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What’s the best third party tracking app?

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As a parent, giving your child a phone for the first time can be scary. If you’re ready to give your child a phone, but not quite ready to turn them completely loose with it yet, you might want to try installing a third party tracking app. Third party tracking apps are, like they sound, applications that allow you to monitor the activity on another person’s phone. This means that even if your child turns off Find My iPhone or another tracking feature, you’ll still be able to keep close tabs on where they are. Although this may sound invasive, as a parent, it’s a great middle ground to take when you’d like to keep an eye on your child’s phone activity.

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Which third party tracking app should you use?

There are plenty of third party tracking apps on the market, and it can be difficult to choose the one that is best for you and your family. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you. Keep reading for a guide to the best third party tracking apps!


First on our list is XNSPY. With XNSPY, you can monitor the cell phones you are interested in without alerting the users they are being tracked. You can access the phone of interest at any time to screen record, keep an eye on phone calls and text messages, and even set alerts to get notified about specific callers. You can also read emails, look through photos, and lock the phone of interest when you’d like to (for example, if you don’t want your child to be able to access their phone when they should be studying or sleeping).

Unlike some third party tracking apps, XNSPY is not free. In fact, the company doesn’t even offer a free trial version. The cheapest plan for iPhones starts at $12.50 per month and goes all the way up to $60 per month, although XNSPY does occasionally run sales.


Cocospy is another great third party tracking app that’s geared specifically towards parents (with an option for employers too). Among Cocospy’s unique and notable features is the option to Geo-Fence. This feature allows parents to set parameters on a map and receive notifications if your child ventures outside of them. If you’re worried about your child getting lost or going somewhere you don’t want them to, the Geo-Fence feature is a great way to passively keep tabs on them.

Like XNSPY, Cocospy is a paid service, but with all of the useful features, most parents would say it’s well worth the price.


Spybubble is another useful option for keeping track of your child’s phone activity. Besides the typical tracking app features such as message monitoring, screenshot reporting, and real time tracking, Spybubble users enjoy access to deleted data, meaning that even if your child deletes a message or photo, you’ll be able to see it.


If you’re looking for a simple way to keep tabs on your child but you aren’t concerned about the extra features, try installing GeoFinder. For a low price, you can locate anyone in the world without their permission. Unlike Find My Friends, GeoFinder works across all cell phone types too.


Hoverwatch is another third party tracking app that allows users to remain completely invisible while monitoring another phone. If you’d like to read your child’s text messages, monitor their calls, look through their photos, and much more, Hoverwatch might be a good option. You can even monitor your child’s activity if they remove the SIM card. It’s a fail-proof, subtle way to make sure your child is okay.


If you’re looking for a free option, check out Snoopza. While Snoopza does require a paid subscription to access some of the features, for others, you can use them free of charge. Enjoy access to texts, calls, location, and internet history with the free version of Snoopza.

Final thoughts

Third party tracking apps are a useful option if you’d like to give your child a phone, but still want to keep close tabs on their activity. They're a great way to have peace of mind as a parent, knowing that your child is safe–because there is nothing more important.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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