What is PhoneSheriff?
PhoneSheriff is a mobile application that allows a person to control another phone, or spy on it and get to know what the user of the phone is doing. It is a next-generation software built basically to enhance parental control for children using mobile phones and tablets. It gives one the ability to block, filter and monitor how the other person is using their phone. All one needs is to download the mobile app and install it onto the phone that the person they want to monitor is using. It is password protected and once installed and configured on the target phone, it blocks the specified activities while at the same time creating logs of all the actions that the phone user is taking. You can choose to hide the app from the target person or allow it to show notifications on the target phone.
It also comes with an online control panel, the PhoneSheriff account that allows you to see the activities that are logged into it. It needs an internet connection for these activities to be logged into the PhoneSheriff account. One needs to just log in to their account to view all the activities logged into it. This can be done on a computer or a phone and from anywhere. The inserted logs are sorted into categories making them easy for browsing through.
What can PhoneSheriff be used for?
PhoneSheriff comes in handy especially for parents who have busy careers and little time to spend with their children. Such parents are often worried about what their children are up to especially with their mobile phones. PhoneSheriff was developed to help such parents keep tabs on their children and easily manage what they do with their mobile phones. It enables them to learn about their children’s activities on their phones and be able to block activities that they think are not suitable for the children. It even allows the parents to make the phone usable only at specific times and lock it down when they do not want it to be used. PhoneSheriff allows one to do the following; * Real-time GPS tracking. * Monitor the phone’s internet history. * Monitor all the SMS logs. * Gives access to call history. * Get a list of installed applications. * Gives access to all the media on the phone. * Allows one to see the phonebook on the phone. * Allows one to filter applications, contacts and websites. * Gives one the capability to restrict the phone usage time. * Allows geofencing meaning that the phone can not go beyond a certain perimeter. * It has a profanity alert. * It allows one to lock, unlock and wipe clean the phone.
How does PhoneSheriff work?
PhoneSheriff is a small software that will download in a few seconds. First of all, make sure that you have the target phone at hand. Then, connect the target phone to the internet and download the PhoneSheriff app to it. Once downloaded, navigate to the downloads folder and tap on it to install. Make sure that you have allowed installation for non-market installations. After successfully installing the app, click on it to launch. You will be asked to log in. If you have already created an account with PhoneSheriff, then log in using the same credentials. If not, you will need to first create an account. After you log in, you can now configure the app to match what you would like it to do. You can also decide to hide the app to make sure that the target person does not see it.
Once that is completed and saved, activities will start logging and will be uploaded to your online account. You can now log in to your PhoneSheriff account from anywhere in a computer or a cell phone and you will be able to see the activities that have been logged in. You can also make changes from the online PhoneSheriff account.
Core Features of PhoneSheriff
The core features of PhoneSheriff are basically the logging features. They include;
Real-Time GPS Tracking
This feature gives you a chance, at any given time, to locate where the target phone is. If you have a child who likes moving to dangerous places or places that are not fit for him/her, then you can use this feature to keep track of their whereabouts at all the time and control where they move to and what they are doing. However, you need to make sure that the target phone has an active internet connection. All you need to do is to log into the online PhoneSheriff account and locate where the target phone is.
Do you have a child who is addicted to the internet and yet you do not know what websites they usually visit on their phones? Well, most teenagers are addicted to the internet. This feature on the PhoneSheriff app allows you to view a list of all the websites that your child visits, gives you more information such as the time the website was visited and the duration that it took them on that particular website. With this, you can easily establish if your child is visiting websites that are not fit for them.
With the advancement of technology, text messages as well as instant messaging applications are the most common mode of communication used today. This can easily make children communicate with the wrong people, or keep the wrong friends that influence them to do things that are not right. To keep your child from this, or rather to know who your child talks t via SMS messages, the PhoneSheriff app brought this feature that allows you to go through all the messages sent and received by the target phone. You can also get the phone numbers and the names of the people that they talk to.
With most parents spending most of their days at work and busy with their careers, it can be very difficult to know who their children are talking to or spending their time with when they are away. The PhoneSheriff app comes with this feature that allows one to get a list of all incoming, outgoing and even missed calls from the target phone. The feature even gives one the names of the people that are on the call logs, as well as the date and time of call and the duration that the call lasted. With this, you can easily know who your child is talking to and how much time he/she spends on phone calls.
