Top 5 social media spy apps for Android & iPhone | Latest review

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With the ever-increasing use of social media by billions of people across the world, there are more concerns about being able to monitor the activities of important people on these platforms to avoid negative effects.

 

Parents, for example, use apps to monitor the social media usage of their children and prevent exposure to harmful content or cyberbullying. These social media spy apps have also been known to play a role in relationships, as well as in workplace dynamics. Whatever the motivating factors for their use, here are some of the 5 best social media spy apps for Android and iPhone.

 

Social media apps.

 

Part 1. Quick summary of the top 5 social media spy apps

 

Here's a simplified overview of the basic features of the top 5 social media spy apps, presented in a table format to assist you in selecting the one that best suits your needs:

 

Social media spy appsMain social media monitoring featuresAdditional featuresConnection methodsCompatibilityFree trial or demo
SpyXWhatsApp, LINE, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat,ect.SMS monitoring, GPS tracking, browser history checking.

iPhone: iCloud

Android: iCloud & APP

Support all Android & iPhone.Free demo.
MsafelyWhatsApp, LINE, Facebook, ect.Checking call logs, and installed apps.

iPhone: iCloud

Android: iCloud

Support all Android & iPhone.Free demo.
Kidsguard ProWhatsapp, LINE, Kik, Wechat, ect.Ambient recording.

iPhone: iCloud & USB & Jailbreak.

Android: APP

Support all Android & iPhone.Free demo.
uMobixWhatsApp, LINE, Facebook, ect.Remote monitoring photos and videos.Android: APPSupport Android.Free demo.
mSpyWhatsapp, LINE, KikBlock websites & apps & Wi-Fi.

iPhone: iCloud & USB & Jailbreak.

Android: APP

Support all Android & iPhone.Free demo.

 

Next, I'll conduct an in-depth evaluation of these top 5 social media spy apps, analyzing various aspects such as connection methods, monitored data, pros and cons, and more. Let's dive deeper into it!

 

Part 2. Top 5 social media spy apps tested-Review

 

1. SpyX

 

SpyX is the most comprehensive and user-friendly social media spy app available. It works seamlessly on both Android and iPhone devices, so you don't have to worry about compatibility issues with your child or spouse's phone.

 

As a professional social media spy app, SpyX can monitor up to 16 different social media platforms, including WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and more. With SpyX, you can remotely view chats, shared photos, videos, likes, and even followers on these social media platforms.

 

What makes SpyX the simplest social media spy app? It's all about the connection options. For iPhone monitoring, SpyX offers the iCloud solution. With this option, you don't need to install any software on the target device. Instead, you just need to know the Apple ID and password of the iPhone you want to monitor. Once you've completed the setup as instructed, you can remotely monitor all phone activities on the target device.

 

If you're monitoring an Android device, SpyX offers two connection options. The first is the Google Cloud solution, similar to the iCloud option for iPhones. You just need to input the target device's Google account and password. The other option requires you to install software on the target device and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

 

Screenshot of SpyX's homepage.

 

What phone activity can SpyX monitor
DeviceConnection methodSocial mediaGeneral features
iPhoneiCloud

WhatsApp

WhatsApp Business

Snapchat

Instagram

LINE

Messenger

Telegram

Kik

WeChat

Skype

Teams

Text Message

Contacts

Calls

Photos

Video

GPS Locations

Browser History

Browser bookmark

Voicemail

Facetime

Installed APPs

Notes

Reminders

Calendars

Wi-Fi networks

iCloud Drive

AndroidGoogle cloud

WhatsApp

Keep

Text Message

GPS locations

Photos

Contacts

Wi-Fi networks

Browser history

Browser bookmark

Email

App

WhatsApp

Facebook

Messenger

Snapchat

Instagram

TikTok

LINE

Telegram

Discord

YouTube

WeChat

Viber

Tinder

Kik

Teams

Skype

QQ

Text Message

GPS locations

Photos

Videos

Call logs

Contacts

Installed apps

Wi-Fi networks

Browser history

Browser bookmark

Live video

Live audio

Live screenshot

Gmail

Easilydo mail

Calendar

 

    Pros

    pros

    You may not necessarily need to install software on the target device.

    pros

    Support Android & iPhone.

    pros

    Provide more connection options for you to choose from.

    pros

    User-friendly.

    pros

    Work in stealth mode.

    pros

    No need for Jailbreaking & rooting.

    pros

    Monitor 16+ social media apps in real-time.

    pros

    24/7 customer service.

