Given how important our smartphones are to our everyday lives, it makes sense that we want to protect them and ourselves while we use them. Some of the iPhone spy apps in this list are a bit of fun while some have a serious use. Whatever the reason you want to use a spy app, these are some of the best around.
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I won’t go into the legality of these apps as that is a very sticky area. I’ll assume you will take all that into account when you use any iPhone spy app.
mSpy is a very powerful iPhone spy app that is completely undetectable once installed. It includes a keylogger, call monitor, website blocker, geofence alert to let you know if the handset enters a location you don’t want it to, chat logger that works with WhatsApp, GPS tracker, internet monitor and remote control. The app also comes with 24/7 customer service.
mSpy has three different subscription options depending on your needs.
iKeyMonitor is a keylogging app that collects data from SMS, WhatsApp, websites and more. If it’s typed into the iPhone keyboard, it is recorded in this app. The app installs quickly and silently and will sit on the phone invisibly recording every keystroke. It can also capture screenshots to show you what’s going on as well as what is being typed. The app will then email you a report of keystrokes
iKeyMonitor is quite expensive but comes with a three day free trial so you can try before you buy.
Xnspy is similar to the preceding two but it quite a bit cheaper. This iPhone spy app can monitor calls, keystrokes, track the phone using GPS, secretly record using the microphone and alert you when particular words are typed or mentioned. The real strength of Xnspy is that it happens in real time so even if the user deletes chats and call logs you will still see them.
Xnspy is available for non-jailbroken and jailbroken iPhones.
4. Mobistealth iPhone Spy App
The Mobistealth iPhone Spy App is another great app that logs chats, SMS, call logs, images, videos, web history and more. You can also activate the microphone to listen to calls or conversations, use GPS, Wi-Fi or cell tracking to find the location and more. It works on both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iPhones and is completely silent so the user should never know what’s going on.
Mobistealth iPhone Spy App is also expensive but comes with a free trial.
FlexiSPY is another fully featured iPhone spy app that does everything from monitor keystrokes to record calls, track its location and more. FlexiSPY also includes remote control options so you can remotely switch on the video camera or microphone to record what’s going on at the time. You can also make changes to the phone remotely for on the fly control.
FlexiSPY does work on non-jailbroken iPhones but works best on jailbroken ones.
6. Mobile Spy for iPhone
Mobile Spy for iPhone is similar to the others in this list but has an extra trick up its sleeve. It is also different in that it alerts the user that they are being monitored. This is more useful for employee cellphones but has uses in other ways too. It can monitor the screen, calls, SMS, chat and social networks, provide GPS location, lock the phone, retrieve the SIM data and delivers logs via email. It also checks installed apps and can block them should you need to.
Mobile Spy for iPhone does warn the user that they are being monitored but has a comprehensive toolkit for phone monitoring.
HighsterMobile is another neat iPhone spy app that can record keystrokes, calls, images and videos. It can also report on emails, call history, location, social media use, apps, installations and uninstalls, browser history and other data. It can also alert in real time when keywords are typed and block apps from being installed onto the phone. The app can also take pictures using the phone’s camera without the user’s knowledge.
HighsterMobile isn’t cheap but offers customer support and lots of spy features so could be well worth the investment.
SpyEra is one of the most comprehensive iPhone spy apps out there but is also one of the most expensive. It can listen to or record live calls, record Skype calls, record SMS, chats, IMs, social media use, Facetime, record all keystrokes and even grab passwords from the phone. It is undetectable to the user and offers full control over the device and full monitoring over everything that is done on the phone.
SpyEra needs a jailbroken phone to work but offers a huge range of features in return.
9. Phone Tracker for iPhones
If all you want to do is know where the phone is, Phone Tracker for iPhones could be for you. It’s free too which is a bonus. It sits silently on the phone and doesn’t need the app to run to work. It can ping a location every 2 minutes and is fully configurable. While not as fully featured as the other spy apps on here, it does what it does well.
Phone Tracker for iPhones does take a little while to lock on to a phone and drains the battery but is otherwise excellent.
10. Auto Forward
Auto Forward cannot seem to admit that it is an iPhone spy app but that’s exactly what it is. It can retrieve emails, iMessages, chats, location, social media activity, SMS, call logs, browser history images and video and every aspect of iPhone use. It records everything and then uploads it to a secure server for you to peruse at your leisure. While it works well as an iPhone backup utility, it also works as monitoring software too.
Auto Forward isn’t cheap and stores all the data on their own servers.
Whether you want to be the next James Bond, spy on a sibling or partner, monitor your children’s phone use or keep an eye on employees, these iPhone spy apps will help you do it!