Hasty decisions mostly have negative consequences. And when it comes to the safety of your loved ones, you need to think a thousand times before finally making a decision.
As you are reading this article today, I appreciate that you care for your kid or spouse enough to take the help of a monitoring app for this work.
Secondly, you cared to check the review before finally going for iKeyMonitor and that’s appreciating as well.
Thank you so much for trusting us to check whether iKeyMonitor is a perfect app to monitor the kids or not.
We promise that we won’t let you down. And we assure you that this review of iKeyMonitor will clear all your doubts and make a clear picture as to whether iKeyMonitor will pay off the price or not.
Here are the quick links to specific sections of the review.
- iKeyMonitor Compatibility
- iKeyMonitor Setup and Installation
- Strong Points Of The App
- Some Failures Of The App
- iKeyMonitor Pricing
Well, of course, the app supports Android devices. You can monitor the Android devices with the version as old as 2.3 and all the above versions.
Both the rooted and non-rooted devices can be easily monitored by iKeyMonitor. But some features are only accessible by the rooted Android devices.
Some of these features include Snapchat monitoring and access to web history.
If you’re planning to root your device just to enjoy the additional features, then you don’t need to do that. The number of additional features you get after rooting is not much.
iOS devices are good to go with iKeyMonitor as well. All the iOS versions from 9.x – 12.4.x are ready to be monitored.
Just like Android, both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices are easily compatible with the app.
Unlike Android devices, there’s a huge difference in features of the jailbroken device when you compare it to non-jailbroken devices.
The list of tracking features is never-ending in jail-broken iOS devices. You can capture screenshots, use keylogger, Facebook messenger, monitor Snapchat, and much more.
But these things are not accessible by a person using a non-jailbroken device.
iKeyMonitor Setup And Installation
The setup of iKeyMonitor for both the operating systems is completely different. Android setup demands for the physical access of the device on the other hand iOS device has no such requirement.
While tracking an Android device, iKeyMonitor throws up a flock of permissions for the successful tracking of the child’s phone, but this is not the case with iPhone users.
There’s a huge difference in the setup of both the operating systems. So let’s have a look at the setup and installation process of both them individually.
Setting Up of Parent’s Device
Android setup for iKeyMonitor is lengthy, but it’s effortless to do so. Follow the given steps and you’re ready to go with iKeyMonitor.
1. Go to the official site of iKeyMonitor and click on SIGN UP at the top-right corner.
2. Select Android as the type of device that you want to monitor.
3. We assume that you can get the physical access of the target device for the successful installation of iKeyMonitor. So you need to click on “Yes. I can get the device in my hand and unlock it.”
4. Enter the desired User ID and Email on the next page and click on SIGN UP.
5. Right after providing the email, you will receive an email from iKeyMonitor which contains your login details (username and password.)
6. Now simply log in with the credentials provided to you by iKeyMonitor.
Setting Up Of Kid’s Device
It’s time to set up the kid’s device now and now’s the time when you want the physical access of the device.
1. Go to the official site of iKeyMonitor using the child’s phone, tap on the hamburger icon at the top-right corner, and tap on the LOG IN option.
2. Now LOG IN with the same credentials using which you signed up on the parent’s device.
3. Choose Android as the type of device that you need to monitor.
4. Choose, Yes. I will download the spy app directly on the device and install it on the next page.
5. Now, Download iKeyMonitor for Android.
6. In the next step, INSTALL the Internet Service.
7. For the successful monitoring of the kid’s cell phone some important permission needs to be given. These permissions include access to location, record the audio, and so on.
8. Simply tap on the Login option as you haven’t added any additional password if you followed the steps shown by us.
9. We assume that your Android device is not rooted and neither do you want to root it. So you need to tap on Continue as User App (No Root.)
10. For the successful running of iKeyMonitor in the background, you need to Configure the battery settings.
11. Google Play Store will definitely cause hindrance and won’t allow iKeyMonitor to install on the target device. So it’s necessary to Configure the Play Store settings and turn off the Play Protect option. Enable the Internet Service in System Admin as well.
12. Time to Configure the Usage Access, Accessibility, Screen Capturing, and other settings.
13. Uncheck both, Display status bar icon and Display home screen icon to let the app work in stealth mode.
14. Finally, check whether all the permissions have been given or not. If some of them have a question mark but the access to those settings has been given, simply tap on the question mark, tap on Already Confirmed, and tap on Next.
With this, the iKeymonitor app made its place in the teen’s or your partner’s phone and that too, without showing itself through an app icon.