    Cons

    pros

    If you opt for the cloud connection solution, you'll need to provide the Apple ID and password or Google account and password for the device you want to monitor.

 

2. Msafely

 

As a professional social media spy app, Msafely is committed to providing users with as many monitoring features as possible. It allows you to remotely monitor over 10 popular social media apps, such as WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, and more.

 

Similar to SpyX, Msafely also offers a cloud-based connection solution, meaning you don't need to install any software on the target device. However, you'll need to know the Apple ID and password or Google account and password of the device you want to monitor.

 

Screenshot of Msafely's homepage.

 

What phone activity can Msafely monitor
DeviceConnection methodSocial mediaGeneral features
iPhoneiCloud

WhatsApp

WhatsApp Business

Snapchat

Instagram

LINE

Messenger

Telegram

Kik

WeChat

Skype

Teams

Text Message

Contacts

Calls

Photos

Video

GPS Locations

Browser History

Browser bookmark

Voicemail

Facetime

Installed APPs

AndroidGoogle cloudWhatsApp

Text Message

GPS locations

Photos

Contacts

Wi-Fi networks

Browser history

Browser bookmark

Email

App

WhatsApp

Facebook

Messenger

Snapchat

Instagram

TikTok

LINE

Telegram

Discord

YouTube

WeChat

Viber

Tinder

Text Message

GPS locations

Photos

Videos

Call logs

Contacts

Installed apps

Wi-Fi networks

Browser history

Browser bookmark

Live video

Live audio

Live screenshot

 

    Pros

    pros

    No need to install any app on the target device.

    pros

    Spy on 10+ social media platforms.

    pros

    Supports Android & iPhone.

    pros

    24/7 customer service.

    Cons

    pros

    Need to know the Apple ID and password or Google account and password.

 

3. Kidsguard Pro

 

Kidsguard Pro is a social media spying software that supports both Android and iPhone. It allows you to remotely view chats, contacts, shared photos, videos, and more on the target phone in real-time.

 

For Android, you need physical access to the target device to install the software, enabling remote monitoring of social media activity through the Kidsguard Pro dashboard.

 

For iPhones, Kidsguard Pro offers three connection options: iCloud, USB, and Jailbreak. The iCloud option requires knowledge of the target iPhone's Apple ID and password, but doesn't support social media monitoring; instead, it tracks photos, videos, and location. The USB option requires physical access to the target device to connect it to a pre-prepared computer via USB for data transfer, allowing remote monitoring of social media platforms such as WhatsApp, LINE, Kik, and WeChat. The Jailbreak option is highly technical and not recommended for ordinary users. 

 

Screenshot of Kidsguard's homepage.

 

What phone activity can Kidsguard Pro monitor
DeviceConnection methodSocial mediaGeneral features
iPhoneiCloudNo

Photos

Videos

Locations

Contacts

Calendar

Notes

Reminders

USB

Whatsapp

LINE

Kik

Wechat

SMS

Photos

Videos

Contacts

Browser

Installed Apps

Wi-Fi

Calendar

Notes

Events

Reminders

Voice Memos

JailbreakNo

SMS

Calls

Photos

Videos

Locations

Browser

Contacts

Wi-Fi

Screenshots

AndroidApp

LINE

Facebook

Messenger

Instagram

Snapchat

Telegram

Tiktok

Skype

YouTube

WeChat

Tinder

SMS

Calls

Locations

Photos

Videos

Calendar

Contacts

WiFi

App activities

Record surround

Record screen

Keylogger

 

    Pros

    pros

    Monitor 10+ social media apps for Android users.

    pros

    Spy on the target device remotely.

    pros

    The surround and screen recording features are powerful.

    pros

    Keylogger.

    Cons

    pros

    For iPhone users, they need to know the Apple ID and password.

    cons

    For Android, users have to physical access to the target phone and install an app on it.

    pros

    No real-time customer service.

