While it’s necessary to trust your kids, the vast online world still requires you to be cautious as a parent. That’s simply because cyber predators are literally everywhere.
But luckily, parental control solutions are all around us today. And ClevGuard (KidsGuard Pro) is one that you’ve probably heard of due to its popularity.
However, in this review, we dig deep to find out just how good KidsGuard Pro (ClevGuard) stacks against the pack.
To do that, we’ll take a close look at the following aspects of ClevGuard in this review:
- Installation process (Android & iOS)
- Pros and cons
Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!
What is ClevGuard?
ClevGuard is the ultimate Android and iOS monitoring app that lets you track your loved ones.
It is also currently one of the best tracking software thanks to its undetectability and advanced remote tracking features.
In addition, its simplicity and ease of use is also remarkable. In fact, once you have a valid subscription, you can be up and running in under 5 minutes.
KidsGuard Pro Compatibility
If you have an Android or an iOS device, you’re in luck. As a ClevGuard product, KidsGuard Pro is actually popularly used on those two operating systems as a monitoring solution.
Nevertheless, ClevGuard also has a version to track PCs. And it’s actually quite feature-packed for a PC parental control tool.
Below is a table showing the minimum OS versions that KidsGuard Pro currently supports:
|Operating System||Minimum Version|
|Android||Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|iOS||iOS 9.0 or higher|
NOTE: It’s worth mentioning that KidsGuard Pro doesn’t require your phone to be rooted/jailbroken for it to work.
As you can see, ClevGuard is compatible regardless of whether your kids are Android or iOS users.
How Does KidsGuard Pro App Work?
The ClevGuard KidsGuard Pro App works stealthily by periodically fetching information from your child’s phone. This will include things such as:
- Photos and videos
- App activities
- GPS locations
- Text messages
- Call logs and recordings
Once installed on a target device, ClevGuard will work in the background while monitoring and tracking all the activities on it. Ideally, it’ll be keeping a separate log of all activities on your child’s device.
But every once in a while, it will send newly collected information to the ClevGuard servers. And this is how you’ll be able to track it on the dashboard on your screen and monitor all of it.
Though the app works differently depending on OS, it still offers pretty much the same features on Android and iOS.
As we’ve mentioned before, KidsGuard pro is extremely feature-rich. And it really does give you a full 360-degree view of the online activities of the target device’s users.
While it has plenty of tracking features, we summarized them into these seven features:
- Location Tracking
- Remote Control
- Social Apps Monitoring
- Call Logging
- SMS Monitoring
- Web Browser Activity Monitoring
- Media Files Access
The ClevGuard location tracking gives you a detailed picture of the location of your child’s device at all times. One grand thing about it is that it provides location timestamps too.
As such, you can always monitor the exact time your child visited a particular location and where they went next.
The locations interface is also very simple to scan through. Though KidsGuard Pro uses OpenStreetMap, it also provides a link that helps you in tracking a location on Google Maps. This way, you can track your child on whichever platform you prefer.
In addition to location tracking, ClevGuard also has geofence alerts. This is a service that sends notification alerts when your kids enter or leave a set location.
As such, you won’t need to constantly monitor if he/she is still at the location. The app will notify you as soon as it notices the device moving outside the virtual fence you set.
We must admit that we were impressed with some of the settings that KidsGuard Pro offered here too. And particularly with the following:
- Guard Time – This allows you to set the time you want the virtual fence to take effect. You can also specify which days of the week it should be active.
- Email Notifications – This is useful if you only want to be notified about activities via email.
- 1Km Radius Limit – The app can precisely detect movements within a 1-kilometer radius.
Wi-Fi Location Logging
If your child hardly ever switches on his/her GPS, then the Wi-Fi location logging can come to the rescue. But ClevGuard’s Wi-Fi Location Lagging lets you see a little more.
Other than the location, ClevGuard will also let you monitor details such as:
- The Wi-Fi signal’s SSID
- The start and end time of a Wi-Fi session
- The total duration on the Wi-Fi
Combined with the other features the app offers, this data can be crucial in a number of ways. For instance, the SSID alone may give you a clue about the specific place your child usually hangs out.
In addition, from the duration, you can tell how long he/she spent there. And this can help determine whether to stay cool or raise your guard even further.
