What is a phone tracker? A phone tracker or phone tracking software is an application that would help you to locate your mobile phone when it’s lost and also allow you to monitor others’ mobile phone activities just with a few clicks on the screen. This write up would inform you about the working procedure of these apps and their applications and would introduce you to three of the most widely used phone tracking applications in use currently. Read on to find out more.
How Does a Phone Tracker Work?
Phone tracker applications use a GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking system for monitoring phones. The said tracking system helps in monitoring the exact location of mobile phones. Here, it must be mentioned that tracking the location of a given mobile is not the only job performed by phone trackers; they are also used for tracking activities. These programs would allow you to know what kind of websites the user of the target phone is visiting, block calls, block applications, etc.
Who Will Benefits Most from Using a Phone Tracker?
It would be wise for any mobile phone user to have this phone tracker installed in their phone and the phones of their near and dear ones. This would keep mobile phones more secured and chances of losing it would become almost zero. However, there are some people who would need this phone tracker more than the others. The section below talks about them.
Individuals who have lost their phone: Imagine a situation when you have lost your phone or someone has stolen it. If you have a phone tracker app installed in the misplaced device, you will be able to track it down in no time. What’s more, most of these applications work even if the person stealing the mobile has switched off the GPRS or mobile data.
Worried parents of teenagers: Parenting has surely become extremely challenging in recent times. As a modern-day parent, you must be ready to walk the extra mile for keeping your child protected not only from physical, but also from emotional threat. The past few years have seen the number of incidents involving cyber threats like sexting and bullying increase rapidly. Phone trackers would help parents to track the text messages sent and received by their children and monitor their phone calls. In addition, they will also be able to keep an eye on the web activity of the children and find out whether they are visiting any pornography site or something similar. All in all, phone trackers would help you to become better parents without putting a lot of effort.
Employers: For the majority of the small businesses the biggest challenge has been ensuring that all their employees are putting in their best efforts and performing efficiently. The job of monitoring employees tends to become even more difficult when they travel. It’s true that some companies have taken the drastic step of installing spy cameras for tracking every move of their employees. However, that by all means is an extreme option and will not be effective if the person in question is not traveling in a company vehicle. Using a phone tracker can actually be a lot easier and would be mighty effective.
Besides determining the location of your employee, a phone tracker would also monitor the texts, calls, and web activity of people working for you.
Which Are the Most Popular Phone Tracker Programs?
The three most popular phone tracker app in use currently are mSpy, Hoverwatch, and Spyzie. The section below would educate you about each of these three programs.
Phone Tracker #1: mSpy: mSpy was launched in 2010 and is one of the most widely used phone trackers in use currently. The app is extremely user-friendly and reliable and works both on non-jailbroken and jailbroken modes.
Features of mSpy
- Geo fencing: You will be able to use this feature for setting boundaries for the targeted mobile phone user using Google Maps. The moment the person would leave or enter the zone marked by you, you will receive an alert. The alerts will appear on the online dashboard of your mSpy account as a violation or would be sent to your email id.
- Call blocking: This feature of mSpy would allow you to prepare a list of mobile numbers with which you don’t want your target user to interact with. Parents often use the call blocking feature for stopping their children from contacting undesirable friends.
- Application and website blocking: Using this feature you will be able to select applications and websites that you don’t want the target user to use. With this feature, you will no more need to keep track of the person’s activity on any of those applications or sites; you will just need to block the chosen websites and apps. The feature would also allow you to block Internet use completely and turn the device into a mobile phone that can be used only for receiving and making calls.
- Easy messenger app monitoring: You will be able to use mSpy for monitoring almost every popular messenger application. The developers of mSpy have made this facility available as they know that individuals of the young generation prefer communicating primarily through these apps. Some of the platforms you will be able to monitor include:
- Facebook Messenger
- iMessage (messenger used on iOS devices)
MSpy will not only allow you to check text messages sent on these platforms, but would also let you see media files (these include pictures as well as videos) exchanged on them.
- Monitoring the Wi-Fi points: You will be able to use this feature to know whether your target phone is accessing any Wi-Fi network. This, in turn, would allow you monitor the device even when its mobile data/GPRS is switched off. mSpy would provide you with detailed information of Wi-Fi connections along with times. What’s more, you will also have the power of remotely stopping the target device from having access to all the public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is particularly helpful for employers as using public Wi-Fi might leave confidential data of the company at serious risk.
