Qustodio Review: Monitor Your Kids With A Modern Approach

Qustodio Review: Monitor Your Kids With A Modern Approach
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You are resting on our website and reading this article today. This means you’re in dire need of a monitoring app and thinking to go for Qustodio . Well, let me tell you that you are going on the right track. Hundreds of parental control apps are available in the market, but only a few can match the expectations of the customers.

Qustodio is one of those apps when it comes to the monitoring of kids and teens. The app offers limited but beneficial features and should surely be given a try.

Qustodio Review: Monitor Your Kids With A Modern Approach


So, let’s see what all Qustodio offers and at what price in this review of Qustodio. And is it really worth spending your hard-earned money on the app or not.

Table Of Contents

  • Compatibility
  • Qustodio Installation & Setup
  • Setup on Parent Device
  • Setup on Child’s Device
  • Qustodio Dashboard
  • Activity Timeline
  • Features Of Qustodio
  • Qustodio Pricing
  • FAQs
  • Qustodio Review

You can totally rely on our review and make a decision that you should buy Qustodio for monitoring your kid or not as we have personally tested the Qustodio app for several weeks before writing this review.

Qustodio Review: Monitor Your Kids With A Modern Approach

Compatibility

Qustodio is easy to go with almost all types of operating systems. An Android device with 4.4 and all the above versions is compatible with the Qustodio app.
Does your kid own an iOS device? No problem, Qustodio will track down all the activities from the target iOS device and deliver them on your screen remotely.
The teen needs to have a device with at least an iOS 11 or later version. Except for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad can be monitored as well.
Similarly, Qustodio can track macOS, Kindle, and Windows devices as well.

Qustodio Installation And Setup

The installation and setup on Qustodio are straightforward as compared to the setup on most of the spying apps prevailing in the market.
This is because Qustodio doesn’t throw up the flood of permissions like any other spying app.
Secondly, as soon as the Qustodio app is set up on both the parent and target device, the data can be tracked. Qustodio doesn’t take time to upload and show the target device data to the parents on their device remotely.
NOTE 1: The installation process for the Qustodio app on iOS and Android is almost the same.
NOTE 2: We are making use of an Android cell phone as the kid’s device and a PC as the parent device. 
Setup On The Parent Device
1. Go to the official site of Qustodio and click on Sign up to make your new Qustodio account. If you already have a Qustodio account, go for Login instead.
2. Provide the details on the next page that appears. The details include your name, email, and password. Click on CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT after providing the details.
3. You’re half away done in setting up the parent device, and now you have to go ahead and CREATE PROFILE of your child.
4. The child’s profile includes the name, age, gender, and avatar of the teen. Click on SAVE AND CONTINUE.
5. Select the type of device that the child uses, i.e. Smartphone, desktop, or tablet.
The setup on the parent’s device is done, and now it’s time to do some work on the child’s cellphone.
Setup On The Kid’s Device
1. Download the Qustodio app depending on your phone – Qustodio for Android or Qustodio for iPhone.
2. Launch the app and tap on I have a parent account.
3. Now it’s time to Accept All the terms and conditions of the Qustodio parental control app.
4. Sign in to the Qustodio app on the kid’s device using the same email and password that you used to sign up on the parent device.
5. Choose the Kid’s device from the options available and then give a name for the device.
6. Time to activate the accessibility now by tapping on Activate now.
7. Qustodio will ask you to give certain permissions to make the app monitor the child's smartphone completely. These permissions include access to photos, media, and phone calls.
8. Finally, it’s time to Activate the device administrator by tapping on Activate now.
The child’s device is also ready, and you can use the parent device to track the kid’s device now that too from anywhere without having the kid's cell phone in your hand physically.
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Qustodio Summary/Dashboard

The dashboard of Qustodio is a kind of summary that shows various activities of the kid on one screen. Time spent by the kid can be seen. Unfortunately, the screen time shown isn’t accurate. Apart from that, you can set the screen time for the kid as well.