KidsGuard Pro’s new remote control features let you perform all manner of stealth-mode operations on demand on the target device. The three features it offers here include:
- Call Recording
- Photo Taking
- Screenshot Captures
It’s often easy for people to confuse the call recording feature with call logging. Sadly, KidsGuard Pro’s idea of remote call recording seems a bit skewed.
Essentially, KidsGuard Pro’s call recording feature simply records calls automatically then saves them as hidden sound files.
These files are then uploaded to ClevGuard’s servers so that you can listen in on the conversations from your dashboard.
NOTE: The app can only record 20 minutes of calls at a time.
On the other hand, the screenshot capture feature truly lives up to its word. With it, you can take real-time screenshots of what’s happening on your child’s screen at any given point in time.
This can be super helpful in situations where your child’s phone is missing or has been stolen. However, it does come with one major caveat.
For ClevGuard to successfully take a screenshot, the target device’s screen needs to be unlocked.
This feature also works similarly to the Screenshot Capture feature above. The only difference is that it’ll be taking photos using the camera on the target phone.
By tapping on the “Shoot” button, ClevGuard will secretly take a photo and upload it for your view. But there are a few constraints here too:
- The feature cannot be used when the camera is occupied.
- Only the rear camera can take these photos.
- The phone shouldn’t be in a pocket/bag.
While they all seem like genuine constraints, we believe ClevGuard could have done more.
For instance, the app could use sensors to determine the best time to take a photo. However, users are left to guess a suitable time to take a photo using the feature.
Social Apps Monitoring
ClevGuard still outshines many parental control apps by supporting monitoring for several social media apps.
Though we’ll only discuss Messenger and WhatsApp, ClevGuard can also monitor these popular apps as well:
You can easily access all these features to read chats by clicking on “Social Apps” in the left sidebar menu on your dashboard.
It’s also worth saying that this is one of ClevGuard’s biggest features. And this makes sense since most kids communicate via social media apps nowadays, making it essential to monitor and track them.
ClevGuard can enable monitoring WhatsApp on the target phone by accessing incoming notification messages. This is perhaps what allows you to use the app without root/jailbreak, so you can easily monitor your kids’ chats with all the contacts on their list.
But on the other hand, KidsGuard Pro uses its keylogging feature to record outgoing messages as well. In some cases, the app also simply took screenshots of the full WhatsApp application so that we could read them later.
The same operation is still carried out on Messenger too. KidsGuard Pro relies on its keylogger and screenshot to record activities taking place on Messenger.
However, the app did not always capture every activity on Messenger. There were a few instances where it simply took a screenshot too early.
KidsGuard Pro can help out if all you need is to monitor incoming or outgoing calls. In fact, apart from recording the name and phone number of the caller, it also captures:
- The date of the call
- The duration of the call
- The type of the call (incoming, outgoing, missed)
With KidsGuard Pro, you will be able to track all incoming and outgoing calls including the names, timestamps, and call duration.
The address book is also one of the features that goes hand in hand with call logging. This way, you can see all the contacts on your child’s phone. KidsGuard Pro actually displays the names of callers in the call log because it has access to the contact book.
SMS may be growing out of fashion, but that doesn’t stop KidsGuard Pro from including SMS monitoring as a feature.
From the dashboard, you can get a complete report on your kid’s SMS activity so that you can read them all. What’s more is that KidsGuard Pro organizes the information in a conversation view, making the process of monitoring them easier.
This makes it super easy to skim through details like the names and numbers of the contacts who sent the messages or even the timestamps too.
Web Browser Activity
KidsGuard Pro leaves nothing unturned. And its web browser activity monitor is a true testament to that.
With plenty of distractions online, it’s easy for your child to access harmful websites. But KidsGuard Pro helps you stay on top of it all by providing a list of all websites your child visited as part of their browser history or whatever they’ve searched for on Google.
The app even goes ahead to include information such as:
- Site’s URL
- Name of site
- Last time visited
- Frequency of visit
In addition, you can still monitor your child’s deleted web history. This leaves very little room for any kind of dishonesty between you and your child.
NOTE: ClevGuard can’t access deleted browser history prior to installation.
Media Files Access
KidsGuard Pro child monitoring app grants you unlimited access to your child’s phone files like Photos and Videos. As such, you’ll see their media files in almost real-time.
