Does your loved one hide their phone in front of you and never hand over the phone to you or anyone in the family? If that’s worrying you then relax! You have arrived at the right place. Being a guardian of a teen myself I have gone through all this, many times.
Technology has provided the tools by which monitoring the activities of your loved one’s phones be it Android or iPhone is possible. These tools are known as spying and monitoring apps.
So far at SpyDrill, we have tested quite a few spy software and just recently we stumbled upon uMobix that is a comparatively new spy app. That said, it packs a lot of features that you might be looking for.
We’ve tested uMobix for 2 weeks and only after that we’re putting together a detailed review of uMobix in which we share its exhaustive list of features and our experience with them to help you make an informed decision. So without saying much let’s begin the review, shall we!
As it is going to be a very detailed review so we’ve provided you with links to read the specific sections of the article. However, I would suggest you read it completely so that you don’t miss something important.
- uMobix Live Demo
- uMobix Parent/Your Device Installation
- uMobix Installation On Target Device
- uMobix Features
- uMobix Pricing And Plans
- Should I Purchase uMobix Or Not?
uMobix Live Demo
uMobix doesn’t offer a free trial but you can check their free live demo to get the hang of working and features of the app.
A good spying app must support both the major players in the smartphone market. Therefore, uMobix spying app is compatible with Android as well as iOS smartphones.
All the versions of Android running 4 or above are compatible with uMobix. And in the case of iOS, every iOS device is compatible with uMobix, irrespective of which version it is running on.
For this article, we have tested the uMobix app on Moto G Turbo, an Android device running 6.0 (Marshmallow).
uMobix Installation And Setup on Parent/Your Device
The very step towards monitoring your loved ones is to set up your uMobix account. For setting your uMobix account you’ll need to visit the uMobix official website.
1. Clicking the link will take you to the home page of the official website. When you’ll arrive on the uMobix website, on the top right corner you will see TRY IT NOW.
2. Upon clicking you’ll be required to enter the Email id with which you want to register. The same ID will be allowed access to the uMobix portal from where you’ll monitor your loved ones. Create a password for your account and then click on Create Account.
3. After signing up you’ll have to choose the device type (Android or iOS) that is used by your kid/spouse. Clicking on either Android Phone or Tablet or iOS iPhone, iPad will select the device type.
In our case, it was Android that we wanted to monitor. According to the choice of device, you’ll require to opt for a subscription.
4. After creating your account and choosing a subscription of uMobix spy software, you will get an email with the login URL and credentials along with a Registration code.
The Registration Code will be required to be entered in the target device that you want to monitor.
The credentials you received in the Email will be required for logging in to the uMobix portal.
After logging in you will land on a page where you’ll see a bunch of instructions along with the Registration code.
Keep this page open and have that Android phone handy that you want to monitor. For the process of installation, you will need to have physical access to the phone.
The reason for doing so is that Android phones ask for multiple security permissions that are required at the time of installation. Failing to do so will not let you install the spy app in the first place. Therefore, you need to have physical access to the phone with you.
uMobix Installation and Setup on Target Device (Android)
If you are familiar with installing spying apps on Android devices then it will be like a walk in the park. And even if you’re new to this, we will still make everything for you like a walk in the park.
We will provide you with the best and detailed information that will make you install uMobix successfully.
Disabling The Play Protect Option
Before doing anything else you have to disable Play Protect from the Google Play Store and allow permission for installing apps from Unknown sources. Everything will be explained in detail so keep on reading.
1. For disabling Play Protect, first, you have to open the Play Store and then tap on the hamburger icon. After tapping the hamburger icon, select Play Protect from the menu.
2. Now you have to select the Settings icon. Once you are in Play Protect Settings, disable Scan apps with Play Protect.
3. You will receive a popup saying “Turning off app scanning?” Press Turn OFF to successfully disable Play Protect.
Steps To Install uMobix On Target Android Device
Now you are all set to install the uMobix app on the target device. Please follow the below-mentioned sequence for installing the app successfully.
