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In this article, we look at the differences between FlexiSPY and Mobile Spy when spying on WeChat text logs from your Android target phone. To understand our testing methods.
In a 1st quarter 2014 report, parent company Tencent confirmed WeChat has now gained 396 million active users. This makes WeChat one of the most widely used and fastest growing IM chat networks in the world. Though based in China, GlobalWebIndex confirms the service has skyrocketed with 1099% growth outside of China between Q1 2013 – Q1 2014.
Tencent has already opened an office in San Francisco for the American market. With its unique “look-around” feature of finding strangers nearby to connect with, if you haven’t heard of WeChat yet, don’t be surprised if your target user is already using it!
WeChat allows users to communicate with shared media such as stickers, emoticons, voice messages, pictures, video clips, personal location data and more. WeChat’s growth outside its native Chinese market has been rather sudden, and so far, FlexiSPY is the only spy software solution that actively monitors any part of your WeChat logs. FlexiSPY currently captures WeChat text and contact names, with plans to capture more of WeChat’s shared content in future updates.
There are 10 basic pieces of chat information you can send via WeChat:
- Contact Name
- Contact Picture
- Name Card (Shared Contacts)
- Audio Voice Messages
- Location (meet me here!)
We used this information as sample data for testing both FlexiSPY and its competitors. In the screenshot Fig. 1 you can see a conversation with some of these WeChat options as displayed on the target phone itself.
How does Mobile Spy capture WeChat?
Mobile Spy doesn’t offer any WeChat monitoring, even basic text. This is compared to 3 out of 10 types of WeChat data successfully captured by FlexiSPY, including text chat logs with contact names and profile photos.
Mobile Spy claims to capture BBM, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Hangouts/Gtalk, Viber, Skype, Line, Fring, ChatOn, Kik, Yahoo, Windows Live and AOL chat messengers, but not WeChat. We cover how well these other IMs worked in other reviews from this series.
How does FlexiSPY capture WeChat?
FlexiSPY accurately captured all WeChat text without missing a beat, plus contact profile photos and ASCII representations of emoticons. Logs are also displayed in the dashboard like WeChat on a phone itself, with alternating contacts on each side of the screen. FlexiSPY is currently the only cell phone monitoring software to capture WeChat logs; this puts FlexiSPY clearly in the lead for capturing all WeChat text and contact photos.
Only FlexiSPY monitors WeChat chat logs. No other mobile monitoring software offers it – including Mobile Spy.
FlexiSPY vs Mobile Spy – Who Captures More WeChat?
You can’t capture any WeChat logs at all with Mobile Spy because it is simply not offered. If your target uses WeChat, you’ll need a different product as Mobile Spy is a non-competitor in this area.
While FlexiSPY doesn’t yet capture all of WeChat’s shared media, it does capture all WeChat text messages and contact photos.
FlexiSPY is currently the only cell phone monitoring software to offer WeChat IM logging and plans to capture more of its shared media in future updates.
FlexiSPY captures all WeChat text and clearly identifies each of the contacts your target is communicating with, including name and profile pictures, and displays this information in an easy to follow manner (See Fig. 3). There’s clearly more to track and follow across all smartphone communications with FlexiSPY. If you need WeChat monitoring, FlexiSPY is the only reliable choice.
FlexiSPY also captures other popular IM services which are summarized in the table below and in the blog article here. These are compared in other articles from this series.
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