PROS / It can log your child's keystrokes in any app or browser.
CONS / The software does not let you limit your child's phone usage time.
VERDICT / Mobistealth has in-depth reporting, is compatible with most devices, and lets you set up a variety of restrictions and alerts, all of which make it a great cell phone parental control option.
Mobistealth is terrific cell phone parental control software because it tracks a wide variety of data, has incredible device compatibility and is easy to use. You can choose the subscription length that best suits your needs and feel confident that the program is keeping you in tune with your kids' cell phone activity. For these reasons, this software earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
Tracking & Reporting
This software can monitor most of your child's cell phone activity. Whether you need to see their calls and texts, GPS history, or installed apps, Mobistealth keeps you in the loop. It also logs deleted content and keystrokes, so it is difficult for your child to cover up activity. However, like most software in this category, it can only track chats, email and social media activity if you root the device, which we do not advocate given the risks associated with doing so. Activity shows up quickly in your reports, so you can stay informed without wasting time.
Alerts & Restrictions
As one of the best cell phone parental control applications we reviewed, Mobistealth lets you create a variety of restrictions for your child's internet activity. You can block certain apps and websites if you deem them offensive. The software can notify you when your child searches the internet with inappropriate keywords or uses them in texts. However, you can’t use the application to limit how much time your child uses their device each day.
In our testing, we found the software was easy to install and use. It takes just a few minutes to install on the target device, and to start monitoring, you simply log in to Mobistealth's website, open the target device on the dashboard and start viewing activity.
The website has a simple look, but it is clean, organized and easy to navigate. Each category tab shows you the correlating activity information such as text messages and installed apps. The software runs invisibly on the target device, so your child likely won't notice it. The feature we like best is the live-viewing function, as it lets you stay up to date on your child's activity without much delay.
Help & Support
There are three ways to contact the software manufacturer directly: live chat, phone and email. If you have questions or are curious about the software but don’t want to talk to support representatives, you can check out the knowledgebase on the website. The software is compatible with all the major operating systems for mobile devices: iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Only three other programs in our comparison have this kind of flexibility. In addition, you can opt for a quarterly, semiannual or yearlong subscription, depending on which best fits your needs.
Mobistealth makes your life easier by letting you monitor your child's cell phone without wading through a complex website to view report data. Its extensive device compatibility means it likely works on your child’s current phone, and it monitors a wide variety of activity. The limit and alert options keep you in the know about how your kids use their cell phones.