3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

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cell phone surveillanceGiving your kids a mobile phone or a smartphone can be a slightly unnerving experience. You can’t be certain whether they’ll accidentally rack up your bill with messaging charges or data overages. Some parents try to avoid buying a mobile device for their kids for as long as possible. However, there are some highly valuable advantages to your child carrying around a mobile phone, especially a phone running the Android operating system.

When you search through the Android market, you’ll discover a number of very useful surveillance apps. There are three in particular that are especially useful for parents that would like to keep a close eye on their kids to ensure their safety.


Imagine being able to check in at the house while you’re away from home, just to make sure the kids are okay. Wouldn’t it be useful to peek in to make sure that the babysitter is doing his or her job? What about listening in while your teen is at a party? Surveillance can really put your mind at ease.

The following three mobile surveillance apps for the Android will help make sure your kids are safe even when you can’t be with them.

Use M-Spy to Listen In

Have you ever heard those urban legends that the CIA or NSA can connect to any cellphone in the world and hear what’s going on in the room? Well, with M-Spy from the Android Market, you can do that too. After you download and install M-Spy to your phone, all you have to do is set up a PIN number, and the phone is immediately enabled to act as your own personal audio bug no matter where it is.

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This is one of the easiest surveillance apps that you’ll ever use. Once M-Spy is running on the Android phone, all you have to do is leave it wherever it will have good coverage of a room. If you ever want to listen in, all you have to do is send the phone an SMS message with the PIN number and the phone number for it to call.

If you text “5555 call 16035551212″, the system will call the Android phone without ringing it, and then it will call the phone number you’ve entered in the message. When you pick up the phone at that number, you’ll hear everything that’s going on at the other end. Here’s the SMS calling my own Android phone without ringing it.

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Get it by scanning this QR code with your Android phone’s camera.

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Use the Android as an IP Webcam

While audio is useful, it would be even more useful if you could position your Android phone to monitor your home while your kids are being cared for or home alone. Using the IP Webcam app on the Android Market, you can transform your Android into an IP webcam. Setup is a cinch. All you have to do is run the software!

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When the software is running, it immediately starts transmitting. If you want to see your new Android webcam server, just open up a browser and type in the IP address listed at the bottom of the setup page. To access from outside your home network, configure port forwarding on your router.

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As you can see, you have lots of options to view your Android webcam. Click any of the options, and you’ll have a clear view to everything your phone can see from wherever you placed it. Here’s my phone spying on my Pug as she sleeps in the living room.

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Get it by scanning this QR code with your Android phone’s camera.

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Remotely Sense Motion, Movement or Sound

One of the most advanced remote surveillance apps is RL Watcher. This application lets you enable your phone to remotely sense movement, sound or even just the slightest motion of your phone.

Each remote sensor can be individually enabled so that you can receive a notification any time each sensor is tripped. Notifications of any activity can be via SMS, e-mail or by phone. For example, you can set the phone up so that if it moves, it’ll call you at any phone number and you can listen in to whatever is going on where the phone is situated.

Did you ban your teen from using their car? Put your Android phone in the car while you’re at work, and it’ll call you if the car starts moving. Put it in an empty room, and it’ll email you when there’s movement in the room. The possibilities are endless.

You can set up the phone to capture screen shots, video or sound whenever it’s triggered by one of the sensors. Here, I’ve set up the phone to sense motion. It sends you an alert when the sensor gets triggered and it’ll even attach the snapshots.

This is probably one of the most flexible and feature-filled surveillance apps that can really help with any of your remote parenting needs. Monitor your new teen driver or make sure your kids aren’t throwing a party while you’re away from home – your remote Android surveillance unit can really set your mind at ease when you’re a parent.

Get it by scanning this QR code with your Android phone’s camera.

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Can you think of any other useful ways to use these awesome surveillance apps? Share your ideas or other useful apps in the comments section below.

Image credit: peterfeije

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Comments (20)
  • Amber

    “Can you think of any other useful ways to use these awesome surveillance apps? ”

    Replace the word ‘kids’ with ‘cheating spouse’ and you’ll find you’ve empowered many a victimized spouse. It’s not illegal if I bought him the phone in the first place and my name’s on the phone.

    Yes it must already be over but unfortunately he introduced disloyalty into the marriage and I can’t leave based on ‘suspicions’, so it can’t be officially OVER until I have proof.
    I know I heard her voice in the background IN MY HOME and found her lipstick tube in his truck which he denied along with countless other incidents, but I just have to be 100% sure and I need proof for that.

    This may be low but it’s lower for him to take another 15 faithful years of my life without doing the same in return. I deserve a man who will be exclusive and won’t ever make me consider stooping this low. I mean, how hard can it be to stay faithful? I’ve managed to turn down offers and dates from good catches because of my vow, why can’t he?

    Nice apps.

  • Baby’sJ

    To TLW – Yes recently I found one that works on iPhone called iKeyMonitor. But it has no call interception feature. Just things like sms, gps, whatsapp, safari and so on. Free trial is available. Maybe helpful to parents who want to monitor kids: http://ikeymonitor.com/

  • Sunsetwebproject

    Oh, and how will you like it when your tech savvy teenager turns the application on you. I’ll bet you won’t be so happy you brought in the house in the first place. Good luck explaining why you think it’s okay for you to spy on him, but are really, really upset when you find out it is happening to you. You get what you give. What comes around, will go around. Good luck.

  • Sunsetwebproject

    Kids also need space and freedom to grow and evolve, as well as privacy and boundaries. Understandably, there are advantages, and sometimes the need, to know if you can trust a sitter or another person. These apps are advertised for “parents”, but they attract a lot of creepy motives and behaviors. We need an equal amount of attention to detecting these devices illegally used by undignified losers. The public, not just web savvy developers and tweeters, but people of all walks should know how easy it is to violate their privacy and more….and measures need to be readily available for adults to enforce not only their personal boundaries, but their legal rights when casually violated by the type of people who would do so. I happen to be related to someone like that…unfortunately. It’s disgusting.

  • Mark

    With all these surveillance apps your going to need a fair amount of power. We have you covered, Check out our site: http://www.thebatteryonline.com , We do stock batteries for this phone.

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