As part of my look at cell phone spy software I wanted to do a review of Flexispy. Now bear with me, this is not just another rehash of the company website listing every feature and how it is the greatest thing ever – recommended by someone who has never used it – plenty of the other Flexispy reviews do that!
This is a real review – I have bought and used this product, in fact I have used all of the spy software products that I talk about on this site – this one, MSPY and Mobistealth. I have tried others but these are the ones that I can recommend based on what they can do and their reliability.
Before you buy anything make sure you look at my other two reviews (click their names above) and then read the comparison review – I think it will help you decide which is best for your needs.
For a full run down on all FlexiSpy features
Now on to my review!
Updated February 2017
Flexispy Review – the Premier Spy Software?
Catchy headline but is it the truth? This program has long been considered the top of the range solution for cell phone monitoring – and with recent changes and updates it looks set to hold on to top spot.
The spy software market is constantly changing with new products and with major developments from the existing software companies – this one continues to stay ahead of the rest in terms of features and reliability.
Most recently we have seen the suspension of StealthGenie due to a legal case in the U.S. – one of Flexispy’s biggest competitors.
mSpy, in reaction, have stopped providing two of their premier monitoring features – call recording and surroundings recording.
MobileSpy have made their software visible on the target phone – in an attempt to stay within U.S. legal terms. There really has been a shake up in the market and Flexispy look set to gain even more market share.
An important thing to remember in all of this is that the company behind Flexispy is not based in the United States, nor are their servers or infrastructure. This gives them a major level of protection from U.S. law and explains why the others are trying to change how they market spy software.
The New Look Flexispy
This year, they have totally revamped and upgraded their website, the monitoring Control Center (dashboard), and introduced a range of new features and pricing levels – as well as adding new products. Their Control Center is where you access the monitoring data logs and interact with the target phone / device – the new version is the most user friendly I have seen, very clean and modern – and it just works!
Like the others, they strive to release updates to match the latest operating systems. I keep this section regularly updated – at the moment you can use it to monitor phones and devices using the following versions:
- Android from version 2.3 up to 6.0
- iPhone / iPad up to version 9.0.2
- BlackBerry up to version 7.1.
- Nokia Symbian – with limited features.
The major programs overlap quite a bit on the spying features they offer, they simply package them differently and offer various pricing structures for the services. With the recent changes mentioned above, Flexispy now offer the most advanced set of features – bar none. You can also buy for shorter term contracts – 1, 3 and 12 months – cheaper to try out now!
You get all the usual spy features such as : text, email, websites visited, photos, videos, call logs, contacts, bookmarks and GPRS Tracking – all now seen as standard with all these programs.
They have two main packages – FlexiSpy Extreme and FlexiSpy Premium. The Extreme version comes with Live Call Listening, Call Recording, Surroundings Recording, and Remote Spy Camera. All of the other features are available with the Premium version.
As things stand today, if you want to listen to or record actual voice calls – FlexiSpy is your only option. Let’s look at some of the main features available:
What is Call Interception with Flex Spy?
You can listen in to live phone calls using the Extreme version of the software. If this is what you really need then this is the only software package for you, full stop. This is why their Extreme package is relatively expensive.
It is important to understand how this works and to be aware that it is not compatible with all phones and carriers – CDMA networks and dual sim phones are not supported. They do have a 10 day refund policy, so if call listening doesn’t work you can downgrade your subscription or get a refund.
It now works for the iPhone and the iPad.
How It Works
You can nominate specific target phone numbers and receive an alert by text or email when a call is taking place. Then you can make a secret call to the monitored phone (from your own cell phone) and listen to the conversation – live.
The feature works by silently adding you to a conference call. It needs the target phone carrier to be compatible with 3 way calling – some are and some are not.
This is a very powerful feature, but for most people I think it is not really necessary. Some business users can get a lot out of this feature, but for monitoring your kids it is a bit extreme in my opinion.
A much more useful feature in my opinion. This works on most phones and carriers as long as there is a decent connection. I have used this with no problems – the recorded calls are saved in the control center and can be downloaded to your PC phone or device. You can also change the settings and select which calls to record – all, or selected numbers only.
You can also trigger the target phone/device microphone to record surroundings, like a remote bugging device.
Monitoring Chat Messengers and Social Sites
Here, FlexiSpy have made great progress and have the most comprehensive list of sites and apps you can monitor. Here are the main ones available now :
FaceBook, FaceBook Messenger, Line,WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, WeChat, SnapChat, Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Pin, and iMessage. Note that Android phones need to be Rooted for IM monitoring.
