Mobicip Parental Control Review 2024: Is It Any Good?

Our Score
8.2
GOOD
Ranked 5th out of 26 parental controls
Ranked 5th out of 26 parental controls
Raven Wu
Raven Wu Writer
Updated on: May 28, 2024
Fact Checked by Sam Boyd
Raven Wu
Raven Wu
Published on: May 28, 2024 Writer

Mobicip Review: Quick Expert Summary

Mobicip is a great parental control app for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, ChromeOS, and Kindle that can help you keep your kids safe online and manage their device usage. It’s quick to set up, has a minimalistic interface that makes it easy to use, and provides good customer support.

Mobicip has all of the industry-standard features you’d expect from a premium parental control app, including web and app filtering, time limits, location tracking, scheduling, and activity reports. Its scheduling tool is especially notable as one of the best on the market. It’s also capable of monitoring YouTube activity, as well as some of your child’s social media accounts, alerting you if your child sends or receives any concerning content.

However, there are a few areas where Mobicip is lacking compared to the competition. It can’t monitor calls and SMS messages and doesn’t have a panic button. Plus, it’s only able to monitor 3 social media platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook), and its activity reports are not as comprehensive and easy-to-read as the summaries of some of our other top parental control apps.

Mobicip offers Lite, Standard, and Premium annual plans, which let you monitor 5, 10, and 20 devices, respectively. It also has a very rudimentary free plan (Basic), but it only gives you access to its web filtering capabilities. Mobicip also lets you try out its Premium features for free for 7 days and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can take it for a test drive and get a refund if you think it doesn’t suit your needs.

🏅 Overall Rank Ranked 5th out of 26 parental controls
🖥️ Web & App Filtering
⏲️ Time Limits
📍 Location Tracking
💸 Starting Price $2.99
📀 Supported Operating Systems iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Kindle
📱 Number of Devices 5–20
🎁 Free Plan
💰 Money-Back Guarantee 30 days

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Mobicip Full Review

Mobicip Full Review

I’ve done extensive research and testing on Mobicip in the past 2 weeks, and I was honestly surprised by how good it is. It’s got some clear weaknesses compared to other top parental control apps, but it’s got some unique strengths as well.

Mobicip has all of the essential parental control tools you need to protect your child and monitor their device usage. It also gives you the ability to create different restrictions for different times of the day and monitor your children’s activities on major social media platforms.

But some of its features fall short. For example, it doesn’t let you set time limits on individual apps like Qustodio does, and it only monitors 3 social media sites, whereas Bark monitors 30+ social media sites. I’d also like to see it improve the usability of its activity reports and provide better in-app explanations for its features.

Despite these weaknesses, I still think Mobicip is worth considering for its flexible scheduling capabilities. It has pretty affordable annual plans, and you can take advantage of its 7-day free trial and 30-day money-back guarantee to try it out yourself.

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Mobicip Features

Mobicip Features

Mobicip includes these essential parental control features:

  • Web and app filtering — Block apps that you don’t want your kids to use and prevent access to websites that may contain inappropriate or harmful content.
  • Time limits — Set limits on how much free time your kids get on their devices.
  • Location tracking — Find out where your kids are and where they’ve been recently.
  • Scheduling — Set different app and website restrictions for different times of the day and different days of the week.
  • Activity reports — Provides a quick overview of your child’s device usage including how much time they’ve spent on their device, which websites they’ve visited, what apps they’ve used, and more (on browsers only).

Mobicip comes with some great extras, too, including social media monitoring and YouTube content filtering.

Scheduling & Screen Time Limits

Mobicip Features

Mobicip’s scheduling feature is really good. It lets you create an unlimited number of custom app and web filters for specific times in the day and for particular days of the week in 5-minute increments. These override your general content filters and let you restrict individual apps or websites — such as gaming sites — or all apps and websites during certain times of the day, like during school hours or when your kids should be sleeping.