The setup file size is just 6.17 MB and it will not take more than 10 minutes for the installation.
1. Open any browser on the desired Android phone you want to monitor and go to the app installation page of uMobix (app4.space/r/).
2. The webpage will open and you have to perform a calculation to ensure you are a human and not a robot! After doing the calculation click the Download button.
3. The downloading will start now. If you receive a popup saying This type of file can harm your device. Do you want to keep umobix.apk anyway? Click OK.
4. After downloading the file you might get an error saying, For security, your phone is set to block installation of apps obtained from unknown sources.
5. To rectify the error you have to go into Settings on the Android device and navigate to Security. Under security, you will find Device administration. Toggle the button named Unknown sources. Doing this is important because it will allow uMobix to be installed on the device.
6. Once that is done, you have to go back to the Downloads in the browser and select the downloaded uMobix file. This time you will not see any error and installation will commence. Press the INSTALL button.
7. The uMobix app is installed on the target device and ready to be Set Up. Tap on Open.
8. Here you are at the home screen of uMobix, tap on NEXT to proceed with the installation.
9. Now you can read the EULA agreement and then tap to AGREE TO THE EULA terms and conditions to proceed further.
10. After accepting EULA you will be required to give several Android permissions for the successful monitoring of the target device. Press GRANT PERMISSIONS to proceed with the permissions that uMobix requires in order to track your partner/kid’s device.
11. Provide the Media permission by tapping on Allow to give uMobix, access to Photos, Media, and Files on the target cell phone. Similarly, provide all the required permissions like Calls, Contacts, Location, SMS, and Calendar.
12. uMobix will now ask for your permission to enable its keylogger for Android devices. Press ENABLE KEYLOGGER TRACKING to give approval.
13. After enabling Keylogger, you get two options to provide the rest of the permissions, one is using Automatic Setup while another is through manual setup. If you want to manually set up the app then click on the option that reads “you can set up the application manually here“. However, if you want to provide all the permissions automatically then click on Setup Automatically button.
If you have selected Setup Automatically then you can skip to the 16th step and if you have chosen manual setup then continue with the next step.
14. Here you’ll need to tap on User Accounts and toggle on to give permission. Doing so will give up a popup where you’ll have to press OK.
15. The next permission is for Display Recording. Press START NOW to allow uMobix to provide you with the screenshots from your partner’s device.
Don’t forget to check the box stating Don’t show again before tapping START NOW.
Doing this is important because if you’ll not check the box the person you are going to spy or monitor is going to get the notification.
16. Now you’ll see a screen where you’ll have to choose whether to hide or show the uMobix app icon on the target device. We will recommend you choose to hide the app icon for discreet monitoring.
15. Below the Hide/Unhide option you’ll find a box to enter Registration code. Now you have to register on your spouse phone with the same registration code that was given to you while setting your device (parent device).
After entering the code press the Complete Registration button.
Now the uMobix installation is complete and on the target Android phone and you are all set to monitor their device.
Installation And Setup on Target Device (iOS)
Unlike installing of uMobix app on Android, the installation process is very different on iOS. As in Android, you require physical access to the target device.
However, the installation on the iPhone/ iPad doesn’t require physical access to the iDevice. And all you need are the iCloud credentials of the target iOS device. (Login ID and password).
Apple is very careful about the privacy of its users. As an outcome, Apple has implemented a 2-factor authentication feature.
If 2-factor authentication is enabled then you will not be able to take full advantage of the spying software as most of the features will not be available.
Moreover, if 2FA is enabled, then you need the physical access of the device to get access to the OTP sent by Apple. It will also send a notification telling the user that someone from a particular place wants to access your iCloud details.
Therefore, you’ll have to make sure that their iOS device has 2-factor authentication disabled which is almost impossible with recent iOS updates rolled by Apple.
Spying on the iOS devices without jailbreak is only possible through iCloud. So, it is important that the iCloud backup is turned on in the target device. Once iCloud backup is enabled and you provide the spy service with the iCloud login details, the spy app shows you all the details like photos, videos, contacts, documents, notes, and so on that are present on that iCloud account.