Google Play alone has millions of free applications that are available for download on an Android phone. This does not count for apps that are not on the market. These apps are not all good or appropriate for everyone. For example, your twelve-year-old daughter should not have an app such as Tinder on their phone. But how would you know if you do not have PhoneSheriff installed on the phone? This feature allows you to get a list of all the applications installed on the phone, the dates they were installed and even gives you links from where the same apps were downloaded.
The modern day world has changed drastically especially with industries such as beauty and fashion. There are also websites available that pay people for posting photos showing different parts of their bodies. How would you ever know if your child takes explicit photos and videos with their phones and shares them with other people? Well, with PhoneSheriff app installed on their phone, all the photos and videos captured by the phone are logged into your online PhoneSheriff account. This gives you an opportunity to control how your child uses their phone’s camera and keep track of them, making sure that they do not involve themselves with inappropriate things.
You might be surprised to find a phone number of a person you know, not a good person, on your child’s phonebook. The PhoneSheriff app comes with this feature that allows you to get a list of all the contacts saved on the phone book. The feature also allows you to know the names of the people on the phone book, as well as providing any other information that could be associated with a particular contact. Such information includes email addresses, additional phone numbers, physical addresses and even contact photos. With this, you can easily know who your child interacts with, or has interacted with before.
PhoneSheriff Online Account
The PhoneSheriff app gives one access to an online account or control panel which can be accessed from anywhere using a computer or a phone with an internet connection. All one needs to do is to simply log in to their PhoneSheriff account with their credentials, then the easy to use control panel will give you access to all the data uploaded from the target device in just one location. Most of the data can even be downloaded to be viewed later or exported to an external spreadsheet in the case of call logs. This includes all the data, text messages, calls, multimedia messages etc.
Hiding/Showing PhoneSheriff App
The PhoneSheriff app comes with feature that allows one to either hide or show the app. It gives one the option the option to either show a device notification and a temper proof icon to the owner of the phone to let them know that they are being monitored, or to turn this off and hide the app from them. This feature is very important since it gives one a chance to spy on their children without them ever knowing that they are being monitored. If they knew that they are being monitored, then they would probably behave at their best and their true intentions would never come out of light.
Alerts and Notifications
With easy access to the internet, children have learnt easy ways they can bypass some restrictions that they find themselves going through. For example, you might decide to keep the PhoneSheriff app visible to the person that your are tracking. With this, the child will most definitely want to bypass the restrictions or the tracking and try to maybe use a secret phone number, different from the one that you know as a parent. If such a thing happens, the PhoneSheriff app will send you a notification, giving you details about the new number. Tracking will still continue with the new number.
Advanced Features of the PhoneSheriff App
The advanced features of the PhoneSheriff app are basically filtering features. They include;
Now that PhoneSheriff allows you to see the apps that are installed on the target phone, what would you best do to make your child stop using the app? Most parents would most likely confront the children and have them uninstall the app. What about a situation where the child installs it again, then uninstalls when you confront them again? Well, the PhoneSheriff app comes with a feature that allows you to go further and block the apps that you would not like your child to use. This keeps your child from ever using the app on that phone again.
The PhoneSheriff app has shown you a list of all the websites that your child is visiting, you have seen the browser history, the time that a certain website was visited and even the duration that your child spent on that particular website. You are not happy about this since it shows explicit content and is not suitable for your child. What do you do? The PhoneSheriff app comes with this feature that allows you to simply block a certain URL from ever being accessed from that phone. This is done through the PhoneSheriff online account on a computer or a phone and from anywhere.
You have a daughter who is very beautiful and who attracts a lot of attention whenever she is outside walking or doing something else. You are always busy at work and only spend a few hour a day with your daughter. You have installed the PhoneSheriff app on her phone and are able to see all her contacts on her phonebook. The one day, you see a contact of a person you know, a person that you know your daughter would never be safe around. You even notice they are talking via SMS. The PhoneSheriff app comes with a feature that allows you to block phone numbers by setting a blacklist of people that you do not want your child to communicate with.
Do you have a kid who spends a lot of time on their cell phone? Are you worried that they are spending time that is supposed to be spent studying using their cell phone? Worry no more. The PhoneSheriff app comes with a feature that allows you to block the cell phone or restrict its usage to only be used at certain times of the day. You can choose to either block the cell phone completely at these particular times or choose to block calls and text messages only. This would make the phone active, but inactive for phone calls and text messaging.
There are times that you might be worried about your child going to places that are considered dangerous. Or rather, you live near a neighborhood that is notorious for the bad things such as drug abuse and notorious crimes. In such a situation, you will definitely be worried whenever you hear that your child visited such a neighborhood. With this feature, however, you set a certain perimeter that the cell phone should not go beyond. When it does, then you get an alert telling you that it is outside that perimeter. You can then use the GPS tracking feature to know exactly where your child is.
