**The article “Top 5 Apps to Spy on Text Messages” has been updated to reflect the most recent developments in cell phone technology and society’s ever-growing obsession with sexting, messaging apps and social media apps like Facebook, SnapChat and WhatsApp.**
With the emergence of more powerful utility apps that are now being used to spy on cell phones, I have altered my top picks to better reflect the latest technology. Here they are:
My Top 3 Text Message Spy Software
#1 – DDI Utilities
The best all around spy app. Excellent for all iPhones and Androids.
DDI Utilities is among the latest, cutting edge utility apps that can be used to spy on a cell. More powerful and easier to use and setup, it has become the choice of thousands who need to spy on a cell phone.
#2 – Highster Mobile
The best No Jailbreak system for iPhones. Does not require access to device.
Highster Mobile has been on the market since 2007 and has been downloaded an estimates 500,000 times! That’s a lot of satisfied customers! And if you choose this program, as I have, you will also be one of them! You just can’t go wrong with this app. Tried and true and up to date with the latest iOS and iPhone.
#3 – Auto Forward Spy
Perfect for Android phones and tablets
For people wanting to get information from an Android phone or tablet, I have not reviewed a better product than Auto Forward (with the exception of DDI, above). Auto Forward may not be as powerful as DDI in some areas, but what it gives in power, in makes back in easy-of-use. I think my dog could use this app if he could use a keyboard! Seriously though, it is a very good app and one you should try if you not very “techie”.
Over the years I have learned a lot (mostly I learned what NOT to do!) and what I have learned is that you need to find a program from a company that has three basic but VERY important features. They are:
- Telephone Number – Make sure the website has a working telephone number. This is a good sign that the company is legitimate. Any website that does not have a telephone number is likely a fly-by-night and not very good.
- No Monthly Fees – Stay away from them! Plain and simple. They’re a pain in the neck to cancel and you almost always get charged for an extra month or two because they “forgot” to cancel your subscription because of an oversight. Do yourself a favor and find a program that can be purchased for a single payment.
- Customer Support – Make sure the company offers FULL TELEPHONE CUSTOMER SUPPORT. Email is not enough with this type of application. I can almost guarantee that you will need help along the way and it will be a HUGE PLUS to get a LIVE person on the phone who can solve any issue you may have. This will be invaluable to you…TRUST ME!
Now that we’ve covered the basics of what you want in a company, let’s talk about the apps themselves.
Top Apps to Spy on Text Messages
So, how do you sort through the junk? Below, I’ve provided a list of the top five cell phone spyware apps available today (I have actually tested and used each one of them). Each of these will enable you to read someone’s text messages and just about all activity of virtually any mobile device. Read carefully and know that whichever of these you choose, you’ll gain peace of mind with your purchase.
IMPORTANT: Each of the programs below is capable of retrieving more than just text messages from a cell phone or tablet. They will also get; Calls, GPS location, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, websites visited, photos, videos and much more.
These programs are very powerful and will enable you to spy on a mobile device much like any government or private investigator might and should be used only for legal purposes.
#1 DDI Utilities (Best all around spy app)
DDI Utilities is my personal choice for the best spy app on the market. It represents the departure from traditional spy apps to a more powerful, in-depth and easy-to-use app that is a better fit for todays mobile devices.
Because it is a “utility app”, it can dig deeper into file structures of cell phone or tablet and possibly extract more information than a traditional spy app can. Superb for spying on text messages and iMessages, you will not find a better text spy app, or cell phone spy app that DDI.
Visit their site: https://ddiutilities.com/
#2 Highster Mobile (Best spy app for iPhones and iPads)
Highster Mobile is an SMS tracker and text message spy software that has been on the market for nearly 8 years. It has helped literally hundreds of thousands of people to spy on cell phones and in particular, gather text messages from just about any mobile device on the market.
A superior text message spy, Highster Mobile not only enables a user to retrieve new text messages from any cell phone, it will also extract old and deleted text messages as well. It does this by scouring the memory of the mobile device and extracting all available old and deleted text messages that haven’t been overwritten. The astonishing thing is that you can do all this without actually having the phone in your possession. It is not uncommon for users to report the extraction of text messages from up to one-year-old.
The Best NO-JAILBREAK Program
If you are spying on a an iPhone and you are either unwilling or unable to jailbreak it, Highster Mobile is for you!
Their No-Jailbreak program is tops in the industry and, in my opinion, is by far the easiest to use and most powerful. I found that it captures more data, in less time, than any of the competing programs. Access to the monitored device is not necessary.
