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With a great diversity of monitoring apps available on the market, it is tough to figure out which ones are worthwhile. Here we will talk about CatWatchful monitoring app to help you understand the central ups and downs of this app. 

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What is CatWatchful?

CatWatchful is a reliable monitoring application for Android devices which provides a high level of control for parents to ensure kids are safe and protected. 

It is available for rooted/ not rooted Android 4+. Using CatWatchful parents can gain more control over the mobile devices of their kids. It helps parents to stay on the top of both online and offline activities of their kids and prevent unwanted exposure.  The key features include the monitoring of texts, calls, GPS location, browsing history, and other actions on their kid’s device.

All the information captured from your target device is sent to your virtual Control Panel so you can access it at any convenient time from any browser. CatWatchful goes above and beyond to provide complete satisfaction to all its users. 

What are CatWatchful features?

CatWatchful has a significant number of features to help parents out to understand how their kids use their devices and prevent unwanted exposure. Here is a list of all available functions: 

Spy Camera 

Using Spy Camera, it is possible to take full control of all pictures that have been taken by both front and rear camera on your target device. Also, this feature enables you to take real-time screenshots to figure out where your target device is at this very moment. You can access these details from any time and anywhere and upload these details on your PC. 

Record Surroundings 

CatWatchful allows you to record target device surroundings in real-time. It is possible to activate the microphone on your target smartphone remotely and always know what is going around them. You can set a specific period when you want to record surroundings, e.g., when your kid is at school or when your kid is hanging around with their friends. All the recording will be uploaded to your virtual Control Panel and will be available for listening at any convenient time.  

Screen Captures 

This application is able to take screenshots during all day and stay on the top of all things that happen on your target device in real-time. You can always see the screen of your target device at any given moment. The received information gives you an ability always to ensure that they are not involved in any nasty things on their devices. All captured pictures will be saved to your virtual Control Panel and can be downloaded to your computer at any time you want.  

Live File Explorer 

You never know what your kids may store on their devices. For example, sexually explicit photos or inappropriate videos. These are only a few examples of what you may find there. While you may think that it will never happen to your kid, still it is better to control what they may keep on their devices. CatWatchful helps you out to check all files on your target device to keep you updated with everything that was downloaded, uploaded, and deleted on your kid’s device. You can control and manage all files remotely in real-time to ensure your kids are safe and not involved in nasty things like sexting or cyberbullying. 

Real-time GPS Location 

This feature helps to monitor GPS location on your target device in real-time or during a specific period. It enables you to have clear insights where your kids have been and their current whereabouts. Apart from tracking your kid’s device, CatWatchful can also locate lost or stolen device so you can quickly get it back. All the data is available from your virtual Control Panel at any time you want. 

Sending Audios in Real-time 

This feature enables you to record voice messages from your virtual Control Panel and send them directly to your kid’s device. All audios will be played automatically at the highest volume even if their device is in silent mode.  It is a cool option to inform your kids about important things if they don’t answer your calls or texts. 

SMS Tracker 

CatWatchful enables you to read all incoming and outgoing text messages, including contact information of both sender and recipient, and the date and time stamps. Also, you can view even those texts that were deleted from your target device. All texts are kept at your virtual Control Panel and can be displayed at any time. 

Social Media Monitoring

CatWatchful gives a privilege to keep tabs on WhatsApp and Facebook activities, including sent, received and deleted chats, incoming and outgoing multimedia files and a full list of contacts. Even while it supports only two social media platforms, it is more than enough to prevent unhealthy interactions and figure out what they are up to online.  

Multimedia Files Viewing

This feature helps you to supervise all multimedia files stored on your target device, including downloaded pictures, camera photos, and other multimedia content. You can not just view the exact date and time of every multimedia file, but also to filter them by date. All multimedia files can be easily accessed straight from your Control Panel at any time you need. 

Call Recording

CatWatchful helps you to record all incoming and outgoing calls on your monitoring device in stealth mode. All call recordings will be saved in MP3 files and sent to your virtual Control Panel so you can listen to them whenever you want. 

Note! According to some state and federal laws, recording of calls requires the consent of all parties. In any other case, it poses a risk of criminal prosecution and claims for money damages against you. So before using this feature, check the laws in your state very carefully. 

Call history 

CatWatchful helps you to keep tabs on all incoming and outgoing calls on your monitored device. You can check whether a call is sent or received, date and time of every call as well as a phone number. All collected data is displayed in chronological order and can be accessed from your Control Panel around the clock. 

