What are keyloggers?
A keylogger is a form of software used to record all the keys that a user strikes on their keyboard, usually in secret so that the user doesn’t know that their actions are being monitored. A good keylogger is virtually impossible to detect on the device it’s been installed on, giving you full access to everything the device’s user searches for online, the websites they visit, the people they chat with, etc.
In the past keyloggers could only be installed on computers, but with the arrival of smartphones, which are basically mini-computers, keyloggers are now available for them as well. Anywhere from the concerned parents wanting to make sure their kids are staying safe online to the suspicious partners who believe they might be cheated on, millions of people around the globe use keyloggers on their Android devices on a daily basis and we are about to take a look at the 11 very best of them!
TheTruthSpy’s website boasts affordable prices and good features which can be viewed via a secure online account or sent in an email, but there are both pros and cons to this particular keylogger. The features may be fine as it offers access to texts, call logs, chat messages, social media apps, and it lets you record calls and surroundings, as well as listen in on calls live, but the requirements during installation are a minus. Remote installation is unavailable, so you need physical access to the target phone, and it needs to be jailbroken in order for this app to run smoothly. Also, internet connection is required while installing it on the target phone. However, at the end of the day, it’s a decent app.
Copy9 is almost identical to TheTruthSpy, but with one additional perk. Remote installation is unavailable, but unlike TheTruthSpy, internet connection isn’t required while physically installing it on the target device. Just like TheTruthSpy, it records phone calls and surroundings, monitors texts, call logs, social media apps, and chat messages. So if you are choosing between those two apps, you can’t really go wrong either way.
XNSPY is a monitoring app compatible with Android and requires only three steps to get you started: choose a subscription plan and payment method online; install XNSPY on the target device, and then log into your online account! Unfortunately, you will need physical access to the target device in order to install XNSPY.
XNSPY offers all of the basic monitoring features, such as access to call logs, text messages, and contacts; access to instant messaging and social media apps; GPS location tracking; access to emails, browsing history, and media files. However, it doesn’t offer any extra in-depth features so if that is what you’re looking for, you might want to check out some of the options ranked higher on our list.
Hoverwatch is easy enough to install and start using, and it offers remote installation on the target device. It takes screenshots of the device, monitors texts and call logs, tracks the phone’s GPS location, and monitors instant messaging and social media apps. Since it doesn’t monitor nearly as many instant messaging apps as its competitors, that’s the main reason why it’s not higher up on this list.
Spyzie has been around for a long time, longer than most of its competitors, and to this day, it still remains popular enough to deserve a place on this list. You can’t go wrong with a tried-and-tested product! To start using Spyzie, you need to create a Spyzie account online and then install Spyzie on the target device. You will need to gain physical access to the target device in order to install Spyzie on it, but once it’s installed, it runs in stealth mode, meaning that the user is completely unaware of its existence. All information gathered is logged and ready to view in the control panel, either by simply logging into your account online on a web browser or by installing Spyzie’s desktop control panel app if you prefer desktop apps to websites.
Spyzie isn’t just a keylogger; it also gives you access to the target phone’s GPS location, calls history, texts and emails, chat messages, and media files. And it takes screenshots of the target phone and sends them to your Spyzie account as well.
iKeyMonitor’s website describes iKeyMonitor as a ‘’powerful tracking app’’ widely used by parents monitoring their children. Although most websites will describe their products as good, powerful etc., in this case, they’re telling the truth. This really is a powerful monitoring app that will help you discover what your children are really up to thanks to its good tracking features.
Some of these features include recording and logging keystrokes, text messages, chat messages, visited websites, used apps, calls made, and GPS locations. iKeyMonitor also takes screenshots of the target phone’s display to give you extra information about what your child is doing. All information gathered is available to view via a secure online account. You can also have logs sent to you by email. Unfortunately, it is a bit easier to detect than the monitoring apps higher up on this list, but it offers password protection to prevent unauthorized access to the app.