Mobicip gives parents a lot more control compared to the scheduling features of other top parental control apps. Qustodio and Net Nanny’s scheduling features, for example, only give you the option to restrict internet access or disable the entire device. Qustodio also only allows you to apply restrictions in hour-long increments, which can be inconvenient (Net Nanny lets you apply restrictions in 15-minute increments). Mobicip Features

Mobicip gives you the ability to limit your child’s total screen time. Any time in the day where there’s no set schedule is considered “free time” by the app, and any time spent by your child on their device during these periods is subtracted from their Daily Free Time Limit. I like that Mobicip offers appropriate screen time allowances by age, based on what you say your kid’s age is when you activated the service. You’re still free to adjust the total for each day of the week in 15-minute increments however you like.

Once your child’s Daily Free Time Limit is used up, they won’t be able to use their device (except for making emergency calls). I like that Mobicip notifies your child when their Daily Free Time Limit is about to be used up, and that it allows them to request grace time from you directly through the app, which will send you a notification and allow you to approve or reject their request.

Finally, Mobicip includes a handy feature called Vacation Mode, which overrides your usual schedule. This lets you set more lenient app and web filters or more generous Daily Free Time Limits for things like family vacations or summer breaks and will apply until a preset end date or continue until you choose to turn it off manually.

Overall, I’m very happy with Mobicip’s scheduling and screen time limit features — It’s one of the best I’ve seen out of all the parental control apps I’ve tested.

Web Filtering

Mobicip Features

Mobicip’s web filtering lets you easily manage the websites your child can access online by setting permissions for websites in 15+ predefined content categories including Alcohol and Addiction, Games, Mature and Adult, Shopping, Social, and more. I really like how it automatically turns on some of these categories based on the age of your kid, so you don’t have to customize it if you don’t want to.

I would like to see the list of content categories expanded, though, to give parents more control. For comparison, Qustodio has 25+ predefined categories, and Norton Family has 45+. Some of Mobicip’s content categories also lack clarity. For example, I’m not entirely sure what the Utilities category is or how the YouTube category differs from just putting YouTube on the website blacklist or blocking the YouTube app on mobile devices. It would be good if Mobicip included brief descriptions of what is blocked in each category.

It’s really great that Mobicip uses advanced AI and machine learning to scan web pages in real time, taking into account both the content and context. This allows Mobicip’s filters to keep up with the new content that’s constantly being put up on the web.

Mobicip’s web filtering worked really well during my testing, blocking all of the web pages in restricted categories that I tried to access on my child’s device. It worked on Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, and even while browsing in private (incognito mode). No web filter is perfect though, so I like that when your child attempts to visit a blocked website, Mobicip allows them to request access from you directly within the app. If you approve their request, the website will then be automatically added to a whitelist, so it’ll always be accessible to them in the future.Mobicip Features

Mobicip also lets you filter web content by adding specific sites to a blacklist or whitelist. There’s even a unique “Whitelist only mode” that you can enable to only allow access to the websites you specify. This can be a good option for parents with very young children, whose internet usage you may want to restrict to a few specific websites as you ease their entry into the online world.Mobicip Features

Mobicip lets you create your own custom filters by specifying keywords. How this feature works isn’t explained at all in the app, but what it does is block any web pages where the words or phrases you specify appear. At first glance, this seems pretty useful, but it’s really easy to accidentally block a lot of innocuous websites if you aren’t careful when setting your keywords. In this regard, I prefer Net Nanny, which has a similar feature but offers the ability to simply alert you when your child accesses content containing the keywords. Net Nanny has the ability to automatically mask profanity on web pages as well, which is super neat.

Note that the Content tab filters only apply during your child’s Daily Free Time. All the website filtering rules set on Mobicip’s Content tab will be superseded by the specific filtering rules you set on your child’s schedule.

Finally, Mobicip gives you the ability to disable parental controls on specific networks. The in-app explanation states that you can “Disable Mobicip on your child’s protected school network.” This might be useful if you know your child needs to use the internet for schoolwork while at school, and you don’t want Mobicip (especially innocuous keyword filters) to interfere. This would save you from using Mobicip’s scheduling feature to set up custom app and web restrictions specifically for school hours. To get the network exceptions to work, however, you need to know the target network’s IP address or IP address range, which could be a bit of a hurdle.

