Attention: Most of the Highster Mobile reviews you'll find out there are from people just trying to make a buck.
Yes Highster offers a one-time payment, which is unusual for a cell phone monitoring solution, but...
Is it worth your money?
The short answer. No.
Of all the apps I've tested this was one of the most difficult install. Once installed it was highly unstable (on both Android and iOS devices). For a solution check out my list of the best spy apps for iPhone and Androids.
I found myself trying to talk to non-existent tech support more than anything else.
While It claims to offer most of the same features as other spy apps, we found the product basically useless.
My Highster Mobile Review
The world of phone spy apps is littered with inconsistent products that offer little to no customer support.
On top of that they often have refund policies that make it nearly impossible to get your money back should you be unable to get it working.
In an earlier post I highlighted what I think is the best cell phone monitoring software on the market (Read my uMobix review).
In this Highster mobile review I'm highlighting another popular product.
Smart phones offer so many ways to improve our lives, but they can also be a source of trouble.
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 cell phone monitoring software 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 reviewing the following features of Highster Mobile:
- features of the software and how it compares to others on the market
- installation, setup, and usage
- assessment of customer support
What is Highster Mobile?
It's a powerful cell phone monitoring app 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 spying capabilities Highster offers competitive features at a competitive price.
Highster Mobile Spy App Features and Capabilities
Most spyware for cell phones 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.
While some spy software works only on a handful of devices or operating systems, Highster Mobile spy app claims to work with just about every iPhone (iOS) and Android phone on the market. This includes:
- iPhones 5 - 11
- All iOS versions (including iOS 13)
- iPod Touch
- Android 3 and Up
- Samsung & Motorola
- LG & HTC
- All other Android phones
I had issues getting the app properly installed on both an iPhone and Android. Click the following link if you want to see my recommended list of the best spy apps for iPhones and Android devices.
One of the most difficult parts of installing most of these apps is that they require jail-breaking or rooting the phone. While the Highster mobile app does offer a jailbreak version, they also offer a user friendly version that does not require this extra step. Here is what is included:
- text messages (old & deleted)
- iMessages (history & deleted)
- Photos & Videos (old & deleted)
- Emails (old & deleted)
- Browser history (old & deleted)
- Phone location (old & deleted)
- Block Applications
- Monitor Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Snapchat, Instagram (requires jailbreak)
- All installed & running apps
- Remote un-install
- remotely lock target phone
- remote stealth camera control
- GPS tracking
- Search alerts
Track & Read Text Messages
SMS 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 Mobile allows you to track all incoming and outgoing SMS texts, who sent them, and what they contain including content like pictures and video. You can even look at texts that were deleted by the user, including the phone number of who sent the text.
For more info on text message monitoring click here.
Call Tracking & Monitoring
Monitor both incoming and outgoing phone calls. From your control panel you'll be able to review the call log including phone number, time of call, and duration of the call.
While you won't be able to listen in on phone calls, you can at least see who is calling the target phone.
Want to know where your child or employee is at any time you like? Simply log into your dashboard and you'll get an instantly updated and accurate location information.
The app also allows for tracking the recent history of the target phone, showing everywhere the users been over a specified time.
Monitor Email Communication
Highster Mobile Pro is great for monitoring all users emails coming to and sent from the target phone.
You'll be able to see the sending and receiving address as well as the content of the message.
Web Browser History
As a parent, the Internet can be a nightmare. Monitoring the web browser history of your child's device is easy with Highster. You can review every site visited as well as any bookmarks that have been saved on the phone you're monitoring.
Social Media Activity
In the age of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Skype it's not enough to just look at text and email communication.
There are dozens of apps that allow people to chat, send pictures & videos, and more.
Highster's spy software allows for monitoring of chats from some of the most popular platforms including Facebook messenger, Instagram, Viber, and Whatsapp.
This ensures that you miss nothing that happens on the mobile phone. For more information on tracking chat messages click here.
Photos, Videos & Media Files
From your Highster Mobile dashboard 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 review at your convenience.
Remote Camera Spying
Want to know what's happening around the target phone at any time you like?
With Highster Mobile you can simply activate the remote camera function and you'll be able to take a picture with the mobile 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? With Highster Mobile 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 target phone. This might be "drugs", "alcohol", or whatever you choose.
Highster will immediately notify you when the text is entered and you can review the activity in the dashboard.
How Does it Work?
The two different versions of Highster Mobile work in two different ways. The no-jailbreak app 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 from your internet connection for easy access.
The jailbreak option actually sends data to DDI (the makers of of the spy software package) servers where it is stored for you to review at your convenience.
While the two versions work in different ways the results are the same: the data is displayed in an easy to use online dashboard.
Highster Mobile Installation Instructions & Guide
The installation process for the app 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 how to install the tracking software on each type of device.
Apple iPhone & iOS Devices
Highster Mobile 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 iPhone or 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.
Keep in mind that this version will NOT allow you to read Facebook messenger chats or most other chatting apps.
Jailbreaking will require physical access to the phone and many of the Highster reviews I've read confirm my difficulties with the software after reboots and software updates.
For those who are looking for more capability, the jailbreak version of Highster offers complete access to everything on the target 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 Highster Mobile is also more involved, but you will receive step-by-step instructions on how to proceed once you've signed up for the service including app installation and your license key.
Highster Mobile Control Center
Another strong point of this tracking software is it's intuitive and easy to use online interface. Everything you need to know about the target mobile 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 target devices if you have more than one to monitor. This is great for parents with multiple children, or companies with mulitple employees.
Highster Mobile FAQ
Is Highster a Good Solution for Employers?
Employers who are looking to keep track of what their employees are doing during work hours can use cell phone spy software like Highster to accomplish this.
Even if the phone is company owned, employees must be notified if you will be monitoring them.
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 on the target phone.
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 mobile device. This will cause the app to be uninstalled. The user of the phone will be unaware.
Sometimes the folks at Highster Mobile offer a free trial of their software.
Currently they are offering a "free" trial of the app with just a $3.95 setup fee. This is a pretty reasonable offer on one of the top tracking apps out there. This offer is available for both the iPhone and Android spy products.
With it's one-time purchase price Highster Mobile is one of the most popular tracking apps out there.
That said, the difficulties I had with installation and with the app crashing were unacceptable considering the stability of it's competitors like Spyic and mSpy.
If you have need of some of the more advanced features of spyware like call recording and live call listening then an app like FlexiSPY, is a better solution.