You are resting on our website and reading this article today. This means you’re in a dire need of a monitoring app and thinking to go for Qustodio.
Well, let me tell you that you are going on the right track. Hundreds of parental control apps are available in the market but only a few can match the expectations of the customers.
Qustodio is one of those apps when it comes to the monitoring of kids and teens. The app offers limited but extremely helpful features and should surely be given a try.
So, let’s see what all Qustodio offers and at what price in this review of Qustodio. And is it really worth spending your hard-earned money on the app or not.
Table Of Contents
- Qustodio Installation & Setup
- Qustodio Dashboard
- Activity Timeline
- Features Of Qustodio
- Qustodio Pricing
You can totally rely on our review and make a decision that you should buy Qustodio for monitoring your kid or not as we have personally tested the Qustodio app for several weeks before writing this review.
Qustodio is easy to go with almost all types of operating systems. An Android device with 4.4 and all the above versions are compatible with the Qustodio app.
Does your kid own an iOS device? No problem, Qustodio will track down all the activities from the target iOS device and deliver it on your screen remotely.
The teen needs to have a device with at least an iOS 11 or later version. Except for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad can be monitored as well.
Similarly, Qustodio can track macOS, Kindle, and Windows devices as well.
Qustodio Installation And Setup
The installation and setup on Qustodio are really easy as compared to the setup on most of the spying apps prevailing in the market.
This is because Qustodio doesn’t throw up the flood of permissions like any other spying app.
Secondly, as soon as the Qustodio app is set up on both the parent and target device, the data can be tracked. Qustodio doesn’t take time to upload and show the target device data to the parents on their device remotely.
NOTE 1: The installation process for the Qustodio app on iOS and Android is almost the same.
NOTE 2: We are making use of an Android cell phone as the kid’s device and a PC as the parent device.
Setup On The Parent Device
1. Go to the official site of Qustodio and click on Sign up to make your new Qustodio account. If you already have a Qustodio account, go for Login instead.
2. Provide the details on the next page that appears. The details include your name, email, and password. Click on CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT after providing the details.
3. You’re half away done in setting up the parent device and now you have to go ahead and CREATE PROFILE of your child.
4. The child’s profile includes name, age, gender, and avatar of the teen. Click on SAVE AND CONTINUE.
5. Select the type of device that the child uses, i.e Smartphone, desktop, or tablet.
The setup on the parent’s device is done and now it’s time to do some work on the child’s cellphone.
Setup On The Kid’s Device
2. Launch the app and tap on I have a parent account.
3. Now it’s time to Accept All the terms and conditions of the Qustodio parental control app.
4. Sign in to the Qustodio app on the kid’s device using the same email and password that you used to sign up on the parent device.
5. Choose the Kid’s device from the options available and then give a name for the device.
6. Time to activate the accessibility now by tapping on Activate now.
7. Qustodio will ask you to give certain permissions in order to make the app monitor the child smartphone completely. These permissions include access to photos, media, and phone calls.
8. Finally, it’s time to Activate the device administrator by tapping on Activate now.
The child’s device is also ready and you can use the parent device to track the kid’s device now that too from anywhere without having the kids cell phone in your hand physically.
The dashboard of Qustodio is a kind of summary that shows various activities of the kid on one screen. Time spent by the kid can be seen. Unfortunately, the screen time shown isn’t accurate. Apart from that, you can set the screen time for the kid as well.
All the apps used by the child are available under the Top activity section and the time spent on each app can be seen with the percentage of total usage.
The summary related to YouTube will be available on the dashboard as well and you see all the videos that have been watched by the child.
Parents can also keep an eye on the searches made on YouTube.
The Questionable activity section will show everything that is not good for the teen somehow. Be that the searches on YouTube, browsers, or any questionable activity on Facebook.
But it didn’t work as we expected it to work and we were not able to see any updates under the Questionable activity section.
Similar is the case if we talk about Calls and SMS as no updates were seen in that section too.
All the activities tracked on the target cellphone by Qustodio will be shown here. These activities include the location update, searches made on YouTube and web browsers, and the apps used by the child.
To make your search specific, make use of the drop-down icon and select the desired option.
1. Daily Time Limits
Cellphone addiction is a poison for the children which they enjoy drinking every day without even thinking of its future consequences.
Too much attachment to the cellphone can cause several types of physical and mental problems to the kid’s health.