- Keylogger: This feature works by logging all the keystrokes on the targeted mobile phone. As a result, you will be able to see every single thing typed on the device starting from text messages, emails, URLs to passwords and usernames. However, it must be noted that right now the Keylogger feature has been made available only for Android devices.
- Target phone management and security features: Besides the features mentioned above, mSpy has a series of other phone management and security features. The list below would educate you about the most exciting ones among them:
- Reporting: Extremely efficient reporting happens to be one of the main reasons why mSpy has managed to beat the majority of its rivals. This phone tracker would let you personalize reports according to your preferences. For example, you will be able to set up things in a way so that you receive the reports just through the application’s web dashboard. You may also modify things in a way so that the reports are uploaded onto the app’s server only when your target mobile is running on Wi-Fi.
- Jailbreak-free monitoring: These days, the mSpy phone tracker app can be used for spying on iPhones and other iOS devices without jailbreaking them.
MSpy is a phone tracker developed keeping in mind almost every modern-day cell phone. What’s more, you will also be able to use it for tracking people’s activity on their tablet PCs as well. Right now, you will get mSpy for all Apple and Android devices available on the market. To be more precise, you will be able to use the app on every Internet enables mobile device.
It’s important to note that you should always check the official website of mSpy for gathering latest information on the app and getting its updates. There, you will also get to know which mobile phone models the software supports currently. The app also has a no-jailbreak edition, which vary a lot from the jailbreak edition as far as features are concerned.
How to get started?
For installing this phone tracker, you must have physical access to the targeted mobile phone. Once you finish installing the app, you will be able to monitor the target device remotely no matter how many miles you are away from it. Follow the steps below to begin your phone tracking journey with mSpy:
Step 1: Begin by buying a suitable subscription. Buy the subscription and wait to have your login id and password to be emailed to you. This generally doesn’t take more than a few minutes. The same email would also include installation instructions.
Step 2: Open the link provided in the confirmation email. The link would direct you to the app’s control panel. Use the login id and password to sign into your mSpy account; there, you will find onscreen instructions for installing the application on phones you are looking to monitor.
Step 3: Install the app following those instructions and once you are done the program would start monitoring your target mobile phone instantly. Sign into your mSpy account for checking all monitored data. The process of installing the app is pretty simple; however, if you still have any problem you can seek support from the app’s technical team. The app’s support team can be contacted by telephone, online chat, and email 24/7.
MSpy Basic: The basic version offers a series of features including GPRS tracking, text reporting, voice call logging, browser history, etc.
MSpy Premium: The Premium package would give you access to all the features available with the basic package along with some advanced features.
MSpy Family: As its name suggests, this package would allow you to monitor more than one phone (or device), up to three to be more precise. Opting for this package would allow you to save as much as 20 percent on the actual cost.
MSpy is definitely a feature-filled phone tracker that can be used without much trouble. You will surely love the experience of tracking phone using this application unless you are looking for the option of listening to phone calls of your target user live.
Phone Tracker #2: Hoverwatch: Hoverwatch is a highly efficient phone tracker application and spying program. It is used by hundreds of employers and parents around the globe. The app is primarily known to be a phone tracker that’s capable of recording contact details, call history, camera, audio, locations, calendar details, text messages, etc. You will also be able to monitor the target user’s activity on applications like Instagram, Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp, and Facebook. Hoverwatch scores impressively even when it comes to device compatibility.
Features of Hoverwatch
Call recording: You will be able to use this phone tracker to record every call received or made by your target phone. The recording can be done from any remote location. Hoverwatch’s call recording feature would save the recorded calls with exact time and date, phone number, and name of the person on the other side of the call and would also categorize them according to types of call (incoming, outgoing, unanswered, and missed). This is an extremely popular feature as call recordings often reveal much more than what chat messages or text messages manage to do.
- Location tracking: You will be able to use Hoverwatch for determining the location of your target device even when the unit’s GPS and/or Wi-Fi connection is turned off. The app manages to do so by extracting the target phone’s location information from one or more of the nearest GSM phone towers. You will be allowed to change the app’s location tracking frequency by signing into your Hoverwatch account. Besides knowing the present location of the user, you will also be able to use this phone tracker for determining the route of his/her commuting. The app tends to identify places that are visited frequently by the user. Such places are marked by a red dot. Other places visited by you, on the other hand, are marked by a blue dot.
