These days, mobile phone tracking without permission or spy software is becoming increasingly popular.
In a world of cyberbullying and online predators, it makes sense for a concerned parent to want to monitor what their child is doing online, whether on their PC or smartphone. This type of software is also becoming increasingly popular with employers.
It could be vital to track the employee’s location during office hours. Hoverwatch is one of the most popular mobile phone monitoring apps for Android. It also has versions for Mac and Windows.
In this article, we will discuss its features and pricing and compare it to its main competitors, mSpy and FlexiSPY.
What is Hoverwatch?
Hoverwatch is a monitoring app that you can use to track and monitor a mobile device.
It will give you access to the device location in real-time, as well as its contact details, calendar details, call history, locations, camera, internet activities, audio, and text messages.
You can also monitor social media and communication apps, such as Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, hack their Instagram accounts.
This makes it a perfect app for keeping tabs on children or loved ones or monitoring company-issued phones.
It also has versions for Windows and Mac so that you can keep track of children’s or employee’s PCs as well. Even though Hoverwatch can monitor Mac, there is no iPhone/iPad version.
Hoverwatch has all the features you would expect from a modern spy app, and we will discuss each of them below.
✓ Stealth Mode
Just like any good spy app, Hoverwatch is a hidden cell phone tracker. Once it has been installed, it will remove its launch icon and remain hidden. It will be almost impossible for the user to detect. It will keep sending information to Hoverwatch servers, even if the Wi-Fi is disconnected.
✓ Call Tracker and Recorder
Hoverwatch allows you to monitor and save phone calls.
This highly effective function will allow you to save any calls made with the target device. You will also get a list of dates, times, numbers, contact names, and types of call.
It is one way to ensure your children or employees are not talking to the wrong people.
✓ Spy on text messages
The software allows you to track every SMS or MMS sent or received. You will get the full contents of each message, even if the user deletes them. They will be stored on the Hoverwatch servers.
✓ Browser history tracker
The browser history tracker gives you full access to phone internet history.
You can see all websites ever visited from the internet dashboard.
It will save all browsing info, regardless of which browser and whether the user is in incognito mode.
✓ Monitoring Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Snapchat, and Viber
These days, most communication is done by messenger apps. Therefore, a spy app would be useless if it could not track them. Luckily, you can follow every message sent through WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, or Viber. You can see chat logs, and save audio files, videos, and images posted by the app.
✓ Track cell phone location
It is one of the essential features of the software since it allows you to know where your child or employee is at any given moment.
The software will share the device location with you even if the GPS and/or Wi-Fi have been switched off.
In that case, it will extract the location details from the nearest GSM tower.
You can set the frequency of the tracking, to receive regular reports. You can also see the location in real-time, and the app keeps track of all the places ever visited.
✓ Save Android screenshots
Another cool feature is the ability to save screenshots.
You can set the software to take screenshots automatically every time the user does anything with the phone.
A picture is worth a thousand words and will help you understand what is going on with the device much better.
✓ Detect SIM card change
The software is designed in such a way that it will continue working, no matter where the device is, even if the SIM card is changed.
The user panel will notify you immediately, and you can keep monitoring the device.
✓ Save contacts
The software will provide you with a full list of contacts, including names and numbers. It will do the same for Snapchat, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber.✓ Track ‘To do’ list
The software will also track the device calendar, ‘To do’ list, schedule, and more.
✓ Camera tracker
Finally, yet importantly, the software also comes with a camera tracker.
hat way you can take a photo or selfie (front or rear camera) without the phone’s user ever knowing. It can be particularly handy if the phone is stolen and you want to know the identity of the thief.
Parental control software is not just for smartphones. A good percentage of browsing and chatting is, of course, done with PC.
Below are the highlights for monitoring iMacs or MacBooks.
The software acts as a keyboard logger for Mac. The keylogger will save every key ever typed to Hoverwatch servers, where you can access the text.
✓ Save screenshots
The keylogger will also automatically save screenshots, so you have a good idea of what the context is.
✓ Facebook Intercepting
If you are suspicious about your child or employee’s Facebook activities, you can use the Facebook intercepting option. It will store all data sent or received so you can access it.
✓ Website logger
The software will give you a handy list of every site ever visited, even if the computer is using an incognito browser.
✓ Record Chat Messages
The software will also keep saving all Adium, Skype, or iMessage messages.
The user will not be able to see the software in the activity monitor, and it will be almost impossible for them to detect it or remove it.
Extra features for Windows
The Windows version has all the features you will find for Mac, but has quite a few additional options:
- Location Tracking: With Windows PC or laptop, you can keep track of the device location using GPS and Wi-Fi.
- Record Skype: You can record all Skype calls and listen to them later. It will also store all conversations.
- Webcam Shots: The software will allow you to use the webcam to take photos remotely.
- Save Clipboard: This will allow you to see what the user has put on their clipboard.
Is Hoverwatch a free phone tracker?
When you visit the Hoverwatch website, you will see the words ‘Free Phone Tracker.’
In a way, you can consider Hoverwatch free. It is referring to their free trial period. If you want to try out the software, it is effortless, and no credit card details are needed.
Go to the Hoverwatch website and create a free account. All you need is give an email address and choose a password.
Once you have an account (it takes only a few seconds to make one), you need to download the software on your target device (the one you wish to spy on). Depending on whether you want to monitor an Android, Mac, or Windows device, you will have to choose 1 of 3 download links.
Once the software is downloaded on the target device, it will automatically hide and begin sending updates to Hoverwatch servers.
You can then access all data from the dashboard of your online account.
Once you have completed the trial period, you will need to decide if you wish to continue using the service.
Keep in mind that you will lose all logs automatically if you don’t subscribe after 7 days trial period.
They offer three different plans: Personal, Professional, or Business, depending on your needs.
There is only one level for each plan, no basic, premium or extreme versions.
The personal plan allows you to track just one device, whether it is an Android, Windows, or Mac device. Pricing:
- 1 month: $24.95
- 3 months: $59.95
- 1 year: $99.95
The professional plan is ideal for small businesses or larger families. It will allow you to track up to five devices simultaneously. Pricing:
- 1 month: $49.95
- 3 months: $99.95
- 1 year: $199.95
If you choose the one-year option, this will come down to less than $3.35 per month per device.
The business plan is tailored to larger businesses. It allows you to monitor up to 25 devices at once. Pricing:
- 1 month: $149.95
- 3 months: $299.95
- 1 year: $499.95
If you choose the one-year option, this will come down to less than $1.70 per month per device.
How does Hoverwatch compare to its competitors?
Hoverwatch does better than its competitors in at least one category: pricing. Similar services from competitors cost significantly more.
FlexiSPY Premium package will set you back $149 for a year, while mSpy Premium comes in at $199.99.
Of course, both mSpy Premium and FlexiSPY Premium have several more advanced features, including geofencing, mobile keylogging, Tinder monitoring, and deactivating apps remotely.
However, if your aim is to monitor calls, texts, the most commonly used chat apps, and device location, Hoverwatch does all of these things for a lower price.
It is also a very economical solution for small or medium businesses, with excellent value for the Business (up to 25 devices) and Professional (up to 5 devices) packages.
One potential deal-breaker is that there is no iOS version available. In that case, we would recommend mSpy, which has versions for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones/iPads.