PROS / The activity logs are intuitive and highly detailed, and you can have them sent directly to your personal email address.
CONS / It doesn’t run invisibly on the target device.
VERDICT / PhoneSheriff's device compatibility, plan flexibility, wide variety of tracked data and reports, and ease of use make it terrific monitoring software.
PhoneSheriff is powerful, versatile cell phone parental control software that helps you keep an eye on your kids' smart device activity. It lets you create extensive instant alerts, set up restrictions on how your kids use their devices and monitor an impressive number of activity categories. For its diverse abilities, this software earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
Tracking & Reporting
As one of the best cell phone spyware programs, PhoneSheriff can track a wide variety of smartphone activity. You can see your child's communication history, including phone calls, text messages and photo messages; apps they've installed; and any events they've logged in the device's calendar app. It can also reveal extensive browser history information and the device's current GPS location so you always know where your child is. Another nice feature keeps track of any deleted content on the target device such as text messages and internet browser history. It can even show you what your child viewed in a browser's incognito mode, which otherwise cannot be tracked.
Although PhoneSheriff can track the contents of your child's chat conversations on apps like SnapChat, you need a rooted Android smartphone to do so. Likewise, this cell phone parental control software can only track emails on a rooted device. PhoneSheriff does not have a keylogging feature to track everything your child types on their smartphone.
Alerts & Restrictions
PhoneSheriff is the only product in our review that has all of the alerts and restrictions we looked for, including settings that restrict your child's phone time. You can choose certain times of the day to block all activity or a few selected contacts, which helps your child focus during school or homework time. The software also lets you block any website or app you decide is not appropriate for your child to view.
You can opt to receive instant notifications anytime someone tries to tamper with or uninstall the software, as well as if your child removes or replaces the phone's SIM card. Additionally, you can be notified if they use inappropriate keywords or try to access blocked apps or websites. These notifications are an excellent way to keep up to date on your child's internet activity without needing to search through reports and other data on the PhoneSheriff web dashboard.
This cell phone spyware cannot run invisibly on the target device, so it will be obvious to your kids that you're monitoring them. The app is incredibly thorough in its tracking and reporting. All activity is broken down into specific categories, and it doesn't hold back on details. In addition to showing you apps and texts, it provides information such as when your child downloaded the app or received the message. You can opt for these logs to be sent to your email for your records. During our testing, the software was occasionally a bit sluggish in loading activity after it occurred on the device, but it did show up fairly quickly and didn’t leave us waiting too long.
It also has a variety of remote functions so you can control the device even when you don’t have physical access to it. The software allows you to remotely lock or wipe the cell phone, which comes in handy if your child is using the device inappropriately or loses it.
Help & Support
Whether you have a burning question or a simple concern, you can contact customer service representatives for PhoneSheriff's developer, Retina-X Studios, via email or live chat. In our testing, we found that support personnel were quick to respond over live chat, friendly and eager to help. You can also check out a live demo, user guides and a FAQs section on the website. The website is packed with information about each feature and its benefits, empowering you with the knowledge you need to monitor your children and use the software to its fullest potential.
The software is compatible with iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android devices. This flexibility means you aren't limited in the kinds of phones you can monitor and likely lets your kids keep using their current devices. We found that the software took up about 10MB on our Android target device, so be sure your child’s phone has comparable free space available. You can choose between two different plan terms based on your surveillance needs: semiannual or yearly. Unlike most cell phone parental control plans, which only allow one device per subscription, PhoneSheriff allows up to three target devices.
PhoneSheriff cell phone parental control software has extensive activity tracking, reporting, alerts and restriction settings. This helps you keep an eye on how your kids use their smart devices and clues you in on who they talk to, what they see and how much time they spend doing what. Backed by friendly, responsive customer service, PhoneSheriff can help you view and control your kids' cell phone access as you see fit.