 

4. uMobix

 

uMobix stands out as a robust monitoring tool, offering a positive user experience largely attributed to its clear and commendable operation instructions.

 

Despite its claims to monitor social media on both Android and iPhone devices, practical use reveals limitations in iPhone social media monitoring. To monitor social media activity, users must manually input account credentials for each platform, potentially negating the need for such software if all target device social media passwords are known.

 

However, its social media monitoring feature for Android is indeed powerful. You need physical access to the target device to install the software, allowing remote monitoring of social media activities. It operates by taking screenshots of the social media interface every 10 seconds, which you can view in the uMobix dashboard for remote monitoring purposes.

 

Screenshot of umobix's homepage.

 

What phone activity can uMobix monitor
DeviceConnection methodSocial mediaGeneral features
iPhoneAPPNo

Download files

Locations

Browser histrory

Browser bookmarks

Applications

Address book

AndroidApp

WhatsApp

LINE

Facebook

Messenger

Instagram

Snapchat

Telegram

Tiktok

Kik

Skype

YouTube

WeChat

Tinder

Viber

Discord

SMS

Calls

Photo snapshot

Videos

Address book

Browsers

 

    Pros

    pros

    Monitor 10+ social media apps for Android users.

    pros

    Work in hidden mode.

    Cons

    pros

    For iPhone users, they need to know the Apple ID and password.

    cons

    For Android, users have to physical access to the target phone and install an app on it.

    pros

    No real-time customer service.

    pros

    It is easy to make repeat purchases and refunds are cumbersome.

 

5. mSpy

 

mSpy is a well-known social media monitoring software. Just like Kidsguard Pro, it offers similar connectivity options. It's compatible with both Android and iPhone devices. However, what social media can it actually monitor with its various connectivity options? Let's find out!

 

For iPhones, mSpy offers three connection methods: iCloud, USB, and Jailbreak. The iCloud method requires the target device's Apple ID and password but only allows monitoring of activities like photos and videos, not social media. The USB method enables remote monitoring of WhatsApp, LINE, and Kik. Though mSpy also provides a Jailbreak option, due to its technical complexity, it's not recommended.

 

For Android devices, you'll need physical access to install the software. This method allows remote monitoring of WhatsApp. Besides social media monitoring, mSpy also allows remote shutdown of websites, apps, and Wi-Fi on the target device, which could be appealing for many parents.

 

Screenshot of mspy's homepage.

 

What phone activity can mSpy monitor
DeviceConnection methodSocial mediaGeneral features
iPhoneiCloudNo

Photos

Calendar

Notes

Files

Reminders

USB

WhatsApp

LINE

Kik

SMS

Contacts

Browser

Installed Apps

Wi-Fi

Notes

Events

JailbreakNo

Photos

Videos

Browser

Installed apps

Keylogger

Notes

Events

Wi-Fi

Emails

AndroidAppWhatsApp

Contacts

Locations

WiFi

Installed apps

Browser history

Block Wi-Fi

Block Websites

Block Applications

Keylogger

 

    Pros

    pros

    It can block websites & apps & Wi-Fi on an Android device.

    pros

    It runs in hidden mode.

    pros

    It can help you spy on target phone remotely.

    pros

    Great customer service.

    Cons

    pros

    Social media monitoring features are limited.

    cons

    For iPhone users, they need to know the Apple ID and password.

    pros

    For Android, users have to physical access to the target phone and install an app on it.

 

Part 3. Key factors to consider when choosing the top iPhone tracking app

 

Device compatibility

 

Before deciding on the best spy app to use, you need to consider whether the apps are compatible with the device’s operating system (whether IOS or Android). It is also to confirm the compatibility with the device model, version, and other factors.

 

Monitoring features

 

Knowing the specific features that each app offers is also required to select the perfect one according to the user’s needs. The spy apps out there perform a significant amount of functions including tracking calls, text messages (SMS), device location and social media activity; remote control, and multimedia monitoring among others.

 

Hiddenness and dependability

 

For mobile spy apps to truly be effective, they need to be hidden and fairly undetectable. They also need to be capable of fulfilling their functions to the user’s satisfaction.

 

User-friendliness

 

Suitable spy apps for users are usually with a user-friendly interface. That means they do not have a user interface that is too technical or complex to navigate. The top spy apps should be accessible to users with limited technical expertise.

