1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hi there,

    I am worried about my 13 year old daughter, who has a Nexus 5 (Android OS 6.0) as her first phone.

    I feel the need to monitor her due to her vulnerability.

    Could a fellow parent recommend an effective surveillance and monitoring app?

    Thank You.
    12-19-2017 03:47 PM
  2. darkie82's Avatar
    Sorry I forgot to add, it has to be FREE....thank you.
    12-19-2017 03:49 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    As far as finding out where she is, Android Device Manager - locate your phone will do it. As far as monitoring her calls and texts, you probably can't. (You might be able to check her call log if you can get the phone away from her (and don;t let her see what you're doing [or she'll start deleting the log].)
    12-19-2017 03:56 PM
  4. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Check with your carrier.
    12-19-2017 04:18 PM
  5. darkie82's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply.

    Sorry correction: Its a LG Optimus (Android 4.0).


    Has anyone had any experience with this app? https://mobile-tracker-free.com/
    12-19-2017 06:03 PM
  6. Dano1200r's Avatar
    There are a few keystroke loggers and spy apps so you can see in real time what she's doing. Google it and do some research.
    12-19-2017 08:13 PM
  7. Kayza's Avatar
    I'm going to be pretty blunt here. If you really are worried about your daughter's safety, perhaps you should seriously consider spending a few dollars. I'm not talking huge amounts, but it's hard to find really effective tools that are completely free, especially when you have such an old version of android.

    Having said that, check out the Norton products. It's not going to give you a way to monitor all of your daughter's communications, but it will give you quite a bit if it works on this version of android. I don't know if the Android version is free (They have a freemium model.)

    The other thing to realize is that even with the best tools you still need to engage with your daughter. Monitoring her use is only useful if it's part of a larger educational strategy.
    Chris5483 likes this.
    12-19-2017 08:18 PM
  8. darkie82's Avatar
    I did google it, but I would to install a product actually used by someone, I mean a person who has experience using that product
    12-19-2017 08:49 PM
  9. Kayza's Avatar
    I've used the product and find it very useful. I just don't know which pieces are free, as the android client was developed after I started paying for it.

    It's fairly simple to set up and doesn't get too much in the way of actually using the phone as intended. But it does give you a fair amount of control and information about what your kid is doing. Not 100%, though.

    I don't think there is anything that will give you 100% of what someone is using the phone for, unless you are looking are spyware type programs. And those are not free - and often have significant problems of their own.
    12-20-2017 10:10 PM
  10. Jay Sacks's Avatar
    I have 3 daughters, 2 sons and my humble advice is to put the phones away and talk to them.
    Tim1954 and RumoredNow like this.
    12-20-2017 10:42 PM
  11. Kayza's Avatar
    I have 3 daughters, 2 sons and my humble advice is to put the phones away and talk to them.
    What a concept!

    Seriously speaking, though, you're right about talking to the girl. That's really step one, whether or not you put the phone away. To the original poster, I'll point out that if you don't have communications with your child, it doesn't matter what you put on her phone - she'll go her own way and possibly get into trouble if she really wants to.
    Jay Sacks likes this.
    12-23-2017 10:13 PM
  12. Tim1954's Avatar
    12-23-2017 10:15 PM
  13. AltheaJimnez's Avatar
    I would recommend you to use Xnspy. I am using this monitoring app for tracking and monitoring my own daughters. I must say I am happy with the results. Since your daughter has Nexus 5, the Android version of Xnspy will work for you. You will be tracking her location, monitor her text messages and phone logs and even the IM chats. Xnspy has helped me ensure my daughter does not hang out with wrong people after school. I also make sure that her social media activities are safe. I think this app is a total package for parents who want to ensure the safety of their kids.
    12-28-2017 04:19 AM
  14. Rukbat's Avatar
    Just be sure that the phone (hers) is on your account. If you gave her her own account, spying on the phone is illegal in most civilized countries. Whether it's your daughter or a business rival, it's legally the same thing. Spying on your own phone (which it is if it's on your account), even if your child is using it, is perfectly legal.
    12-28-2017 12:42 PM
  15. Kayza's Avatar
    You will be tracking her location, monitor her text messages and phone logs and even the IM chats.
    Does your daughter know that she can't have a private conversation?
    12-28-2017 06:09 PM

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