But you can safeguard your kids before they have the poison of cellphone addiction in their hand and they drink it. And you can take the help of Qustodio for this purpose.
Daily Time Limit feature lets you set a timer for which the child can use the cellphone. Right after the time elapses, the kid won’t be able to access any app installed on the device.
The minimum limit for the timer has to be 15 minutes and Qustodio makes it possible to set the same time for other days as well.
If the time set is more than what the child should spend on the phone, just click on Reset and set the time again.
Have your kid already used the smartphone for a long time? Simply click on Block and make the phone unusable for the kid for as long as you want.
The feature worked up to our expectations and didn’t take time blocking the apps on the device.
2. Restricted Times
This feature is also given so that the parents can restrict their kids from spending too much time on the smartphone.
Unlike Daily Time Limit, here you can set the time for the block for different times in the day. You can set the time for different days as well.
The time you have chosen will block the apps from opening/working on the kid’s device.
This feature is a helping hand when you don’t want anything to come between your child’s study, sleeping, or eating time.
You can modify the restriction settings by clicking on the settings icon at the top right.
3. Web Filtering
There’s absolutely no use of having a parental control app that doesn’t block the adult content from appearing on the kid’s smartphone.
But thankfully, Qustodio doesn’t fall in that category and filters the search made by the kid on the internet.
The adult content can be anything related to gambling, porn, alcohol, drugs, weapon, etc. And you don’t have to think twice before saying that all of this content is harmful to the teens and students to watch.
Under Web Filtering, you can see that Qustodio has already selected some categories that are not fit for the children to see.
Whenever the child tries to access a website that falls in the selected category, Qustodio automatically blocks them.
We won’t say that Qustodio completely blocks the adult content if any such browsing has been done by the kid. But the app removes the unhealthy content to a good extent.
If you have some particular sites that you want to block personally and don’t want your kid to access them, well that’s possible too. Just head to the Add Exception section and add those sites to the list and click SAVE.
4. YouTube Monitoring
YouTube is more addictive than alcohol for most teens and tweens and it becomes the duty of the parents to set a limited time for the kids that they can spend on YouTube.
Qustodio makes it possible by setting a timer for the use of YouTube. Youtube Monitoring feature works just like Daily Time Limits and you can set the same timer for the use of YouTube for different days.
If the use of YouTube is already too much use the Block option to block the YouTube app instantly.
To get the information about the videos that the kid watched on YouTube, simply click on the here option.
One thing that needs to be kept in mind that YouTube Monitoring only blocks the YouTube app from opening. The kid will still be able to access YouTube using the browser feature.
So it’s better that, for the time you don’t want the kid to access YouTube, make sure to add the YouTube’s website link to the Web Filtering Exceptions.
5. Games And Apps
Blocking of some app(s) becomes necessary when the kid gets addicted to them and their daily schedule seems to crash.
What choice parents are left with is, blocking those apps permanently or for a short period of time.
Qustodio makes it happen with its Games And Apps feature. Simply toggle off the button in front of the app that you want to block on the kid’s phone.
With this, immediate action will be taken by Qustodio and the app will get blocked right away.
Want to set the timer for the use of that app? Qustodio makes it easy to do that as well by clicking on the down arrow icon attached to the app and setting the time.
6. Calls And SMS
Knowing the people with whom the teen talks and have long conversations over the phone is really important.
Tracking of Calls and SMS is an essential part of monitoring the kids and the monitoring will always remain incomplete without getting access to them. You need to head to the Calls And SMS section for that.
But unfortunately, this feature failed to our test as we were not able to track the names and number of the people contacting the target cellphone.
Moreover, we were not able to block the incoming and outgoing calls with Qustodio as well.
Specific phone numbers can be included under Call Exceptions heading. You can select that either the kid will only receive the calls from those numbers or you can block the selected numbers. But unfortunately, this feature was not taking any action as well.
This feature didn’t work for us but maybe it works for you. So you can go for the 3 days free trial with premium features of Qustodio and see if it works or not.
Location tracking feature is a boon for the parents with the school going kids. Nothing can panic the parents more than the situation when the kids haven’t returned to the home and the time is more than usual.
But continuously getting the updates about the child’s location can be a relief and Qustodio is here to provide you with that relief.
You can check the current location of your kid in the Activity timeline area anytime you feel like because the only option you’ll find in the Location heading is to turn the location tracking on or off.