- Checking SMS: It’s true that the advent of IM apps and the increase in their popularity has made SMS a less popular mode of communication than it used to be around five years back. However, still there are many who prefer talking to people via SMS messages. Hoverwatch’s SMS tracker would allow you to see all the SMS and MMS messages sent to and from the target mobile phone.
- Tracking of activities on Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Viber, and WhatsApp activity: You will have a tough time finding an individual who doesn’t use at least one chat platform in use currently. Hoverwatch would allow you to monitor your target user’s activity on almost every chat platform launched to date and find out what kind of conversations the person is having on those platforms. The phone tracker would also help you to save videos, photos, and audio recordings received or sent on the above mentioned messengers.
- Taking selfies: Hoverwatch comes with a special front camera feature, which allows the phone tracker to capture images from the target mobile phone on your behalf whenever the user unlocks the device. This feature comes in handy particularly when your phone is lost or stolen. It would allow you to capture the photo of the person unlocking the phone and make the process of finding the phone easier for you. One thing that must be noted here is that the feature typically remains disabled during software installation. If you want the feature to be active, don’t forget to switch it on by visiting app’s user panel.
- Efficient tracking even in stealth mode: Hoverwatch would allow you to track target phones even in a stealth mode. In other words, it would monitor the target device in spite of being totally invisible to its user. Once you finish installing the app, you will receive a pin number. Whenever you will need to use the program for monitoring the target device, you will have to enter the number. However, there are also a number of things that can be done just by signing into the user panel.
- Notification about SIM card change: Hoverwatch keeps tracking the target mobile phone even when its SIM card gets changed. This means, you will be able to keep tracking the phone and the user’s activities on it even after the SIM is changed. What’s more, whenever the SIM of your target phone will get changed, this efficient phone tracker will notify you about it; the notifications can be viewed on the app’s user panel.
- Storing contact information: Hoverwatch would provide you with seamless access to every single contact stored on the target mobile phone. Whenever the target user would add a new contact to the phone, the app would automatically get it saves on its server. The saved details would not only include the phone number, but also the person’s name and his or her email address. What’s even more amazing is that the phone tracker would also save the conversations the target user would have with all those contacts.
- Tracking to-do lists and notes: The phone tracker would allow you to stay up to date with the plans of your target users. It does so by saving all the notes and to-do lists made by the user on the target mobile. Having all these details stored would allow you to understand the individual’s full agenda including his/her plans, appointments, and reminders.
- Checking Internet history: This phone tracker would keep a detailed account of every website your target user is visiting and would keep updating you about his or her online activities. You will be able to view the person web activity whenever you want by visiting the app’s user panel. Hoverwatch doesn’t only saves the URLs of the websites you visited on the target phone’s default web browser, but will also save URLs of each web page visited by you.
- Key logging: The phone tracker registers every key pressed and message typed on the target devices. This will allow you to have access to all the emails, text messages, chats, and login details (including his or her passwords) of the person.
The biggest and possibly the only problem with Hoverwatch is that this phone tracker is not compatible with iOS devices. You will be able to use it only for tracking Windows and Android phones. However, it does support Macs.
How to get started?
One of the main reasons behind the huge popularity of Hoverwatch is its simplicity. The only thing you will need to do for using this phone tracker is sign up on the platform. Below are the steps you must follow for that:
Step 1: Signing up is easy and once you complete the process you will be given access to your free online Hoverwatch account. To sign up, you would need to provide your valid email address and any password of your choice. As a registered user, you will be allowed to download the application.
Step 2: Downloading the software is easy; once downloaded, you should immediately install it onto the phone of your target user.
Step 3: Successful competition of the installation process would instantly lead to tracking of your target mobile phone. The phone tracker would start collecting all kinds of data mentioned above from the time it gets installed on the target user’s cell phone.
Here, it must be noted that if you fail to re-subscribe to Hoverwatch’s service after the subscription period is over, your logs would be deleted automatically and the monitoring software would also be disabled. You will get seven days’ time post the actual expiry date; if you fail to re-subscribe within these seven days, the app will get disabled.
Family plan: the family plan of this phone tracker would allow you to track as many as five phones or devices. If you opt for this package, you will be saving up to 60 percent on every device you monitor.
Personal plan: This package is applicable for you if you are looking to monitor just one phone.