All the apps used by the child are available under the Top activity section, and the time spent on each app can be seen with the percentage of total usage.

The summary related to YouTube will be available on the dashboard as well, and you see all the videos that have been watched by the child.

Parents can also keep an eye on the searches made on YouTube.

The Questionable activity section will show everything that is not good for the teen somehow. Be that the searches on YouTube, browsers, or any questionable activity on Facebook.

But it didn’t work as we expected it to work and we were not able to see any updates under the Questionable activity section.

Similar is the case if we talk about Calls and SMS as no updates were seen in that section too.

Activity Timeline


All the activities tracked on the target cellphone by Qustodio will be shown here. These activities include the location update, searches made on YouTube and web browsers, and the apps used by the child.

To make your search specific, make use of the drop-down icon and select the desired option.

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Qustodio Features

1. Daily Time Limits


Cellphone addiction is a poison for the children, which they enjoy drinking every day without even thinking of its future consequences.

Too much attachment to the cellphone can cause several types of physical and mental problems to the kid’s health.

But you can safeguard your kids before they have the poison of cellphone addiction in their hand and they drink it. And you can take the help of Qustodio for this purpose.

The Daily Time Limit feature lets you set a timer for which the child can use the cellphone. Right after the time elapses, the kid won’t be able to access any app installed on the device.

The minimum limit for the timer has to be 15 minutes, and Qustodio makes it possible to set the same time for other days as well.

If the time set is more than what the child should spend on the phone, click on Reset and set the time again.

Have your kid already used the smartphone for a long time? Click on Block and make the phone unusable for the kid for as long as you want.

The feature worked up to our expectations and didn’t take time to block the apps on the device.

2. Restricted Times


This feature is also given so that parents can restrict their kids from spending too much time on smartphones .

Unlike Daily Time Limit, here you can set the time for the block for different times in the day. You can set the time for different days as well.

The time you have chosen will block the apps from opening/working on the kid’s device.

This feature is a helping hand when you don’t want anything to come between your child’s study, sleeping, or eating time.

You can modify the restriction settings by clicking on the settings icon at the top right.

3. Web Filtering


There’s absolutely no use in having a parental control app that doesn’t block the adult content from appearing on the kid’s smartphone.

But thankfully, Qustodio doesn’t fall in that category and filters the search made by the kid on the internet.

The adult content can be anything related to gambling, porn, alcohol, drugs, weapon, etc. And you don’t have to think twice before saying that all of this content is harmful to the teens and students to watch.

Under Web Filtering, you can see that Qustodio has already selected some categories that are not fit for the children to see.

Whenever the child tries to access a website that falls in the selected category, Qustodio automatically blocks them.

We won’t say that Qustodio completely blocks the adult content if the kid has done any such browsing. But the app removes the unhealthy content to a good extent.

If you have some particular sites that you want to block personally and don’t want your kid to access them, well that’s possible too. Just head to the Add Exception section and add those sites to the list and click SAVE.

4. YouTube Monitoring


YouTube is more addictive than alcohol for most teens and tweens, and it becomes the duty of the parents to set a limited time for the kids that they can spend on YouTube.

Qustodio makes it possible by setting a timer for the use of YouTube. Youtube Monitoring feature works just like Daily Time Limits, and you can set the same timer for the use of YouTube for different days.

If the use of YouTube is already too much use the Block option to block the YouTube app instantly.

To get the information about the videos that the kid watched on YouTube, click on the here option.

One thing that needs to be kept in mind is that YouTube Monitoring only blocks the YouTube app from opening. The kid will still be able to access YouTube using the browser feature.

So it’s better that, for the time you don’t want the kid to access YouTube, make sure to add YouTube’s website link to the Web Filtering Exceptions.

5. Games And Apps


Blocking of some app(s) becomes necessary when the kid gets addicted to them, and their daily schedule seems to crash.

