premium: $35.99 for 1 month, $9.99/Month for 4 months, or $7.49/Month for one year.

Pros & Cons

😁 PROS
  • No need to jailbreak iPhones but must root Androids for full version
  • 24/7 support
  • Easy to install
🙁 CONS
  • Updates to software can take a long time for new operating systems

5. Spymaster Pro

Spymaster pro WhatsApp tracking software

The last spy app included on this list to track and spy on WhatsApp conversations is Spymaster Pro. This is a functional (albeit more economical) version of the spy apps discussed so far. Among available functions, you can opt to spy on WhatsApp activities.

You should have Spymaster Pro installed in 10-15 minutes, even if it is the first time you have ever done something like this.

How to install Spymaster Pro

Follow these steps:

  1. Purchase a software license
  2. Access the phone you wish to target and root Android phones (you will find a link at the end of the guide about rooting Androids)
  3. Install Spymaster Pro
  4. Access the new dashboard and begin spying on the conversations from the target phone.

Spymaster pro screenshot

The software does much more than just spying on WhatsApp conversations, but allows you to track activities on Facebook, Snapchat, Tinder, and Instagram. You can listen to calls, view internet browsing history, and track live locations using GPS.

There is no trace of the program on the victim’s phone, so you are not going to get caught using it. You can get support 24/7 for free.

Pricing

Spymaster Pro has two available plans for Android users and one for iPhones.

Android Basic: $24.03 for one month, $11.05/Month for 3 months, or $5.14/Month for a full year.

Android Premium: $32.61 for one month, $13.73/Month for 3 months, or $6.86/Month for a year.

iPhone: $32.61for one month, $17.16/Month for 3 months, or $6.86/Month for a full year.

Pros & Cons

😁 PROS
  • No need to jailbreak iPhones but must root Androids for full version
  • 24/7 support
  • Really Cheap
🙁 CONS
  • Requires rooting Android devices
  • Cannot track WhatsApp calls

In Summation

I showed you what I consider to be the top 5 spyware apps for WhatsApp on the market in 2022. Let me show you again my order of preference so you know where to start.

  1. mSpy – best for stability, ease of use, compatibility, and cost. You never need to jailbreak or root phones for installation.
  2. eyeZy – Very high performing and efficient Parental Control app for both iPhone and Android. It too is paid and requires the victim’s mobile phone on hand for a few minutes.
  3. Flexispy – largest number of features but you do need to root Android devices for the full experience. You do not need to jailbreak iPhones.
  4. Hoverwatch – user friendly, Android-specific tracking that does not require rooting. Cheap and efficient option.
  5. XNSPY – complete yet expensive option, this does not require rooting or jailbreaking.
  6. Spymaster Pro – most inexpensive option that does not require iPhone jailbreaking. Rooting is required for Android installation.
Frankie-Caruso


Frankie’s Take:

Which WhatsApp spying app is best? I would say everyone should start with mSpy, this is especially true if you have not used any other spying applications in the past.

What Important Features Should You Look For?

Besides sending text and voice messages, WhatsApp allows you to share photos and media files, make phone calls, make video calls, and edit your status.

Each of these features can be individually monitored. When you choose a spy app for monitoring WhatsApp, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Apps that I have chosen for this list are good in their own ways, but you might also have reached a point where none of them have convinced you entirely. I chose to make a list of the most important features you would probably need when choosing the ideal WhatsApp spy app.

Here is what you need:

  • Monitor WhatsApp messages and WhatsApp conversations.
  • View call history and WhatsApp call logs for detailed account information.
  • Track GPS locations through the spyware.
  • View and save documents sent and received through WhatsApp conversations.
  • Spy on and monitor the exchange of photos saved to WhatsApp.
  • View and monitor the exchange of media files through chats on WhatsApp.
  • View detailed WhatsApp contact information for the targeted user.

Are There Free Spy Apps on iPhone or Android?

This is a question that I get asked a lot.

To be entirely honest, the answer is no.

You can find occasional free trails of programs for a limited time, the features are usually throttled and the experience is not full.

This is a substantial amount of work involved in creating and maintaining a functioning spy app, so who is going to put in that time and effort for free?

No one is.

Even if you are willing to root an Android phone or jailbreak an iPhone, you are not going to find a reliable tracker and spy app other than the options that I have already mentioned.

You do have other options beyond using these apps, however, such as Mac Spoofing with WhatsApp Web as I explained in the other article.

Why You Should Be Using Spying Apps

You might find that there are many reasons that could motivate you to. Many of these are justifiable and acceptable, even.

Consider management wanting to keep an eye on the behavior of employees of their company, parents wanting to protect their children from the dangers of the internet, and more.

There are other reasons that are less easy to rationalize and justify, such as tracking the behavior of your spouse to find out if they are being unfaithful. As they say – all is fair in love and war.

If this is the path you are on, one of my other articles might interest you:

No matter your reason, before you decide if you should spy, it is worth reading up on how these programs work and what happens to the target device.

Carefully study the instructions of spy apps you are considering and read the reviews of those that used the software before you.

Note: Spying is illegal in most countries across the world. You should make sure that your actions are not violating the laws for the country where you live.

Using These Apps to Spy on WhatsApp Conversations

The mobile spying apps listed are for use on nearly all types of platforms or devices. Remember though, nothing works like spy movies that you watch. You have to install this software directly on to the phone in question in a very literal way.

What this means is, you need physical access to the target phone (unless you have iCloud login credentials on an iPhone) to install the software that monitors activity. Monitor is a key term, as stealing is a universal crime in all countries.

To help, I collected some of the best strategies to get the victim to relinquish their phone to you for a few uninterrupted minutes. I put them all in a video that I suggest you take the few minutes necessary to watch.

Once you install the software using the instructions you read, it starts automatically collecting data and sending it to the secure web portal for viewing.

Any internet-enabled device or computer can access the account and this dashboard.

The individual being monitored should not suspect anything, as these apps run silently behind the scenes and present no trace of their existence.

Can You Prevent Someone Hacking Your WhatsApp Account?

There are several preventative actions one can take to avoid being the victim of someone spying on their WhatsApp account.

I would say there are three primary approaches and things necessary to avoid allowing someone to install malicious tracking software on your device.

I have included a short video to lay out these few items:

The Take Away

Friends, we have come to the end of this guide and hopefully the information you have received has helped you better understand spyware and its uses. It is always gratifying for me to read about how the information I can give helps others.

Before we go our separate ways, let me recap the topics we have discussed to be sure you didn’t start skimming and miss something important.

In the opening part of this guide, I listed the 5 best spy software programs to view and read WhatsApp conversations. Here is the preferred order:

  1. mSpy 🥇
  2. eyeZy
  3. Flexispy
  4. Hoverwatch
  5. XNSPY
  6. Spymaster Pro

Bear in mind that no free apps exist to spy on WhatsApp. The second part of the guide talked about how you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim of spyware installation and protect your WhatsApp account.

That’s everything I believe you need to know. If you have concerns, you can reach out through the comment section below for help.

Stop back and check out this blog – I have more fun ways to show you how to spy on WhatsApp accounts.

You should follow my YouTube channel for helpful video tutorials and read more tips, tricks, and hacks on my FacebookPinterest pages or Instagram.

Regards,

Frankie Caruso

PS – Worried your partner might be cheating on you using WhatsApp? You should take a look at my guide dedicated to the best ways to spy on a mobile phone without software.

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I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media and computer security. I help all those frustrated moms and dads who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world so their kids don't get in trouble.