Highster Mobile will also extract loads of data from virtually any cell phone Including; calls, GPS location (within 50 feet of the phone’s actual location), photos, videos, social media messages (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), web browsing history and much more.
How it Works
Activation is pretty fast and fairly simple. I used the OTA (over-the-air) method to install the program, which allows for the app to be downloaded using only a WiFi connection. I entered my license key, then the telephone number of the phone I wanted see text messages from. Within minutes, loads of information from that phone began appearing on my cell phone. I saw all texts that were being sent and received. I saw the content of each text, the date and time of the message and the phone number to which is was sent or received. I was pleased to see that it worked so well.
Perhaps the most important feature of this program is that it comes with FREE telephone support. Any person who buys this program can actually call the 800 number on the website and speak to a live person. Currently, Highster Mobile is one of only two products I am aware of that offers free telephone support. The other is Auto Forward Spy.
The program costs $69.99 and has no additional charges and no monthly fees. It also comes with free lifetime upgrades so you never have to buy another SMS (text) tracking program again.
Because of its exceptional functionality and reliability and its low price point, Highster Mobile is a good choice.
Visit their site: http://www.highstermobile.com/
#3 Auto Forward Spy (Recommended: Best for Android phones and tablets)
Inexpensive and user friendly, Auto Forward Spy is—without a doubt—the best choice for Android and iPhone devices! It allows users to view a targeted devices browser history, spy on text messages, take photos remotely and much more all without having the phone in your possession. From its simple installation to its ease of use, Auto Forward Spy gives you all the benefits of mobile monitoring software with none of the hassle. It’s just download, install and monitor!
With Auto Forward, you’ll be able to:
- Spy on text messages and SMS—even if the phone’s logs are deleted. With Auto Forward Spy installed, you’ll be able to view the content of every text, the phone numbers associated with them and the time and date of each message.
- Call Recording. Auto Forward will record both sides of every conversation and upload a recording to your user account that you can listen to anytime you wish. Recordings also can be downloaded and stored.
- Monitor social media in real time! Ideal for parents, this feature lets you check on children’s social interactions on Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, LineChat, weChat and more! It let’s you see who they’re talking to, what they’re saying and what they are sharing.
- Track via GPS. Whether the device you’re tracking belongs to a loved one or an employee—or is stolen or lost—the GPS tracking feature can pinpoint its location on a map in 5-minute intervals.
- Monitor and record email. Instantly access all incoming and outgoing emails on the mobile device in which the app is installed and time-stamp and store all the data on the platform of your choice.
- See all incoming and outgoing calls as they occur. The Call Log feature of Auto Forward Spy lets you see every phone number dialed and the duration of each call—even if the call logs have been deleted—and allows you to retrieve and download the data.
- Access contacts. Auto Forward Spy gives you instant access to all of the names, phone number, email addresses and more contained within the designated mobile device.
- View the browser history. Monitor your child or employee’s internet access to safeguard against them viewing inappropriate websites, videos or photos.
- Take photos remotely from the device’s viewfinder and download and save the images with Auto Forward Spy’s Remote Camera.
- Observe all activities—incoming or outgoing—in real-time through any device with the Real-Time Control Panel in order to see how the device is being used. Need to see a chat message? A call? Need to spy on text messages? The Real-Time Control Panel gives you this information instantly.
Excellent customer support with LIVE people answering the phone. Of course, I called just to see if real people would actually answer the phone and if they knew what they were talking about, which they did. I was very pleased with how helpful they were.
As I stated above, “stay away from monthly fees”. Auto Forward Spy has a price tag of only $69.99 with no monthly fees and no additional charges. Honestly, for the money you really can’t go wrong. It’s fast, simple and easy-to-use, but most of all, it’s powerful enough to get just about anybody all the information they would ever need.
Auto Forward Spy has been on the market for over 5 years and has done an excellent job in surpassing the competition. The development team of Auto Forward Spy has proven to be extremely capable of producing one of the best apps for spying on texts you will find anywhere.
Visit their site: http://auto-forward.com/
#4 Surepoint Spy (New to the market. Good option for any phone)
Surepoint Spy is an easy-to-use cell phone spy app that is perfectly suited for the average person (like me) who needs to do some “surveillance” work. The program includes a “No jailbreak required” option that you can use if you are unable or unwilling to jailbreak the device.
With many useful features, like the ability to be read someone else’s text messages and view all call logs, photos and videos, it also allows you to monitor across different devices and does not require that you have the device in your possession to gather data from it. It’s an ideal tool for any boss wanting to keep track of employees or parent who wishes to monitor their children.
