PROS / It lets you see Instagram photos without rooting your device.
CONS / You have to pay extra to keep and view recorded data beyond the default seven days.
VERDICT / Though it has limited alert and restriction settings, WebWatcher makes it easy to track your child’s cell phone, and it reports on a wide variety of activity thoroughly and quickly.
WebWatcher makes it easy to monitor your child’s cell phone – you don’t need to be tech-savvy to install it, and the monitoring website is relatively easy to navigate. You can track a wide variety of cell phone activity as well as receive reports and keyword alerts. However, this mobile phone monitoring software is rather limited in its alerts, restrictions and term lengths.
The software’s monitoring website has fairly simple navigation, though it is not as intuitive or visually appealing as other programs’. The app is easy to install on the target device and starts monitoring and reporting instantly. Additionally, the app runs invisibly on your child’s cell phone, though tech-savvy teens may notice it.
One of WebWatcher’s downsides is that it only stores recorded data for seven days. If you want to keep it for longer, you have to pay per license to extend the viewing window to 14 or 30 days. All data recorded beyond your current viewing period is automatically deleted.
This cell phone monitoring software is compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones. Its term-length options are somewhat limited; it's only available in monthly or yearly subscriptions, so if you want to monitor for less than a year, you have to let the subscription automatically renew itself at the end of each month.
One of the program’s better features lets you see photos taken and shared on Instagram without rooting the device. The mobile phone spyware lets you see most communication that occurs on the device, such as phone calls and emails, and it reveals media and installed apps. You can use it to track the device's browser history, along with current and recent GPS locations. It doesn't take long for new activity to show up in reports, so you aren’t left waiting for updates.
WebWatcher has a limited number of alerts and restriction settings compared to the best cell phone monitoring software in our comparison. You can create an alert that notifies you anytime inappropriate language is used on the device. However, it does not let you block apps, websites or contacts.
Should you need help with the product, you can contact its customer support representatives directly through live chat, over the phone and via email. There is also a knowledgebase on the company’s website.
Because of the variety of data it tracks and its quick reporting, WebWatcher can do a decent job helping you keep a close eye on your child’s cell phone use. Though its monitoring website isn't the most attractive and you have to pay to view data beyond the default seven-day period, it does a good job overall and is easy to install and use.