In this article, we discuss FlexiSPY and Mobistealth’s ability to each spy on WeChat IM messages taking place on your Android target phone.
According to a 1st quarter 2014 growth statement, Tencent-owned WeChat has garnished 396 million active users. This makes WeChat one of the most popular and fastest growing chat networks in the world. Originating from China, GlobalWebIndex confirms the service has skyrocketed with 1099% growth outside of China between Q1 2013 – Q1 2014. Tencent has now opened an office in San Francisco for WeChat’s push into America and other western markets. With its unique feature of finding strangers nearby to connect with, if you still haven’t heard of WeChat don’t be surprised to find out your target may be using it as well.
WeChat offers 10 basic ways to communicate. Shared content is certainly part of what’s driven WeChat’s popularity, offering more interaction between its users. However, WeChat’s recent growth outside its original market has been rather sudden. Therefore, WeChat hasn’t been the focus of any spyphone software yet, and FlexiSPY is currently the only spy software that actively spys on WeChat logs. FlexiSPY currently captures WeChat text and contact names, with plans to capture more of WeChat’s shared content in future updates.
WeChat chat elements
Like other popular IM’s, WeChat allows users to send a variety of rich content and shared media such as stickers, emoticons, voice messages, pictures, video clips, personal location data and more. FlexiSPY is currently the only spy software solution that captures any part of your WeChat logs.
Here are the 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 Mobistealth capture WeChat?
Mobistealth doesn’t monitor any WeChat for Android, even basic text. In fact, Mobistealth does not currently offer any IM monitoring for Android target phones, so no IM chat logs are available for any Mobistealth Android products.
This is compared to 3 out of 10 types of WeChat data successfully captured by FlexiSPY. This includes text chat logs with contact names and contact profile photos.
How does FlexiSPY capture WeChat?
The FlexiSPY dashboard logged all WeChat text logs, contact profile photos, and ASCII representations of the emoticons used. Logs are displayed in the comfortable and readable style of alternating contacts on each side of the screen, the same way WeChat itself is displayed on the target phone.
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 captures WeChat chat logs. No other mobile monitoring software for Android offers it – including Mobistealth.
FlexiSPY vs Mobistealth – Who Captures More WeChat?
Because Mobistealth does not offer any IM monitoring services for Android, you won’t capture any WeChat logs at all with Mobistealth. If your target uses WeChat (or any other IM services on an Android target), you’ll need a different choice as Mobistealth is a non-competitor in this area. While FlexiSPY does not yet capture all the shared media elements of WeChat, it does capture all WeChat text messages and contact photos. FlexiSPY is currently the only cell phone monitoring software to offer WeChat logging and plans to capture more of the shared media available from WeChat 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.