Best Android Spy Apps

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Best Spy Apps For Android

There are many legitimate reasons for wanting to use spyware for Android. Most commonly, parents find themselves needing to monitor their child's phone, or employers need to keep tabs on employees.

With dozens of apps on the market, it can be hard to tell them apart and even more difficult to know which ones you should trust. Most are selling the same software with aggressive sales tactics and no support. In reality, there are only a handful of legit spy apps that work and have been in use long enough to be proven safe over time while still utilizing the latest technology and advanced features.

In this article, we vet and review the best spy apps for Android in 2022.

6 Best Android Phone Spy Apps

The top Android spy apps monitor text messages, social media activity, chat and messaging apps, emails, phone calls, the GPS location of the target phone, and more. The top Android spying apps on this list also have access to the phone's microphone and cameras.

These apps are intended as parental control tools, but they are also frequently used by businesses to spot dishonest employees.

1. uMobix

uMobix logo

I use uMobix to monitor my son's Android phone. Installation was easy and, as importantly, quick.

uMobix has capabilities that far exceed any other spy app currently available for Android, with the exception of the next app on this list. What makes this better is that it manages to be much more user-friendly without sacrificing features or monitoring capabilities so you're much less likely to be stuck or not know how to get it working.

More social media platforms, including Facebook, Tinder, Snapchat, WhatsApp, TikTok, Telegram, Instagram, Skype, Reddit, and Zoom, are accessible through the uMobix app than through any other Android spy software currently available.

Integrated spyware detection can alert you to other spying apps which are already installed. If you are spying on your child for their safety, this rather unusual feature can provide peace of mind as you know no one else is watching them.

Tech support is often overlooked with this type of app as everyone focuses on features but uMobix provides support by phone and live chat, which can be a lifesaver if you need to install it in a limited amount of time.

Having used it for almost a year, I have had no complaints aside from intercepted data only staying available on the dashboard for 30 days. The limit is higher on multi-month plans so I am only taking away a half star for it.

Recommended Spy App
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Pros
  • Remote camera activation
  • Can stream live video
  • Remote microphone activation
  • Real-time location tracking
  • Access to all social media apps
  • Simple installation
  • Great customer support
Cons
  • Data retention limited to 30 days

2. FlexiSpy

FlexiSpy logo

FlexiSpy is not as user-friendly as other spying software, but it is the most comprehensive Android spying app currently available. It remains hidden in stealth mode and has a long list of spy capabilities, including:

  • Call Logs
  • All Text Messages
  • Monitor Social Media Content, including Facebook
  • Browser & Search History
  • Keylogger
  • Compatible with all Android versions

FlexiSpy and uMobix are the only Android spyware apps that can take pictures or video on the target device, as well as activate the microphone to turn the target phone into a live room bug. In addition, it can record both sides of phone calls and upload them to the cloud for you to download later.

It's worth having a slightly less modern interface to have safe and reliable ways of monitoring cell phones and the surrounding area. While it doesn't offer advantages over our first choice, it is definitely the best alternative.

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Pros
  • Extremely powerful
  • Live camera streaming
  • Pre-loaded phones available
  • GPS location tracking
  • Microphone activation
  • Call recording
Cons
  • Older interface
  • Expensive
  • Requires rooting Android

3. EyeZy

eyeZy logo

EyeZy is the newest and most powerful software to spy on Android phones that doesn't require you to root the phone. Exploiting Wi-Fi syncing will provide the person's real-time GPS location, contacts, e-mail, photos, and videos although even more information is available if you can root the Android device.

As a spy app for Android phones, eyeZy offers a wide range of advanced capabilities including:

  • Keystroke Capture
  • Website Browsing History
  • Alerts for specific conversations
  • Call logs
  • Location tracking

Social media coverage is very good when monitoring Facebook, Tinder, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Skype, KiK, and Instagram messages to see what the person is doing online.

While this hidden spying application is not quite as advanced as other options, it does make up for it by being the easiest to use and having the best tech support of any spy app I have used. It is also compatible with every major Android device made since 2013, giving it the widest compatibility of any cell phone spying software.