But it’s not possible to personally check the location of the kid whenever you feel like. Qustodio will send you the location every few minutes.
Another thing that I didn’t personally like about Qustodio is that the app doesn’t provide the geofencing feature which I think is very important to keep the kids safe.
8. Social Monitoring
Facebook is like food for the students and youngsters, they can’t live without it. But only the parents know what consequences they might have to face if the wrong use of Facebook is done.
This makes it necessary for the parents to personally keep a track of the Facebook activity of the kids.
Qustodio offers Facebook tracking to its users under Social Monitoring heading, but the feature has some big limitations.
You need to know the Facebook credentials of the child and personally accept that Qustodio will track the Facebook activity of the kids like new friends, what they share on their wall, status updates, etc.
Or you have to make your child log into their account and accept that Qustodio will track their activities.
If you think clearly, this doesn’t make any sense because if you actually know the Facebook credentials of the kid they why you need Qustodio to do that work for you.
It would have been better if Qustodio somehow got access to the Facebook activity of the child’s account even when you’re not aware of the account details.
9. Panic Button
Parents never want their child to ever stick in an emergency situation or where the kid has to face some trouble.
But life is not always like the petals of the rose, the thorns attached to it also need to be faced.
The parents need to make their kids prepared for any emergency situation and what they need to do to get out of it.
One such step is turning on the SOS button given by the Qustodio app on the kid’s cellphone device.
For setting the Panic Button, first, you need to Enable Panic Button from your device and Invite Trusted Contacts. You can add yourself to the trusted contacts list, your neighbors, or anyone you trust.
Now they have to accept your invitation as the trusted contact. Once that’s done they’ll be added to the trusted contact list of the kid.
Right after toggling on the Enable Panic Button, an SOS button will appear on the child’s Qustodio app.
Whenever the kid presses that button and sends the generated message, all the trusted contacts will receive a message that the child is in danger and receive the live location of the kid along with the message.
Features For iOS
Qustodio provides only a limited feature for iOS devices. You can make use of features like Geolocation, Application rules to set the time limit for apps, and web filtering is also made possible.
The features like tracking of Facebook, calls, and SMS is not possible. You won’t be allowed to get access to the YouTube account of the child and the SOS button cannot be used as well.
Talking about its price, Qustodio is quite inexpensive as compared to its competitor apps. Qustodio offers 3 different plans, Small, Medium, and Large based on the number of users.
The Small plan costs $4.58/month with connectivity to 5 devices, Medium plan costs $8.08/month with connectivity to 10 devices and the Large plan costs $11.50/month with connectivity to 15 devices.
You’ll be happy to know that Qustodio provides a free version as well. The free version doesn’t provide the premium features of the apps like the panic button, location tracking, call monitoring, etc.
1. Is Qustodio free?
Qustodio provides a free as well as the paid version. The paid service gives access to some premium features like YouTube monitoring and the panic button.
2. Can Qustodio block YouTube?
Yes, you can block as well as set the timer for the use of YouTube by the kid.
3. Can Qustodio see text messages?
Qustodio app has a feature to see the text messages but this feature failed to our test as it wasn’t working at all.
4. Is Qustodio safe to use?
Yes, Qustodio is absolutely safe to use and works under the legal norms, that’s the reason the app has made its place in the Play Store and App Store.
5. Does Qustodio work in stealth mode?
No, the app icon appears on the screen and you cannot hide it.
6. Can my child delete Qustodio?
Unfortunately yes. As the app icon clearly appears on the screen, it’s possible for the kids to get rid of the app anytime they feel like.
If your monitoring is particularly focused on kids, in that case, going for Qustodio is a good option.
This review is presented before you after thorough research and testing of the app. So basically you can totally rely on our article.
Even if you have some doubts and want to clear them after personally testing the app, just go for the 3 days free trial with all premium features.
If the only thing you want for your child is, monitoring of web search, filtering the search, monitoring of social media, and control the time spent on the app, then just go for the free version of the app.
Ease Of Use8.5/10
Value for Money8.5/10
- Device blocking works as it should be
- Restricted Times feature works properly
- Web Filtering feature is able to block all unhealthy sites successfully
- Qustodio is quite inexpensive as compared to its competitors
- The screen time of the apps shown by Qustodio is not accurate
- The Calls and SMS option didn't work at all in our case
- The Questionable activity didn't work as well