Mobile Spy, Flexispy, mSpy and MobiStealth – a Comparison of Spy Phone Software Apps

Buying spy phone software applications can be a little confusing so I wanted to do a comparison review of the top programs. Hopefully this will make things a little clearer and help you to choose the best option for your circumstances. Be sure to check out the comparison chart below.

Updated October 2015!

IMPORTANT – Stealthgenie has been suspended at least for the time being, due to a legal case. It is not available for sale. MobileSpy is no longer recommended as it is no longer hidden from the user.

What’s Wrong with Online Reviews?

You know what I hate about most reviews online? So often they just regurgitate the marketing material already on the actualspy software comparison review company website. I have been guilty of this in the past myself and to be fair it is difficult sometimes to provide a unique perspective. For this  series of articles I am trying a different approach to help you decide which spy software program is best for your needs. I have written separate, detailed reviews – FlexispyMobile SpymSpy and Mobistealth – and then added a comparison review here to try to break it down into the most important factors you need to consider before buying any software.

Some reviews can be simply X is better than Y because… But with cell phone spy software a straight comparison is not that simple. Each product has different features at different prices and with varying pricing plans – it is actually quite confusing at first.

These spy software companies package their services together in different ways, making a like for like comparison difficult. They overlap in many of the basic reporting features they provide but each still has a unique set of features and they sell them differently.

Take a look at the comparison chart I have created listing the most significant features for each cell phone spy package. I have compared the top level software for each product to try to keep the comparison fair. Each package reviewed is the company’s most expensive option.

The chart has been modified to reflect recent changes with the different programs including the StealthGenie update.

Comparison Chart – Flexispy, Mobile Spy mSpy and MobiStealth

    • Features
    • Call Intercept
    • Call Recording
    • Surroundings Rec.
    • GPS Tracking
    • Text and Call Logs
    • Email
    • Trigger Words
    • Alerts
    • Web History
    • Photos and Video
    • Contacts
    • View / Block Apps
    • Lock / Wipe Phone
    • Live Screenshot
    • Sim Notification

Note: for clarification on the features above you can refer back to my individual reviews or check out the company websites at the links provided. Only the main features are listed and they are for the top range packages of each program. Not all features are available for all types of phones – be sure to check individual features on the websites and make sure your phone is covered.

Social and Chat Monitoring Compared

The table below lists all of the social and chat / messenger programs that can be monitored by each application. They all monitor different sites so make sure you have support for the ones you really need. At this time FlexiSpy has the best coverage – but I’ll keep this updated as the list keeps growing.

    • Social/Chat
    • FaceBook
    • FaceBook Messenger
    • Twitter
    • iMessage
    • BBMessenger
    • BB Pin
    • WhatsApp
    • Viber
    • Skype
    • SnapChat
    • Line
    • WeChat
    • Hangouts
    • Yahoo Messenger
    • Gtalk
    • AOL

Remember that some monitoring is only available for Rooted Android devices and iPhone – check the sites before buying!

Decision Time

Hopefully you now have a clearer view of what each of the spy software apps provide in terms of features, reporting and social/chat monitoring. Now it’s important to consider some other factors about the software providers. You are making an investment of your own cash and should try to spend your money wisely and safely.

I have rated the companies based on my experience of using the products and my overall impression of the services and support they offer. This is my opinion, but I hope it will give you some guidance and of course you should check out as much as possible for yourself before buying.

mSpy – My Top Pick!

mSpy competes well with the rest of the field – so well that it is now the best selling monitoring software.

I like this program because it just works – no bells and whistles or jumping through hoops – it does exactly what the makers promise. Plus they have a few added value features – assistance with installation and their No Jailbreak Solution have helped many people get started with monitoring.

Flexispy is the main competitor and it does have some advanced recording features, but if you don’t need these – and most people don’t – M Spy is the best value for money product right now. Competitive pricing from a reliable company – that is why so many people chose this software.

There is not a huge amount between the two product in terms of features although they monitor different chat and messaging platforms. mSpy works well, is reliable and easy to use – a good program to get started with!

mSpy Pricing

They have 2 packages with different terms:

Basic – 1 month = $39.99                  3 months = $59.99


1 month = $69.99

3 months = $119.99

6 months = $149.99

12 months = $199.99

Read the full mSpy review here ….

Flexispy – For Advanced Features

They are currently the ONLY company offering advanced features such as Call Listening and Call Recording. After the legal issues and closing of Stealthgenie several companies have changed the features they support – not Flexispy. Now they stand out as having the most advanced monitoring features.

The only downside is that these features come at a cost and are only available with their top end version FlexiSpy Extreme.

Flexispy have now introduced short term pricing – previously, you could only buy annual subscriptions. Their most expensive Extreme package is now available for 3 months making it more affordable, but don’t ignore their standard version – it is competitively priced with more features than the rest – as long as you don’t need the call recording etc.

Taking everything into account Flexispy is now without question the most advanced in terms of features. It really depends on what you need to monitor – is it worth that extra cost? If you need call intercept, call recording, extra help setting up, long term monitoring or simply like to have the best, then it is the one to choose. If cost is a major issue, you will find the others such as MSpy offer more value for money but with reduced monitoring features.

Flexispy Pricing

Now available in short term license, two versions available:

Flexispy Extreme      –  $199 for 3 months   $349 for 12 months – plus free Password Cracker

Flexispy Premium     –  $68 for 1 month,      $99 for 3 months,       $149 for 12 months


Read my full review of Flexispy here ….


MobiStealth falls a little behind the others both in terms of features and pricing. Still, compared with all the scam software out there, it is a decent program worth consideration. It is reliable and has been around for quite a while.