So in order to spy on any iOS device, you’ll need the iCloud credentials of your girlfriend/boyfriend, 2FA must be disabled for uninterrupted tracking and iCloud backup turned on.
After logging in the uMobix website you’ll arrive at the uMobix Dashboard section. This is the spot where you’ll find sections of fresh information about your loved one.
The very first section is related to the Location where you’ll know about their recently visited places on the map. Zooming in and out will reveal more details.
Just below the locations, you will find small sections of Most frequent calls, Most frequent SMS, and Last added contacts.
So if you are curious to know about any of these things, you can check it right from the Dashboard.
You can filter your search inside the Most frequent calls and Most frequent SMS on the basis of Incoming (communication made to the target device) and Outgoing (communication made with the target device).
Inside the Most frequent Socials, you’ll see the time spent on various social media apps.
To know about the website reached by the kid, there’s a Sites section that reveals the visited websites and how many times they have been accessed.
On the left of the Dashboard, you will see various options under categories like General, Social, Media, and Internet. The features under these categories will be examined below.
Before moving on to the various features of the uMobix app, let me tell you about its Unread section. It is not a permanent section, it only appears when there is a notification for any of its features. For example, if the target person has done some activity on the Facebook app then you will see the notification with the name of Facebook on the dashboard under the Unread section. As soon as you read all the notifications this section disappears from the dashboard.
Apart from notifications, you also get the Online status of the app that is currently being used on the target device. Overall, the Unread tab is a good addition to this spy app, as it keeps you informed about all the activities happening in real-time on different apps on the target phone so that you don’t miss any one of them.
The biggest USP of any spying app is to keep up to date track of activities. Out of all the features keeping tabs on calls is the most important one.
With the help of uMobix, you will be able to access their call logs having all the records of the calls be it incoming or outgoing.
Providing information like contact name/number, nature of the call (incoming or outgoing), duration and call commenced date/time is not a problem for uMobix.
If you wish to see the call logs separately as incoming and outgoing, for that, you have to filter the call logs. If the State option (marked below) has an up arrow, then all the entries are sorted on the basis of incoming calls.
The rest of the missed calls or declined calls will be shown when the State option shows down arrow.
2. Address Book
Changing contacts’ names with different numbers is not a new thing. Well, I used to do it, and most likely you did it too! Doing that makes them less of a suspect as they may pretend to talk to someone whom you know and trust. Keeping family in dark is something that teens can do so keeping track of their contact list becomes very crucial.
uMobix Address Book feature will help you verify the contact name with the number(s) along with their email id(s). It also shows you the state of the contact i.e. whether the contact is deleted from the phone or it still exists.
By default, the contacts in the Address Book are sorted alphabetically (A to Z). To sort them in the reverse order (Z to A), just like in Calls, you have to press the Down arrow next to Name, to achieve the desired result.
Be it the 1990’s or 2020, SMS was a hit and will continue to be a choice of many people over other communication methods.
No one will deny the fact that messaging is quick and meaningful. Within seconds you can convey your message and another person can plan accordingly.
As of today, messaging is used by over 5 billion people. It will be fair to say that your spouse or child can be one of them. Therefore, SMS cannot be taken for granted.
By using uMobix Messages, you can monitor the SMS be it either outgoing (sent) or incoming (received). One of the biggest plus points of uMobix is it can even detect deleted SMS. Not just it detects the wiped messages but even highlights them so you are always aware of what your loved ones want to hide from you.
As SMS is used vastly, there will be numerous messages that will be present on their device. To make things easier, uMobix has provided the Latest Message feature where you’ll get the description of the messages received/sent currently.
And if you found something fishy there you can click the Title that will show you the complete conversation. By using this feature you can monitor their messages and be fully aware of what they are up to.
In our case, someone is trying to be a good friend!
Monitoring children’s visited places become the need of an hour. With the help of the uMobix Location feature you can get a comprehensive view of their location history.