And now it’s time for you to finally monitor the online activity of your loved ones.
You can check the iKeyMonitor’s Live Demo to get the hang of how your iKeyMonitor account will show you the data on the target device remotely.
The dashboard of iKeyMonitor is straightforward and anyone can understand its working at first glance.
Yet it’s extremely helpful for the user as most of the features of the app can be easily accessed right from the desktop.
The total number of new messages and calls received, and the ping you received on WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, LINE, IMO, Hike can be seen right remotely from your desktop.
Other useful features on the dashboard include Photos that the target receives and the GPS location to check where did your partner, spouse, or the target went.
The text copied by the kid can be easily seen in the Clipboard section and what all they type will be revealed by Keystrokes.
All the screenshots that iKeyMonitor takes from the target smartphone can be seen as well.
Need to check the live location of your spouse? Do it right from the desktop by getting access to the Location.
iKeyMonitor Features – Logs
One of the biggest reasons for the parents and partners to go for the spying app is to know who their loved ones enjoy chatting with.
It can be a lifesaver when the parents get to know that the kid is talking to someone with clear intentions to harm them.
All these apps can be clearly stated as the most popular apps for chatting. This makes it important for every monitoring app service to add these apps to their list.
Well, iKeyMonitor has all these apps under its sleeves and it is intended to hunt down all the conversation going on between the target person and the person on the other hand.
But the question that bothers us is that, is the app really capable of doing so? The answer to our question is both yes and no.
Confused, right? Well, let me explain it to you. iKeyMonitor social media tracking works in a strange way.
Most of the time you will be able to keep your eye on the messages that the target cellphone receives. But when it comes to the messages sent by your child or your spouse, it’s a bit disappointing.
But it doesn’t mean that it’s completely impossible to keep track of the messages sent by the child. The keylogger feature will help you out here.
All that the kid writes on the various social media platforms can be easily seen in the keystrokes area of iKeyMonitor.
Skype/Viber/LINE/KIK And Other Apps
The above-mentioned apps are not the only ones that iKeyMonitor promises to track for you. Data from the other famous apps can be extracted as well.
These apps include Skype, Viber, LINE, KIK, Hangouts, KakaoTalk, OK, Zalo, QQ, Tinder, IMO, WeChat, Gmail, and Hike.
Are you thinking that we forgot to mention Snapchat but iKeyMonitor will surely track that down as well?
Unfortunately, you’re wrong here. iKeyMonitor only supports the Snapchat tracking for the rooted Android devices and Jailbroken iOS devices.
2. Call Logs & Call Recording
Spouse’s long talks over the phone excite every partner, and they are ready to do whatever it takes to just eavesdrop on their conversation.
The same is the case when parents notice the teens finding an escape and having a talk for hours. It’s good though if you feel a void to at least know what all they discuss over the phone.
The reason is that it’s really easy to manipulate the kids and make them do something that has harsh consequences.
Looking at their call logs and listening to the call recording might give some rest to your urge.
Right after you click on the Call & Call Recording feature, you can see the list of people your spouse or your child has been talking too, and that too remotely.
Most of the calls attended will have a play button attached to it, meaning you can listen to the conversation between your child and the other person.
But it’s always easier said than done. The same is the case with this feature of iKeyMonitor.
Some of the calls that iKeyMonitor records have a distorted voice and it’s impossible for you to understand even a single word said during the call.
The limitation of this feature doesn’t end here. For the calls successfully recorded, you can just listen to what your child is saying, nothing from the other side can be heard.
Downloading the call recording is also possible by clicking on the download button.
It’s just 15 minutes more than the usual time, the kid hasn’t returned home yet and you are about to cry.
How can you suffer mental stress when it’s one hour more than the usual time. Now it’s two hours, three, four. Getting chills in your spine thinking about the situation?
This is not something that only happens in movies and tv shows, it can happen with anyone of us.
The situation worsens when you have no idea of their location and the cellphone is out of reach.
But you can save from cursing yourself for not being a good parent if you’re already prepared for the situation.
When the teen’s smartphone is secured with iKeyMonitor, you can always keep a track of their current location as well as the places they were twirling.
Right after you click on the GPS feature, the current location of the target cellphone can be seen. If you prefer Satellite mode over the map, it’s a click away.
Not just that, drop the Pegman on the map and go for the street view. This will show the inside pictures of the showrooms, hospitals, shops, and many other things, the photos will obviously not be the live one.
To look for the places that were visited by the child, scroll down a bit and you will be able to see them.