While the app will only upload newly taken media files, the way it does it is also amazing too. With KidsGuard, you’ll not only view photos and videos, but also browse the media folder to monitor all other phone files stored on the device.
Regardless, we must confess that the experience was not always that great. This is especially true if the target phone has lots of huge media files.
The app also only uploads pictures when there’s a Wi-Fi connection. Plus it won’t download a full video but rather a preview of the video.
First off, ClevGuard has a simple and straightforward pricing plan. And it mostly depends on the device you’d like to monitor as you can see in the table below.
ClevGuard Android Pricing
ClevGuard iOS Pricing
We found the ClevGuard pricing plan far more generous than many other parental control apps. No single plan crossed the $150 mark even in the annual subscription!
KidsGuard Pro Installation & Setup
Installing the app is a breeze. And it just goes to show how far parental control apps have evolved over the years.
But we’ll still go ahead and show you how we did it for both operating systems.
Installing KidsGuard Pro on Android
There are 4 main steps to follow when installing KidsGuard Pro on a target Android device. These are:
- Part 1: Create a free account and pick a subscription of choice
- Part 2: Download and install KidsGuard Pro on the target device
- Part 3: Complete necessary settings on the target phone
- Part 4: Verify setup and start monitoring
Part 1 – Create a Free KidsGuard Account
Before you can start monitoring your child’s phone, you’ll need an active KidsGuard Pro subscription. You can get one by doing the following:
Step 1: Navigate to ClevGuard website and click on the “Monitor Now” button to register for a free KidsGuard Pro account.
Step 2: Key in your email address and set a password you’ll use to login then click the “Sign Up” button.
Step 3: Once completed you’ll be redirected to a page where you can purchase a subscription plan of choice.
Step 4: Complete the payment to get an active subscription plan.
Part 2 – Download and Install KidsGuard Pro on Target Phone
You’ll now need to access your child’s phone then install KidsGuard Pro so that you can monitor their activities remotely. Here’s how to get started on that:
Step 1: Open any browser on the target device and type in the download link that’s on KidGuard’s setup wizard.
Step 2: Follow instructions on the page to download KidGuard Pro’s APK file which you’ll be installing shortly after.
Step 3: Once you’ve downloaded the APK, tap to open it then select “Install” to begin installation.
Step 4: Depending on your Android version, you may be asked to allow app installation from unknown sources. Tick the checkbox to proceed with the installation.
Part 3 – Complete Necessary Settings on Target Phone
There are still a few settings you need to complete before you get started. Luckily, KidsGuard Pro guides you through the entire process after logging in.
Step 1: Proceed to enter the name and age of the child then press Next.
Step 2: KidsGuard Pro will now ask you to disable Play Protect so that it cannot be flagged by other security apps. Click on “Proceed Settings” to disable Play Protect.
Step 3: On the Play Protect screen, tap on the little gear icon on the top-right part of the screen.
Step 4: Disable both options: “Scan apps with Play Protect” and “Improve harmful app protection”.
Step 5: Tap on “Proceed to Settings” to activate accessibility. You will find System Update Service Under Accessibility. Change the status from off to on.
Step 6: Tap on “Proceed to Settings” again to proceed to activating App Supervision.
Step 7: Under Apps with usage access, tap on System Update Service then check on “Permit usage access”.
Step 8: Proceed to provide Notification Access permission to KidsGuard Pro by tapping on “Proceed to Settings” once more.
Step 9: Tap on System Update Service under Notification access to enable System Update service. Press “Allow” on the popup.
Step 10: Proceed to Activate Administrator Access by Tap on “Proceed to Settings” and pressing “ACTIVATE”.
Step 11: In the next step, you will Activate Screen Capture by taping on “Proceed to Settings”. After that, tick the checkbox that says “Don’t show again” and press “START NOW”.
Step 12: Press “Allow All” to give KidsGuard Pro with access to Messages, Contact, Call Log, Calendar, and Location.
Step 13: Proceed to Ignore the Battery Optimization warning by tapping on “Allow” in the popup that follows.
Step 14: Tap on the “Proceed to Settings” button once more to enable manual management of KidsGuard Pro app.
Step 15: Complete the last setup by locking KidsGuard Pro from being closed by the Android OS.
