** This post was updated on: February 5, 2020 ***
Are you looking to keep tabs on a phone belonging to your employees, kids, or another individual? There are literally dozens of so-called “spy apps” for iPhones, Androids, and other mobile phones.
Many of them offer the same features and functionality, but one goes above and beyond by offering the ability to:
- intercept calls
- record calls
- record a phone's surroundings
In this article we're going to take an in-depth look at the FlexiSPY cell phone tracker and spy app. In terms of features and capabilities this is one of the best mobile spy apps on the market.
We'll go into more details below, but if you want to intercept calls, listen to calls, or record ambient noise THIS is the solution for you.
When you're finished reading you will have a clear understanding of just exactly what this software offers and which package is right for your needs.
Our FlexiSPY Review
FlexiSPY’s software suite offers more in-depth monitoring and reporting than just about any other provider out there.
In addition to many standard features like reading sent and received texts, their app allows you to enable call recording, call interception, and you can even enable the microphone when it’s not in use allowing you to record what’s going on around the phone whenever you like.
And this is just the start.
A Quick Note
One thing to keep in mind before we go any further. To install the app on an iPhone or Android FlexiSPY requires you to jailbreak or “root” the phone on which it will be operating.
They provide you with detailed instructions on how this is done, but it can be intimidating if you're not comfortable with technology. If this is the case I would recommend you take a look at mSpy. They offer a version of their software that is not as robust as FlexiSPY, but does NOT require jailbreaking or rooting the device.
There are cell phone spy software apps out there that don't require you to jailbreak the target phone, but they don't offer the same powerful functions as FlexiSPY.
That said, if you want the absolute best, FlexiSPY has it all. And it’s easy enough to find videos on how to jailbreak a phone allowing full functionality of the app.
Is FlexiSpy User Friendly?
The short answer: Yes.
Of all the spy apps we've tested FlexiSPY offers one of the simplest and most intuitive user interfaces. All reporting is clearly labeled, functions and notifications are easy to setup, and target phone media is easy to browse. You should have no concerns about having to be extremely tech savvy to use this software. They've designed it to be extremely simple.
The Extreme version of the app contains features that no other app on the market can match. Once installed, the operation is completely flawless. From the apps dashboard you will quickly be able to access all the information about the target phone. You can adjust settings and change parameters quickly and easily.
All in all it is extremely easy to setup and manage.
FlexiSPY Package Comparison
There are two different packages available within the app. The first is Flexispy Premium. Here you’ll find all the features covered by most apps in this space. The second and more powerful package is FleixSPY Extreme. This package allows you to intercept and record calls.
FlexiSPY Premium Review
With the Premium package you can monitor call logs, messages (text and IM from a variety of apps), passwords, GPS location, media such as pictures and videos, other applications, use the camera, and see the browsing history of every website the phone has visited.
This includes allowing you to monitor social media apps such as:
- Yahoo Messenger
- many more
FlexiSPY continuously updates the apps with which it works through software updates. So no matter what new app comes out it can keep you fully informed.
In addition to the ability to monitor these apps you can also setup notifications when specific events are triggered. These include:
- Keyword Trigger Events – when specified keywords are used a notification is sent to you via your phone as an email message or SMS text. This can be used to monitor for specific types of language relating to drug use, sex, profanity, whatever you choose.
- Manage Apps – with this feature you can control what apps are allowed to be installed, and run on the target phone or computer. You can even uninstall apps that are already installed.
- Remote Updates – once the FlexiSPY software is installed you can update and upgrade the software remotely. This means you don't have to get your hands on the device after the initial installation.
The premium edition of FlexiSPY offers many of the same features as other phone spy apps on the market.
Where they truly separate themselves from the competition is with their Extreme package. They are literally the only ones on the market to offer three very powerful functions.
The call intercept feature of FlexiSPY Extreme works on any Android, iPhone (up to iOS7), Blackberry, or Symbian device and allows you to listen in on both incoming and outgoing calls. This feature allows you to literally listen to the phone conversation as it happens.
The best part? Neither participant in the call will know that you're listening.
Make sure your microphone is set to mute when using the call intercept feature. You are essentially creating a 3-way call and your microphone will be live unless you enable mute.
Within the dashboard you can setup notifications for all calls or for only certain contacts on the target phone.
You can also record any phone call to or from the target phone. You can specify individual contacts within their contact list to record or record all calls. Then you simply log into your dashboard and select the call you wish to listen to.
- record all calls both incoming and outgoing
- record calls only from contacts you specify
- calls are uploaded to your dashboard allowing you to listen at your convenience
- recording can be downloaded from the dashboard as well
You can also listen in on the target device even when it's not in use. FlexiSPY allows you to activate the microphone and listen to the target phones ambient surroundings.
From within the dashboard you can setup a time to turn on ambient monitoring. This can be anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour. By scheduling these events you don't have to stay on top of them yourself.
When you're ready to listen to the recording you simply log into your dashboard and listen to the audio.
Advanced Feature Peformance
The advanced features of the FlexiSPY Extreme package work remarkably well. The only limitation is the quality of the signal of the target phone. If they're in an area with poor cell coverage the recording quality won't be as good. Unfortunately there is little to be done in these circumstances, but given most places have reliable coverage it should rarely be an issue.