There’s no point in denying that kids are hard to handle. If they are real trouble makers at home then how can you expect them to behave properly out of the house?
You have told your child thousands of times that it’s unsafe for them to go on the roads and far away from home.
But turning a deaf ear on your advice is a mundane affair of life for them.
And most importantly, it’s almost impossible without a monitoring app to know whether they actually went to the restricted area or not.
But with iKeyMonitor backing you up, there’s no point in lying for the kids because the app will reveal every spot they went.
After you click on the Geo-Fencing feature, you will see an option to +Add New Fence. Click on it.
Give the desired name to your fence, Type of fence (allowed or forbidden), Alert (whether to notify on the violation or not), and Radius. Finally, click on OK.
Use the center dot to relocate the radius to the desired area. Now, whenever the child leaves or enters the set radius, you will get notified about that.
Now, that you have decided to track down all the activities of the kid then why to even leave the text that they copy on the cellphone.
The clipboard feature will give you peek on all the data that the kid copies from one place and paste it to another.
It’s a helpful feature to reveal when the child is addicted to porn, gambling, or when they are talking to someone suspicious.
The reason is that all these jobs require a frequent copy and paste of data from one spot to another.
All you need to is, click on the Clipboard feature, and everything the child copy and pastes can be seen. The time, date, and the app where the text was pasted can be seen as well.
Receiving the photos containing sensual meaning and content is not a big deal these days. Neither taking screenshots and downloading the photos with carnal content is hard.
Exposing themselves to such content at this age can be extremely risky and the children might see themselves in the state of addiction to such content.
This makes it compulsory for the parents to watch over the photos that the teen’s device contains.
You need to simply click on the Photos feature and select the folder for which you want to see the stored photos.
All the photos in that folder can be seen now. You can download the desired photo by clicking on that photo and then clicking on the Download option. Click on Auto Play to see all the photos one by one.
Are you always curious about what your little one searches on the internet, on online shopping sites, what kind of language they use while chatting, and so on?
The answer to all your questions can be given by the keystrokes feature. iKeyMonitor reveals each and everything that the kid types on the various apps on their smartphones.
We have explained in the Chats feature that iKeyMonitor is not so good in revealing the complete conversation as it only shows what another user sends.
But if you really want to know the reply from your child’s end, the keylogger is your way to go.
The keystrokes made on almost all the apps on the kid’s mobile phone can be seen. Be it Settings, Amazon, Netflix, Chrome, or even social media apps like Instagram, and WhatsApp.
8. Screenshots – app
Web browsing is not the only way of looking for unfavorable content. Instagram, Netflix, and other such platforms offer content that is a big NO for the kids to watch.
But how to know if they actually watch adult content using these platforms instead of learning something good?
The only way it’s possible is by having a bunch of screenshots sent from time to time whenever the child opens that particular app.
And this feature of iKeyMonitor works up to our expectations.
If you think a particular screenshot needs to saved offline, just open that particular screenshot and click on the Download button.
If the list of folders is long enough, save yourself a handful of time by sorting the list by Apps or Time.
This feature is a big thumbs up when your monitoring is solely based on kid. It’s a great concern for all the parents that their child does not learn and use harsh and abusive words.
But is there any guarantee that they are actually following the path you set for them? Without a tracking app, no, but with a tracking app like iKeyMonitor, yes.
Alert feature of iKeyMonitor makes sure that no use of the abusive word is even done by the kid.
The feature detects the wrong words from almost all the apps in the target cellphone and presents them on your screen.
The list of wrong words for which the alert section will notify us is a long one. Words like porn, ugly, block, suicide, die, fatso, meeting, dead, nerd, and freak being some of them. The actual list includes more such words.
Using a spying app to spy on your partner and your kids is a smart move from your side. But it doesn’t mean you underestimate them.
Keeping the cellphone clean by not having any conversation over the call and social media is not a big deal. This will make them look innocent thus giving them a clean chit from your side.
So how about hearing what they discuss while meeting someone in person or while sitting in a group of friends?
This will be a real test for the child to know what kind of language they use while meeting someone in real life.
When you go to the Surroundings feature of iKeyMonitor and click on Record Live Surrounding Sounds, the app gets the remote access of the target cellphone’ microphone.
Within 5 minutes the microphone of the cellphone starts to capture the surrounding audio.
Once the recording is done, you will be able to listen and download it. You can even schedule the recording for every day between a particular time gap.
Just as much necessary is listening to the surrounding sounds the same goes for the secret photos.
Whenever your loved ones, whom you are tracking, go somewhere, how can be so sure that they actually went where they told you?