With the advancement in technology, young people have access to a lot of content that is considered adult content. Such content might involve using rude or abusive words, which children might learn and start using on their own conversations. Any parent would be very worried if they learnt that their children is using such words. This feature raises an alarm whenever a word that is considered abusive or rude goes through the target phone. With that, you can easily track the words your child is using with other people, and that will help you in guiding them to using the right words.
Some kids will go beyond what their parents think they are capable of. A child might get content from the internet that could try to teach them how to go behind the restrictions set on their mobile phones by their parents through the PhoneSheriff app. When they get that information, they might try to work it out to see if it really works and to gain access to restricted apps. When this happens, the PhoneSheriff app notifies you through an alarm. It also tells you which restriction your child is trying to bypass. With that information, you can maybe call them and tell them to stop.
This feature allows you to lock or unlock the cell phone from anywhere you are through the online PhoneSheriff account. This feature is very helpful especially when you do not want your child to use the phone. It is also very helpful in a situation where your child loses the phone or it is stolen. If stolen or lost, this feature allows you to play a siren sound, which will let you know where the phone is if it was just misplaced. It also allows you to wipe clean any data on the phone making sure that sensitive information is not available to unauthorised people.
Instant Messaging Apps
The PhoneSheriff app gives you access to all the conversations on instant messaging apps, audio and video on the target phone application. This feature allows you to get access to all chat conversations on the applications, get details of the people that chat with the owner of the target phone including their names and phone numbers and get access to photos, audio and video files that are sent to and from the target phone through the applications. All this information is uploaded to your PhoneSheriff online account and you can access all of it from anywhere using a computer or a phone.
This is one of the most amazing features with the PhoneSheriff app. When a person with a target phone is about to break one of the restrictions that you have set up, the app sends you a panic alert. For example, if the target phone is about to go beyond the set perimeter that it should not go beyond, the PhoneSheriff alert will send you a panic alert. This is very important since you can use it to take action before any damage occurs. With that, maybe you would make sure that your child has not stepped at areas that you do not want them to go to.
PhoneSheriff – Packages and Pricing
The PhoneSheriff app does not offer any packages. When purchased, you get all the features discussed above. However, they have two terms of payment. You can choose to either purchase a six-month bundle or a twelve-month bundle. After purchase, you will receive an email that has a complete setup guide as well as the license. The license allows you to install the app to a maximum of three mobile phones. Be careful to make sure that you cancel your subscription when you do not need it anymore. You can cancel your subscription by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is because the subscription will always auto renew until it is cancelled.
The six-month bundles costs $ 49.00 while the twelve-month bundle costs $ 89.00. They also have a rapid online support with each subscription, meaning that they will be there to help in case you are stuck with anything. The app will not work at all when your subscription expires and auto-renewing fails. Also, note that you are supposed to make sure that your device is supported before you purchase, and that it is a GPS enabled phone with a good signal. The GPS tracking feature will not work if the phone is not GPS enabled.
Pros and Cons of PhoneSheriff
- With the PhoneSheriff application, parents are easily able to protect their children from getting access to harmful content online and through messaging.
- The app allows one to set time limits on when the phone can be used, or particular functions of the phone such as calls and messaging can be used.
- The app is only compatible with Android devices. This means that you can not use it if your child was running any other OS on their phone.
- The app supports a number of network carriers. It can not be used in areas that are not covered by those carriers that is supports. The network carriers it supports include Cingular, AT&T, Vodafone, Verifone Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Orange, Megafon, Rogers Wireless and Telcel
PhoneSheriff – Compatible Devices and System Requirements
The PhoneSheriff app is currently compatible with only smartphones and tablets running on the Android operating system. It does not support any other operating system such as Windows Phone, Blackberry and iOS devices.
Android: The PhoneSheriff application works with most of the Android devices. It supports the following versions of the Android operating system;
7.1.2, 7.1.1, 7.1, 7.0, 6.0.1, 6.0, 5.1.1, 5.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.1, 4.4, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.0.4, 4.0.3, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0.0, 3.2, 3.1, 3.0, 2.3.7, 2.3.6, 2.3.5, 2.3.4, 2.3.3, 2.3.2, 2.3.1, 2.3, 2.2.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.
In case you are running any of the above versions of Android and the app does not work on your phone, and at the same time the support fails to make it work on the phone, PhoneSheriff issues a refund of the full amount you used when subscribing. Also, make sure that you have enabled the installation of third-party applications on your Android device.