What choice parents are left with is, blocking those apps permanently or for a short period of time.

Qustodio makes it happen with its Games And Apps feature. Toggle off the button in front of the app that you want to block on the kid’s phone.

With this, immediate action will be taken by Qustodio, and the app will get blocked right away.

Want to set the timer for the use of that app? Qustodio makes it easy to do that as well by clicking on the down arrow icon attached to the app and setting the time.

6. Calls And SMS SPY

Knowing the people with whom the teen talks and having long conversations over the phone is crucial.

Tracking of Calls and SMS is an essential part of monitoring the kids, and the monitoring will always remain incomplete without getting access to them. It would help if you headed to the Calls And SMS section for that.

But unfortunately, this feature failed our test as we were not able to track the names and numbers of the people contacting the target cellphone.

Moreover, we were not able to block the incoming and outgoing calls with Qustodio as well.

Specific phone numbers can be included under the Call Exceptions heading. You can select that either the kid will only receive the calls from those numbers or you can block the selected numbers. But unfortunately, this feature was not taking any action as well.

This feature didn’t work for us, but maybe it works for you. So you can go for the 3 day free trial with premium features of Qustodio and see if it works or not.

7. Location


The location tracking feature is a boon for parents with school-going kids. Nothing can panic the parents more than the situation when the kids haven’t returned to the home, and the time is more than usual.

But continuously getting updates about the child’s location can be a relief and Qustodio is here to provide you with that relief.

You can check the current location of your kid in the Activity timeline area anytime you feel like it because the only option you’ll find in the Location heading is to turn the location tracking on or off.

But it’s not possible to personally check the location of the kid whenever you feel like it. Qustodio will send you the location every few minutes.

Another thing that I didn’t personally like about Qustodio is that the app doesn’t provide the geofencing feature, which I think is very important to keep the kids safe.

8. Social Monitoring SPY24

Facebook is like food for the students and youngsters; they can’t live without it. But only the parents know what consequences they might have to face if the wrong use of Facebook is done.

This makes it necessary for the parents to keep track of the Facebook activity of the kids personally.

Qustodio offers Facebook tracking to its users under the Social Monitoring heading, but the feature has some big limitations.

You need to know the Facebook credentials of the child and personally accept that Qustodio will track the Facebook activity of the kids like new friends, what they share on their wall, status updates, etc.

Or you have to make your child log into their account and accept that Qustodio will track their activities.

If you think clearly, this doesn’t make any sense because if you actually know the Facebook credentials of the kid they why do you need Qustodio to do that work for you.

It would have been better if Qustodio somehow got access to the Facebook activity of the child’s account even when you’re not aware of the account details.

9. Panic Button


Parents never want their child to ever stick in an emergency or where the kid has to face some trouble.

But life is not always like the petals of the rose, the thorns attached to it also need to be faced.

The parents need to make their kids prepared for any emergency and what they need to do to get out of it.

One such step is turning on the SOS button given by the Qustodio app on the kid’s cellphone device.

For setting the Panic Button, first, you need to Enable Panic Button from your device and Invite Trusted Contacts. You can add yourself to the trusted contacts list, your neighbors, or anyone you trust.

Now they have to accept your invitation as the trusted contact. Once that’s done they’ll be added to the trusted contact list of the kid.

Right after toggling on the Enable Panic Button, an SOS button will appear on the child’s Qustodio app.

Whenever the kid presses that button and sends the generated message, all the trusted contacts will receive a message that the child is in danger and receive the live location of the kid along with the message.

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Features For iOS


Qustodio provides only a limited feature for iOS devices.  You can make use of features like Geolocation, Application rules to set the time limit for apps, and web filtering is also made possible.

The features like tracking Facebook, calls, and SMS are not possible. You won’t be allowed to get access to the YouTube account of the child, and the SOS button cannot be used as well.

