As technology advances, so do the tools parents and employers can use to monitor kids and employees. Spyware apps like TheTruthSpy allow you to see texts, track locations, record calls, view social media, and more without the user ever knowing. But are these phone monitoring apps ethical to use?
I decided to find out for myself. As a concerned parent, I was tempted by the promises of TheTruthSpy and similar spy apps. I wanted to know if my teenager was hanging out with the wrong crowd or getting into trouble online. Before resorting to sneaky surveillance, I installed TheTruthSpy on my own phone to test it out.
In this review, I’ll share my experience using TheTruthSpy spyware on my personal device. You’ll learn how it works on iOS and Android, the shocking amount of data it can collect, and whether these powerful features are being abused. I’ll also examine the ethics of using secret monitoring apps versus more open parenting and employee management strategies.
By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the capabilities and ethical implications of using phone spy apps like TheTruthSpy. I’ll share my thoughts on whether this kind of secret surveillance should have a place in modern parenting and employment. Let’s dive in!
Overview of TheTruthSpy
TheTruthSpy is a hidden phone monitoring app marketed to parents and employers for secretly tracking kids and employees. It’s designed to run completely invisibly in the background once installed on an Android or iOS device.
The person using the phone will have no idea they are being monitored by TheTruthSpy. It does not show up in the app list or create any visible icons. Only by digging into advanced system settings could someone detect its presence.
TheTruthSpy gives you access to an incredibly wide range of data from the target phone including:
- 📱 Text messages (even deleted ones);
- 📞 Phone call recordings;
- 📍 Location history;
- 🌐 Web browsing activity;
- 💬 Social media messages and posts;
- 📸 Media files;
- ⌨️ Keystrokes typed.
It provides near complete access to the personal and digital life of whoever is using the monitored device. Every text, search, click, photo, message, and conversation gets logged and can be viewed remotely from a dashboard.
While TheTruthSpy can be a powerful monitoring tool, the ethical implications of using it secretly on loved ones are concerning. More on that later in this review.
How to Install TheTruthSpy
Installing on Android
- Enable “Unknown Sources” in Settings to allow sideloading apps. Turn off Play Protect and Google Play Store notifications.
- Download the TheTruthSpy APK file from their website.
- Open the downloaded APK file and tap Install. Grant the requested permissions.
- Create a TheTruthSpy account and activate spying permissions like accessibility, notifications, etc.
- Hide the app icon and delete the APK file from the downloads folder. Clear browser history.
- Log into your TheTruthSpy dashboard to start monitoring the Android device.
How Does TheTruthSpy Work?
TheTruthSpy begins recording the target device’s activity as soon as it is installed. You get full access to texts, calls, location history, browser data, app usage, and more.
According to TheTruthSpy, the app works by:
- Covertly monitoring the target device without detection
- Operating remotely without needing the device in hand
- Updating the dashboard in real-time continuously
- Allowing access from any web browser on any device (Android or iOS)
Here is how TheTruthSpy enables its surveillance and spying capabilities:
- The customer downloads and installs the app on the target device and their own device. They agree to the terms of service and set up an account.
- When the target user performs any activity on their device like calls, texts, web searches, etc, it gets recorded by TheTruthSpy.
- The customer can log into their TheTruthSpy account online and view all the collected data being synced from the target device.
TheTruthSpy has gained wide popularity due to its robust monitoring features beyond just tracking messages and calls. For example, it can potentially be used to save lives by:
- Recording threatening or abusive phone calls as evidence.
- Monitoring children’s activity to protect from dangers like bullying.
- Backing up important data to the cloud in case a device is lost.
However, the potential legal implications of using TheTruthSpy cannot be ignored. It should only be used responsibly and ethically. Key legitimate use cases include:
- Parental monitoring for child safety.
- Personal data archiving for your own records.
- Employer oversight of company-owned devices.
But secretly spying on spouses or others without consent raises huge privacy concerns.
TheTruthSpy Key Features
TheTruthSpy offers an extensive suite of monitoring and surveillance capabilities for deeply spying on an Android device. Here are some of its standout features explained in more detail:
- 🌍 Location Tracking – Using GPS, WiFi networks, and cell tower triangulation, TheTruthSpy can track the target device’s location continuously in real-time. You’ll get detailed reporting of everywhere the device goes with exact routes and times mapped out. It also allows setting geographic boundaries with alerts when the device enters or leaves those zones.