During a call interception your phone will receive a notification of an incoming or outgoing call from the target phone. FlexiSPY will then connect your phone to the target phone so that you can listen without either party knowing that someone else is listening in. Obviously for secrecy you won't want to participate in the conversation, but you will be able to listen to both sides in real time.
The call intercept function is ideal for getting information in real time. Call recordings are stored locally on the target phone until they can be uploaded to your dashboard. This can take a while depending upon the target phones coverage.
With the intercept function, you listen to the conversation as it happens. The only limitation to this feature is that the target phone must be capable of 3 way calling. You can check with the carrier to ensure 3 way calling is enabled.
Another powerful feature of the Extreme package is the Keylogger. With this tool you'll be able to download usernames and passwords for any site or application the target phone uses. All of this information is stored in the dashboard to access whenever you like.null
In circumstances where you need access to everything on the phone and all conversations the Extreme package is second to none.
Location Tracking and Geo-Fencing
If you need to know where someone is in case of an emergency, or if you just want to keep track of your kids (or anyone for that matter) location tracking is a very powerful feature. It shows you the phone's precise location on a map.
However, if you want to monitor a phone without installing software you'll want to consider an app that downloads the target phone's information from the cloud. mSpy is a great option.
How Does FlexiSPY Work?
FlexiSPY is a cell phone spy software app that is installed on your target's phone. There are two different levels of monitoring. Both the Extreme and Premium packages require jailbreaking (for iPhone) or rooting (for Android) the device. This allows for access to all the advanced features, but also requires completing more technical steps.
The Premium package does not allow for call interception, call recording, or ambient noise recording.
The call interception function is accomplished by initiating a 3-way call between the target phone, their contact, and your phone. When a call comes in your phone is notified and you can initiate the interception. At this point your phone dials the target phone's number and automatically connects.
This connection takes place while giving no indication to the target phone that someone else is connected. Your call won't show up as incoming and your number won't show up in their call log.
FlexiSPY Product Support
FlexiSPY has created a product that allows even those that are less tech-savvy to closely monitor the phone of a child, spouse, partner, or employee. They provide a handy installation wizard that guides you through everything you need to do to setup your phone and the target phone.
The user interface is designed to be extremely easy to use and operate with all functions clearly labeled. Should you have any difficulties they also offer 24/6 support (via phone or chat) for their product.
FlexiSPY takes customer service seriously and this has earned them the #1 ranking in the industry.
In addition to their live technical support you'll also have access to the online knowledge base on their website. Here you'll find solutions to common problems clearly spelled out with step by step tutorials.
Can I Transfer FlexiSPY to a New Phone?
Yes. The software license you purchase with the app is transferable to any supported phone. So if you originally purchased an iPhone but wanted to move it to an Android device you can easily transfer the app. Phone upgrades are also supported. FlexiSPY does everything they can to make this as quick and painless as possible.
Do They Have a Money Back Guarantee?
Yes. You have 10 days to try out their service. If you decide it's not what you're looking for or doesn't perform the way you expected you can return the product for a full refund.
How to Install FlexiSPY
If you're not tech savvy the easiest option is to have the software installed for you. For an additional $39.99 FlexiSPY will jailbreak or root the target device for you. You will need to have the physical access to the target phone. Then you will initiate a chat with FlexiSPY support and they will have a qualified technician take care of the rest. It's as simple as it gets. If the technician is unable to root or jailbreak your device you will be fully refunded the $39.99.
If you'll be installing the app yourself you'll first want to ensure that the target device is compatible. You can check using this page on the FlexiSPY website.
They also offer a video library detailing how to use specific functionalities of the app. You can find these videos here.
You can also find videos like the one below on Youtube to help you through the installation process.
FlexiSPY Device Compatibility
Devices and their operating systems are always changing. While FlexiSPY offers compatibility with the majority of popular phones, tablets, and computers, it won't work on everything. Here is a basic list of compatible devices. You'll want to check their website for an updated list before purchasing.
Currently Supported Operating Systems (Updated 3-25-17):
- Android OS 4.0.3 - 6.0.1
- iPhone and iPad devices up to iOS 9.1 (minimum iOS7.x for recording)
- BlackBerry 5.0 - 7.1
- Nokia Symbian Anna and Belle platforms.
FlexiSPY has finally launched a desktop version for Windows and Mac. The following operating systems are supported:
- Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
- Mac OS Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan
How Much Does FlexiSPY Cost?
Compared to other spying apps FlexiSPY is somewhat more expensive. As of right now, They offer several packages to meet your needs. Their tiers of service are as follows:
FlexiSPY Extreme Pricing – (includes Password Cracker/Keylogger at no additional cost)
- Quarterly (3 months) Subscription - $199
- Annual Subscription - $349
FlexiSPY Premium / FlexiSPY for Computers
- 1 month $68
- 3 months $99
- 1 year $149
While the Extreme package is more than twice the cost of the Premium package it does offer functionality you won't find with any other product. If you're looking for something more budget friendly you can go with the Premium plan or even explore options from mSpy, Highster, or HelloSPY.
But if you're looking for the package with call intercept, record, and ambient noise record the FlexiSPY Extreme package is the one you want.
mSpy vs FlexiSPY
FlexiSPY is the most comprehensive of all the apps we tested, but in terms of value we still consider mSpy the best option. mSpy's pricing is a bit better and their technical support is top notch.
Other spyware apps we've reviewed include Spyzie, Hoverwatch, Teensafe, and XNSPY.