PROS / It has a live control panel where you can see activity in real time and access advanced controls.
CONS / It is extremely limited in what kinds of alerts you can create.
VERDICT / This is good parental control software overall, with its in-depth monitoring and intuitive website, though it is limited in alerts and device compatibility.
If your child uses a smartphone, Easy Spy can help you monitor where they go, who they talk to and their cell phone activity in general. You can view their activity live, even things they've deleted, and also set up alerts and restrictions, though the software limits you a bit here.
We were disappointed to see that the software is only offered in one-year terms. If you only require cell phone parental control software for a shorter term, you may want to consider a different option. It is compatible with Androids and iPhones but not BlackBerry devices or Windows Phones.
The monitoring website is beautiful, offering an intuitive layout and seamless navigation. There are no limits to what kinds of smartphone activity it can track: You can monitor basic communication such as phone calls and text messages, and even see deleted content. One feature of this software that we really like is its live control panel, which lets you see some activity as it happens or with a slight delay and it lets you access advanced controls. You can also see photos and videos your child takes with the device, along with existing contacts and calendar events.
You can opt to be notified as often as every five minutes of the monitored phone's current GPS location, though this takes a larger toll on the device's battery than if you were to receive less frequent updates. While the best phone spyware lets you set a wide variety of alerts, Easy Spy is pretty much limited to this alert. You can, however, block your child from viewing specific websites according to their content.
Installation of the cell phone spyware on the target device is a cinch, taking just a couple minutes. However, there is no login on the developer's website, and you have to bookmark the login link that's emailed to you once you pay for it in order to access it in the future, which is a bit of a fuss. The software is otherwise easy to use, though, including the reports. The app runs invisibly on the device, not showing up in the notifications tray or application list. You can also remotely lock the device if needed. While you can reach out to Easy Spy's customer support team via phone or email, it doesn't offer any product tutorials or a knowledgebase on its website like most other developers do.
Easy Spy gives you truly in-depth cell phone monitoring from an appealing live control panel, letting you control what kind of content your child can view online. It gives you access to set certain restrictions and alerts, and it's easy to install and use. Reporting is simple, but some other features are somewhat limited compared to the best monitoring software.