- 📩 Message Spying – TheTruthSpy doesn’t just record SMS texts, but rather intercepts messages from all the top messaging apps including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Skype, Kik, and more. You can view the content of any text conversations on the device. However, it sometimes fails to load older messaging history which can be frustrating.
- 📞 Call Logging – Extensive call logging includes the phone numbers, durations, timestamps, and frequency of all calls. You can also record call audio for playback later. For employers, this allows monitoring if workers are making personal calls on company time.
- 💬 Social Media Monitoring – Kids and employees alike frequently use social media apps when they shouldn’t be. TheTruthSpy lets parents and bosses monitor all activities within apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and others. You can view chat messages, shared posts, and connections.
- 🌐 Web Monitoring – TheTruthSpy will log every website visited along with searches and activity. You can inspect browser history across Chrome, Safari, Firefox and find out exactly how the device is being used online. This data helps identify inappropriate or excessive internet use.
- 🖼️ Multimedia Access – Media files like photos, videos, and documents stored on the device can be viewed remotely. This aids monitoring kids’ media activities or employees mishandling company data.
- 🎙️ Remote Control – Advanced remote control features allow secretly taking pictures, recording audio, and even making spy calls from the target device. This provides more spying options when oversight is needed.
- 🔒 Internet Restrictions – Block or limit internet access and app usage. Useful for limiting children’s screen time.
- 📞 Hidden Call Recording – Automatically records calls in the background without detection. But sometimes only captures one side of conversations.
- 📲 Installed Apps – View all installed apps and usage logs. Can restrict access to specific apps.
While powerful, TheTruthSpy lacks some capabilities like fully tracking encrypted apps. But overall, it provides comprehensive monitoring and surveillance of nearly all device activities. The depth of spying data it can collect is impressive but also concerning from a privacy standpoint if misused.
It supports monitoring the following Android versions:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 5.0-5.1 Lollipop
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Android 7.0-7.1 Nougat
- Android 8.0-8.1 Oreo
- Android 9.0 Pie
- Android 10
The app will generally function on any Android device that meets these version requirements. Certain features may depend on the specific phone model capabilities. But it offers broad compatibility for most Android-based smartphones.
Downloading and installing the TheTruthSpy APK file is straightforward on supported Android versions. Overall, TheTruthSpy aims to provide seamless spying capabilities across the wide range of Android devices people use today.
TheTruthSpy offers 3 packages with different features and pricing:
The Standard package includes:
- Location tracking
- SMS monitoring
- Call logs
- Contact lists
- Browser history
- Some social media monitoring (WhatsApp only)
The Premium package adds:
The Gold package has full features:
- All Premium features
- More social media monitoring (Viber, Kik, etc)
- Backup and wipe capabilities
- Multi-device support
Pricing for all packages:
- 1 month: Full monthly price
- 3 months: Small discount
- 6 months: Medium discount
- 12 months: Best discount
TheTruthSpy doesn’t offer a free trial, but provides a money-back guarantee for 5 days after purchase. Overall, you get increased capabilities and discounts for longer subscription plans.
The Truth About TheTruthSpy
While TheTruthSpy worked scarily well, I can’t recommend it in good conscience. The level of surveillance felt unethical and like a major invasion of privacy.
For parents, I suggest open conversations with your kids rather than spying behind their backs. And for employers, if you can’t trust your employees, you have deeper issues to address.
Also, TheTruthSpy has some downsides:
- It requires rooting or jailbreaking, which not all users may be comfortable with.
- iOS support has been discontinued so it only works on Android now.
- There is no free trial – you have to purchase blindly and can only get a refund within 5 days.
- It is more expensive than competitor apps like mSpy that offer similar features.
TheTruthSpy is powerful spyware but make sure you evaluate your options to find the best phone monitoring app for your needs. Look for ones that offer free trials, guaranteed refunds, official company support, and flexible pricing.
And remember – secretly spying on people should only be done ethically and legally. Apps like TheTruthSpy make it easy to intrude on privacy, so use caution if you decide to use one.
Have you used TheTruthSpy or apps like it? I’d love to hear your take on smartphone spying in the comments below!