PROS / XNSPY lets you know when your child uses restricted keywords.
CONS / This software doesn't have a way to set limits on your child's phone time.
VERDICT / XNSPY provides detailed reports that show your child's smartphone habits in real time, but it doesn't track as much information or have as many restriction options as higher-ranked software.
XNSPY's cell phone parental controls allow you to monitor your child's smartphone in near real time. Its tracking and reporting features are thorough, but it lacks some of the functionality of higher-ranked products in our review.
This cell phone parental control software tracks a wide variety of activities. You can use the online dashboard to view information associated with apps, photos, call history, text messages, contacts, locations and calendar entries on your child's device shortly after actions occur. Although XNSPY can also track chat apps, such as Tinder, Skype and Facebook Messenger, this feature only works on rooted Android smartphones. If you want to view deleted content or keystrokes, you should look at other parental control apps for cell phones because XNSPY doesn't track them.
If you want to monitor more than one target smartphone, you have to purchase a license for every additional device. This is common for this type of software, but some of the best programs allow you to have three to five target devices on a single license.
XNSPY can send you alerts based on your child's activity, including when they use restricted keywords or swap out the phone's SIM card. To control who your child talks to, you can flag or block any of their contacts. The software also lets you impose similar restrictions on the websites and apps they can access. Unlike some of the best smartphone parental controls, XNSPY doesn't offer a way to set time limits for your child.
Overall, we found XNSPY was easy to install – it only took us a few minutes to complete the process. This software runs invisibly and lets you remotely lock your child's device when necessary. Although XNSPY can remotely take screenshots of the target device's current screen, it can only do so on rooted Android smartphones.
You can contact the developer over email and live chat if you need to troubleshoot any problems, but it does not offer phone support. For indirect support, you can review a number of FAQs as well as a live demo on the XNSPY website. This cell phone parental control software is compatible with Android and iOS devices but doesn't support BlackBerry phones.
XNSPY is a good choice for cell phone parental controls. It can track the most relevant data on your child's smartphone and provide you with up-to-date information. However, it doesn't have time limit settings, and there are fewer tracking features than we found in higher-ranked products.