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2019’s Top 10 Android Monitoring Apps

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Mar 28, 2019 10:04 am tips_icon Device Monitoring

Parents are constantly worried about their kid's safety in the online world. There are so many unwanted risks and potential threats which can be faced by your child in this technology driven era. They may encounter a lot of inappropriate content on their phones like violent pictures, erotic messages and so on. They are at a highly vulnerable state of being cyber bullied by predators as well.

All these risks and scenarios make it even more important for the employment of Android monitoring apps which aid in keeping your children away from danger. There are so many parental monitoring apps available for Android which can keep you from worrying about your child's cell phone usage.

1. KidsGuard Pro

KidsGuard Pro is an app which has been designed to monitor Android phones in the most effective way. This app has been curated keeping in mind the need for parental monitoring given the rise of threats online. By using this app, your mind would be at peace as you would have a clear picture about your child's online whereabouts at all times. Most of the popular social media platforms like WhatsApp, Viber, Snapchat, etc can also be monitored and kept a check on. This app comes with a list of extensive features which are mentioned below.

Pros:

  • It works in incognito mode.

  • You can check all the data on your kid's phone including contacts, messages, videos, images, and social media apps and so much more.

  • Real time location tracking of your child along with their location history.

  • Has the feature of real-time screenshot and keylogger.

  • Comes with a 3-day free trial.

Cons:

  • No SOS or alert function.

kidsguard pro

Price: $8.32/month if you choose yearly plan.

With so many positive aspects and a range of extensive features, this app is highly recommended for monitoring your child's activity on their cell phone. You can try out the free trial which is for a period of 3 days and then decide whether to purchase the app based on your experience.

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2. FoneMonitor

This app is one of the most popular parental control apps for Android phone monitoring. After installing this app on your child's phone you can easily view and control their call logs, messages, photos and videos. Popular social media apps including Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp, on the target phones can also be kept a check on by using this app. As soon as you install FoneMonitor on the target phone the icon disappears making it impossible for your child to know that their cell phone is being monitored.

fonemonitor app

Pros:

  • It is a very light app

  • Remote monitoring is possible

  • Undetectable.

Cons:

  • Google Play Protect would have to be disabled.

  • This app tends to deteriorate in its performance upon prolonged usage.

Price: Premium edition at $29.99/month and ultimate edition at $39.99/month

3. mSpy

There are so many phone monitoring apps for Android but this one of the leading apps in the parental monitoring sector. The best part about this app is that it is compatible with both Android as well as iOS devices. Almost all the popular conversational apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook can be easily kept a check on through this app. It has a list of more than 25 features including call and message tracking, real-time location tracking, and so much more.

mspy app

Pros:

  • Does not show any notification on the target phone.

  • Both iOS and Android compatibility.

  • Real time location tracking.

Cons:

  • Call recording facility is not provided by this app.

  • Some advanced features are missing like secret camera activation and listening to surroundings.

Price: Basic plan at $29.99/month and premium plan at $69.99/month

4. MMGuardian App

This app helps you protect your child by letting you in on their cell phone activities. This app basically features a lot of functions and attributes which lets you protect your child from unwanted and dangerous scenarios. Through this app the parents will get alerted if and when there are any signs of potential risks like suicidal thoughts, cyberbullying, sexting etc. It helps in effective management of your child's screen time as well. Web filtering and app blocking feature is also available through this app.

mmguardian app

Pros:

  • Quick response support team.

  • App blocking and content filtering.

  • Control screen time.

Cons:

  • The app blocking feature tends to malfunction at times.

  • It can be uninstalled by your teenager if they put their phone on safe mode.

Price: For monitoring a single device $3.99/month and the family plan at $7.99/month

5. Sentry Parental Control

There can be many dangers of unsupervised usage of cellphones by your kids. This free remote monitoring app for Android helps you avoiding such dangerous scenarios with the help of the many inbuilt automated tools. Whenever any suspicious image is received or sent to or from your child's phone, you would get notified. Other features of this monitoring app includes tracking child's location, app usage details, the battery status of target phone, call history, browser history and so much more.

sentry parental control

Pros:

  • Very easy to install and use.

  • Text and other content tracking.

