6 Best iPhone Spy Apps

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Best Spy Apps For iPhone

iPhone spy apps are used by parents to track their kids and by employers to monitor employees. These apps are designed as parental control applications, but are also commonly used by employers and even to catch a cheating spouse, though this use is legally tenuous.

Whatever your needs may be, our 2022 buyer's guide to the best spy apps for iPhone will help you choose the right one for your spying needs.

6 Best Spy Apps For iPhone

The best phone spying apps for iPhone can monitor text messages, social media activity, chat and messaging, emails, phone calls, the target phone's GPS location, and more. The top spy apps in this list can also activate the phone's camera and microphone.

1. uMobix

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uMobix is the best undetectable spy app for iPhone and what I use to spy on my son's phone. The installation was easy and, more importantly, fast.

The uMobix app has capabilities that far exceed any other spy app currently available, with specialized abilities like remotely activating the cameras and switching the microphone on at will. These features are claimed by about 8 other spy apps, but I have only ever seen it work dependably on uMobix and the next choice on this list. What separates the two is that this application manages to be much more user-friendly without sacrificing monitoring capabilities.

In addition to the expected location tracking and surveillance abilities you would expect, it also provides access to more social media than any other spy app on the market, including Facebook, Tinder, WhatsApp, Telegram, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, TikTok, Reddit, and Zoom.

Interestingly, this app also has spyware detection features to alert you to other spying applications which are already installed. If you are monitoring your child for their safety, it is good to know no one else is watching them.

Tech support is available by phone, which can be a lifesaver if you are trying to install the app in secret and have limited time to get it done.

The only thing I dislike with the app is that intercepted data only stays available on the dashboard for 30 days. But, the limit is higher on multi-month plans so I am only taking away a half star for it.

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Pros
  • Streams live video
  • Remote microphone activation
  • Real-time GPS location tracker
  • Access all social media apps
  • Simple installation
  • Great customer support
Cons
  • Data retention limited to 30 days on the basic plan

2. FlexiSpy

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FlexiSpy uses the most comprehensive security technology currently available, though it is not as user-friendly as other hidden spy apps for iPhone. It remains totally undetectable in stealth mode and offers a long list of spy capabilities:

  • Call Logs
  • All Text Messages
  • Monitor Social Media Content
  • Browser & Search History
  • Keylogger
  • Compatible with all versions of iPhone

It does require you to jailbreak the mobile device before installing, but this is a requirement of most spy apps that provide advanced features so it should be expected.

FlexiSpy and uMobix are the only tools able to take pictures or video, as well as activate the microphone to turn the target iPhone into a listening device. In addition, it can record live phone calls and upload them to the cloud for you to download later.

That last sentence may be worth reading again. It's worth having a slightly less modern interface to have safe and reliable ways of monitoring another iPhone and the surrounding area.

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  • Extremely powerful
  • Live camera streaming
  • Pre-loaded phones available
  • GPS tracker
  • Microphone activation
  • Call recording
Cons
  • Older interface
  • Expensive

3. EyeZy

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EyeZy is a new and powerful spyware app for iPhone that doesn't require you to jailbreak or root the target device. Using EyeZy to exploit iCloud syncing will provide the person's real-time GPS location, contacts, e-mail, photos, and videos.

If you can access the target iPhone for 10-15 minutes and install the application on the phone, eyeZy is capable of a much wider range of advanced capabilities including:

  • Keystroke capture
  • Website browsing history
  • Alerts for specific conversations
  • Call logs
  • Screen recording
  • Great tech support

The app has good coverage of Facebook, Tinder, Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp, KiK, and Instagram text messages as well as geofencing capabilities to alert you when your child goes outside of an acceptable area to a location where they may not be safe.

While this iOS spyware app 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. The app is also compatible with every iPhone made since 2013, giving it the widest compatibility of any spying app for iPhone.

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  • Easiest to use
  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • GPS tracking
  • Access to all social media
Cons
  • Not as powerful as other premium apps for spying
  • No live screen recording

4. mSpy

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mSpy has been around for quite a few years now and it has a generally great reputation with a long list of spy capabilities including:

  • Call Logs
  • All SMS Messages
  • Monitor Social Media Content
  • Browser History
  • Keylogger
  • Location tracking
  • Recovery of deleted SMS messages

Although dependable and capable, mSpy has fallen on our list over the years because it hasn't kept up with cutting-edge features found on other iPhone spy software.

While still excellent, mSpy is no longer the most powerful or most user-friendly option available. If it provides the features you need, it is a very dependable app with great tech support.

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  • Proven track record
  • Totally hidden
  • Easy installation
  • GPS tracking
  • Great tech support if you need it
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  • Not as user-friendly or as powerful as other monitoring apps

5. XNSPY

XNSPY is a dominant player in the parental control and cell phone spyware niche. They do advertise heavily but also deliver a dependable and quality product, with good tech support to back it up.

The app has highly advanced features that are rarely found in spyware for iPhone, including the ability to activate the microphone and record both sides of phone calls so you can listen to the mobile device's surroundings and eavesdrop on conversations.

At the same time, XNSPY cannot to live stream video from the smartphone's camera or even monitor Skype and Facebook messenger. How it can succeed in having some highly advanced features but then fail at delivering more simple ones is somewhat puzzling.

It's a solid solution for monitoring iPhones but it is absolutely necessary to make sure it offers all of the features you are likely to need before buying it.

6. Cocospy

Cocospy screenshot and logo

Cocospy is one of those spy apps for iPhone that is advertised heavily and seems to be fine at first glance, but doesn't quite seem right when you look at the details. I'm only including it on this list because so many people have asked if Cocospy is safe.

The main selling points of the Cocospy software are that it is very cheap and has a control panel that is easy to use.

The features listed on the website do not mention the ability to monitor Tinder and Facebook, but the demo seems to have that ability.

Either the demo is over-stating Cocospy's capabilities or the list of features is outdated. Either one of these is not possible if the company takes its product seriously. Unfortunately, this is one of several warning signs that can not be ignored.

They have the prices listed on their website as $49.99 per month, 3 months for $69.99, or 12 months for $119.99 (which is $9.99 per month) which is almost unbelievable for any app to spy on another iPhone.

This indicates that no one keeps using this app and they have a huge cancellation rate. If they are offering a year for the cost of 2.4 months then you know no one is staying past the second month.

As a user, that's not good. If you're depending on this app for surveillance, that's a reason to be very concerned.

Legality

In many places, it is legal to use a spy app on iPhone if you have the consent of the person being monitored or you are their legal guardian. It is usually not legal to monitor your spouse, though the issue can become complicated if you own the device in question.

We strongly recommend against spyware apps for iPhone without consulting a lawyer first. Some laws are written in such a way that you may assume you are legally protected but could be taking on much more risk than you realize.

If you suspect your partner is cheating, it's easy to let your emotions and curiosity take over, but you should consult a lawyer before accessing any electronic device in secret. Ensure you are aware of your legal situation 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.