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    PROS / The activity logs are intuitive and highly detailed, and you can have them sent directly to your personal email address.

    CONS / It does not have an option to run invisibly on any target device.

    VERDICT / Its massive device and plan flexibility, tracking and reports for a wide variety of details, and ease of use make this terrific monitoring software.

    PhoneSheriff is powerful, versatile cell phone parental control software for keeping an eye on your kids' smart device activity. It offers you the ability to create extensive instant alerts, set up restrictions on how your kids use their devices and monitor an impressive variety of activity categories. For its diverse abilities, this software earns our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

    PhoneSheriff 2.5

    This software is compatible with iPhones, Windows Phones, BlackBerrys and Android devices. This flexibility means you aren't limited in what kinds of phones you can monitor and likely lets your kids keep using their current phones. You also have a few different plan terms to choose from according to your surveillance needs – a monthly, semiannual or yearly term. In our testing, we detected that the software took up about 10MB on our Android target device, so ensure that any device you want to use the software on has a comparable quantity of available free space so that the software will fit on it.

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    Monitored Data

    As one of the best cell phone spyware programs, PhoneSheriff can track a wide variety of activity. You can see your child's communication history via phone calls and text or photo messages, apps they've installed and any plans they've logged in the device's calendar app. It can also reveal extensive browser history and the device's current GPS location so you always know where your child is. Another nice feature is that it keeps track of any deleted content on the target device, such as texts and internet browser history your child has deleted even if they viewed it in a browser's incognito mode, which otherwise cannot be tracked.

    Limits & Alerts

    Along with monitoring cell phone activity, the software lets you set restrictions or alerts as you deem necessary. This includes restrictions on your child's phone usage time so that they can't play games during school or homework time. It lets you block any website or app that you decide is not appropriate for your kid to view. You can opt to receive instant notifications anytime in the case that someone tries to tamper with or uninstall the software, or if your child removes or replaces the phone's SIM card. Additionally, you can be notified if your kid uses inappropriate language or tries to access blocked apps or websites.


    This cell phone spyware cannot run invisibly on any device, so it will be obvious to your kids that you're monitoring them if you use this product. The app is incredibly thorough in its tracking and reporting capacity. All activity is broken down into specific categories, and it doesn't hold back on details, showing you not just apps or texts, but information such as when your child downloaded or received them. You can opt for these logs to be sent to your email for your records. During our testing, the software was occasionally a bit sluggish in loading activity after it occurred on the device, but it did show up fairly quickly and didn’t leave us waiting too long.

    It also has a variety of remote functions, giving you control over the device even without having physical access to it. The software allows you to remotely lock or wipe the device, a feature that comes in handy if your child is using the device with inappropriate intentions or if it is lost.

    Help & Support

    Whether you have a burning question or a simple concern, you can contact the customer service representatives for PhoneSheriff's developer, Retina-X Studios, via email or live chat. In our testing, we found they are quick to respond, friendly and eager to help. You can also check out a live demo, user guides and a FAQs section on the website. The website is packed with information about each feature and its benefits, empowering you with the knowledge you need to monitor your children effectively.


    PhoneSheriff provides you with extensive activity tracking, reporting, alerts and restriction setting. This helps you keep an eye on how your kids use their smart devices, clueing you in on who they talk to, what they see and how much time they spend doing what. Backed by friendly, responsive customer service, PhoneSheriff can help you view and control your kids' cell phone access as you see fit.

    PhoneSheriff 2.5