Overall, Mobicip’s web filtering features are pretty good and work really well. Their core elements are comparable to the best parental control apps on the market, but I’d like to see better explanations for the categories and some of the features.

App Filtering & App Supervision

Mobicip Features

Mobicip lets you limit what apps your child is able to access on their device. One way you can do this is to restrict apps by category — Mobicip offers 3 predefined categories for you to choose from: Social Media, Entertainment, and Games. This is a convenient feature that’s missing on most other parental control apps. It lets you quickly target some of the most commonly blocked apps just by flipping a switch rather than needing to find and block each one individually (and risk missing some in the process).

The feature works by preventing your kid from accessing apps in that category once they reach the total time limit for the day. You can adjust the time limit in 15-minute increments. Unlike Qustodio, however, you can’t set time limits on individual apps, so Mobicip trades a lot of granularity for convenience.

I tested the feature’s reliability by attempting to run half a dozen game apps on my child’s device, from the popular to the obscure, and Mobicip was able to identify and block every one. It’s a little unfortunate that the categories are so indiscriminate, though — puzzle, word, and other potentially educational games will also be blocked if you choose to restrict Games. Another minor gripe I have with the categories is that it’s not made clear what kinds of apps fall under the Entertainment category and how it differs from the other two.

Note that all apps rated 17+ on their respective app store are blocked by default (and there’s no way to turn this off). This is great if you want to make sure that your kid doesn’t have access to content that’s inappropriate for their age.Mobicip Features

Mobicip also lets you search for and block specific apps from your device’s app store. This is a unique feature among parental control apps. Most, like Qustodio and Net Nanny, can only detect the apps after they’ve been installed on your child’s device.

However, Mobicip doesn’t make it easy for you to see which apps your child actually has on their phone, which seems to me like a pretty big oversight. You could try to block apps as they show up in the activities log of your parental app dashboard, but that’s a rather clunky workaround. And like its website filters, the app filters you set up here in the Content tab are superseded by the specific filters you set up on your child’s schedule.

Mobicip Features

Overall, Mobicip is very good at blocking apps and is one of the few parental control apps capable of blocking apps preemptively (Google Family Link is a good free alternative). There’s a bit of clunkiness to its app blocking features though (such as its inability to list which apps are installed on your child’s device), and I’d like it more if I could set time limits on specific apps rather than by category.

Location Tracking

Mobicip Features

Mobicip’s location tracking feature is very good. It was able to accurately detect where my monitored device was and show me the location directly on Google Maps. It also tracks where the device has been through its location history function, which stores up to 30 days worth of location data.

I really like how it lets you share your location with your children, too, which is great if you need them to find you. This simply entails adding family members to your family group by clicking on the plus button at the top of the Locator tab

Mobicip has a geofencing feature as well, which will alert you when your child enters or exits areas that you define on the map. The zones can cover up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters). This puts it above top parental control apps like Qustodio and Bark, whose zones can only cover up to 650 feet (200 meters), and Net Nanny, which only lets you set specific addresses.

However, Norton Family creates larger geofenced zones (2 miles or 3,200 meters). It also has some great extra features that Mobicip lacks, such as the ability to notify you where your kids are at scheduled times in the day, and the option to allow your children to share their location with you instead of using real-time tracking (in case you don’t want to be too invasive).

Overall, Mobicip’s Locator feature is one the best on the market, but it falls short of Norton Family and Qustodio, which has my favorite location supervision features out of all parental control apps.

Social Media Monitoring

Mobicip Features

Mobicip gives you the ability to monitor some of your children’s social media accounts. This works for Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, but Snapchat monitoring doesn’t work on iOS devices.