Cons:

  • The app monitoring feature needs improvement.

  • Crashes at times.

Price: Free to install but includes in-app purchases

6. SecureTeen Parental Control

You no more need to worry about your teenager spending too much time on their phones. With this app not only can you manage the screen time usage on the target phone but you can also get notified whenever any kind of mature content is being accessed by your child. You can even block the apps on the target phone which you feel is inappropriate. Major social media apps Facebook, can also be kept a check on. Other features include incoming and outgoing call monitoring, stored contacts access, track web history logs and so much more.

secureteen parental control

Pros:

  • App blocking feature and social media tracking.

  • Real time location tracking feature.

Cons:

  • Very expensive.

  • Phone starts lagging once this app is installed.

Price: For tracking upto 3 devices it is $39.99/year and for tracking upto 21 devices it is $179.99/year

7. Kaspersky Safe Kids

This app gives much more parental control features than a regular standard parental control app. It automatically blocks all the harmful sites on the target phone. The different apps on your child's phone can also be managed by you. If you are worried about your child spending too much time on their phone, this app will help you set a screen time. Other features include real time location tracking, geo-fencing, track social media activity and so much more.

kaspersky safe kids app

Pros:

  • A very user-friendly app.

  • Comes with Screen time control.

  • Geo-fencing available.

Cons:

  • This app sometimes completely disables touch screen.

  • Needs some more features like blocking contacts, viewing messages, etc.

Price: $14.99

8. Kids Place Parental Control

This is an app which can be used by parents who want to control their kid's screen time usage and also control the other activities of kids on their cellphones. This app designed to monitor Android phone and features a very flexible set of attributes using which the parents can easily keep their child safe in the online world. Some of the features inbuilt in this app include phone app monitoring, screen time restrictions and so on.

kids place parental controls

Pros:

  • Even the inbuilt apps on the target phone can be monitored and controlled.

  • Screen time restrictions available.

Cons:

  • Constantly keeps asking for giving a rating and review.

  • The feature of volume lock tends to malfunction.

Price: Free to install but has some in-app payments

9. Bit Guardian Parental Control

This app is very helpful in supporting parents in securing their children and keeping a balance in their digital lives. If you feel your child is spending too much time on their phones, you can use this app to set up a screen time restriction. It also helps parents by notifying them whenever a new app is being installed on the target phone. Any addictive apps can also be blocked using this app. You no more need to worry about your child's whereabouts all the time, this app come with a real time location tracker which gives the parents their children's location at all times.

bit guardian parental control

Pros:

  • The GPS tracker feature is extremely useful to keep the parent's mind at peace.

Cons:

  • Once the target phone is restarted, the child can still open restricted apps.

  • Even when the password protection is enabled, the kid's can sometimes uninstall the app.

10. Kidslox Parental Control

This app ensures that the entire family's screen time is perfectly managed. With this app the parents can block any inappropriate or addictive apps, filter the content online which is being accessed by the child, place daily screen time limits on your kid's cell phone and do so much more. This app can be used on both the Android phones as well as the tablets. There is a version which is available for iOS devices as well.

kidslox parental control

Pros:

  • This app has a very simple user interface.

  • Online content filtering option.

Cons:

  • Some technical glitches in this app have been reported which abruptly locks the phone or restricts its usage.

  • On some Android devices, this app does not get completely installed.

Price: Comes with a 7-day free trial after which the premium version of this app costs $3.99/month

Conclusion

This era of digital advancements can be a pretty challenging scenario with regards to the safety of children. These days all the cell phones are loaded with several apps which can make a kid addicted. What's worse is the world of internet that comes with infinite types of content. To keep these things under check, parental monitoring apps have become widely popular.

Some of the most used apps are mentioned above for your reference. Out of all, KidsGuard Pro is considered to be one of the most reliable apps with an extensive list of features. It is highly recommended that you use the trial version of this app which comes for free for three days straight after which you can decide to purchase the premium version as per your experience.

Features

  • Track the real time location and view location history

  • Check all incoming and outgoing calls & SMS

  • Monitor app activities and know which app is frequently used.

  • Remotely access the files on kid's phone, like contacts, notes, photos, keylogger, etc.

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 ( Updated: Mar 28, 2019 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.