The PhoneSheriff app is not accepting any orders at the moment. They claim on their website that they have been a victim of persistent and sophisticated illegal attacks that might have led to the loss of some of their clients data. They have stopped taking new orders and issued a refund to their existing subscribers as they work to resolve the matter. However, that notwithstanding, some of the very common payment methods include;
- PayPal; PayPal is an online payment method that allows one to send and receive money as well as make online payments.
- VISA; It is a payment card (debit, credit or prepaid) supported by the Visa network of payment.
- MasterCard; The MasterCard organisation processes the transactions for these cards. They have a Mastercard symbol at the bottom corner.
- Diners Club; These cards are processed by Discover Financial Services and are mostly used by people who have a higher purchasing power.
How do I get PhoneSheriff?
Anyone can easily download and install the application on any android phone. This link PhoneSheriff App takes you to a page with instructions on how to purchase the PhoneSheriff app. Once you make a purchase, you will get instructions via email on how to install and set it up.
When you have the application downloaded on the phone that you want to track, navigate to the downloads folder and tap on the APK file to run the installer. After installing the app, look for it on the main menu and launch it. You will be prompted to log in to your PhoneSheriff online account from where you can set it up to track the activities of the target phone. Kindly note that the PhoneSheriff app supports devices running on Android OS only.
How reliable is PhoneSheriff?
The world has changed a lot, to a very high tech world compared to years ago. Today, a tablet or a mobile phone is a necessity for almost every other adult. Also, parents are now buying mobile devices for their children since they feel that it makes them stay safe all the time and can call them in case of a problem. However, some children are not as mature as their parents thing and are not able to use such devices properly. In such situations, the PhoneSheriff app comes with features that will help you keep your children safer by tracking their activities and keeping them on the right path.
Installation and Setup of PhoneSheriff
The PhoneSheriff app is only compatible with devices running on the Android operating system. To install it on your device;
- The first step would be to visit the purchase page at PhoneSheriff App and choose between the six month or the twelve month bundle. After purchasing, an email with the license key and instructions on how to install is send to your email address. There is also a download link attached.
- Then sign up to the online PhoneSheriff account.. This will give you access to the control panel, a username and password.
- Download. The application has to be downloaded to the target phone, meaning that you should be having it with you. You should also ensure that you have allowed installations of third party applications.
- Visit the download link on the email sent in step one above to download the application. After a successful download, locate the app in the downloads folder and tap on the APK file to install it.
- Launch the app when after it installs and log in using the same credentials you used to create your PhoneSheriff account.
You are now set to configure the app and set up the restrictions as you would like to. Do not forget to delete the APK file from the downloads folder.
How Do I Sign Up for a PhoneSheriff Account?
After choosing the bundle that you would like to purchase, click on the Buy Now link beneath the bundle. You will be taken through the purchase screen where you will fill in the required information and add a payment method. The PhoneSheriff app methods of payment include VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and PayPal. After the order completes, a link is send to your email address with instructions on how to set it up and a link to download the application. Follow the instructions to set up your PhoneSheriff account and click on the download link to download the app on the target phone for installation.
How do I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription by emailing PhoneSheriff support staff at email@example.com. If you do not cancel your subscription, it will automatically auto renew once the time fr bundle you chose elapses. In a situation where you do not want to cancel your subscription, but want to continue using the app, make sure that you have funds available with the payment method you specified. If you do not have funds, the application will stop working immediately your renewal fails. If you do not get a response through the email provided above, you can contact their online support or give them a call.
Will the phone’s owner know it is installed?
Depending on the person you are spying on, you can choose to either show or hide the app. The PhoneSheriff app comes with a feature that allows one to either hide or show the app. It gives one the option the option to either show a device notification and a temper proof icon to the owner of the phone to let them know that they are being monitored, or to turn this off and hide the app from them. This feature is very important since it gives one a chance to spy on their children without them ever knowing that they are being monitored. If they knew that they are being monitored, then they would probably behave at their best and their true intentions would never come out of light.
Can PhoneSheriff monitor multiple devices?
When you make a purchase, the installation instructions together with the license key and the download link are sent to your email address. The license allows you to install the app to a maximum of three mobile phones. This means that if you had three children, for example, you can install the PhoneSheriff app on each other their devices and monitor each one of them with the same PhoneSheriff account. This would be easy as each mobile phone is identified through the phone number in it, meaning that you would not have a chance to confuse which of your children is doing what at a particular time.