Part 4 – Verify Setup and Start Monitoring
Finally, if you have followed all the above steps correctly, tap on “Start Monitoring” to monitor the target device remotely from your KidsGuard Pro account.
Installing KidsGuard Pro on iOS
If your kids are iOS users, things differ a bit. But the good news is that this also makes the installation process much simpler. However, iOS devices come with a few unique requirements too.
- Physical access to target iPhone
- iCloud account credentials of target iPhone
Step 1: Create a Free Account and Choose a Subscription
Begin by creating your free KidsGuard Pro account and choosing one of the three premium options after clicking the Buy Now button.
Step 2: Download the Software To the Target PC
It is not compulsory to have physical access to the target iOS device if you opt for KidsGuard Pro for iCloud.
You can simply install KidsGuard Pro remotely if you have their iCloud credentials. Also, make sure that the iCloud backup is turned on!
In the KidsGuard Pro for iOS, you need to have physical access to the iPhone for installing KidsGuard Pro.
Step 3: Scan Data From the Target iPhone
Once the setup is complete, data will begin to stream in within minutes from the respective apps you wish to.
Step 4: View Information From the Target iPhone
You can view and monitor the information from your loved one’s or child’s iPhone through the neatly arranged and easy to use dashboard on your web browser.
KidsGuard Pro has provided a search bar to search for information quickly in all the segments other than pictures and Videos.
Pros and Cons of KidsGuard Pro App
- No jailbreak or root required
- Almost undetectable
- Has near real-time data syncing
- Plenty of features
- High accuracy
- Simple to use
- Has syncing issues with some old Android versions
- Dashboard UI/UX can be improved in some sections
KidsGuard vs KidGuard: Which One Should You Choose?
If you’ve come across an app called “KidGuard,” you’ve possibly wondered if it’s the same as ClevGuard’s KidsGuard. The answer is no. KidGuard was a mobile tracking app launched in 2016 that faced major controversy over its marketing associations, and the app itself no longer exists along with its website being non-functional.
So, there’s pretty much no comparison between the two apps. If you want a great Android tracker, KidsGuard should be your top choice.
Is KidsGuard Pro Detectable?
No. KidsGuard Pro is a non-intrusive parental control app. It runs in stealth mode, and your child will hardly notice that you are monitoring their phone.
Once installed, the app icon disappears and it also doesn’t show in the app drawer list. As such, it’s almost impossible for them to detect the app while it’s tracking their activities.
Is ClevGuard Legal?
All legal prerequisites for using ClevGuard’s services, including the Kidsguard application, are an integral part of the Terms and Conditions that can be found on ClevGuard’s site.
This software is designed only for monitoring your kids (your own legal kids who are younger than 18) who are using your devices.
The user must agree to comply with local laws and regulations, as well as obtain written permission and rights to install the application on a device not owned by him.
KidsGuard Pro is made precisely for legal guardians of underage smartphone users. Parents can therefore use it to monitor their children’s activities.
Can KidsGuard Pro Let You View Deleted Browser History?
Yes. KidsGuard can monitor deleted web history. And what’s more, is that it will also reveal other details such as date of visit and the frequency as well.
But it’s important to note that the KidsGuard Pro won’t track web history that was deleted before you install it, so you won’t be able to monitor it.
Do I Need to Root/jailbreak My Phone to Use KidsGuard Pro?
No, there is no need to root your child’s phone before using KidsGuard Pro app for monitoring on their Android phone.
The same applies for iOS devices too. You won’t need to jailbreak their iOS device as you can install KidsGuard Pro remotely.
Can You Install KidsGuard Pro Remotely?
For iOS users, remote installation is a breeze. The only requirement is that you have the iPhone’s iCloud credentials and you can install it in a matter of minutes.
But Android users are not so lucky though. A one-time physical access will still be necessary if you want to install KidsGuard Pro for monitoring an Android device.
All in all, we were impressed by the app’s holistic approach to child tracking and monitoring in our review of it. They definitely focused on getting the essentials at your disposal.
In addition, not many tracker apps have an abundance of features that work without root/jailbreak. But ClevGuard’s KidsGuard Pro does it effortlessly.
It’s easy to set up and it also delivered on most of its promises. And all that easily makes it one of the best Android phone trackers in 2021 to monitor your kids.