Monitor your kid’s computer use with Watchover.
Sit anywhere in your house and see what your kids are doing on their computers from your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Cyber safety is a challenge. Unless you are leaning over your kid’s shoulders it is hard to know what they are doing on their computers.

Just like watching your kids in the park, Watchover lets you keep an eye on them from a distance. Watchover provides screenshots, so you see what they see, and records which programs are being used, when and for how long.

So while the children are in their bedrooms, you can connect from your iPhone, iPod or iPad and view what they’ve been doing for the last few days – or see what is on their screens right now.

“ Gotta love it!  - The makers of VLC Streamer hit another home run for anyone with a teenager....I love this app and can keep an eye on my son now without having to constantly run to my laptop. Great job guys!”
- US Reviewer

“ I have a technologically advanced 13 year old boy (are there any other kind today?), and I've been looking hard for an unobtrusive, non-invasive way of keeping an eye on his internet browsing. We've tried various other approaches... Some of them got quite loud! Watchover provides concerned and caring parents with a way to discretely monitor their children’s online experience and the time they spend on their computers without overtly invading their space. Everybody wins. I will, sincerely, be recommending this app to every parent I know. Thanks, Lyn.”
-Australian Reviewer

• Features include •

— Free helper app monitors all your Windows or Apple computers
— Stores screenshots every minute
— Keeps a two week history
— Shows which applications have been in use, when and for how long
— Statistics show easily which applications have been used the most
— The Watchover Owl is always visible in the menu or system tray to let your child know that you're watching over them
— Supports Windows, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Window 8
— Supports Mac OS 10.5 intel and above

• Frequently Asked Questions •

Q: Does Watchover block any sites, emails or people?
A: No. Watchover is just a monitoring app, it won’t stop your kids going anywhere or stop anyone contacting them or them contacting people. All is does is monitor what is going on on the computer.

Q: Will my kids know Watchover is installed?
A: Yes. Hobbyist philosophy is to encourage appropriate computer use and safety through responsibility. The Watchover Owl appears in the screen tray to let your kids know you are looking out for them. The idea of Watchover is to give them some freedom to use the computer responsibly and appropriately, with the security of knowing you are there to help and keep them safe. The idea is to encourage them to keep themselves safe through educating them about computers and the internet – Watchover is there as a reminder and to let you check up on them, it will not to stop them doing anything.

Q: What will Watchover show me?
A: See the screenshots below for examples. Watchover will tell you what applications are running and for how long. You can review computer use for a whole day on one screen. You can also see the previous 14 days use.

• System Requirements •

- Supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
- Supports Mac OS 10.7 Intel and above
- Connects to computers using your home wifi network

• Response to feedback •

-If you do have any problems with Watchover then please just check the help instructions in the app. Feel free to drop me an email (my personal mail is in the app) if you need help.

What’s New

Version 2.01

Updated to keep things splendid :)

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Trebuchets ,

Limited Usability

In a limited way this app basically does what it says, but the description is too brief and unclear. It will show you stats on computer use as indicated, but only when the computer being monitored is running and the user is logged into their account. You can’t view that information when the computer is off or the user logged out. That just doesn’t work for me. In the words of the developer, “The app saves the data under the user account, and accesses it when that user is running.” None of the data is transferred to the app itself, not even basic time use. As far as I’ve been able to tell, It also does not allow you to toggle features on and off. For instance, I don’t want screenshots enabled. I don’t want to see my teenager's diary entries and I don’t want them thinking I’m doing so. Some things are private (unless there is just cause for a child’s safety to see that data). As it stands, I can’t recommend this app and I won’t be using it. Fortunately, I only wasted $2.99. Unfortunately, I wasted too many hours of my time with it.

Dougplanner ,

Desktop monitoring software outdated. Does not install.

I tried to install the monitoring software that goes on my kid’s computer that is running Catalina and it would not install because the software needs to be updated.

Prime* ,

Rubbish: My kid deleted it in < 24 hours

Complete waste of money. I monitored the computer for less than a day before my son deleted the program. Thanks for nothing hobbyistsoftware.

Developer Response ,

Hi, there are two things you can do here:
1) You can set your kid up with a limited account on windows where they are not allowed to uninstall apps.
2) You can ban them from the computer if they uninstall watchover.
I'm afraid no app will help you if you let them simply ignore your authority.
Watchover isn't spyware, it is a normal app - it is based on the idea that your kids know you are monitoring them, And that that is part of your parenting style/agreement.

App Privacy

The developer, Hobbyist Software Limited, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

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Hobbyist Software Limited
13.5 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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