Will PhoneSheriff work anywhere in the world?
The PhoneSheriff application will work from any place in the world. However, not all cell phone carriers work with the app. At the time of writing this review, PhoneSheriff was compatible with Cingular, AT&T, Vodafone, Verifone Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Orange, Megafon, Rogers Wireless and Telcel. This means that if your cell phone is running on any other network apart from the ones mentioned above, the PhoneSheriff app will not work for you. But you can change to any of the networks carries that it supports as long as your mobile phone is not network locked, and you are living at a place that the network covers.
Do you provide technical support?
After purchasing the PhoneSheriff app, you get an email with a step by step guide on how to install the app and set it up, a download link to download the app, lifetime updates as long as your subscription is active and an online technical support that is available 24 hours a day as long as the subscription is active. The technical support will even be there to guide you in case you are stuck at the initial installation stages or any other stage. In case of an issue, the online technical support will help solve it, and if it still exists and the app does not work for you, you will receive a full refund.
What is your refund policy?
In a situation where you have bought a subscription, you will get an email with a step by step guide on how to install the app and set it up, a download link to download the app, lifetime updates as long as your subscription is active and an online technical support that is available 24 hours a day as long as the subscription is active. A refund will only be issued when it is proven by the technical support team that the app does not work for you at all. If the app works, then no refund can be issued, but you can opt not to renew the subscription.
How secure is the order process?
All orders with the PhoneSheriff app uses the latest secure technology that is certified by ScanAlert and Thawte to make sure that the orders are 100% secure and confidential. The order pages with the app are testes on a daily basis and ScanAlert has ensured that they are free for access by hackers. When ordering, make sure that you see a logo on each of the order pages. This shows that the page is secure and you are safe to make an order. Do not hesitate to contact PhoneSheriff in case you feel that you are not safe when making an order.
Can I activate the PhoneSheriff features without touching the target phone?
Yes, it is possible to have features activated or deactivated on the target phone without you having it physically. To do this, you need to log in to your PhoneSheriff account on a computer or your phone from anywhere. Just log in to your account, then browse through the PhoneSheriff features, you will see all of them there, and activate or deactivate the ones that you would like to. This will reflect on the target phone after it syncs. This means that you do not have to worry if you forgot to activate some important features and you are far away from your child or the target phone.
What happens when the target phone is not connected to the internet?
When there is no active internet connection on the target phone, the PhoneSheriff app will still keep working and spying on what it has been set to spy on. It then saves all this data on files in the target phone, but temporarily. When the target phone gets an internet connection, the application then tries to send the saved data to your PhoneSheriff account. You can then view all the data that was saved when the target phone did not have an active connection. This is very useful since it means that you will not lose any data even when the target phone does not have an active connection.
PhoneSheriff – Legalities
By purchasing the PhoneSheriff application, you agree that you are complying will all laws that are applicable to you, the relevant export laws and laws governing the use of the application in your country of residence. PhoneSheriff also requires you to agree not to export, transfer or direct the software to any entity, person or destination that is prohibited or restricted by the United States of America export laws for US citizens.
You also agree to be above the age of 18 and to own the mobile phone that you want to control, ensuring that you are not spying on another person against their will.
Can I trust PhoneSheriff?
One of the PhoneSheriff’s company policy is that their customer database remains private and confidential. On their policy statement, they have not, will not and will never sell any of the customer information that they have to third parties who would like to purchase the information for their own purposes such as advertising or soliciting their services and products. They also make sure not to collect any information from the target phone apart from the information that you provide them with to make sure that the app runs well. This shows you how safe it is for you to use this application.
Final Verdict – Is PhoneSheriff Right for Me?
You are a very busy parent running day in day out in their offices and spending a couple of hours in the evening with your children. You have bought mobile phones for your children to make sure that they communicate with you in case of any problem and to make them feel safe. You have also ensured that your home has an active internet connection since you use a cable TV and are also forced to work from home at night. Do you feel safe that your teenager has a phone that they can contact you with when you are away? Do you ever think about the other people they might be talking to when they are not with you? And now since they have a WiFi connection at home, do you ever think about which websites they could be visiting? Also, you live near a neighborhood that is considered unsafe and is notorious for the wrong things. Do you ever think that your child could be spending his/her day with new friends at this neighbourhood? Well, if you ever find yourself worrying about one of these things if not all of them, you should have already installed the PhoneSheriff app. You need this app to keep track of what your children are doing or where they are and to help you make sure that they are safe.