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  • Easiest to use
  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • GPS tracking
  • Access to all social media
Cons
  • Not as powerful as uMobix

4. mSpy

mSpy logo

Although slightly older and not as powerful, mSpy has had a great reputation for several years now and it is also the best cheap spy app for Android. mSpy is hidden from the user when in stealth mode and anyone using the target device will never be aware of its presence.

It has fairly robust capabilities with these being the highlights:

  • Call Logs
  • SMS Messages
  • Monitor Social Media Content, including Facebook messenger
  • Browser History
  • Keylogger

Deleted SMS messages can be recovered and this app can also silently block calls from specific contacts on the target Android phone.

mSpy is compatible with all versions of Android and it is more appropriate for tech-savvy users.

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  • Proven track record
  • Totally hidden
  • Easy installation
  • GPS location tracking
  • Help available if you need it
Cons
  • Not as user-friendly as eyeZy

5. XNSPY

XNSPY is one of the dominant players in the parental control and spy app niche. They do advertise heavily but they also deliver a quality product, with good support to back it up.

It has highly advanced features that are only found in a handful of Android spy apps, including the ability to record both sides of phone calls and activate the microphone so you can listen to a device's surroundings and eavesdrop on conversations.

At the same time, and this is somewhat baffling to me, XNSPY lacks the ability to live stream video from the smartphone's camera or to even monitor Skype and Facebook messenger.

If XNSPY offers the features you need, it's a solid solution for monitoring Android but it is necessary to make sure it has all of the features you are likely to need before buying it.

6. Cocospy

Cocospy screenshot and logo

Cocospy is one of those heavily advertised phone monitoring apps that seems fine at first, but just doesn't quite feel right when you look at it closely. I'm only including it in this list because so many people have asked about its safety and if I would recommend Cocospy. The short answer is I'm not comfortable recommending it.

The main advantages of Cocospy are that it is dirt cheap and has a control panel that is easy to use.

As of September 10, 2022, it is $9.99 per month which is amazing for even the cheapest spy app for Android.

Unfortunately, there are also warning signs with Cocospy that make me have serious hesitations about recommending it. First, the features listed on their website do not include monitoring for popular apps like Tinder and Facebook, which is unusual for any monitoring app. Upon further investigation, the demo appears to show that it can spy on these apps, but no professional company would let this mismatch slide.

Either the demo is making false claims about Cocospy's abilities to get more sales or the list of features needs updating. Either one of these possibilities is not likely to happen with a Android spy application that actually works well.

The other aspect of Cocospy that draws suspicion is the pricing. The prices are listed on their website as $49.99 per month, 3 months for $69.99, or 12 months for $119.99 (which works out to $9.99 per month).

This indicates that they have a very high cancellation rate. If you can buy 3 months for less than the price of 2 and a year for the cost of 2.4 months then you know no one is staying past two months.

As a user, that's not good because their customers are not staying for a reason. If you're depending on this app for tracking your kids' activities, this is enough reason to be very worried.

How To Install Spyware On Android

You can put an Android spy app on someone's phone in a variety of ways. The easiest method is to simply borrow the phone to make a call, walk out of the room while you continue to talk, and download and install the spy app in privacy. Installation is automatic and initial setup usually takes less than 10 minutes as it will only require entering the username and password to connect to the dashboard before going into stealth mode where it will be undetectable.

This is the only time you will ever need to touch the target device. After installing it on the target phone, you will use your phone or computer to track the user's location and activities without them knowing.

Legality

In many places, it is legal to use Andriod spyware if the person you are monitoring has given you their consent or if you are their legal guardian. It is usually not legal to monitor a spouse you suspect of cheating, though the issue can become complicated if you own the device in question.

We strongly recommend against monitoring someone's Android phone without consulting a lawyer first. If you are not familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction, you may be taking on much more risk than you realize and the penalties can be quite severe.

When you suspect your partner is cheating, it's easy to let your jealousy and curiosity take over, but you should consult a lawyer before secretly accessing any electronic device to ensure you are aware of any potential legal consequences before engaging in potentially risky behavior.

Author Katya Seryabkina
About The Author
Katya Seryabkina
Ukrainian born, and a self-taught geek. I started hacking when I was 14 and can write code in 5 languages, but have no formal technical education. The edge of technology is what keeps me interested. I cover cell phone tracking, spy apps, cybersecurity, the dark web, and certain gadgets for The High Tech Society.