How to Set up Google Family Link Parental Controls on Your Child’s Android Phone

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How to keep your child away from phone addiction and inappropriate content? Is there a free parental control app? Google Family Link app is a good choice for you to set up parental controls on your child’s device. This step-by-step guide will show you how to set up and use the free Google Family Link app.

Device Requirements

To set up Google Family Link, parents can use an Android phone or tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat and higher. And the children will need an Android device running Android 7.0 Nougat or above.

How to Set Up Family Link – Google’s Parental Control App

Google Family Link is an app that allows you to view your child’s smartphone activities, manage the apps they can use and download, set screen time limits, lock their device, and even track their locations. The following steps will show you how to set up Google Family Link for Android devices. Before setting up, create a Google account for your child to use the family link app.

  1. In the “Family Link for parents” app, select the Google Account you wish to associate as the “Parent” account.
  2. Tap Add to add a new account to be managed.
  3. You’ll be asked if your child has a Google Account. Tap “Yes” or “No” and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. After you’ve added your child’s account, you’ll be prompted to find your child’s device.
  5. On your child’s device, open the “Family Link for children & teens” app and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. With your child’s Google account set up and their device(s) linked, it’s time to create screen limits, app restrictions, and activity monitors.

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How to Use Google Family Link Parental Control App

Block Dangerous Apps

Family Link app helps you set up control over a child’s use of dangerous apps. You can block dangerous apps from your kids’ devices and prevent them from accessing inappropriate content.

  1. Open the Family Link for parents app.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the App activity card, tap Manage.
  4. Tap the app to choose Set limit or Block.

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Limit Your Child’s Screen Time on Android

With the Family Link App, you can set time limits to manage the time your child can spend on the screen each day.

    1. Open the Family Link for parents app.
    2. Select your child.
    3. Find the Screen time card.
    4. Tap Daily limit or Bedtime.

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Prevent Access to Inappropriate Content on Android

You can set up parental controls to limit the content that your child can download or purchase from Google Play.

  1. Open the Family Link for parents app.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Find the Settings card.
  4. Tap Manage.
  5. Tap Filters on Google Chrome, then Controls on Google Play.
  6. Choose the setting that’s right for your family:

Chrome:

  • Allow all sites: Your child will be able to visit all sites, except the ones you block.
  • Try to block mature sites: This helps hide sexually explicit and violent sites.
  • Only allow certain sites: Your child will only be able to visit the sites you allow.

Content restrictions:

  • Apps, Games, Movies, and TV: Choose the appropriate maturity level of content you want to allow for download or purchase.
  • Music and Books: Choose whether you want to restrict downloads or purchases of explicit content.

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See Your Child’s App Activity on Android

You can check how much time your child spent using apps on Android devices.

  1. Open the Family Link for parents app.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Find the App activity card.
  4. Tap Manage apps.
  5. After you turn on App Activity, you’ll see your child’s app activity in a few hours.

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Lock or Unlock Your Child’s Device on Android

You can lock or unlock your child’s Android device at any time to restrict their screen time.

  1. Open the Family Link for parents app.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the card of your child’s Android devices, tap Lock now or Unlock.

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Track Your Child’s Locations on Android

With GPS tracking, you can check your child’s location on the map. This way, you can know if your child is in a safe area.

  1. Open the Family Link for parents app.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Find the Location card. Tap Set up.
  4. Tap TURN ON to see your child’s location.

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iKeyMonitor – Ultimate Monitoring App for Parental Control

Like Google Family Link, iKeyMonitor is a parental control app that you can download on your child’s smartphone. Unlike Google Family Link, you only need to download iKeyMonitor on your child’s device if you want to monitor your child’s online activities.

Compared to Google Family Link, it also provides detailed information about your child’s mobile phone usage and allows you to monitor text messages, call history, social media, screenshots, keystrokes, and other Internet activities.

iKeyMonitor helps families manage and protect your child’s entire online world. It monitors more than 30 popular social media platforms to find signs of problems such as cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, online predators, threats of violence, etc. It provides Internet filters and screen time management tools that enable you to set healthy restrictions on the websites and apps. Register now to start a free trial!

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