10 Best Phone Spy Apps in 2020

Thinking of spying on someone’s phone? Well, as you may have noticed, there are countless apps to do the same.

However, with so many apps around offering various features, it can be hard to choose which app you should use.

Therefore, I have compiled a list of top spy apps that will do the job for you. I have tried and tested each one of them.

I have observed each app on the basis of various parameters. These have been arranged from the best to the ‘not so best’ in my opinion. I will even give you the reason for my liking or disliking towards every app.

Before we begin, let us consider the various parameters through which you should choose a spy app to use.

Part 1: Spy App Parameters That Make or Break The Deal

Here are various things that you should consider before you select a phone monitoring tool. You are trusting the app with your data and security, therefore, the decision should be well informed.

  1. Root / Jailbreak vs No Root / No Jailbreak:

Some phone spy apps require rooting the Android phone or jailbreaking the iOS phone to work. However, rooting and jailbreaking a smartphone compromises with its security and makes it prone to outside attacks.

Not only that, for you to root or jailbreak a phone, you will need to access it for a longer time and carry out the tedious procedure. And once the phone is rooted or jailbroken, the user you wish to spy on will find out that what you have done.

Therefore, I would always suggest that you prefer a spying app that offers all the spying features without rooting or jailbreaking. While hardly many apps offer it, I have found a couple of them that offer AWESOME features without rooting or jailbreaking.

  1. Web Based Interface vs Software Download:

This is another feature that I focus on while choosing a spy app. Most apps make you download their software on your PC or smartphone to spy on the target phone.

However, there are some phone spy apps which have a completely web based interface. They can open in any web browser and offer all their features through the browser.

This makes sure that you can use these apps from any device of your choice. You don’t have to download the app again and again on all your devices.

Not only that, but it also saves you the risk of malware and virus downloads. Therefore, I would always suggest choosing web-based interface over software download.

  1. Pricing:

Pricing is an important factor to consider when you are choosing a phone spying app.

Some apps offer free phone spying functionality. However, such apps are only a waste of time. If you try them out, they will ask you to take human verification surveys which involve downloading malware-infected apps.

Therefore, if I were you, I would avoid free phone spy apps at all costs if I was serious about phone spying.

However, among paid apps, there are so many variations in prices. I prefer saving money and place weight on the price of an app. You need to find a balance between an app’s power and price.

  1. Android App Installation:

Being a technology geek, I know that you cannot spy an Android phone without installing an app on the target phone.

Therefore, if an app offers you Android spying without any app installation, I will never even try it out. It is surely a false claim.

  1. iOS App Installation:

For iPhones and iPads, I have been able to find some phone spy apps that don’t require any app installation at the target phone. Yes, it is possible in the case of iOS.

Therefore, I prefer phone spy apps that offer iOS spying without app installation as compared to other apps.

Now moving on to the apps, here are my pics for the top 10 places…

Part 2: Top Spy Apps For Phones Rated From Best to Worst

1. Spyic

Spyic is by far the best phone spy app I have found on the internet. It is already used by millions of people all around the world. When I used this app, I wasn’t surprised why so many people use it.

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To start with, Spyic is a phone monitoring application that works on both iOS and Android. It does not require you to root or jailbreak the target device.

You might be thinking that since it does not require rooting or jailbreaking, it must be compromising on the features, right? WRONG!

Spyic has more features than any other app on this list. It operates without rooting or jailbreaking just because of the superior technology used by its brilliant app developers.


What Spyic Offers:


Spyic has this cool keylogger feature that I love. It keeps track of all the keystrokes that are made by the target user on their phone.

This even includes usernames, passwords, searches, and messages typed by the user.

android keylogger

Social Media Monitor:

There are dedicated modules for each of the social media apps inbuilt in the dashboard. You can individually check the user’s Facebook, Whatsapp, Snapchat, and any other social media platform’s chats and pictures.


Call Monitor:

Spyic gives you complete details about the calls that are received and made by the target phone. This is coupled with call details such as call duration, timestamps, and the caller identity.

As icing on the cake, it even allows you to record the user’s call. You will finally know what they are talking about.

