The kids of today’s generation are way too smarter than their parents in terms of technological knowledge. Like most of the parents, if you too have given a phone to your kid, your biggest concern would surely be related to the unacceptable activities that one can perform using a cell phone. And to be honest, you can’t even track those activities, no matter how frequently you check their cell phones manually. And the reason is that they know how to use a phone better than you ever did.
So what to do now? You can’t even refuse to give them a cell phone, because it’s a necessity to cope up with today’s era. Well, the only answer to your question is a cell phone spying app. But then another question arises. Does simply installing a spying app on their Android device while letting your kid know about its installation will help you achieve your task? Absolutely no. They will anyhow find a way to tackle that problem or might show the audacity to simply uninstall the app.
Now what you can do is, install a tracking app on their device and hide it. Using this simple trick you will be able to track their Android devices and they won’t be able to tamper with the app. Even while knowing about the existence of such an app on their Android device, by just hiding it, they won’t be able to find a way to delete it.
So, let’s hit the road without wasting any more time and get ourselves introduced to the list of 6 best spy apps for Android that work in hidden mode.
DISCLAIMER – Before installing a spying app on the Android device of your kid, it’s necessary that you make them aware of such installation. Without their consent, it would be inappropriate to install a monitoring app on their device.
Best Hidden Spy Apps For Android
All the apps mentioned here, give you an option to hide their app icon while installing them on the target device letting them run in the background. Moreover, they are installed with a generic installation name hence they are hard to detect.
iKeyMonitor is undoubtedly one of the most popular monitoring apps. It makes your device tracking complete in almost every sense.
The app has a huge list of features that are capable enough to give you the best monitoring experience and you won’t feel like there’s anything else left for monitoring on the kids or spouse phone.
For starting the monitoring on the target device, you need to set up the app on both the kid’s/partner device and parent’s (your) device.
Once the device is set up with all the necessary permissions, all the data on the target device will be accessible.
The best thing about iKeyMonitor is that the app gives access to many advanced features without even demanding for the rooting of the target cellphone.
These advanced features include call recording, keystroke detection, app screenshots, access to the surrounding sounds and phone camera.
We personally liked the app screenshot and photos feature of iKeyMonitor a lot. There was not even a single photo that was received by the target cell phone but wasn’t uploaded on the iKeyMonitor account.
The screenshots can be taken anytime while the kid is using any app on their device. So, you’ll be aware of all the activities going on different apps with mere screenshots.
Similarly, the surroundings feature won our heart too. All the ambient voices around the target smartphone recorded by iKeyMonitor were completely audible. What all your spouse discusses with someone can be heard easily by listening to the recorded ambient sounds.
Complete access to all the text messages and photos from various social media platforms is another great thing about iKeyMonitor.
Most importantly, the app works in the stealth mode. So your kid won’t be able to know anything about the app installation, making your spying easy and undetectable.
The reason why I personally like iKeyMonitor so much is that the app gives a free plan as well, obviously with limitations of features. 3-day free access to advanced level features is also available.
So basically you can use the app first and make a decision in 3 days whether you want to invest your money on the app or not.
iKeyMonitor has 2 different plans which the user can go for. One is the Free plan which means you need not spend a single buck to use the app. The second one is the Paid plan which you get for $29.16/month, with access to all the supreme features.
Recommended: Read our detailed iKeyMonitor review
The next one on the list is FlexiSPY, an app that provides advanced level features even when the phone isn’t rooted.
Some of these advanced features include call recording, capturing the photos and videos from the target device remotely, and listening to surrounding sounds.
Other features include, SIM card change notification, keylogger, and access to call logs, etc. You will be able to see the apps that your kid used recently. Plus, you will have a list of installed applications on the device.
If you wonder what’s going on nearby your kid, you can secretly record and listen to the surrounding voices. You can even record the video by easily getting the remote access to the target device’s camera.
Marking the keylogger as the flagship feature of the app shouldn’t surprise anyone. FlexiSPY keylogger shows the keystrokes for all the apps where something was typed. And it works better than the keylogger of any other app that we have tested.
FlexiSPY also works with phones that are rooted. And with a rooted device, you open a room for other tracking features as well.
If the Android device is rooted and you have an EXTREME plan, you can spy on someone’s phone in plenty of other ways. Along with the cellular calls and messages, you also get access to VoIP calls and messages sent on social media. Including the call logs and recordings from Facebook, WhatsApp, LINE, Skype, and Viber.
With the EXTREME plan, you will get all the premium monitoring features plus some more features. This will make it possible for you to do the call recording (root not required) and even call interception (for rooted).
FlexiSPY has three different plans. The LITE plan costs you $29.95 per month, PREMIUM plan costs you $68 per month, and EXTREME plan costs you $199 for 3 months. If you pay for 3 months or 12 months in one go while choosing the PREMIUM plan, you can save a lot of money.
Recommended: Read our detailed FlexiSPY review
Here comes another undetectable spying app for Android to keep a watch on the kids and employees. Hoverwatch provides you with all the necessary features that one needs to spy on Android devices.
With the screenshots of the target device from time to time, there’s no way you’ll miss any activity that the kid is doing using their cellphone.