Qustodio Pricing


Talking about its price, Qustodio is quite inexpensive as compared to its competitor apps. Qustodio offers 3 different plans, Small, Medium, and Large based on the number of users.

The Small plan costs $4.58/month with connectivity to 5 devices, the Medium plan costs $8.08/month with connectivity to 10 devices, and the Large plan costs $11.50/month with connectivity to 15 devices.

You’ll be happy to know that Qustodio provides a free version as well. The free version doesn’t provide the premium features of the apps like the panic button, location tracking, call monitoring, etc.

Qustodio FAQ’s

1. Is Qustodio free?

Qustodio provides a free as well as paid version. The paid service gives access to some premium features like YouTube monitoring and the panic button.

2. Can Qustodio block YouTube?

Yes, you can block as well as set the timer for the use of YouTube by the kid.

3. Can Qustodio see text messages?

Qustodio app has a feature to see the text messages, but this feature failed our test as it wasn’t working at all.

4. Is Qustodio safe to use?

Yes, Qustodio is absolutely safe to use and works under the legal norms; that’s the reason the app has made its place in the Play Store and App Store.

5. Does Qustodio work in stealth mode?

No, the app icon appears on the screen, and you cannot hide it.

6. Can my child delete Qustodio?

Unfortunately yes. As the app icon clearly appears on the screen, the kids can get rid of the app anytime they feel like it.

Wrapping Up

If your monitoring is particularly focused on kids, in that case, going for Qustodio is a good option.

This review is presented before you after thorough research and testing of the app. So basically you can totally rely on our article.

Even if you have some doubts and want to clear them after personally testing the app, go for the 3 day free trial with all premium features.

If the only thing you want for your child is, monitoring of web search, filtering the search, monitoring of social media, and controlling the time spent on the app, then go for the free version of the app.

  • Pros
  • Device blocking works as it should be
  • The restricted Times feature works properly.
  • Web Filtering feature can block all unhealthy sites successfully.
  • Qustodio is quite inexpensive as compared to its competitors.
  • Cons
  • The screen time of the apps shown by Qustodio is not accurate.
  • The Calls and SMS option didn't work at all in our case.
  • The Questionable activity didn't work as well

Do You Need to Use Qustodio? Is it a good fit for your needs? 

It's extremely difficult to deal with children's excessive Internet usage in today's digital world. If your children are obsessed with social media and can't imagine life without their mobile phones glued to their hands, it can be difficult to say "No." 

That is why parents seek assistance, and it is at this point that parental control applications come in handy. 

Monitoring tools such as SPY24 and Qustodio do not require parents to be technologically savvy in order to be effective. They must, however, pay close attention to the subtleties of the app they choose in order to be successful. 

Some Qustodio reviews, for example, describe the app as "one of the leading parental control apps on the market." The Trustpilot rating, on the other hand, indicates the inverse. Based on more than 95 reviews, the app has a rating of only 2.1 stars. 

Trying to find the best solution for your needs and comparing a variety of options is only natural. Continue reading this article if you want to learn more about the Qustodio application. Alternatively, you can visit SPY24.com to begin a free trial and see SPY24 in action. 

What exactly is Qustodio? 

Qustodio is a parental control app that allows parents to monitor their children's online activities, set screen time limits, and check in on them from a distance. 

The software offers a comprehensive range of monitoring options, including the ability to view text messages, call logs , locations, installed apps, and other activities on a child's phone, among other things. Because Qustodio makes all of a child's online activity visible to a parent from a distance, it has no effect on the trust and relationships that children have within their own families. 

It is a well-known piece of software that has helped to create an ecosystem for parents who want to make parenting easier by utilizing monitoring tools. The Qustodio family portal is one of the largest communities in the niche, and it allows parents to share their experiences with the app with other parents. 

How Much Does Qustodio Set You Back? 

When families are confronted with online dangers such as cyberbullying, online predators, and personal data leaks, Qustodio can provide a solution. The app is not free, but it does provide a variety of plans to meet the needs of families, schools, and businesses. 