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Location Tracker

Location tracker keeps you updated about the live location of the user. It even shows you the latest locations along with the timestamps.

track cell phone location

As you can see, Spyic has unmatchable features. You could hire a detective and he still wouldn’t provide this level of information.

You don’t have to take my word for it. After all, this is the internet and I could be wrong. Therefore, check Spyic in action in this free demo here and see it for yourself.

What Makes Spyic The #1 Phone Spy App?

Spyic is the best phone spy app without a doubt. Besides fulfilling all the criteria I mentioned in Part 1, it has a lot of other unique selling points as well. These include:

Quick and Easy installation:

Anyone can install and use Spyic without any technical knowledge. Its installation takes only a few minutes. Further, its setup wizard guides through most of the steps.

Simple Interface:

Spyic has a very simple dashboard interface. All the features are accessible through this dashboard. You can use the left panel on the dashboard to access these features. For example, if you want to spy on Facebook, you can use Facebook spy in Social Media tab on the dashboard.

Huge User base:

Spyic is used by millions of users all around the world. This makes me feel safe while using Spyic. If millions of users trust Spyic to keep their data secure, so can I.

Cheap Pricing:

Spyic pricing model is ultra cheap and affordable. Not only that but if you feel like Spyic isn’t suitable for you (which is very unlikely), you can unsubscribe at any time.

Now that you know how awesome Spyic can be, why don’t you go ahead and get it now? In case you feel that you need more convincing, you can check Spyic demo here completely free (no app download required).

2. Cocospy:

Cocospy is another cool hidden spy app (and a close competitor to Spyic). It has many cool features that will make you think twice about using any other app below it in this list.

Its beautiful interface and simplistic design caught my eye for the first time I saw it. However, I thought that something this simple wouldn’t hold many features.


I was completely wrong. When I used Cocospy, it was AWESOME. There are so many features accessible through a single dashboard.

You can do almost anything you want with the target phone. All their data is yours practically. You can view it and even download it to your system.

There are many other cool features. But that would make you think that I am biased as a fan of Cocospy. So why don’t you go ahead and check out what I am talking about?

It also fulfills all the parameters that I mentioned in part one. It does not require any root or jailbreak, which is just perfect.

If I were you looking for a phone spy app, I would be getting it now. You can do the same here.

**If you want to save more on the prices, opt for yearly plans as compared to monthly. You are going to use this app for long once you get started (cause its so good). Therefore, why not save more?**

3. Spytomobile:

Spytomobile gives some competition to our top two contenders (though not really a tough competition).

It terms itself as a mobile aggregation software that collects data of the target device. And it is not lying when it says that.

It can collect message data, call data, and tracks of the target devices. However, it misses many of the features that Spyic offers.


Further, this cell phone spy app also requires you to install their app on the target phone, no matter the target phone is Android or iOS. Well, I would deduct a point there.

Additionally, I found their interface a bit dull for my taste. Felt like you have gone back to the 90s computer systems.

4. Spyier:

Spyier is a mobile spy tool ONLY for Android (sorry iOS users). It aims for parents to monitor the phone activity of their children.

It enables you to monitor their calls, messages, browser history and few more things. It doesn’t require you to root the device.

The installation and the interface are simple to use. However, the fact that they serve only Android customers is a disappointment.

Further, they lack so many features that Spyic and Cocospy have to offer. I think Spyier should up their game to compete on the same tables.

5. Spyera:

Spyera is a phone spy tool for phones, computers, and tablets. It collects data of the target device while working in stealth mode.

The app has a web-based interface, meaning you can use it from any web browser on any device. It also sells new phones that are preloaded with Spyera (though I don’t think I would want one of these).

However, I was put off when I found out that it requires you to root the target phone if its an Android. If the target phone is an iPhone, you will need to jailbreak it.

This makes the Spyera installation process very hard if your phone isn’t rooted or jailbroken already.

For this major shortcoming, you would think they would cut down their price. However, it is actually the opposite.

Spyera costs double or triple the price of Spyic or Cocospy. And consider that the later work without requiring root or jailbreak.

I think Spyera has a long way to go to improve their technology significantly.

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6. Mobile-Spy:

Mobile spy is a phone spy tool that works only for Android. It can keep an eye on the text messages, calls, location, and some other data of the target phone.