Screenshots are not the only thing that Hoverwatch captures. The kid won’t even realize and Hoverwatch will take the photos of the surroundings by getting access to the front camera of the target phone and show them to you remotely.
This can be a great way to know where your kid actually is and you can make sure they are not in any kind of trouble.
Be the messages received or sent on Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, or Viber, everything is tracked by Hoverwatch.
Other than messages, you will also get the screenshots from the Instagram news feed/explore tab, Facebook, and Snapchat or the screenshot from any other social app that is used on the target phone.
Even the pages accessed by the child on the browser will be seen in the form of the screenshots.
Overall you can say that with Hoverwatch, there’s a possibility to spy on every activity going on the target device.
Have you ever wondered who are the best buddies of your kid and are they really genuine? Well, you can now have a peek at their contact list to know about their friends.
Why just look at their contact list and wonder “who is this person my kid has been meeting and receiving phone calls from.”
Use the Locations feature and catch your kid while they are out with someone unknown. Or simply listen to the call recording that Hoverwatch records for you.
Hoverwatch has 3 plans for you. Professional plan for $49.95/month with tracking of 5 devices, Personal plan for $24.95/month with tracking of 1 device, and Business plan for $149.95/month with tracking of 25 devices.
The list for the best hidden Android spying apps will always remain incomplete without adding mSpy.
The app gives you access to images and videos stored on the target device. The chats on various social media platforms like Kik, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Line, Tinder, etc. can be traced easily.
To make sure that your kid’s in the vicinity, you can take the help of the GPS location. It will give you updates regarding the current location of your child. With the help of the geofencing feature, you can create imaginary fencing. Now, whenever your child crosses that fence, you immediately get an update about that.
Some other amazing features of mSpy include website bookmarks, where you can keep an eye on the websites that your kid has bookmarked on the browser. Using the keylogger feature you will be able to keep an eye on the typing activities of your kid.
mSpy also makes it easy for the parents to check out the list of WiFi networks that their kid’s phone had connected to. Accessing the outgoing and incoming emails on the target device is also not a big task while using mSpy.
If the price is what you’re concerned about, you would be happy to know that mSpy has a basic plan that costs you just $29.99 per month. Moreover, the premium plan costs $69.99 per month, with some extra features. If you want to save more money, you can go for the 3 months or 12 months subscription.
Moreover, mSpy offers an exclusive 15% discount for SpyDrill readers on all of their plans. To grab the discount use the “SPYDRILL15” coupon code at checkout.
Recommended: Read our detailed mSpy review
Spyera monitoring app for Android phones offers some features without rooting that are not provided by any other app.
Along with the normal features like tracking of calls, messages on social media, tracking of videos, photos, keylogging, location tracking, etc, you get some advanced features as well.
Using Spyera, you can do the live call recording of the target device. By accessing the microphone remotely, you can record the surrounding voices as well.
If you sometimes wonder where your kid’s right now, you can curb out your curiosity by getting access to the camera and secretly take photos and record video of the surroundings. And the thing is that you can do that without even rooting your devices.
If the target device is rooted, the list of advanced features increases even more. You get all the features of the non-rooted device plus some additional features.
If your kid is on call and you want to know what they are discussing, you can intercept and listen to the conversation.
Not just the normal call, you can also record the calls from various social media like Facebook, Viber, Skype, Hangouts, WhatsApp, etc.
Spyera also gives you the notification whenever the target device receives or makes a call. And all of this can be done while the app runs in the stealth mode. So basically, Spyera makes your monitoring experience complete in each and every aspect.
When it comes to pricing, you can go for two different plans. The premium plan costs you $59.00 per month and the premium plus costs $189.00 for 3 months. But in the premium plan, you have to pay for 3 months upfront.
Spyic will always make its place in the list of best hidden spying apps for Android for sure. The app has a very clean and simple design, making it easy for you to monitor your kid’s smartphone.
There are various amazing features offered by Spyic using which you can not only track your kids but your employees too.
Using Spyic, you can keep track of all the calls made using the target device. You can keep an eye on the browsing history of the phone as well.
If you want to know the location of your employees or your kid, you can easily do so. Knowing the history of previous locations that the target visited is also not a big deal with the help of Spyic.
Curious about the photos stored on the monitored device? It’s easy to peek on those photos and the photos can even be downloaded locally.
Like all other apps, you can keep an eye on social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Snapchat, etc.
If your concern is that the employees or your kids might change the SIM card, then you need not panic. Spyic immediately alerts you with an email, that the SIM card has been removed or changed.
Keylogger feature in Spyic will help you see each and every keystroke that the kid makes on the device. The feature can be really useful to know the password of any social media app if you want to personally check the account.
Spyic offers three different plans to its users and you can choose the one according to your needs. The basic plan costs about $39.99 per month, the premium will cost you $49.99, and the family pack for $69.99. Similar to the other apps, you can save a large amount of money if you buy 3 months or 12 months pack.
What Should Be My Final Choice?
All the apps mentioned above are top-notch and work amazingly with Android devices. Moreover, all of them can be hidden on the target Android phone. If the device is not rooted and you’re a bit confused while making the final choice then we recommend you go for iKeyMonitor or FlexiSPY. With this, we hope you’ll finally be able to decide which app you should go for.