It scans your child’s social media for inappropriate or concerning content relating to bullying, sex, violence, drugs, and self-harm/suicide. If it finds something, you’ll be alerted immediately and sent a snippet of the offending content, so you can evaluate whether intervention is necessary.Mobicip Features

Mobicip’s social media monitoring feature is very useful, but I prefer Bark for content monitoring. For starters, Mobicip is only able to monitor 3 social media platforms compared to Bark’s 30+ social media platforms and apps (including ones popular with kids today like Discord and TikTok). Bark is also capable of detecting a lot more categories of problematic content or unhealthy behavior including things like anxiety and body image/eating-related issues. And it allows you to fine-tune how sensitive you want the algorithm to be for each of the 15+ categories it monitors.

Overall, it’s a good feature, but there are better options for social media monitoring than Mobicip. If this is what you’re looking for, I strongly recommend checking out Bark instead.

Activity Reports

Mobicip Features

Mobicip’s Dashboard tab provides parents with a summary of their children’s recent activities. You can see how much time they’ve spent on their device for the day (broken down by category and app), see which apps they’ve used, what they’ve searched, which websites they’ve visited, and what YouTube videos they’ve watched. This is also where you’ll receive alerts when your child enters or exits a geofenced area.

Mobicip’s activity reports are most easily viewed in the desktop parental web app. Most are presented on the Dashboard tab, and they are pretty simple. If you’re monitoring the device of more than one child, you can easily switch between kids using their icons at the top.

Below that, you see a readout of which schedule that child is currently in, like Free Time or School Hours. The central graphic shows you the total amount of screen time your kid has used so far for the day and breaks that down by category. You can toggle the graph to display your kid’s device usage by category over the last 30 days, too. There are also convenient button links to Manage Free Time and Lock Device.

Below the central graph is a list of all the apps your child has used during the day, ranking them from most used to least and showing how much time was spent on each app. It would be useful if this was presented in graph form over longer periods as well, so you could track your kid’s individual app usage over 30 days, for example, and intervene if they were using one too much.

The card on the right side is broken down into tabs for All Activity and Alerts. The list under All Activity can be filtered by Activity Type (Web, Apps, Location, and Social Media), by Activity Occurrence (Today, Yesterday, 7 days, and 30 days), and Devices, which is convenient if your kid has more than one device. You can click on the app or web icon with each entry to decide if you want to block future access.

For websites, you’re shown only a snippet of the URL, however, if the content isn’t clear, there’s no clickable link to the page in question. And with apps, you can’t see exactly what was viewed, so it can be difficult to decide whether to block the whole app or not. I also found that not all social media activity showed up in the report and that I had to go to the Social Media tab to see everything, including flagged content and posts my child made.

The Alerts tab is more reliable and useful. It shows you a chronological list of all alerts of potentially concerning content. With websites, you can decide to block particular URLs (again, only by seeing a snippet of it) or the entire website and whether or not during Free Time.

However, for geofencing alerts, some of the entries can be unclear. For example, I was confused by the “Maths club” alert until I realized that the icon was supposed to indicate a geofenced location. Even then, I couldn’t be sure if it meant my child had entered the geofenced zone or exited it.

Overall, I think Mobicip’s activity reports are straightforward to use, but I’d like them to provide details on app usage over periods of time. I’d also like to see direct links to content added to the All Activity tab.

Additional Features

Mobicip comes with the following additional features:

  • Uninstall protection — On Android and iOS devices, you can set it up so that your child can’t uninstall Mobicip without your Mobicip account credentials. On Mac or Windows computers though, you’ll have to ensure that your child doesn’t have access to an admin account.
  • YouTube filters — Mobicip claims that it filters YouTube videos on a “video-by-video basis” on Android and iOS devices, but what this means is unclear. There’s also a baffling lack of configurations or really any sort of indication that the feature exists at all in the control panel. You can’t turn it on or off or have any input on what counts as “inappropriate video content.” So far as I could tell, it does little more than what YouTube’s built-in “Restricted Mode” already does. Check out our guide on how to keep kids safe on YouTube to find better alternatives when it comes to YouTube monitoring.
  • Duplicate settings — Mobicip lets you transfer all of the settings for your child’s device to another child. This is convenient if your kids are about the same age.
  • Lock/unlock device — You can lock all of your kid’s devices for a set period (in 15-minute increments) with just a couple of clicks. This is useful for dinner time or an early bedtime that’s out of the usual schedule.

