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In-Depth Review of the Highster Mobile Spy App

Highster Mobile spy review

​Does the idea of not knowing what's happening on your kid's phone keep you up at night?  Or perhaps you've gotten complaints about employees spending too much time on their phone during the work day?

Smart phones offer so many ways to improve our lives, but they can also be a source of trouble.

The internet never sleeps, offering endless opportunities for distraction and even danger for those who are curious. 

There are endless ways of communicating with others, billions of websites, and hundreds of thousands of games that can interfere with what we SHOULD be doing.

Highster Mobile Highlights

  • one-time payment, no monthly fees
  • does NOT require jailbreaking or rooting the target device (limited functionality)
  • can be used on multiple devices
  • works with all iOS and Android devices

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In an earlier post we highlighted what we think is the best spy app on the market. In this article we're going to take a look at Highster Mobile.

This powerful cell phone spy app allows you to see everything that happens on someone else's phone or tablet.  You'll never have to wonder who they talk to, text with, or what sites they visit.​

We'll be covering the following:

  • features of the app and how it compares to others on the market
  • installation, setup, and use
  • pricing

Want to spy on a cell phone without installing software?  mSpy is our favorite spy app that allows you to monitor a phone without having physical access to the device.

Highster Mobile Review 2017

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What is Highster Mobile?

It's a powerful cell phone monitoring tool that allows you full access to the device on which it is installed.  It allows you to track a wide variety of communications including phone calls, texts, chats, GPS location and more. 

While there are dozens of apps on the market that offer cell phone spy capabilities Highster offers competitive features at VERY competitive price.

Highster Mobile Pro Features and Capabilities

Most cell phone spy apps offer relatively similar capabilities.  Where they differ is in the ease of installation, compatibility with popular devices, setup, and pricing.  Here's what you get with Highster.

Compatibility

both iOS and Android devices are supported

While some spy apps only work on a handful of devices or operating systems, Highster Mobile will work with just about every iOS and Android device on the market this includes:

  • iPhones 5, 6, and 7
  • iOS 6.x - 10.x
  • iPads
  • iPod Touch
  • Android OS 3 - 7
  • Samsung & Motorola
  • LG & HTC
  • All other Android devices

No-Jailbreak Solutions

One of the most difficult parts of installing most spy apps is that they require jail-breaking or rooting the target device.  While Highster does offer a jailbreak version, they also offer an app that does not require this extra step.  Here is what is included:

  • text messages (old & deleted)
  • iMessages (history & deleted)
  • calls
  • Photos & Videos (old & deleted)
  • Emails (old & deleted)
  • Browser history (old & deleted)
  • GPS location (old & deleted)
  • Block Applications
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and others)
  • All installed & running apps
  • Remote un-install
  • remotely lock phone
  • remote camera control
  • GPS on command
  • Search alerts

Track & Read Text Messages

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Text messaging has quickly become one of the most popular forms of communication.  Go to any restaurant and you're likely to see as many people communicating on their phone as with the people across the table from them.

Highster allows you to track all incoming and outgoing texts, who sent them, and what they contain including content like pictures and video.  You can even review texts that were deleted by the user.

Call Tracking & Monitoring

​Monitor both incoming and outgoing calls.  From your control panel you'll see the phone number, time of call, and duration of the call.

GPS Location Tracking

track gps location

Want to know where your child or employee is at any time you like?  Simply log into your control panel and you'll get an instantly updated and accurate GPS location.  You can even track the recent history of the phone, showing everywhere it's been over a specified time.

Monitor Email Communication

From your control panel you'll be able to quickly view all emails coming to and sent from the target phone.  You'll be able to see the sending and receiving email address as well as the content of the message.

Browsing History

As a parent, the Internet can be a nightmare.  Now you'll also be able to see the browsing history of your child's device.  This allows you to view every site visited as well as any bookmarks that have been saved.