Browsing History 

CatWatchful gives you a possibility to easily monitor all browsing history on your target device. You can quickly check the list of visited websites as well as the number and date and time of every access. Also, you can easily capture sensitive details like username and password. All URL information will be uploaded to your virtual Dashboard so you can access it 24/7. 


CatWatchful gives you essential insight into your kid’s interactions. By monitoring your kid’s contacts, you not only receive complete information of people who are in their contact list but also can raise a red flag if you will find anyone who is not familiar to you. You can view all names and numbers stored on your target device from your Web Control Panel at any time. 

Installed Applications 

CatWatchful helps you to figure out what apps were recently installed on your monitored device and investigate if there is an app you don’t want your kid to use. For example, gaming apps that only distract kids and lead to extensive phone usage that may result in game addiction and health problems. 


This CatWatchful feature helps to perform different commands in real-time. For example, enable or disable a camera on a monitored device or vibrate your target device. 


A CatWatchful Dashboard is a place where all target device data is kept, notably: 

  • SIM card information;
  • IMEI number of a device;
  • Wi-Fi status, 
  • GPS status;
  • Service details;
  • Sound mode;
  • Signal;
  • Battery level;
  • Android OS version;
  • Android software version;
  • Date and time of last Internet connection;
  • Internal storage details;
  • Device account details; 

Here you can view all the activities taking place on your target device, including texts, calls, social media, browsing the history, etc. 


CatWatchful enables you to capture every keystroke made on your target device. Also, you will be able to quickly figure out in which app it was written and when. 

CatWatchful gives you ultimate control over your target device and helps to ensure your kid is safe and not involved in communication with an online predator or any other unhealthy interactions. Everything that has been written on your monitored device will be sent to your virtual Control Panel, and you will be able to view it in real-time.

Notification Viewer 

This feature enables you to view all the notifications received by your target device on any application, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Gmail, etc., and get valuable information from them. For example, once the message is received, a notification displays a text body, sender, and time stamps, so you can quickly jump at conclusions about what your target person is up to. All received notifications are stored on your Control Panel and available for viewing around the clock.

Connections History 

CatWatchful enables you to view the complete list of connections taking place on your monitored device. You will see a detailed record of both Wi-Fi and mobile data connections as well as when the device was disconnected from the Internet. Also, you will see the precise location of the Wi-Fi hotspot and the duration of the Internet session. All this data is recorded and sent to your online Control Panel so you can examine it at any time. 

Phone Pictures

CatWatchful enables you to keep tabs on all photos on your target device. You will see both sent and received photos on WhatsApp and Facebook, saved pictures from the Internet, captured screenshots and other downloaded images. Every time a new photo appears on your monitored device, it will be immediately sent to your virtual Control Panel, and you will be able to see it. 

How Do I install CatWatchful? 

CatWatchful installation is simple and doesn’t require a lot of time. It consists of three simple steps: 

Step 1. Download CatWatchful apk

If you use PC, you need to download CatWatchful .apk file to your computer and then transfer it via cable to device you want to monitor. Or you can download CatWatchful apk file directly to the device you want to spy on. 

Step 2. Activate CatWatchful app

Note! to install CatWatchful application on your target device, you need to have physical access to it.

You need to open CatWatchful .apk file and activate it. Here is how to install the application on your target device: 


First, you need to turn off Google PlayProtect. 

Second, you need to turn on Unknown Sources. 


Once the app is installed, you need to open it and perform the following steps:

First, you need to accept the License Agreement.

Second, you need to give all the permissions that the app requires.

Third, you need to create a new account or log in to with your credentials (if you already a user).

Fourth, you need to click Accept to get permissions to monitor Facebook and WhatsApp messages (available only for rooted devices). 

Step 3. Monitor your target device

Once the CatWatchful app is successfully installed and configured, you may start monitoring all the activities taking place on your target device. Text messages, calls, apps, locations, browsing history, and other activities will be at your disposal directly from your Control Panel. 

How does CatWatchful work?

Once CatWatchful is installed, it starts collecting all the data from the device on which it is installed. Next, the received information is displayed on your Control Panel and can be accessed from any Internet browser 24/7. 

Before you get started with CatWatchful, you need to check whether your device is compatible with CatWatchful or not. Also, you need to obtain complete physical access to the device you wish to monitor and have a stable Internet connection to download the app and proceed with the installation. 