To be honest, it does not have much to offer in terms of features. But what it offers, it does well.


It is fine if you want to check only the browser history, location, and a few other things of the user. However, it is a good idea not to use this tool while expecting too much.

I feel they could improve their interface more. It doesn’t really look interactive at all. It feels like you have walked back a decade in terms of technology.

For their features, they should have given a concession on the pricing. However, it cost more than our topmost crown contenders.

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7. Mobistealth:

Mobistealth is a phone spy app without target phone that is compatible with computers as well (though I would not suggest you use it for the latter). For phones, it is compatible with both Android and iOS.

It can track all the data of the target phone like social media chats, calls, location, etc. Also, it does not require you to root or jailbreak the target device.

The installation process is pretty easy as well. However, I wished they could improve more up on their dashboard design. If they are offering good features, why not present them well too?

The major disadvantage of this app that puts it this down in the list is its price. It offers not a single feature more than the best apps we have mentioned. However, it is one of the costliest tools in the list.

8. Minspy Global:

Minspy Global is a phone spying tool that works only for Android. It is compatible with most Android devices.

It offers spying on the user’s social media accounts, chats, location, calls, and a few other features. It has a keylogger feature too.

However, as you might have guessed, if it is this good, there must be a downside. Well, there is.

Minspy Global only works with rooted Android devices. Therefore, if the target phone isn’t rooted, you will need to root it.

This is pointless as if you are going to root it, the user will surely find out what you have done with it. I wouldn’t suggest rooting a phone.

But well, the app works if you are willing to root the phone. Although, with these compromises in features and technology, there is no compromise in price.

The tool is pricey and costs double as much as our top picks. This gives it the #8 spot on our list.

9. Auto Forward:

Auto forward is not a terrible spy app if what you want is something basic. It works for both Android and iOS.

It has basic functionality features like call monitoring, GPS monitoring, message monitoring, and a bit more.

It works similar to the top picks in our list. Though the features are very few as compared to Spyic and the interface is a bit cliche and boring.

Even then, the spy app asks for a pricey investment. It costs way more than Cocospy and Spyic combined.

I think if they lowered its price it might give a better (though not equal) competition to the top apps.

10. Teensafe:

When I used Teensafe, I felt that it was not so bad. It is compatible with both iPhone and Android. It has many features including location monitor, message monitor, social media monitor, etc.

While it isn’t that bad for Android, I would never use it for iOS. To use Teensafe on an iPhone or an iPad, it requires that the target device is jailbroken.

While they have a web-based interface which works in their favor, needing to jailbreak the target iPhone isn’t something I would sign up for.

But well, if you feel that Teensafe is for you, you can use it per your will. Although, they are also hefty on the pricing part.

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Frequently Asked Questions

📱 Do I need to jailbreak the target iPhone to spy on it?

No, the best apps that I have mentioned can spy on an iPhone without needing to spy on it.

🧐 Do I need to root the target Android phone to spy on it?

No, an Android phone can be spied on easily without having to root it. However, only the best phone spy apps can accomplish that.

🤔 Can I spy on a phone without touching it?

It is possible to spy on an iPhone without touching it even once. However, if you want to spy on an Android phone, you will have to install the spy app on the target phone. Therefore, one-time phone access is necessary for it.

😀 How much time does it take to spy on a phone?

The time to spy on a phone varies from app to app. Most apps that I have mentioned here can do it in a matter of five minutes.

💪 Which is the best of the best phone spy apps?

The best app for you will vary based upon your needs. Personally, I have listed these apps ranking from the best and moving down from there. Therefore, you will get a general idea about which of the apps are better.


I think you might have concluded the verdict even before reaching this section. You have seen all the apps and you know what they can do.

You know their plus points and their weakness. Based on that, it is not really tough to choose a winner.

I think we can all unanimously agree that the best phone spy race is clearly won by Spyic. And that too, by a huge margin.

Spyic does not compromise anywhere. It has the best in terms of features, technology, interface, installation, and ease of use. Yet, it is the absolute cheapest app on the list. For a minute I even wondered if the owners are doing the people a favour by selling it so cheap.

But well, it is not our concern. All you and I should concentrate on is what we are getting. And at this moment, I think I would go with Spyic with my eyes shut.

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