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XNSPY vs mSpy: 2020’s best smartphone monitoring apps compared

There are plenty of spying apps currently available on the market. However, XNSPY and mSpy are among the most well-reputed monitoring apps.

In this article, we will compare the two apps and see which one comes out on top. The apps will be marked on affordability, compatibility, list of features, and ease of installation/use. So without further delay, let’s begin.



XNSPY is a sophisticated smartphone monitoring app that provides a broad range of features to suit the needs of both parents and employers. Let’s take a look at these features and how useful they are.

Call & message monitoring:

You can monitor all incoming, outgoing, and missed calls. A complete call log detailing this information contains the date, time, and duration of each call as well. A list of contacts can be accessed, and all calls can be recorded for later listening.

Similarly, all sent and received text messages can be viewed remotely. This includes messages exchanged via third-party apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, Tinder, and others.

Web activity tracking:

All online activities such as bookmarked pages, complete web browsing history and exchanged emails can be accessed. However, the app does not offer a content filtering system to block access to inappropriate content.

Real-time GPS location:

You can use XNSPY to track the location of the device in real-time, along with complete location history. A geofencing feature is also available.

Multimedia files:

All multimedia files such as audio, videos, or images can be accessed remotely.

Remote control:

You can remotely control the device to take screenshots, turn on the microphone, lock the phone, view/block apps, and even wipe off all data.

Instant alerts & notifications:

With this feature, you can add specific words, phrases, locations, or contacts to the app’s watch list, and XNSPY will immediately notify you if there is any related activity. It’s a useful feature if you do not want to monitor at all times but still wish to remain aware of exactly what is happening.



Let’s take a look at some of the prominent features offered by mSpy.

Phone communication monitoring:

You can use mSpy to monitor all calls made to and from the device. A complete call log is available, though you cannot record phone calls.

However, mSpy offers you the ability to block unwanted callers from reaching the phone. In addition, you can go through all sent and received messages. This includes those exchanged on instant messaging and social media apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Skype, Line, Kik, and others.

Location monitoring & multimedia:

Track the location of the device and use geofencing to mark safe or unsafe locations. Besides, all photos and videos on the device can be accessed remotely. The files are automatically uploaded to your mSpy account the moment they are taken.

Internet activity monitoring & app management:

You can use mSpy to monitor all online activities, including bookmarked pages, exchanged emails, and complete web browsing history. mSpy also offers a comprehensive content filtering system that prevents the user from accessing inappropriate content online.

Furthermore, you can use mSpy to view a list of all installed apps and block those you feel are inappropriate.

Winner: XNSPY

XNSPY offers more features than mSpy, particularly the remote control and instant alerts. However, mSpy offers a better online tracking feature with its content filtering system.


XNSPY price

The basic version of the app costs USD 4.99 per month for the one-year subscription. The premium version for the same period costs USD 7.49 a month for the same period. Not all features are available with the basic version though, so visit the websites and check out the features available with the packages.

MSpy price

The app is available in four different packages. The basic version, which is only available for month-long subscription, costs USD 29.99 a month. On the other hand, the premium version can be bought for three, six, and twelve months. For three months, mSpy costs USD 69.99/month, 39.99/month for six months, and 16.66/month for one year. Only the premium version offers all available features.

Winner: XNSPY

The basic versions of both apps offer a very limited set of features, while the premium versions are obviously on the expensive side. In this area, XNSPY comes out on top.


XNSPY compatibility

XNSPY is compatible with all versions of Android 4.0 and above. For iOS, the app supports versions 6.0 up to 13.3.1.

MSpy compatibility

The app is compatible with all Android versions above 4.0 and supports iOS versions 7 to 9.1

Winner: XNSPY

Both apps offer the same compatibility for Android devices. However, XNSPY takes the lead here because it offers wider compatibility with iOS devices.

Installation and ease of use

The installation process with both apps is different for Android and iOS devices, though you can remotely monitor with both apps. Let’s briefly go through how you can install and use them.

XNSPY Installation and use

For Android: Visit the XNSPY website, select your subscription package and wait for an email. It will contain the download URL, your XNSPY log in credentials, along with detailed instructions on how to install the app.

Download and install the app on the phone you wish to monitor. You only need to physically access the device for installation and XNSPY is completely hidden afterwards. Once installed, go to the app’s website and use the login credentials to access the control panel where you can go through all the data.

For iOS: You do not need physical access to the iPhone to install XNSPY but you need the Apple ID credentials.

However, make sure that that the iCloud back up feature is toggled on. Visit the XNSPY website, make the payment on your chosen package, log in to your account, and enter the Apple ID details.

You can now access all the data from the iPhone. If you experience any problem, just contact live customer support via the chat feature on the website.

MSpy installation and use

For Android: Visit the mSpy website, select the “Try now” button and enter your email address. Then, select your preferred subscription package and make the payment.

As with XNSPY, you need physical access to the Android device to download and install the app. Once installed, go to the app’s website and login to your mSpy account. You can access all the data collected from the device via the dashboard.

For iOS: You do not need to physically use the iPhone to download and install mSpy. However, Apple ID details of the device you want to monitor are required.

It is important to make sure that the iCloud backup feature is on. After making payment on your preferred subscription package, log in to your mSpy account and enter the Apple ID details. Once verified, you can track all data via the dashboard.

 Winner: Draw

The installation process for both XNSPY and mSpy is quite similar. The data monitoring process is also intuitive and easy to use for both. Thus, they score equally on this metric, resulting in a draw.


mSpy offers some useful features such as call blocking and content filtering that are not provided by XNSPY. However, XNSPY emerges out on top of mSpy because it offers a better list of features, wider compatibility for iOS, and is far more affordable than its competitor.

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