 

Customer support and reputation

 

The level of customer support provided by a spy app can also influence its selection. Generally, reputable spy app providers offer customer support through different avenues such as emails, phone calls, and chats. They may also have FAQs, tutorials, and user guides to assist customers with installation, troubleshooting, and other issues.

 

Based on compatibility, monitoring features, ease of use, customer service, and other factors, the top 5 social media apps are ranked as follows:

 

Social media spy apps Rate
SpyX ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Msafely ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kidsguard Pro ⭐⭐⭐⭐
uMobix ⭐⭐⭐
mSpy ⭐⭐⭐

 

Part 4. How to use the top social media spy app to monitor someone's phone secretly

 

Out of many social media spy apps available, SpyX remains one of the most outstanding ones. In that case, we’ll be using SpyX as a case study on how to use social media spy apps:

 

For SpyX, you have to create an account via email or Google account and purchase the software on your preferred payment plan (1 month, 3 months, or 12 months). The steps for connecting the target device you want to monitor are as follows:

 

Step 1. Sign up for a free account.

 

Sign up a free account.

 

Step 2. Select the type of device you want to monitor (whether iOS or Android).

 

Choose the target device.

 

Step 3. For an iOS device, fill in the Apple ID and password that are on the iOS device to be monitored. For an Android device, you have two connection options. One is fill in the Google account and password on the device to be monitored. The other is to install SpyX on the target phone directly. Don't worry, the "SpyX icon" will not appear on the phone. It's totally hidden.

 

Step 4. Start monitoring.

 

Upon completion of these steps, you will have access to various types of data from the target device including messages in different message apps (iMessage, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc), photos and videos, device location, and many more features.

 

SpyX real user's dashboard.

 

 

Part 5. Reasons to use a social media spy app

 

The intent behind the use of spy apps should adhere to ethics or it might amount to a violation of individuals’ rights as well as the law, resulting in severe legal consequences. However, an individual might consider using a mobile spy app for any of the following reasons:

 

Parental control: 

Spy apps can be employed for family or parental reasons. Parents can use social media spy apps to monitor their children’s online activities to ensure their well-being and safety from cyberbullying, predators, or harmful content.

 

Employee monitoring: 

Employers may also use these apps to monitor employees’ social media usage to prevent information leaks, supervise productive activity, ensure compliance with company regulations, and prevent damage to the company's reputation.

 

Relationship concerns: 

Some individuals may use spy apps to monitor the social media activities of their partners in the case of suspected infidelity or simply to look out for them.

 

Security reasons: 

Social media spy apps can be used by individuals and organizations to monitor their social media accounts to guard against cyber threats, hacking, or theft attempts.

 

Part 6. FAQs about top social media spy apps

 

Q1. Do social media spy apps really work?

 

Mobile social media spy applications really do work. However, not all the spy apps out there work properly. Some of the top apps have been mentioned in this article. When selecting a spy, evaluate the app's capabilities to meet your specific monitoring needs as well as factors like device compatibility and user support.

 

Q2. Are social media spy apps safe to use?

 

Usage of social media spy apps comes with a level of risk (concerns about privacy and security of data). It is advisable to do proper research before installing monitoring software in your personal or professional online environment.

 

Q3. How do I know if my phone is being monitored by a spy app?

 

Look out for unusual activity such as battery drain, increase in data usage, or appearance of unknown apps. Regularly scan your device with dependable anti-virus packages.

 

Q4. Is it illegal to use social media spy apps?

 

This is dependent on the laws and regulations in different regions. In most cases, it can be unethical and illegal to install spy apps on other people’s devices without getting proper consent.

 

Q5. How can social media spy apps be used ethically?

 

They should be used for legitimate reasons, like parental care. The use of spy apps should be with consent, transparency, and protection of data.

 

Part 7. Summary

 

Finding the right spy app and being able to use it properly can be difficult for several people, especially parents who want to safeguard the digital activities of their children. Many times, spy apps fall short of the monitoring services required.

 

However, a proper evaluation of the relevant factors for selecting a spy app, in addition to proper knowledge of its usage, can help eliminate those challenges. Hence, the user experience of social media spy apps will be greatly improved.

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