PROS / It has a live control panel where you can see activity in real time and access advanced reports.
CONS / It doesn't offer any of the alerts and restrictions we looked for.
VERDICT / Easy Spy has good monitoring and an intuitive web dashboard, but it doesn't offer any tools to send you alerts or let you set restrictions.
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, as well as things they've deleted. However, this is the only cell phone parental control software in our review that doesn't let you set any restrictions or alerts on your child's phone activity.
Easy Spy's monitoring website has an intuitive layout and seamless navigation. You can monitor basic communication such as phone calls and text messages, as well as less-common data such as deleted content. One excellent feature of this software is its live control panel, which allows you to see some activity as it happens or with only a slight delay and to access advanced controls. You can also see photos and videos your child takes with the device, along with their existing contacts and calendar events. If you want to monitor chat apps or email conversations, you need to root your device, which can make the phone vulnerable to malware attacks.
Unlike the other cell phone parental controls in our review, this software doesn't allow you to set limits on phone time, block websites or block apps. Additionally, the software doesn't send you notifications when your child uses restricted keywords or tries to remove the software from the target device.
Installation of the smartphone parental controls 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, so your child won't know they're being monitored unless you tell them. You can also remotely lock the device if you want your child to stop using it at any time or if it gets stolen.
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 parental controls for cell phones do. Easy Spy is compatible with Android and iOS devices but not BlackBerry phones.
Easy Spy is an in-depth parental control app for cell phones that has an appealing live control panel, which lets you see what kinds of content your child views online. Reporting is simple, but some other features are limited compared to the best monitoring software, especially in terms of restrictions and alerts.