Mobicip Plans & Pricing

Mobicip has 3 annual plans, Lite, Standard, and Premium. The Lite plan (5 devices) and Standard plan (10 devices) are identical apart from the number of devices you can monitor. The Premium plan (20 devices) is required to set time limits on apps and access the social media monitoring feature. There’s also an option to request a quote if you want to monitor more than 20 devices. It’s possible, too, to get a monthly plan if you sign up for Mobicip on the Google Play Store or the Apple Apple Store.

Each paid plan starts with a 7-day free trial, and the Lite and Standard plans include all Premium features during the free trial, so you can try out everything risk-free. Mobicip offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on all of its plans as well. It also offers a free plan (Basic). This plan only lets you block websites and lock your child’s devices.

Mobicip accepts payment only with credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Debit cards and cryptocurrencies are not accepted.

Here’s an overview of Mobicip’s plans:

Basic Lite Standard Premium
Price Free $2.99 / month $4.99 / month $7.99 / month
Devices 1 5 10 20
App Blocker
Daily Screen Time Limits
Activity Schedules
Lock All Devices
YouTube Monitor
Family Locator
Website Blocker
Social Media Monitor
App Limits
Parenting Expert Advice

Mobicip Basic — Decent Free Plan

Mobicip Basic is the free plan, but it isn’t great. The only features you get in this plan are the website filters, the ability to lock your child’s devices, and a rudimentary version of the activity reports, and it can only manage 1 device. It’s also a little hard to find — you have to scroll down Mobicip’s pricing page and enter your email to sign up for it. Alternatively, you can cancel your subscription during your 7-day free trial and it will downgrade you to the Basic plan once the trial ends. Honestly, if you’re looking for a great free plan, I strongly recommend checking out one of our top free parental control apps instead.

Mobicip Lite — Simple & Very Affordable

The Lite plan costs $2.99 / month and gives you access to these additional features: the ability to block apps, set daily screen time limits, set activity schedules, monitor your child’s YouTube activities, and track your child’s location. It covers up to 5 devices. It’s a good deal if your kids don’t use too many devices that you’d like to monitor and if you’re willing to skip social media monitoring.

Mobicip Standard — A Few Extra Devices

The Standard plan costs $4.99 / month and is almost identical to the Lite plan. The only difference is that it allows you to monitor up to 10 devices. Honestly, it’s a little disappointing that you don’t get more — the plan is missing social media monitoring just like the Lite plan, and I especially don’t like how it doesn’t include the ability to set time limits for apps, as this is a more standard parental control feature.

Mobicip Premium — Full-Featured Plan

The Premium plan costs $7.99 / month and grants you access to social media monitoring and the ability to set time limits on app categories. Additionally, the Premium plan lets you monitor up to 20 devices and includes “Parenting Expert Advice”. It’s a nice inclusion, but I didn’t really find the advice Mobicip offers to be that useful — there are plenty of free resources online for preventing screen time addiction and educating yourself on potentially dangerous apps, for example.

Overall, Mobicip is a little expensive. Its Premium plan is similarly priced to Qustodio’s Premium plan (our top parental control app in 2024) but doesn’t provide nearly as much polish or value. If there’s a specific feature that attracts you to Mobicip, however, you can always try out its Premium features risk-free with its 7-day free trial and 30-day money-back guarantee.

Mobicip Installation & Setup

Mobicip has a parental web app that can be accessed from any device with internet access without requiring you to install anything. It also has a mobile app for parents. It has kids apps to monitor Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Kindle Fire, and Chromebook devices.

Apps for Kids Apps for Parents
Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Chromebook, Kindle Fire Android, iOS, web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge).

Both the parent and kids apps are very easy to install and set up on any device. It didn’t take me more than 5 minutes to do it on my main phone, my test Android smartphone, and my Windows 11 PC.