They keep adding new ones regularly so check their website for the latest list.
FlexiSpy Password Cracker
This can be bought separately but comes free with Flexispy Extreme. It works like a keylogger – once you have the software installed, the password cracker will report all passwords / pin numbers entered – for the phone itself, social and messenger sites, as well as websites and email. Definitely another unique tool!
Advanced Location Tracking
You get real-time data of where the device is at any given time plus it stores the historical data – showing on a map exactly where the phone has been over a period of time. Using the Alerts system you can set Geo-location boundaries or areas and receive an alert when the phone enters or leaves a specific area. Great for tracking kids movements and warning you.
The Alerts System also allows you to set certain trigger keywords or phone numbers – then you will get a notification if these are detected in SMS texts or emails.
The Control Center
This interface has been totally re-developed this year and is pretty amazing. Everything is very well laid out and easy to use. You get a lot of control over the app –
- Setting alerts and notifications
- Sim change notification
- View installed programs
- Remotely Uninstall the software
- Update the software without further access to the device
- Renew Subscription
All this and a few others can be controlled from within the online control center – without any further physical access to the target device. It is the heart of the system where all the logs and reports can be viewed – from your PC or even your phone / device.
FlexiSpy have a few tools to help you keep things well hidden. They have tools to hide the Cydia App for Jailbroken iPhones and the Superuser Icon for Rooted Android. There is no sign of the software on the device – it does not appear in the application list or task manager. It is installed under a changing, non descript name – no Flexispy icons!
They go even further – it will not be flagged by the major virus software apps and it will not be found by task killer programs. It is definitely the most secure product available right now.
Service and Support?
They have always scored highly for their service and support. Many complaints you read in forums about cell phone monitoring software are about the lack of response to problems users have. You are unlikely to find many valid complaints about their support.
They also give no questions asked refunds if you are not satisfied – within 10 days.
The main website has just had a complete revamp, and it works well – much nicer looking but more importantly, better organized and easy to navigate. They have good information resources on their website – even a video section and have 24 hour support via live web chat and email ticket system. Their support is open 6 days a week 24 hours a day – not on Sundays.
Help for installation – this is something that many people struggle with and they now have an installation wizard to guide you through installation – FlexiSpy software is without doubt the easiest to install for someone trying it for the first time.
Installation Service – for a small fee they can now Jailbreak or Root your device and fully set up the Flexispy software, making it really easy for first time users.
They have identified one of the major problems of the spy software industry and lead the way in addressing it – good support. Is it worth the premium price to you?
This section is updated regularly. As I said they keep their pricing pretty simple. They now offer short term licenses – Remember, they have a 10 refund policy as well.
- Flexispy Extreme – $199 for 3 months or $349 for 12 months (+free Password Cracker).
- Flexispy Premium – $68 for 1 month, $99 for 3 months and $149 for 12 months.
There are no further sales taxes or VAT added to your bill. You can pay by Visa, Mastercard, Wire transfer or PayPal. (Paying by Paypal you get a 10% discount but with no refund policy.)
Value for Money?
With the recent demise of StealthGenie, and the changing of services from mSpy and Mobilespy, FlexiSpy Extreme really stands out on its own. No other providers offer these monitoring features – simple. It is pricey at $349 but if you need advanced features that actually work, this is your only option.
The Premium version offers better value for money and competes well with the competition on features and price. Remember, you will be comparing this to the top price products from the other providers – like for like.
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My Conclusion – for What It’s Worth
Things have changed in the spy software market. At this time Flexispy is the ONLY legitimate company to offer the advanced features – Live Call Intercept, Call Recording, Surroundings Recording and Remote Camera. If you feel you must have any of these options, quite simply this is the only software that can do it.
If you are looking to monitor a cell phone for a short period of time and the basic reporting features are all you need then Flexispy probably isn’t the best option for you. You could consider one of the other programs – mSpy or MobileSpy. Their features compete with the cheaper version and they offer short term contracts – worth considering.
Where Flexispy also stand out is their design and ease of installation and use, and their support. They have led the way with top support for quite a while. The information on their site is second to none, and when you really need help you can get someone quickly.
Now the decision is yours – you need to think about what you need to monitor and how much you want to spend.
Thanks for reading!