When they are trying new places they will require navigational apps that require access to GPS locations. Once GPS locations are allowed on their smartphone, uMobix will be able to process all the visited places information.
Being the guardian of my nephew, knowing his recent visited places along with dates makes me less worried. In-depth monitoring is also made possible with uMobix Locations. For that, Longitudes and Latitudes coordinates are provided by the app.
To view the locations better, clicking the View button will open Google Maps. Here, you can get a detailed view with more precise data and area names.
Knowing everything is not possible for everyone. It becomes the responsibility of people like us to make users learn new things. When we press a key on a keyboard it is known as a keystroke. And Keylogger is a mechanism that records the keystrokes made on the keyboard.
With the help of keyloggers, recording of the keystrokes is achieved by not giving any notification or warning to the end-user i.e. spouse or teen. And when we talk about uMobix, the keylogging mechanism is enhanced even further.
uMobix Keylogger preserves all the keystrokes made on the teens or spouse phone. On top of it, uMobix even keeps track of everything like where they have typed and when they have typed.
Are you worried about the late-night chatting of your girlfriend/boyfriend with others? If yes, then uMobix can help you out by showing what they are chatting about.
uMobix Keylogger feature comes with a search bar from where you can search specific words or any particular app like WhatsApp. In our case, I searched “sneaking” and I found out that the word has been used on Whatsapp on 7th July.
Monitoring of Calls, Contacts, SMS, Locations, and Keystrokes was not a problem for uMobix. But one other interesting feature that uMobix has put on the table is Display Recording. uMobix Display Recording feature will enable you to see screenshots of all the social media applications used by the target person.
You will get all the screenshots while your spouse is scrolling through Facebook, chatting on Instagram, sending snaps via Snapchat, and so on.
And the best part about this feature is that the end-user i.e. spouse or teen will not be aware of such screenshots.
The Social apps that you see on the left side of the portal are the ones supported by uMobix, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messanger, Tinder, Instagram, Telegram, and so on.
To check one’s activity you have to click on the specific app.
In my case, out of the apps listed I have seen my nephew using WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.
The general working for social apps remains the same. All the real-time screenshots will be taken and shown on the app’s respective section, irrespective of whatever that person is doing inside the app.
However, my experience was a mixed bag and I will explain it below.
Here in the below screenshot, my nephew was chatting with someone on WhatsApp. As you can see it’s the full-screen screenshot with every detail like conversion with the timestamp, the profile picture of the other person, and so on.
All the text which you see on the screen (above screenshot) will also be tracked in the keylogger. So you can use various features to monitor your partner completely.
Snapchat is not like WhatsApp. The reason for stating that is, on Snapchat if you send a message and the other person sees it and leaves the chat the message will be deleted.
Moreover, whenever someone takes a screenshot the other person gets the notification regarding the same. So I was very skeptical whether uMobix display recording will work or not?
As you can see in the above picture no notification has been sent while taking the screenshot! To my surprise, it worked very well.
The Discover section on Snapchat shows stories from friends and as well as celebrities and models also. So, it’s quite possible that the kid might get exposed to some adult and inappropriate stories.
So monitoring this section is as important as the chats. I am happy to report that it also works as expected!
Instagram And Facebook
Just like WhatsApp and Snapchat, uMobix Display Recording should have taken care of Instagram and Facebook as well and provided the supervisor with detailed screenshots.
However, in my testing, I was not able to receive anything from Facebook and Instagram beyond their respective logos. It can be some problem from my end and most probably it will work for you.
Edit: I again tested this app with a new target device (Samsung M12) and this time it tracked all the Facebook and Instagram activities with ease.
Monitoring general and social apps are vital for tracking the target person, but it’s not complete protection.
Most of the data is in the form of Photos and Videos and you don’t know what your spouse or teen is keeping with them and hiding from you.
The media stored on the device should also be under your surveillance. uMobix media can be a great way to figure out what kind of stuff does the teen likes to watch.
uMobix Photos feature will show you all the images available on the target device from both Internal storage as well as Micro SD card. Along with the photos, you’ll get the name and the time of arrival of the picture on their device.