Business plans are documents that outline a company's goals and objectives. 

The price of Qustodio for business needs is the same as the price for schools. However, it differs in that it includes features that were specifically designed for effective employee monitoring. These are the ones: 

Android devices with smarter filtering, time management applications that monitor advanced geolocation, and other features.

reporting that is intelligent.

What Should I Do if I Want to Restart Qustodio? 

It is not a problem if you have no prior experience with parental control applications because Qustodio is a simple-to-use piece of software. Make sure to sign up for the app and purchase a subscription before installing it on your children's mobile phones or computers. 

If you want to create a new profile for your child, you can do so by following these steps: 

Open Qustodio, log in to your account and then look for the Family Portal section. 

To get started, navigate to Settings and then to Children's accounts. 

A new profile will be created by selecting "Add a new child." You can repeat the process each time you need to create a new profile for your child's account. 

Access the Qustodio download page on your child's device by typing in the URL. 

Install the application by following the on-screen instructions. 

Start by logging into your Qustodio control panel and selecting the Monitoring option. 

If you want to clear your records and begin new monitoring activities, you must do the following: 

Navigate to the Family Portal. 

Select Settings > Children's accounts from the drop-down menu. 

Remove should be selected for each child. 

Additionally, if you want to delete all devices associated with your account, you must navigate to Family Portal > Settings and Devices > Remove. 

What is the best way to block specific keywords with Qustodio? 

Unfortunately, the Qustodio parental control app does not allow you to restrict access to specific keywords or search requests. On the internet, you can only restrict access to specific domains. 

Take into consideration that when your child accesses YouTube or Google, the content will not be filtered by the application. It only allows for Safe Search to be used. 

What is the procedure for terminating my Qustodio account? 

Please keep in mind that if you choose to close your Qustodio account, all of your devices (phones, smartphones, and computers) will be disconnected from Qustodio. All protection settings, as well as children's profiles, will be deleted as well. 

It is important to note that you cannot delete the app from a remote location and must access the monitored device in order to do so manually. It is possible to find detailed instructions on how to uninstall Qustodio from your gadgets by visiting their Help Center. 

How to Get Rid of Qustodio on an Android Device? 

If your child is technologically savvy, they will be able to easily circumvent the Qustodio software that has been installed on their device. You won't have any problems because YouTube has dozens of instructional videos on how to do it. 

When your child's screen time is up, Qustodio locks the screen of their device when they attempt to do something on it. However, they only have a few seconds before the software prevents them from using the installed apps. As a result, if children are quick, they can still read messages. 

Alternatively, if your children wish to download an app from the Play Store, they can spend some time circumventing the restriction. Despite the fact that the process is tedious and repetitive, children will go to any length to defy the authorities. 

Furthermore, there is an even more straightforward method of overcoming limitations. Children can reboot their Android devices into safe mode in order to circumvent any parental restrictions. 

For the following reasons, SPY24 is the superior alternative to Qustodio: 

Given the fact that Qustodio is an app that is simple to use and even easier to circumvent, parents should consider using more dependable monitoring solutions. They can also use the SPY24 parental control application as an alternative. 

When compared to Qustodio, SPY24 has a number of advantages. The following are the most significant: 

Because SPY24 is a more secure and well-thought-out app, it is more difficult to remove it from a monitored device. SPY24 also includes a keylogging feature that allows you to set restricted words on the monitored device. When your child types those words on their device, the app notifies you; if you decide you no longer want to use SPY24, you can uninstall it from your computer remotely.

In order to test SPY24, you can go to SPY24.com and sign up for a 14-day risk-free trial or download a demo version. 

Daniel Black is a family advisor, a psychologist, and a father of two children. He lives in New York City. He believes that anyone can become a better parent, partner, and self-if they learn more about the interactions that occur within a family environment. Daniel enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking.