Cocospy offers monitoring solutions that attract to both parents and employers. While it's not uncommon for a parental control app to try to appeal to a variety of audiences in order to increase its market presence, companies who opt to focus on a single target market tend to provide a better solution.
So, does Cocospy deviate from the norm? Did they develop a solution for monitoring that is universally appealing or is it just another spy app that strives to be everything to everyone while providing very limited functionality? All of the answers may be found in this Cocospy review.
How Does Cocospy Work?
Cocospy installs as a hidden spy app. You will need to have access to the target cell phone for at least 15 minutes to be sure you have enough time to complete installation.
One advantage Cocospy offers is that most of its features work on Android without rooting the device, or on iPhone without requiring you to jailbreak it.
Once installed, you select the option to hide it from the user and it goes into background mode, using a relatively small amount of system resources and staying completely hidden.
All intercepted data is then accessible through a web-based dashboard and you will no longer need physical access to the target phone.
Cocospy offers a pretty standard set of spy app features, but more limited social media monitoring than we are used to seeing in similar monitoring apps we recommend.
In fact, this was the main complaint that prevented us from recommending this spy app. If you can't monitor Facebook or Tinder, why are you really using a spy app?
We'll cover its limitations more in the pros and cons sections below.
Cocospy captures everything the target types on the cell phone. You can see Google searches, read deleted texts, and find passwords for accounts that weren't previously known.
The keylogger keeps a record of everything typed on the device and lets you review the activity at your leisure. For parents can discover if things are being bought online in secret, or if there are conversations with possible online predators.
A keylogger is a great resource for keeping an eye on tech-savvy kids or a spouse who may try to hide online activity. Secret conversations can be discovered by seeing what is typed and it is possible to uncover information you would otherwise not have been aware of. You can go back and view the stored records from the keylogger at any time.
- Easy To Use
- Great Interface
- Completely Hidden
- GPS Tracking
- Access To All Social Media Apps
- Great Tech Support
- Lacks Remote Microphone and Camera Activation
Social Media Monitoring
Cocospy can monitor social media messages on Tinder, Facebook, Snapchat, Skype, Instagram, WhatsApp, iMessage, Telegram, Line, Kik, Viber, and Google Hangouts. This includes seeing deleted conversations, passwords, and live screen recording.
Cocospy can be used for a lot more than tracking what someone does online. The app has GPS tracking features so you can see the target phone's current location overlaid on a map. Sometimes knowing a person's location can tell you more about the person than monitoring their communications.
This can be especially true for teenagers as the chance to drive gives new levels of freedom. Some teenagers are worthy of the greater responsibility and only go where allowed. Others might drive to places you would like to know about.
Learning of this behavior as soon as possible is the best way to address the issue and keep your child safe.
GPS & Wi-Fi Location Tracking
Location tracking with GPS and Wi-Fi has become fairly common and is highly accurate and effective. You may wish to know whether your child has arrived at school or whether an employee arrived on-site as scheduled. Cocospy can do all of this and more.
Additionally, Cocospy supports the reading of addresses and GPS coordinates.
The map is simple to use and enables for zooming and panning. This makes it easy to follow the device's movement, allowing you to locate your spouse or child.
The target's personal calendar and to-do lists are available. This is one of those features that will either be of no use, as many people don't use their smartphone's calendar, or extremely informative if the person you are monitoring is well organized or follows a set schedule.
Web browsing and search history is available, but bookmarks are strangely missing.
Despite this, the feature can be particularly informative when someone is planning something sneaky. For example, when they are supposed to be out with friends but are booking a hotel room.
You can set geofencing boundaries so the Cocospy alerts you if the tracker detects your kids are outside of acceptable areas or enter areas that are off limits. You may set a large area where you know your kids are safe with friends and family and you only want to know if they stray outside of that area. Or, maybe you're more concerned that they don't go to their old girlfriend's house. Either way, Magic Alerts has you covered.
This provides full call logs for the target phone including:
- Incoming Calls
- Outgoing Calls
Text messages can provide a wealth of information if you are concerned about someone. You can read all SMS messages with Cocospy, allowing you to safeguard your kids from bullies, scammers, and perverts.
The ability to monitor deleted communications is another useful feature of CocoSpy. All iMessages and SMS messages will also have timestamps attached.
In Android and iOS, you may also use Cocospy to browse MMS media files. This feature is not available in most competing apps because it is considered outdated.
On the dashboard, all of the data is well-presented and the conversation view is a useful feature that makes it simple to follow the flow of conversation.
Importantly, you will be able to see attached pictures, both for sent and received messages.