According to my testing, I was even able to see pictures dated back to 2017! Arranging pictures is also possible on uMobix.
To sort pictures based on their arrival, you will have to click on the Created option. After clicking, you will see a down arrow next to Created. Changing the down arrow to up arrow will make the list categorize from old to new photos.
Are you worried about what kind of images are shared by your loved ones on WhatsApp? Then take a deep breath and relax! Let uMobix take care of this. Every picture that has been shared (received or sent) via WhatsApp is monitored.
Here, all the videos on the target phone are to be monitored. In my testing, I was able to see videos from 2019! Besides videos, important information like the name and time of arrival of the video is also shown to the supervisor.
As you can see above there are a few controls given, and these controls will let you play/pause, minimize/maximize the video.
Along with those, there’s a hamburger icon (marked above in circle) which will provide you options for Picture In Picture and Download.
Picture In Picture will allow you to watch the video in a slightly bigger size. Also, it will let you multitask by letting you work on other things on your computer if you want to.
Downloading feature will come in handy when you find something inappropriate and want to preserve it for the right time. Clicking the Download button will instantly start downloading the video.
The Internet has always been an integral part of one’s routine since childhood. When a child is growing upon his preteen period, they are under the complete supervision of parents. However, once they grow as teens they figure out ways to bypass the supervision of their parents.
Therefore, monitoring their search histories with spy apps is the best option in hand.
uMobix Browser History feature will take care of all your worries.
It provides important information like their recent web searches along with the date and number of visits they have done on the websites.
Data related to the Web search can be sorted based on Title, URL, Last Visited, and the number of visits done.
It can come in useful when you want to know what websites the teen/tween visit and how frequently.
But that’s not all, uMobix has a very advanced mechanism. All the searches are preserved on the uMobix servers that even if your teen or spouse deletes the history from their device, uMobix still has it!
What about searches made in incognito or private mode? I knew it was there in your mind. Be assured all the history even on private or incognito mode stays with uMobix!
9. Application And App Activity
The next two features you get to see on uMobix are Applications and App Activity. Under Applications, you get details of all the apps installed on the target device and you can even completely block or delete them if you feel that some apps are not appropriate for your kids.
On the other hand, in the App Activity section, you get to know about the activity duration of a particular app on your kid’s phone. It also shows you the current status of the app i.e. whether it is currently being used or closed. This helps you keep track of your child’s screen time and most importantly what types of apps they spend the most time on.
10. Audio Stream
Apart from photos and videos, with uMobix you can even remotely access the microphone of the target device and listen to the surrounding sounds. This will help ensure the safety of your kids and catch a cheating spouse without them knowing. But remember that this feature only works when the phone is in an active state and is connected to the internet at the same time. Also, the audio quality is not super fine but it is understandable.
The WiFi Section of uMobix allows you to keep an eye on the WiFi router and hotspots the target phone connects to. Apart from just seeing the list of all the WiFi’s, you can even choose to block them with just a click of a button. This is a great feature for parents who want to restrict the internet usage time of their children.
uMobix Pricing And Plans
After discussing the features, now it’s the right time for the plans with their pricing. uMobix for iOS devices offers only one pack that has all the bells and whistles, that is the Full plan.
uMobix offers various flexible subscription-based on durations like monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, and yearly plans. A monthly subscription for iOS will cost you $39.99 per month. Paying monthly for the uMobix subscription will be a very expensive choice. To save a few dollars uMobix provides 3 months, 6 months, and yearly plans.
Opting for a longer duration plan will let you save more money, but the premium has to be paid upfront. The 3 months plan will cost you $44.97, saving you $75 if you choose monthly.
To save even more on the subscription plans you can opt or half-yearly or yearly. According to me, opting for half-yearly will be more economical. The half-yearly plan will cost you $49.99 that’s just around $5 more than the quarterly subscription!
Going with a yearly plan will just cost you $89.88, that’s not even $8 per month.