KidLogger is, as the name suggests, primarily aimed at parents wanting to monitor their children’s online activity, but it can be used by anyone wanting to monitor someone’s online activity. KidLogger has been around for a long time, starting out as a classic keylogger and achieving longevity by releasing versions not only for desktop computers but also for Android smartphones. Log files are uploaded to your KidLogger online account
KidLogger may not offer an endless list of features like some of its competitors, but it tackles the main issues concerning children’s smartphone activity. Apart from recording all keystrokes and monitoring messages, emails, calls and browser history, as well as recording calls and Skype chats, KidLogger also offers several features to help control apps usage. You can limit time spent on gaming apps, prevent these apps from being used during certain hours, and prevent unauthorized installation of some unwanted apps.
Mobistealth is a comprehensive smartphone tracking software which can be easily and quickly downloaded and installed on the target device. Once installed, it remains completely hidden. The information gathered through this app can be accessed online from your Mobistealth user account.
Mobistealth offers plenty of good monitoring features, the most important ones being location tracking — recorded and in real-time, emails and text messages logging, pictures and videos logging, view web history, access to contact details, calls recording — all calls are secretly recorded and can be listened to later online in your Mobistealth account; monitoring instant messaging apps — e.g. Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Line, and KiK.
SpyEra (affiliate link) is an undetectable keylogging and spying app that once installed on the target device runs completely hidden in the background. It doesn’t even affect the device’s performance or drain its battery! All activity is recorded and then uploaded to a secure online account. No cables are needed for this, only a network connection. You can change the uploading intervals to suit your needs, ranging from 1 hour to 24-hour intervals.
SpyEra has many features that will help you find out what your child is doing online, such as live call listening and recording — all you need is to set up your monitored number on your SpyEra account which you use to secretly call the target device and join the conversation.
SpyEra will also record all calls and upload these files to your account so you can listen to them later; listen to surroundings — use the target device’s microphone as a bugging device so you can hear everything being said near the phone; accessing texts, emails, chats, instant messaging apps — available for 16 apps, including WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber, Skype, and Facebook Messenger; viewing camera and media files; GPS location tracking.
mSpy is one of the most popular keylogger for Android smartphones for a very good reason. It is very easy to install and even easier to use, it works both on jailbroken and non-jailbroken smartphones, and it boasts the widest variety of monitoring features in comparison to its competitors. It works by being downloaded onto the target phone, running discreetly in the background and recording all activity without the phone’s user knowing or discovering the app. The information is then sent to your mSpy account that you can access online.
There is both a Basic and a Premium version. The basic version offers the following features:
• Access to text messages;
• Access to e-mails;
• View call history and contact list;
• View browser history;
• GPS tracking — mSpy records and uploads all locations throughout the day;
• Access calendar, notes, and tasks;
• Unlimited device change — one mSpy license covers all target device changes;
• Keyword alerts — personalized list of keywords and e-mail notifications when keywords are used on the target device.
Apart from all of that the Premium version can also help you check Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook, Snapchat, Skype, Line messages, and all of the recorded keystrokes. In addition, it is able to block certain websites, applications, calls from unwanted numbers, and Wi-Fi hotspots.
This app is perfect when it comes to spying on Android devices. EvaSpy offers plenty of monitoring features, letting you spy on online activities, user activities, interactions (like phone numbers, text messages, etc.), and even live surroundings. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what the app offers for its users:
- location tracking and GEO-fencing;
- spying on the most popular social messengers (WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, Telegram, and more);
- media monitoring (you’ll view all photos, video, and audio files stored on the device from your online panel);
- spying on live surroundings via the mic and cameras (check if your device supports this feature on the official website);
- call logs and call restriction (you can block unwanted contacts);
- a blacklist of websites, apps, and URLs;
- recording of all keystrokes, clipboard events, and visited websites;
- search queries monitoring;
- hidden mode (if you want to hide the app, you’ll need to make some extra settings).
No root is required to start using EvaSpy so it’s one of the few apps available on the market that offer quick installation without jailbreaking and an abundance of monitoring features.