Business plan: Hoverwatch’s business plan has been created keeping the specific needs of employers in mind. This package would provide you with the flexibility of tracking a total of 25 phones. What’s amazing is that in spite of being meant for businesses, the package would give you access to features like parental control.
Hoverwatch might be one of the most efficient phone trackers available on the market at present, but still users feel it’s a little less useful than mSpy. However, one area in which this phone tracker app scores more impressively than mSpy is that unlike the latter, Hoverwatch offers a package designed specifically for businesses.
Phone Tracker #3: Spyzie: Like the two applications discussed above, Spyzie is also known for tracking mobile phones and activities carried out on it. One of the biggest highlights of Spyzie’s service is its official website (at least the English website); the content of the site is extremely clearly written and easy-to-understand. Read on to know more about the phone tracker.
Features of Spyzie
- Viewing of personal data: Once you install the app onto a mobile phone, you will be able to view all sorts of personal data stored in that device from a remote location. Types of data you will get to view include videos and photos saved on the phone, different apps downloaded on it, and so on. What’s more, if you want, you will also be able to download photos and videos both from the downloaded applications and the target phone. Last, but definitely not least the app would also allow you to see bookmarks saved on the target phone’s default browser and check detailed browser history.
- Checking communication data: Spyzie can be used for seeing all the contacts, call log, and every conversation done using the target phone. In addition, you will also get the opportunity of checking notes and appointments along with event details (if saved on the phone).
- Location tracking using GPS: Spyzie uses GPS technology to track the location of the target mobile phone. This feature will help you in finding a phone hen it’s lost and will also allow you to monitor the movements of your children and employees when required.
- Keylogging: Whenever you will be typing something with the target phone’s keypad, Spyzie will be saving the information in a log. This would allow you to see all messages, chats, and emails and would also provide you access to confidential information like usernames and passwords.
- Sending alerts: You can use this phone tracker for activating message or email alerts for getting notified whenever a new message or email is received by the target mobile phone. On doing that, you will also be receiving notifications when the person using the target phone will send an email or message.
- Taking screenshots: You can use the spy application for capturing screenshots of various applications from a remote location.
- Tracking social media applications: The phone tracker would let you reach messages exchanged on the target user’s Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, and Line accounts. You will also get to see videos and images shared on 5 other social media applications.
- Viewing the call logs: The app would let you check the entire call history of the monitored phone. The logs would be displayed chronologically and would include information like phone number of the people making or receiving the calls, their names, call duration, time of the calls, call types (rejected, missed, outgoing or incoming), and so on.
- App blocking: If you want to block certain applications on your child’s Smartphone, Spyzie would surely allow you to do that.
- Live demo: The makers of the application have included this feature to make the job of understanding the working procedure of Spyzie easier for the users. So, whenever you are confused about anything related to the phone tracker, you should check the app’s live demo (it’s available absolutely free of cost). The live demo would teach you how to understand the stored data and will also explain how to gain access to them. Ideally, you should purchase a package of Spyzie only if you understand everything the live demo explains.
- Security and privacy guarantee: The makers of Spyzie ensure that all facts gathered from the target user’s phone and all account information of the customer are stored securely using latest encryption technology. When using this phone tracker, you will never need to worry about falling prey to privacy breach.
The phone tracker would run on Android 4.0 and all versions of Android launched after it. As far as iOS devices are concerned, the app is compatible with every edition of iOS starting from iOS 10.0.0 to those launched after it.
Please note that this phone tracker application cannot be downloaded from App Store or Google Play Store. You will be able to download it only from its official website. The process of installation is extremely user-friendly.
How to get started?
Here are the steps you’ll need to follow:
Step 1: Visit the application’s official website (we have already mentioned that Spyzie is not available on App Store or Play Store).
Step 2: Install the app and you are now ready to go.
Step 3: Follow the setup guide for configuring the interface and you will now be able to track the target phone remotely.
Premium edition: It has been priced affordably, but offers restricted functionality. Buy it if you are only looking to use the basic features a phone tracker may have.
Ultimate Edition: For more powerful monitoring you should always opt for the costlier version of the application.
Spyzie is an extremely user-friendly phone tracker. It would allow you to monitor phones seamlessly from remote locations. However, there’s one disadvantage of choosing this program. The makers are not offering any free trial to people looking to use this phone tracker.