Mobicip Parent Apps (Installation & Setup)

If you use Mobicip’s parental web app, all you have to do is log into your account from the main page on its website.

Mobicip Installation & Setup

On mobile devices, you can use its mobile parental apps. You’ll have to get the app from your device’s app store. Then, when asked who uses the device, choose Parent, and log into your account to reach the dashboard.

Mobicip Installation & Setup

Mobicip Kids Apps (Installation & Setup)

Setting up Mobicip’s kids apps is very easy. It only took me about 5 minutes total, and I experienced no issues throughout the setup process. Mobicip has very comprehensive and easy-to-follow guides in both written and video formats to ensure that even non-tech-savvy parents are able to use its products.Mobicip Installation & Setup

But honestly, installation is so simple that you shouldn’t even need a guide. On Windows devices, for instance, all you have to do is download the app off of Mobicip’s website, click install, agree to the data disclosure agreement, create a Mobicip child user, and select the Windows user account you wish to link to that user. That’s it.Mobicip Installation & Setup

The installation wizard basically holds your hand through the whole setup process and will even warn you about programs (such as antiviruses on Windows devices and Google Family Link on Android devices) that might conflict with Mobicip’s monitoring capabilities, which I thought was a nice touch. Sharing monitoring responsibilities with your partner is super easy as well and can be done directly from your control panel.

Overall, I very much appreciate how easy it is to set up Mobicip on a device.

Mobicip Ease of Use

Mobicip’s web and mobile apps are both user-friendly — the interfaces are simple and clean. You shouldn’t have any trouble navigating the apps even if you’re new to parental controls.

Its kids apps are also very simple, so your kids can easily check how much screen time they’ve used up, any upcoming schedules, and more. On desktops, the kids’ apps run quietly in the background and won’t disturb your children.Mobicip Ease of Use

Mobile & Tablets

Mobicip Ease of Use

I like Mobicip’s Android and iOS apps. Both interfaces are quite intuitive, and I never had any trouble finding what I was looking for. I also never encountered any bugs when using either of them. Additionally, I like that both apps have similar designs (so it’s easy to switch back and forth) and that both share most of the same features — the only difference being that the iOS app doesn’t let you monitor Snapchat.

The main dashboard contains a lot of important information on your children’s recent activities. For example, you can quickly see how much screen time your children used that day (and in what categories) and pull up their activity timeline to see what they’ve been up to recently. There’s also a shortcut that lets you instantly lock your child’s device.

I’m a fan of how all of its settings are clearly divided and are all accessible with a single tap from any screen by utilizing the bottom menu. This makes it very easy to find the features you’re looking for and set new rules and restrictions. I was able to create a set of rules for my test device in less than 10 minutes.

However, Mobicip’s minimalistic interface has its downsides. For example, its Social Media Monitor and Keywords and Phrases features have incomplete or non-existent in-app explanations, which forced me to look up how they work on Mobicip’s website.

There are also some other unintuitive parts. For example, I found Mobicip’s graphical indicator for whether an app or website is blocked or unblocked to be rather unclear (Mobicip must have thought so too since it included a legend on relevant pages). The grayed-out graphic just doesn’t automatically translate to “blocked” in my head, so it always takes me an extra second to process what I’m seeing. I think a red and green color coding and/or a blocked/unblocked text directly on the toggle would make things much clearer.Mobicip Ease of Use

The mobile apps can feel a little cramped, too, because of how much information is stuffed into certain screens. This also causes one or two oddities in the text. For example, some of its text sticks out of its boxes, and I spotted a word that was broken up into two separate lines. But these are very minor issues.

Overall, I think Mobicip’s Android and iOS apps are very solid. They’re fairly intuitive and feature-rich. But there are one or two areas where they could be more user-friendly, and the iOS app is unable to monitor Snapchat.

Web App

Mobicip Ease of Use

Mobicip’s web app is very similar to its mobile apps. The only difference is the layout — they both have all of the same features. This makes it easy to switch between its mobile and web apps when monitoring your kids.