Surepoint Spy is perfectly designed to spy on the iMessages of any Apple device. iPhones and iPads are a very complicated device to spy on but Surepoint Spy gets the job done superbly. It will extract iMessages and text messages from all iPhones and iPads. Jailbreaking is not necessary when using Surepoint as they have a no-jailbreak solution that works quite well. To use the no-jailbreak solution you do not need to install any software to the target phone. Data from the iPhone or iPad is extracted and displayed in your user account which can be viewed from your cell phone, tablet or computer. All you need is an Internet connection or a cellular data connection.
Surepoint can be purchased for a one time fee of only $69.99. There are no additional costs or monthly fees associated with the purchase of this program.
The customer support is among the best there is. Questions get answered quickly and issues get resolved immediately. There was always a friendly person answering the phone to answer my questions or resolve any issues that may arise.
In my opinion, you will not find a better text spy for iPhones and iPads than Surepoint Spy. It is my top choice for spying on iMessages and text messages of any Apple device and Android device.
Visit their site: http://surepointspy.com/
The internet is a dangerous place. Full of dangerous people. Hackers, haters, scammers, cyber stalkers, perverts, pedos—the online world is a virtual devil’s playground. A world that we carry along with us in our hands. So how can you protect the ones you love from those seeking to do harm? And how can you safeguard those you entrust with your devices against misuse? Installing cell phone spy software that allows you to spy on text messages, track social media activity, access browsing history, view call logs and more is a step in the right direction.
Each of these spyware apps come with their merits, but if you’re looking for the absolute best of the bunch, then look no further than SurePoint, AutoForward and Highster. With their ease of installation and use—and low cost—these three products are the top choices in the market today. With functions that allow you to take photos remotely, view browser history, spy on text messages, track via a GPS and much more, these three software programs will definitely give you the most bang for your buck. And there are no hidden fees or monthly costs. Other cell phone spyware might promise more, but read the fine print on their offers to make sure there are no recurring monthly costs. The three I mentioned all have a one-time fee.
So if you are looking to protect your children from online predators, obscene websites or overall bad decisions—or you want to keep a watchful eye on employees who may misuse your devices while on your company’s time and dime—look no further than the high-quality products in this review.
What to Look for in an SMS Tracker
Many existing spyware apps can track another device’s whereabouts, let you view its pictures and videos and help you spy on text messages, but not every one of them is alike. Here are some important qualities to look for in mobile tracking software:
Ease of Use
You shouldn’t have to be a rocket scientist to navigate through the software’s web-based control panel. A good app should make it easy for anyone to check chat logs, spy on text messages, or follow a device via the GPS.
The same should go for installing the software. Once you purchase the product, the company will send you an email that will take you step by step through the installation process. Most installations should take only a few minutes and be ready to work immediately upon completion.
Many of the available cell phone monitoring systems that track text messages share similar features, but some vary. It’s up to you to do your homework and figure out which one is right for you needs. Each app should have a multitude of functions that work to give you the answers you seek quickly, easily and without complication.
Inexpensive and NO MONTHLY FEES!
While most of the spy apps that intercept text messages are in a similar price range, some can be costlier than others. Most are a one-time purchase, but there are those that also charge a monthly fee. Find out which product works best for you and your budget before you buy. And beware of any that look too good to be true. Like anything, there are opportunists out there looking to make a quick buck with shoddy software. But an inexpensive software shouldn’t stop you from having the best and most powerful features, like GPS locator or the ability to spy on text messages. These features should always be available on any decent cell phone spy application.
Stealth is one of the most important aspects of a cell phone spy and text message tracker. Being able to track another’s cell phone or tablet usage undetected is of utmost importance to the purchaser. The hard truth is that if you want to spy on SMS texts, listen in on phone calls, and take pictures remotely without being detected, you’re going to need a good spyware app. One that is invisible and untraceable at all times.
1. Will the user of the targeted device know they are being spied on?
Not at all. The software runs in stealth mode at all times—making you virtually invisible as you spy on text messages and scroll through the browser history.
2. How do I receive the software?
The company will send you step-by-step instructions via email on how to download, install and activate your software after you make the purchase. The process is very quick and very easy. You’ll be up and running in minutes.
3. Do I need to have physical access to the target phone in order to install the software?
Yes—but only once and just for a few minutes. After that, all of your monitoring will be done remotely.
4. Do I need to Jailbreak my iPhone?
Yes, but it is a near-painless procedure. Once the iPhone is Jailbroken however, the installation is a snap.
5. Will the software work in my country?
Not necessarily. Check the software’s webpage before purchasing to be sure that the product will work in your area.