Social Media Monitoring

apps for instant messaging

In the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Skype it's not enough to just look at text and email communication.  Highster allows you to view chats from some of the most popular social media apps ensuring that you miss nothing that happens on the phone.

Photos & Videos

From your control panel you'll also be able to see all photos and videos taken with the target device.  You'll also be able to view any images that are saved.  All images are uploaded to your dashboard to view at your convenience.

Remote Camera

iphone camera

Want to know what's happening around the target phone at any time you like?  Simply activate the remote camera function and you'll be able to take a picture with the phones camera.  This takes place without the user knowing it has occurred.

Installed and Running Apps

Concerned that your child or employee isn't doing what they're supposed to be?  Now you can monitor which apps are installed and which are running.  You can also block access to specific apps that you don't want them installing such as Tinder, Snapchat or others.

Keyword Search Alert

From your dashboard you can request notifications any time a particular keyword is entered into the phone.  This might be "drugs", "alcohol", or whatever you choose.  You'll immediately be notified when the text is entered.

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How Does it Work?

The two different versions of this app work in two different ways.  The no-jailbreak version simply allows access to all of the phone's backed up data on the iCloud.  All of this data is loaded into your user control panel for easy access.

The jailbreak version of the app actually sends data to Highsters servers where it is stored for you to review at your convenience.

While the two versions of the app work in different ways the results are the same:  the data is displayed in an easy to use online dashboard.

How to Install Highster Mobile

installation process for Highster Mobile

The installation process for Highster Mobile differs slightly depending upon the target device.  For iOS devices there is a no-jailbreak and jailbroken version of the app.  Let's take a quick look at each process.

Apple iOS Devices

Highster is capable of working on most iOS devices including iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, and iPad Mini's.  Depending upon the capabilities you need, you will select either the jailbreak or no-jailbreak installation.

Highster Mobile No Jailbreak

To install Highster on a non-jailbroken iOS device you'll only need the Apple ID and password for the target device.  Once you've purchased the product you will receive an email with the login credentials for your online dashboard.

Once you login you will simply enter the Apple ID email address and password and you will then be able to view all of the data stored on the phone through it's iCloud account.

Jailbreak Version

For those who are looking for more capability, the jailbreak version of the app offers complete access to everything on the phone.  Jailbreaking is required, but for those who are comfortable with the process it can be worthwhile.  If you're not familiar with the jailbreaking process you can read more here.

The installation of the app is also more involved, but you will receive step-by-step instructions on how to proceed once you've signed up for the service.

Easy to Use Online Control Panel

highster online control panel

Another strong point of this app is it's intuitive and easy to use online interface.  Everything you need to know about the target device is displayed in a dashboard that you can access from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

You'll be able to see the physical location of the phone, call logs, and everything else we've discussed in a matter of moments.

You'll also be able to quickly switch back and forth between multiple devices if you have more than one to monitor.  This is great for parents with multiple children, or companies with mulitple employees.

Common Questions

Is Highster Mobile Detectable?

The user of the device will not be able to detect the apps installation.  Both the jailbreak and no-jailbreak version are invisible.

How to Un-install Highster Mobile?

Uninstalling the app is very straightforward.  From within the online control panel you'll click on "Settings" then choose "Uninstall Code".  Then send the code as a text message to the target device.  This will cause the app to be uninstalled.  The user of the phone will be unaware.

Final Thoughts

With it's extensive list of capabilities, simple installation, and one-time purchase price Highster is one of the best cell phone spy apps on the market. 

Unless you have need of some of the more advanced features of apps like FlexiSPY or mSpy the best choice by far is Highster.

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About the Author Jason

Jason is a work from home dad who has a passion for DIY projects, yard work, and SEC Football. His background is IT, but he's always fancied himself as a part-time ship welder, landscaper, and short order cook. During the week he can be found on his laptop 10 hours-a-day, but on the weekends he escapes to the local DIY Cave to play with REAL toys.