Boomerang provides parents a powerful remote control of their child's iOS and non-iOS devices when installed in Parent Mode (MANAGE FAMILY DEVICES).
Boomerang in Parent Mode
▶ Review and request your kid’s most recent location.
▶ Communicate safely anytime within your family group with our Family Messenger feature.
▶ View your child's web browsing history via our Reports - requires SPIN Safe Browser (free download).
*Only for non-iOS devices*
▶ Control device allocated screen time and scheduled screen time plus set a daily time allowance on individual apps.
▶ Individual app controls: block, encourage or always allow specific apps for good/quality screen time purposes.
▶ Call logs and Texting logs: get informed of inappropriate words being used too.
▶ Review YouTube app viewing history and searches.
When installed in Child Mode (CONTROL THIS DEVICE), Boomerang provides:
▶ Reports of their child’s internet browsing history so long as they are using SPIN Safe Browser
▶ Ability for child to chat with parent and siblings using our Family Messenger
▶ Ability to locate their child and know of last known location
**Note for Parents Looking for Screen Time for their Child’s iOS Device: Boomerang cannot use the Device Management Profile so our screen time and app control approach have been removed. Fortunately for parents, Apple has introduced their own screen time feature as part of iOS 12 - visit your iOS Settings > Screen Time.
NOTES AND TIPS
● Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Boomerang does minimize the use of the GPS when not being used for events such as check-in and setting changes.
● All commands and location updates require an internet connection (Cellular and/or Wi-Fi).
● iPhone 4s is not supported due to its smaller screen.
● Boomerang no longer uses a Device Profile for screen time and app controls on iOS child devices.
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Added clarification on lack of screen time features in our onboarding wizard
Fixed a purchasing bug
Ratings and Reviews
The app doesn't work unless the latest update is done all the time. It also seems to leave YouTube and Netflix running past bedtime. Not working out for us.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the feedback - did you connect with our support team at email@example.com to share your experience? There are some reasons that this could be occurring:
1. Does the device have an active internet connection? (possibly yes if YouTube/Netflix are being streamed but could be offline content).
2. Could the internet connection be lagging at the time bedtime is supposed to occur? Our schedules depend on a good connection as Apple doesn't allow us to locally monitor - everything is done via our servers
Apple Screentime is much better
I find it quite despicable how this company is making the app look so great and when I actually use it on my kids it DOES NOT WORK. The screentime did not work like said. I caught my son watching inappropriate movies at 11pm in his room! Nobody waste your time with this app.
Developer Response ,
Hi - we do not offer Screen Time for iOS devices as per Apple's change in 2018. Sorry if we provided the sense we could. We only offer such controls for Android child devices now. Learn more about our frustrations here: https://medium.com/@use_boomerang/apple-news-sorry-its-not-great-6d180c11819f
Use to work, but not anymore.
Update 2:useless app, don’t waste your money it do not work most of the time. I need to uninstall it and install again to have it work couple day. I have 2 recent ipad, same issue on both.
Update 1: Seem that now it works, deleted the app and setting helped. Will know more in a day or two..
I use bommerang for a year on their beta service for free. Worked 100% of the time. Then it started to work 90% of the time.
The service is now paid and I was not sure if it was reliable enough to paid... But I really need it so a paid. Now it is unusable. 1 ipad works, receive the command. But when sending new command it take age. At least 5 min before the command is receive and acknowledge. Since it use their server to relay the command I guess their server is busy/slow or ??...
Also note that without wifi or internet connection the ipad will not lock scheduled timed. the lock need to come from their server at the scheduled time.
The second ipad works 1 out of 3 days. Completely removed the app and the remote control configuration. re-install.. then worked everything was lock. trying to unlock, no success, Bommerang report the ipad having push notification disabled. but everything is turned on. So useless and can’t fix the issue on that ipad (everything else works perfectly)
Also the the remote control configuration is locked with the ipad passcode when you want to remove it. Dumb, since if your kids are smart, then they can disable the locking in 2 seconds. I saw other app that use a custom code instead.
I wish Bommerang will work.. I will give it another try, but i have not much hope in that software.
Developer Response ,
Hi, thanks for the review and feedback - believe we were in touch via our support team during your challenges.
Please read this important update: https://useboomerang.com/2018/10/24/boomerang-now-daily-app-updates-apple-news-not-great-sorry/
- National Education Technologies Inc
- 46 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 National Education Technologies Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- 1 Device Annual License $19.99
- 1 Family Pack License $39.99
- Family Pack Upgrade License $19.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.