To monitor SMS and iMessages, there is no need to jailbreak or root the device.
Detect SIM Card Changes
The app can notify you if the cell phone's SIM card is changed. It can be particularly useful if you are trying to protect your children's data and contact information and someone is attempting to remove the phone's SIM card.
Is Cocospy Detectable?
Cocospy operates in stealth mode to avoid detection. Additionally, it is resource-efficient to avoid slowing down the smartphone.
This enables you to monitor gadgets for extended periods of time undetected.
Before purchasing a parental control app, make sure it's compatible with the Android device. The app works on Android and iOS devices.
Android is the most common operating system, and it is found on most of the mobile devices around the world. The version for Android is compatible with Android 4.0 or higher.
Because iOS is such a popular operating system, Cocospy has created a specific application for iOS users. The version for iOS is compatible with devices running iOS 7 or higher.
The Importance of a Stealth Spy App
One of the most important characteristics of any spy program is it works without drawing notice to itself. Spy apps should be engineered to hide the app as much as possible.
One of the most appealing features of the Cocospy software is its use stealth technology, making it completely undetected when in use. The application runs in the background. It's also designed to save battery life and is very light, having a small memory footprint.
The application is also extremely safe, and it will never divulge any of your personal information to third parties. This has recently been a concern with most surveillance apps, which are notorious for disclosing critical user information to hackers.
When installed on an Android phone, the app can be easily deleted remotely by accessing the web-based interface which means uninstalling the program does not require access to the target phone.
No Rooting and Jailbreaking Needed
One of the most unique aspects of this app is that it does not require rooting or jailbreaking. The majority of surveillance applications out there require you to first root or jailbreak a device in order to utilize them. This is especially critical for social media monitoring activities.
Cocospy, on the other hand, is unique in that it does not require rooting or jailbreaking the target device, although you may not use advanced capabilities like GPS tracking and parental control over social media. This removes the app's complexity and makes it extremely user-friendly.
It should be emphasized that jailbreaking or rooting a device is not always a simple procedure. They necessitate a high level of technical dexterity and are not suitable for everyone. Beginners, in particular, will find these procedures to be quite inconvenient.
Furthermore, this procedure is likely to void the target device's warranty. Furthermore, you may require more time with the device in order to root or jailbreak it, which can take many hours. As a result, it is usually preferable to choose surveillance apps that do not have such a complicated setup.
Cocospy Installation and Setup
Depending on whether you're downloading Cocospy on Android or iPhone, the installation process is slightly different. If you want to use more advanced functions on an Android, like monitoring online messaging apps, you will have to root it. Just keep in mind that the process of rooting can be difficult. If you only need simple capabilities like recording calls, monitoring emails, and logging texts, you can simply install the Cocospy parental control app and be done with it. The following are the steps to install Cocospy:
On the Cocospy website, create an account and choose your subscription. On the target Android phone, install the Cocospy app. Then just go to the Cocospy Control Panel site and you're ready to go!
If you own an iPhone, you have two installation options.
You can download Cocospy to your iPhone and use all of the app's capabilities. The iCloud credentials of the target user will be needed if you don't want to jailbreak the device. After obtaining the credentials, you can use the software to monitor the target phone. Because no program needs to be installed, you will not need get access to the phone during this process.
If you do not wish to use the iCloud method, or don't know the iCloud credentials, you will need to jailbreak the device first, and this will require having physical access to the phone.
The main advantage of Cocospy is that it's dirt cheap and has a web dashboard that is easy to use and navigate.
At the time of this review, it's priced at $9.99 per month which is amazing for a dependable parental control app.
I saw several warning signs with this review that would make me have serious hesitations about using Cocospy. First, the features listed on the website do not include the ability to monitor popular apps like Facebook and Tinder. But, upon further investigation, they are listed in the demo.
Either the demo is over-stating their abilities to get more sales or the features list is out-dated. Either one does not really happen with the big name apps in the market and the ones we already recommend.
The other warning sign is the pricing. They have it listed on their website as $49.99 per month, 3 months for $69.99, or 12 months for $119.99 ($9.99 per month).
This indicates that they have an absolutely huge cancellation rate. If they are offering 3 months for less than the price of 2 and a year for the price of 2.4 months then you know that no one is staying past the second month.
As a user, that's not good. If you're depending on this app for surveilance, that's reason to be very worried.
The Bottom Line
There are too many red flags with Cocospy for me to feel comfortable recommending it. I like the interface and the pricing is great, but there are too many things that don't feel right and I get the feel that they may be white-labeling someone elses technology.
Cocospy may become a more viable competitor to market leaders such as mSpy in the future but, for now, I can not recommend it.