Editor's Note: PhoneSheriff has been removed from our lineup because it is no longer available due to repeated, sophisticated hackings of several Retina-X Studio companies. You can read about other cellphone parental control programs we have tested and reviewed here.
As one of the best cell phone tracking programs, PhoneSheriff is a powerful and versatile tool 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. The app lets you monitor 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, you can view and control your kids’ cell phone access as you see fit with PhoneSheriff.
This software 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. This cell phone tracking program reveals extensive browser history information and the device’s current GPS location so you always know where your child is. In addition, you can view 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.
PhoneSheriff is easy to install and is compatible with multiple devices, including iPhones and Android and BlackBerry devices. It supports up to three devices on a single subscription, which makes it a great option for families.
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.
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. For a solution that doesn’t require jailbreaking your phone, check out our review of Qustodio. PhoneSheriff does not have a keylogging feature to track everything you child types on their smartphone.
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 searching through reports and other data on the PhoneSheriff web dashboard.
This cell phone tracking software cannot run invisibly on the target device, so it is obvious to your kids that you’re monitoring them. The app is 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 you child downloaded an app or received the message. You can choose for these logs to be sent to your email for your records.
PhoneSheriff 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 uses the device inappropriately or loses it.
PhoneSheriff is a great way to set restrictions and stay up to date on your kids’ activity as they learn to use smartphones responsibly. The software is widely compatible, supports multiple devices on a single subscription and has quick customer service. It is flexible enough to work with your needs.