But you need not worry. The truth is much easier to reveal than you think it is.
All you have to do is click on the Camera feature of the app, click on Record Live Photo and select the camera type (Front camera, Rear camera, Both.)
After a few minutes, you will receive a photo clicked by the target cell phone.
How much sure are you that all the people in the contact list of the child are actually genuine people and there’s nothing to worry if the kid remains in their contact?
You aren’t that sure, right? Well, the thing is that meeting new people on social media is a common thing. And most of the people on the internet show themselves really sweet by hiding their true intentions.
But it’s your headache to keep your kids safe from any danger coming their way. It can be easily done by keeping a track of the contacts saved on your smartphones.
After analyzing their contact list, you just have to question them about the contacts that seem fishy to you.
Other Info Features
Similarly, you can keep a track on the calendar, reminder, notes, voice memos, wifi history of the target cell phone.
Strong Points Of The App
1. Photos Feature
This one is really the strong part of the iKeyMonitor. The app is successfully able to keep a track of all the photos that the target device contains.
So it will be easy for you to know what kind of photos does the child watches, sends, and receives on their phone.
2. Screenshots Feature
Just like the above one, this feature deserves some appreciation as well.
This feature is supposed to take screenshots from most of the apps on the target device and deliver them to you remotely. And to be honest, it does what it says.
3. No Rooting
Another thing that is quite impressive about the app is that you get some advanced features to use and that too without rooting the target device.
Some of these features include call recording, listening to surrounding sounds, and clicking photos remotely.
4. Free Plan
iKeyMonitor can win anyone’s heart when they get to know that it offers a free plan as well.
Obviously the features that you can access in the free plan are very few as compared to the paid plan but there’s rarely any tracking app that gives a free plan at all.
Some Failures Of The App
1. Web History And App Blocking
It was really amusing for me that the app gives you access to some advanced features without rooting the target device but the normal feature like Web History was only for the rooted device.
When it comes to app blocking, this feature is not available at all. Yes, that’s right, there’s no such feature like app blocking that iKeyMonitor offers.
2. Snapchat Monitoring
You can monitor the activities on most of the social media platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook, etc, but the feature to monitor the Snapchat was not at all present.
Cellphone addiction of the kids is a real concern of the parents. They try to do everything possible in order to prevent the kids from using the cellphone more than needed.
The screentime feature must have acted as a helping hand by revealing the actual time for which the kid has been using the smartphone.
But unfortunately, this feature is not available in iKeyMonitor.
4. Battery Drainage
The app is supposed to extract a huge pile of data from the target device continuously so it’s understood that the battery will drain fast.
But to be honest, we have rarely faced such a problem while using other monitoring apps. But you don’t need to worry because high drainage of the battery can be seen only once in a while.
iKeyMonitor has two plans to offer. The first one is the Free plan which obviously costs nothing. But the features in the free plan are few as compared to the paid plan.
The second one, that we call as the Paid plan will costs you $29.16/month. You will have access to all the available features of the app.
iKeyMonitor Review: Final Words
With this review of iKeyMonitor, we can say that some features of the app disappointed us a bit but this recovery was done by other features that were working without any flaw.
These features include Photos, Screenshots, Clipboard, and Keylogger. This was just an overview, in reality, most of the features of the app worked amazingly.
Overall, we have to say that iKeyMonitor impressed us and one can surely go for it to monitor their loved ones.
1. Does iKeyMonitor works in the hidden mode?
Yes, the app works in the stealth mode ones you successfully install it on the target device.
2. Do I need the physical access of the target device for installation?
In the case of the Android device, you need physical access to the target cell phone. But this is not the case with the iOS device. For iOS devices, the iCloud credentials will do the work.
But if the 2FA of the device is turned on, in that case, you will need the smartphone handy.
3. Do I need to root the target device for using iKeyMonitor?
The app works perfectly with the non-rooted devices as well. If the target device is rooted, you will get access to some more features though.
4. Do I need to jailbreak the target iOS device to use iKeyMonitor?
Although the app works with the non-jailbroken devices also but if the target smartphone is jailbroken it opens the gate to various other amazing features.
Ease of Installation9.0/10
Data Sync Speed8.5/10
Value for Money8.5/10
- Access to advance features without rooting
- Free plan forever
- Screenshots and Photos feature works extremely well
- Complete tracking of the target device
- Data from target device is synced quickly
- Battery might drain at a higher pace
- No app blocking feature
- Web history can be seen only in the rooted devices
- No snapchat monitoring available without rooting