Moreover, before you install CatWatchful, you need to ensure your intentions for monitoring are legal and don’t violate someone’s privacy. Here some legal cases:

  • You can install the CatWatchful on the phone of your underage kid;
  • You can install CatWartchful on the company-owned device;
  • You can install CatWatchful on your own device;
  • You can install CatWatchful on the device of a person who agrees to be monitored. 

In any other cases, the app installation may be considered like spying, and you may face criminal consequences. 

Do I Need Physical Access to the target device?

Yes, you can install CatWatchful only having physical access to the device you would like to monitor. There is no option to install it remotely. You need to get your target device in your hand and know the unlock password (if there is any) and then physically install CatWatchful .apk on your target device. 

Do I Need to Root Android Device?

No, your target device shouldn’t be rooted to use CatWatchful. But if your target device is rooted, you can get more benefits, e.g., Facebook and WhatsApp texts monitoring, Browsing history, etc. 

Where can I check data from the monitored device?

Once the application is successfully installed and configured, it is connected to the server and starts to capture all the information from your target device.  After, all the captured data is sent to your Control Panel and can be viewed from any browser whenever you need. You can see texts, calls, browsing history, apps, locations, and other activities taking place on your target device. 

What should I do if the app is deleted from the phone?

If CatWatchful has been deleted from your target device by mistake or deliberately, you need to install it once again. The app captures information only if it is installed on the device you wish to monitor. In any other case, the target device data will not be displayed on your virtual Control Panel. 

How to root a phone?

The process of rooting helps users to get privileged control over the Android system and remove boundaries created by a manufacturer. While rooting gives you more space to use your device to its full, there is also a dark side of the medal. Rooting voids device warranty, making it completely reversible. 

If you decided to root your Android device, you need to have a USB cable, PC, and the device you want to root. Also, it is essential to have:

  • The device has at least 50% of battery level; 
  • Stable Internet connection (mobile or Wi-Fi);
  • Your device is backed up;
  • The installation of apps from unknown sources is enabled. 

Here is one of the methods that tell how to root your target device:

  • First, go to the XDA forums and search for the model of your target device. Once you click on the phone’s brand, you will see a detail instruction on how to root your target Android device. 
  • Second, you need to get acquainted with such tools as the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Android Debug Bridge (ADB). These tools are most common for rooting Android devices. 
  • Third, use apps like Towelroot or FramaRoot that can help to root your target device. 

My account data is not updating. Is something wrong?

If you noticed that the data on your Control Panel is not updating, there could be at least two reasons: 

  1. Check the Internet connection: all target device data is uploaded to your Control Panel over the Internet. If the Internet is weak or disabled, the received data will not be uploaded to your account. Consequently, you will see no updates there. 
  2.  Check is the app is still on your target device: to receive insights into your target device activities, the CatWatchful app should run on the device you are spying on. If it was deleted, you would not be able to see any updates on your Control Panel. 

Some anti-viruses detect the app as a virus. What does this mean?

Good spy app shouldn’t be detected by any anti-viruses since its main task is to work at the background without giving any hint to the owner that their device is monitored.  If CatWatchful is detected as a virus, it means that this app has poor security to work in stealth mode and can’t guarantee overall safety to the received data. 

Why does the monitored device need to have an Internet connection?

Your target device requires an Internet connection to transform the received information to your Control Panel. It can work with Wi-Fi or mobile data (3G/4G). Once the information is captured, it is sent to the server and then server uploads it to your account. So, for getting real-time updates, your target device should have a reliable Internet connection. 

How can I detect monitoring software on my smartphone or tablet?

If you suspect that your smartphone or tablet may have spyware, you can install a reliable anti-virus to check it out. 

When is it legal to use CatWatchful? 

As it was already mentioned, before installing CatWatchful on your target device, you need to familiarize yourself with state and federal laws to ensure your intent for monitoring is legal. There are three cases when it is legal to use monitoring apps like CatWatchful:

  • You can use CatWatchful to monitor the device that belongs to you;
  • You can use CatWatchful to control the device of your underage kid;
  • You can use CatWatchful to monitor a company-owned device;
  • You can use CatWatchful if the owner of the device agrees to be monitored. 

In any other cases, your action would be considered as spying and can lead to legal consequences. 

Can I monitor two or more devices?

