+Excellent web filters
+Near parity between Android, iOS versions
-No call/text monitoring
-A bit expensive
Zift/Net Nanny, which we consider to be the best parental control app, has excellent web-filtering technology and a modern, intuitive design.
Among all the parental-control apps we tried, it comes closest to having feature parity between its iOS and Android versions. Its iOS abilities don’t seem to have been affected by recent Apple policy changes.
Net Nanny can track your child’s location, display their location history, and set time allowances and schedules equally well on both platforms. The iOS version lets you block several dozen apps on your kid’s phone; the Android one lets you block them all. (Tom’s Guide readers save $10 off each of Net Nanny’s plans.)
Net Nanny recently added content screening that works within social media apps and services, including Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, instead of blocking or allowing them entirely.
The only thing Net Nanny can’t do on a smartphone is monitor calls or texts. No apps we tested can do that on iOS, but several do on Android.