The web app is pretty easy to use — you should be able to quickly grasp all of its functions and navigate the interface without issues. Adding new devices to monitor and setting restrictions on your children’s devices is also very simple.

However, most of the issues I pointed out with its mobile app apply here, too, such as the lack of explanations for certain features.

Overall, Mobicip’s web app is clean and well designed. I really like how you can do everything on it that you can do on its Android and iOS apps. But I want to see some better labeling and in-app explanations in future updates.

Mobicip Customer Support

Mobicip Customer Support

Mobicip offers decent customer support, with detailed guides and explanations (including visual aids) for frequently asked questions about setting up the app on various devices and making the most of its features.

You can also submit a ticket or schedule a call with Mobicip’s customer support if its Knowledge Base is unable to answer your questions. I received a response to my question within 24 hours of submitting my ticket, and I found the customer support representative friendly and helpful.Mobicip Customer Support

Mobicip has an AI-powered chatbot that acts as a shortcut in searching for answers to questions. It answered 4 out of 5 of my questions in a direct manner, which I can’t say about a lot of other chatbots. For the one question it couldn’t answer, I was able to submit a ticket within the chatbot, but I found the response time with this slower than the regular ticketing system.

I would have preferred some sort of live chat function, which parental control apps like Norton Family and FamiSafe offer — plus, who really wants to make a phone call if they don’t have to? But Mobicip is far from unique in lacking a live chat function.

Overall, Mobicip’s customer support is able to swiftly resolve any issues that may arise, whether that’s through its excellent database of articles and guides or through its responsive ticketing, call scheduling system, or chatbot. And while I do wish it had a live chat function, most other parental control apps don’t have one either.

What Mobicip Can Do Better

Overall, Mobicip is a strong parental control app, but it has several areas that it can improve:

  • No individual app time limits: Mobicip lets you set time limits on 3 broad categories of apps: Social Media, Entertainment, and Games. However, you can’t set time limits on individual apps like you can with Qustodio. It would be nice if Mobicip gave you more control over specific apps, especially if you know which apps your kid spends too much time on.
  • Little social media monitoring: Mobicip monitors only 3 social media platforms: Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. Considering the number of social media apps available to kids, this is a problem. In contrast, Bark covers over 30 social media apps.
  • Confusing and limited activity reports: The usability and details of some of Mobicip’s activity reports need improvement. Better in-app explanations and more user-friendly report formats would make the reports easier to understand. I also want more details, such as links to specific websites visited, which would make the reports more useful.
  • Web filtering categories: Mobicip filters web content in 15+ predefined categories, which is fewer than competitors like Qustodio and Norton Family. It’s unclear why Mobicip even includes some categories, like Utilities. Clarifying and expanding these categories would give you more nuanced control over the web content your kids see.
  • Lack of call/text monitoring: Unlike some other parental control apps, Mobicip doesn’t offer SMS or call monitoring. This feature could be crucial if you want to keep a closer eye on your children’s communications.
  • iOS app has fewer features: The iOS and Android apps are quite similar in layout and functionality with 1 key difference: the iOS app can’t monitor Snapchat.
  • Keyword blocking has drawbacks: Mobicip lets you specify keywords for blocking certain websites in web searches. Although this sounds like a good idea, it could lead you to block a lot of innocuous websites if the keywords have multiple meanings. I wish Mobicip would send me notifications of potentially concerning searches rather than block the websites outright.

Is Mobicip One of The Top Parental Control Apps of 2024?

Mobicip is a really good parental control app — I especially like its powerful scheduling capabilities. It has all of the industry-standard features that you’d want in a parental control app including web and app filtering, time limits, location tracking, and activity reports. It also has extra features like the ability to monitor YouTube usage and major social media platforms.

However, there are some areas where Mobicip is lacking. Its social media monitoring only works for Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook (compare this to Bark, which can monitor 30+ social media platforms). It’s unable to set time limits on individual apps (like Qustodio can). And it has a host of other minor issues that add up and detract from its overall user-friendliness (such as difficult-to-read activity reports).