You can monitor as many devices as you want, but each device requires a separate subscription. So, if you need to control two devices, you need to purchase two different subscriptions. Also, you can change your target device without paying any extras during all subscription period and as many times as you want. 

Is CatWatchful visible?

You may decide whether to hide the CatWatchful icon after installation or not. Once you choose to be invisible, the app is promised to work in stealth mode on the background and capture all the data from your monitored device. 

How long is data stored on your servers?

All the data captured from the target device and send to CatWatchful servers is kept 90 days, and after that, it would be permanently deleted. 

You may decide whether to hide the CatWatchful icon after installation or not. Once you choose to be invisible, the app is promised to work in stealth mode on the background and capture all the data from your monitored device. 

Do real-time functions require an internet connection?

Yes, all CatWatchful real-time features need your target device to be Internet-enabled to ensure smooth and fast work. 

Does CatWatchful work worldwide?

CatWatchful works around the globe, regardless of the cellular carrier and service providers. The only condition that should be met to do CatWatchful work is a stable internet connection to transfer data from your monitored device to your personalized Control Panel. 

What if I need technical support?

The CatWatchful Customer Support team is available around the clock, and you can easily reach them through the following means of communication:

  • Phone number: + (598) 91-799-605, available from 10 am-6 pm, except holidays. 
  • Email: ad[email protected]
  • Request form on their site. 

How to uninstall the application?

It is possible to remove CatWatchful application from your target device by contacting their Customer Support team. 

Is there a data upload limit on CatWatchful software?

No, your personalized Control Panel has unlimited storage, so you don’t need to worry about storage running out during your customer experience. 

How long will it take for data to be uploaded to my account?

If the Internet connection on your target Android is good, you will need only 5 minutes to view the recent updates. In case the Internet connection is slow, you will be required to wait longer.  

Which CatWatchful functions require root?

Rooting your device is not compulsory. There are only three CatWartchful features that require rooting your Android device:

  • WhatsApp texts;
  • Facebook texts; 
  • Browser history. 

If you don’t need these features, you may not root your device. 

Who is the CatWatchful software for?

This software is the perfect thing for doting parents who want their kids to be safe and protected when they are not around. It helps to check recent interactions, calls, locations, and GPS locations and other activities taking place on their kids’ devices. 

Hide the CatWatchful icon

You can easily hide CatWatchful icon while during the installation or in the app settings. Once it is done, the app will continue its work in stealth mode. If you want to reopen the interface of CatWatchful, you need to dial 543210 number. 

How to access and view the collected information?

All collected information is stored on your Personalized Control Panel and available for 90 days. To access it, you only need to log in to your account and select the information you want to check. Also, you can check it using CatWatchful Android Client.

What is Catwatchful Android client?

CatWartchful Android Client is a place where you can see all existing features and keep tabs on your monitored device directly from your own device. It is much simple and quick that use web version of CatWatrchful account. 

Real-time functions say, “Time out! Try again or later :(” What’s mean?

If you see a message: “Time out! Try again or later :(“, it means that connection is disabled on your target device. To use real-time features, your target device should have a reliable Internet connection to ensure smooth and accurate work. 

Target device does not update data for many days. For what reason?

If you haven’t received any updates from your target device for a long time, there can be several reasons for it: 

  1. CatWatchful is uninstalled from your target device; 
  2. Your target device is dead; 
  3. There is no Internet connection on your target device; 

So here are some things to help you out: 

  1. If the app was uninstalled, you need to install it once again;
  2. If your target device is turned off, you need to turn it on; 
  3. If there is no Internet, you need to connect it to the Wi-Fi network (for the time when your kid’s device is at home). 

What are CatWatchful alternatives? 

CatWatchful does an excellent job when it comes to basic monitoring features, but talking about the advanced ones, and it still misses a lot of things. If you are looking for an excellent CatWatchful alternative to keep tabs on your kid, you need to consider mSpy parental control app.

Apart from basic features like texts and calls, it can track a significant amount of social media apps, including Instagram Direct, Kik, Snapchat, Telegram, Skype, Facebook Messenger and many other social media platforms that are popular among youth these days. Also, it helps to set safe and dangerous areas and get informed every time your kid breaches them.

The most distinctive feature is that mSpy is available not only for Android but for iOS devices as well. To enable it on iOS devices, you only need to know the iCloud credentials of your target device. So, if you are looking for a trustworthy app to keep a close eye on your kid’s online and offline activities, mSpy is definitely a tool for you!

last updated January 10th 2020

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