MMGuardian vs T-Mobile FamilyMode – Which Parental Control App Is Best?

Here at MMGuardian, we believe our app is by far the best parental control app available to parents who want to protect their children and have peace of mind. In this review, we will provide you with an honest comparison of the features available between MMGuardian and T-Mobile FamilyMode for Androids and iPhones.


Note: The features available depend on the child’s device. The parent’s device makes no difference.


Message monitoring


Android– MMGuardian allows parents to view all of their child’s SMS text messages, as well as chat messages from popular social media messaging apps such as Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, and more. FamilyMode does not offer message monitoring of any kind.


iPhone– MMGuardian allows parents to view all of their child’s SMS and iMessage text messages, as well as chat messages from popular social media messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. FamilyMode does not offer message monitoring of any kind.




Alerts


Android– MMGuardian provides AI-powered alerts about concerning topics detected in the child’s messages and internet browsing such as contact with predators, cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, inappropriate pictures, and much more. MMGuardian also provides alerts for other activities like downloading apps, adding new contacts, contacts being changed, the device being powered off, etc. FamilyMode does not provide utilize artificial intelligence or provide any alerts.


iPhone– MMGuardian provides AI-powered alerts about concerning topics detected in the child’s messages and internet browsing such as contact with predators, cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts, inappropriate pictures, and much more. FamilyMode does not provide utilize artificial intelligence or provide any alerts.




Anti-tamper


Android– MMGuardian has patented anti-tamper technology to prevent children from bypassing it. The developers frequently release updates to address any new loopholes that are introduced from phone updates. FamilyMode does not have basic removal prevention such as requiring a password to uninstall the app, so parents will have to keep a careful eye out for tampering.


iPhone– Due to Apple’s restrictions, parents will need to use the iPhone’s native Screen Time controls (found in the child’s phone’s Settings) to prevent the child from uninstalling both MMGuardian and FamilyMode.


Web Filter


Android– Both apps allow parents to view their child’s browsing history and block or allow websites based on categories or specific URLs.


iPhone– MMGuardian requires the parent to install the app which will act as a web browser. Parents will need to be sure no other browsers are installed and can disable disable the App Store and Safari on the child’s device to ensure they do not have access to another browser. Both apps also allow parents to view browsing history and to block websites based on categories or specific URLs. MMGuardian also provides the option to block websites based on a large number of categories.




Location


Android– Both apps allow parents to retrieve their child’s location on demand. MMGuardian lets parents view their child’s current and past locations on a map, as well as create schedules during which their child’s location will be retrieved automatically.


iPhone– Both apps provide on demand location retrieval for parents and allow parents to view their child’s location history.


App Blocking


Android– Both apps allow parents to block or allow specific apps and view their child’s app usage statistics. MMGuardian will alert parents to new app downloads and allow parents to view the install/uninstall history of apps. MMGuardian also allows parents to create groups of apps that they can assign daily time limits or block schedules, offering a lot of flexibility. For additional security, MMGuardian provides parents with the ability to set any apps that are downloaded to be blocked automatically so that their child can’t use them until the parent manually unblocks them. FamilyMode utilizes category filtering to allow parents to restrict access to certain categories of apps, and provides the ability to set daily limits and schedules, and also easily award bonus time.


iPhone– MMGuardian allows parents to disable all downloaded apps, either according to a schedule or on demand. You are not able to disable apps individually. You can also set restrictions on apps based on age. FamilyMode utilizes category filtering to allow parents to restrict access to certain categories of apps. It will disable internet access to these apps, but children will still be able to open and use them without internet.




Phone locking


Android– MMGuardian allows parents to lock the phone completely, only allowing the child to contact the admins or emergency contacts. This can be done manually for a set amount of time or according to schedules. FamilyMode does not offer phone locking functions, but parents are able to disable the internet on the phone, restricting communications and app usage.


iPhone– Neither app offers a way to completely lock the phone down due to Apple’s restrictions. FamilyMode lets parents disable the internet on the phone, restricting communications and app usage.


Contact blocking


Android– MMGuardian allows parents to control who their child is able to communicate with. Parents can create a list of contacts to either allow (and all others will be blocked) or block (and all others will be allowed). All texts to and from blocked contacts will be blocked. Blocking calls will depend on the operating system on the child’s device. If it’s Android 9, you’ll need to download the app directly to block calls. For Android 10+ phones, only incoming calls can be blocked. FamilyMode does not offer contact blocking of any kind.


iPhone– Due to Apple’s restrictions, MMGuardian does not offer contact blocking features. FamilyMode does not offer contact blocking of any kind.


Pricing


MMGuardian offers a 14 day free trial for both Android and iPhone, and FamilyMode does not offer a free trial.


MMGuardian



FamilyMode

$10/month for all devices

 

You can also check our MMGuardian vs Bark article to make the best decision about which parental control app is the most suitable for you and your child.

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