MobiStealth Pro –

3 months – $79.99

6 months – $99.99

12 months- $139.99

Read my full Review here…

Mobile Spy

I no longer recommend using MobileSpy monitoring – they have recently changed a lot of features and they now show a large icon on the target phone, informing the device user that it is being monitored! Not exactly stealth. I can not see them being a viable long term option for many people.

Their support and information are good, they have short term contracts and the price is significantly cheaper than Flexispy. If you buy the annual packages you also get free Sniper Spy – which is actually great computer spy software, like Mobile Spy but for the PC. If you can live without some of the advanced features, then Mobile Spy is a great way to give phone monitoring software a try – from as little as $50 for three months.

I have found Mobile Spy to be an excellent product, not overly complicated but quietly does what it is supposed to.  Great value for money and a great way to start using this type of program.

Mobile Spy Prices

They offer 2 packages – Basic and Premium (with their Live Control Panel) – both for 3, 6 or 12 months :
Basic                                                                    Premium (Includes Live Control Panel)                                        
3 Months   –  $49.97                                                      $64.97

6 Months   –  $69.97                                                      $89.97

12 Months –  $99.97                                                      $139.97

You also get 3 months free Sniper Spy (PC monitoring software) with all 12 month packages.

Full MobileSpy Review here….

That’s about it for now. I hope you have a better idea of what these spy phone software apps can do and are ready to take the plunge. These programs are from decent companies – they all work well and your money will be safe. Be sure to read the associated articles on my site and then get started. Keep an eye on MSpy and Flexispy Software – I think they are winning the race at the moment!

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22 Responses to Mobile Spy, Flexispy, mSpy and MobiStealth – a Comparison of Spy Phone Software Apps

  1. Latonya April 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Do you think Stealth Genie Gold will live up to your rating of Stealth Genie Platinum? I’m asking because Platinum is a little steep for me right now. Please respond, your input is greatly appreciated. I LOVE YOUR REVIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Michael Keenan April 24, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      It really depends on what you want to monitor – check the differences in what can be monitored with both versions to be sure. Call recording is the big one – if you don’t need that then the gold version might be all you need.

  2. apolonia July 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    I have a question…. does mobile spy just show you the numbers /individuals that the person sends or receives texts from? Or, can you actually view the content of the text messages sent and received

    • Michael Keenan July 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      They all show the actual contents of the text – you can read it! Details of times and sender information are also recorded.

  3. concerned1 August 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi there love your info thanks for sharing. Do they intercept facebook messages and messenger without rooting? I need something that captures facebook messengers, sms and phone records (not live recording)


    • Michael Keenan September 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Android devices need to be rooted for Facebook monitoring to work – no way around it I’m afraid.

  4. Mike August 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm #


    Will mobilespy not only show the phone numbers the text messages are coming to and from, but also what the text messages say?

    • Michael Keenan September 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

      They will all show the actual contents of the text messages – as well as timestamps and numbers etc. This is a basic feature for all the main programs.

  5. Nik October 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I was wondering if you could tell me what app is considered the most disguised? Even in the apps/uninstall area. I know that some are listed as “system update” etc. Also, is there a program that required a pin to uninstall?

    • Michael Keenan October 29, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Flexispy is regarded as the hardest to find. Most people never actually find the software apps, people focus on this but it is very rarely an issue. As far as I know none require a pin to uninstall – although most have a remote uninstall feature, allowing you to remove it from the online dashboard without further access to the device.

  6. Brenda October 31, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi, I noticed the list of text messaging services these software apps monitor but I did not see KIK. This is a big one my teenager uses. Do you know if there are any that support that app?

    Thanks for your help & candor in keeping the public safe from scams.


    • Michael Keenan November 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

      Sorry – none that I have used monitor KIK at this time. Things are changing quickly though, with new apps being covered all the time. A year ago they only covered about 3 or 4 chat apps – now Flexispy monitors up to 13 different chat/ social apps.

  7. totti December 18, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Hi there.. great info.. my question is does mspy app record voice calls? If i remove it manually can i use it again on the same device or do i have to buy it again? thx

    • Michael Keenan December 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

      Mspy no longer supports voice or surroundings recording – Flexispy is the only one to offer those features now. With both, you can transfer your license to another device or re-install to the same device at any time. Thanks for your question.

  8. nour December 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Michael
    i need your advice, i want the cheapest one to use for recording viber messages , i used my mobile but it doesnt work so they return back my is there is another app??

    • Michael Keenan December 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Check my chart above! – Flexispy and mSpy both monitor Viber. If that is your main need, mSpy is probably the cheapest.

  9. chris January 10, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    If I install flexispy on a samsung that is not rooted is there any chance I can monitor whatsapp messages or not? I basically need the software to monitor messaging services mainly whatsapp and Facebook messenger and to record calls….so can you recommend a suitable software that I can use without rooting the target phone? Some software descriptions claim that even on an unrooted phone you can monitor these but it takes longer access. Is this true?


    • Michael Keenan January 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      It is not true – to monitor Whatsapp and Facebook any Android device must be Rooted. Avoid any that claim otherwise!

  10. EMA January 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Michael, Do you actually need the phone in hand that you want to spy on? How long does it take to install on it?

    • Michael Keenan January 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      You do need to have the phone in your possession – allow 10-15 minutes if it is your first time. It can be done in 5 minutes or so.

  11. Anna June 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    I don’t see much about pics or videos. Do they offer accessibility to videos and pictures on the target phone?

    • Michael Keenan July 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Yes they all offer monitoring of pictures, video and audio files stored on the device – as a standard feature in most cases. Thanks.

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