And when we talk about Android support there are two plans available with uMobix, Basic plan, and Full plan.
The basic differences between the two lie in terms of duration and features. The Base plan is only available on a monthly basis. On the contrary, the full plan can be chosen between a variety of time-specific subscriptions (3 months, 6 months, 12 months.).
The second difference is of features. On the base plan, you’ll not get important features like keylogging and monitoring of some popular social apps like Snapchat, Tinder, Zoom, Line, and many more. So if monitoring these social apps is your priority then opting for the full plan will be appropriate.
Just like in iOS plans, choosing a quarterly or yearly plan will save you more money. According to me, the selection of 3 months plan will be a suitable and economical choice.
uMobix Review: So After All The Testing, Is uMobix Any Good?
It would be safe to say that my experience has been a mixed bag with uMobix. Using general services like Keeping track of calls, SMS, Keylogger, browser history worked exceptionally good.
Updates were happening within minutes and there was not a single hiccup faced during testing the above features. So if you are looking to monitor calls, SMS, keystrokes, browser searches of your teen/spouse then I would recommend you give a shot to uMobix.
Monitoring of social apps is present and while testing I initially got updates of social apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat.
However, from there, my experience got down the hill. Updates from WhatsApp and Snapchat become inconsistent.
Sometimes the updates were processed within a day and sometimes even more. Other than WhatsApp and Snapchat, I was not able to monitor anything else from social apps.
In the Social section of the article, you might have read about my experience with Instagram and Facebook Messenger, Line, and so on.
Keeping in mind that it’s comparatively new software, so the scope of polishing and improvement is always there. I wish uMobix implements and excels in its shortcomings.
But overall if I have to say that whether you should try out uMobix or not, Well, it’s a green flag from my side.
1. Can uMobix monitor Snapchat?
Yes, uMobix can monitor Snapchat by recording live screen and providing Screenshots, without them knowing!
2. Can uMobix be hidden?
Yes, hiding uMobix is possible at the time of installation on the target device. But this is only possible if you choose to hide the app icon.
3. Can uMobix be installed remotely?
In the case of an iOS device with 2FA disabled, it’s possible to install the spy app service remotely. But if the 2FA is enabled, you need the physical access of the iOS device. In the case of an Android phone, it’s not possible to install the service remotely.
4. Can uMobix see deleted messages?
Yes, the messages that are deleted when uMobix is installed can be seen.
5. Does uMobix Cause Any Adverse Effect On The Target Phone?
No, I didn’t find any major issues like heating, battery drop, or lag on the target device while testing it.
6. Is uMobix legal?
Yes, uMobix is legal but the person you are going to monitor must be aware of it.
7. Do I need a Rooted Android phone for uMobix to work?
No, that’s the beauty of uMobix, you don’t need to root your target Android device for complete working.
8. Do I need a Jailbroken iPhone for uMobix?
No, it’s not necessary to jailbreak the target iOS device in order to spy with uMobix.
9. Can deleted call records be retrieved using uMobix?
Yes, the Deleted calls are preserved in uMobix even if they are deleted by your girlfriend/boyfriend/kid/employee.
10. Can the uMobix Keylogger monitor copy-paste text?
Yes, uMobix Keylogger also works like a clipboard and monitor copy-pasted texts.
11. How much uMobix cost?
Basic pack monthly ($29.99), Full pack monthly ($59.99), Full 3 months combo ($ 33.33), and Full 12 months combo ($14.99).
12. Is uMobix any good?
Yes, in terms of price to features ratio, it’s a good monitoring app to keep your loved ones safe.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Data Sync Speed7.5/10
Value for Money8.0/10
- Tracking of browsing history was impressive
- Keylogger was working perfectly
- Keylogger was also showing the copy and pasted data
- Calls, SMS, and Contacts were updating within minutes
- Location feature also supported Google Maps for more support
- uMobix also shows the messages that were sent and deleted immediately
- The tracking of photos was very instant
- Updates in social apps was not consistent
- No updates in the video section after initial syncing
- Browser bookmarks were not shown by uMobix