Overall, I think Mobicip is a little pricey, but it’s still one of the best parental control apps in 2024. If you’re unsure whether it’d be good for you and your family, you can always test it out with its 7-day free trial of its Premium features, as well as its 30-day money-back guarantee.

If there’s something we haven’t covered in our Mobicip review that you’re curious about, send us a message — we’ll be happy to carry out extra tests and answer any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mobicip safe?

Yes, Mobicip is safe to use and has tons of features like web filtering and social media monitoring to protect your kids online. Its privacy policy also states that all of the data it acquires is carefully safeguarded through industry-standard security features including encryption, firewalls, and SSL (secure sockets layer), and that no personally identifiable data is sold to third parties without the user’s consent.

Can my child bypass Mobicip?

No, Mobicip comes with uninstall protection, so if it was set up correctly, your child won’t be able to bypass or uninstall it from their device(s). During setup, ensure that your child’s account on the device is a normal user account and that they don’t have administrator access. Mobicip is also capable of filtering and monitoring activities on any browser in incognito/private mode.

Does Mobicip allow me to see all of my child’s social media activity?

No, Mobicip only works for Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook accounts (Snapchat monitoring doesn’t work on iOS devices). It also doesn’t record all of your child’s activities. You’ll only be able to see messages and images that contain concerning behavior or content in one of the following categories: Bullying, Sex, Violence, Drugs, and Self Harm/Suicide.

If you’re interested in a parental control app with more comprehensive social media monitoring capabilities, check out Bark. Not only can it monitor over 30 social media platforms including TikTok, Skype, Discord, and more, but it also checks for 15+ categories of concerning behavior or content and can even monitor email and text messages.

Will my child know that I’m monitoring their social media accounts?

Yes, you need your child’s login credentials to set up the social media monitoring feature. Bark, another parental control app that can monitor social media accounts, also encourages you to be open with your child about your use of a parental control app and about digital safety.

If for whatever reason you wish to monitor your child’s social media without them knowing, consider mSpy instead. While it’s not as good of a parental control app, it has powerful surveillance features and is designed to work stealthily.

What devices does Mobicip work on?

Mobicip has kids apps for Android, iOS, Windows, Kindle Fire, macOS, and Chromebook devices. Parents can access their dashboard from any device through a web browser, from which they can change the settings and restrictions on any of the devices being monitored by Mobicip.

Does Mobicip allow me to monitor calls and SMS?

No. However, you can block messaging apps using Mobicip’s app filtering function, and you get reports if concerning behavior or content shows up on one of your child’s monitored social media accounts.

If call and SMS monitoring is important to you, I highly recommend checking out Qustodio instead. It’s my favorite parental control app in 2024, and it allows parents to read all of their child’s text messages and create blacklists and whitelists to block incoming or outgoing calls and messages.

Does Mobicip have a free plan?

Yes. You can sign up for the free Basic plan at the bottom of the Mobicip pricing page. The Basic plan only gives you access to Mobicip’s web filtering function, the ability to monitor and lock 1 device, and a rudimentary version of the activity reports.

If you’re looking for a good free parental control app, I recommend Qustodio. Its free plan gives you access to plenty of its features, including screen time monitoring, daily time limits, restricted time periods, and web filtering.

Mobicip Products & Pricing

Lite
$2.99 / month
Standard
$4.99 / month
Premium
$7.99 / month
Bottom Line

Mobicip is a good parental control app. It includes all industry-standard parental control features like web and app filtering, screen time management, scheduling, location tracking, and activity reports. It’s also capable of monitoring your child’s activities on a few major social media platforms as well as YouTube activity. It’s very easy to set up and is generally intuitive to use. It’s compatible with Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, and Chromebook. Mobicip has some minor usability issues such as difficult-to-read activity reports and poor explanations for a couple of its features. It also lacks the ability to set time limits on individual app. But despite all this, it remains one of the better parental control apps on the market. Mobicip has 3 annual plans starting at $2.99 / month, offers a 7-day free trial of its Premium features, and backs all of its plans with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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