Whether your children are younger or in their teens, the Family Link app lets you set digital ground rules to help guide them as they learn, play and explore online. For children under the age of 13 (or the applicable age of consent in your country), Family Link also lets you create a Google Account for your child that's like your account, with access to most Google services. You can:
Guide them to good content
• View their activity – Not all screen time is the same. Help your child make healthy decisions about what they do on their Android device, with activity reports showing how much time they’re spending on their favourite apps.
• Manage their apps – Handy notifications let you approve or block apps that your child wants to download from the Google Play Store. You can also manage in-app purchases, and hide specific apps on their device.
• Feed their curiosity – It can be hard to work out which apps are right for your child, so Family Link shows you teacher-recommended apps on Android that you can add directly to their device.
Keep an eye on screen time
• Set limits – It’s up to you to decide the right amount of screen time for your child. Family Link lets you set time limits and a bedtime for their supervised devices, so that you can help them find a good balance.
• Lock their device – Whether it’s time to go play outside, have dinner or just spend time together, you can remotely lock a supervised device whenever it’s time to take a break.
See where they are
• It’s helpful to be able to find your child when they’re on the go. You can use Family Link to help locate them as long as they’re carrying their Android devices.
• Family Link’s tools vary depending on your child’s device. See a list of compatible devices at families.google.com/familylink/setup
• While Family Link helps you manage your child's purchases and downloads from Google Play, they will not need approval to install app updates (including updates that expand permissions), apps you have previously approved or apps that have been shared in Family Library. Parents should regularly review their child’s installed apps and app permissions in Family Link.
• You should carefully review the apps on your child’s supervised device and disable those you don’t want them to use. Please note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps.
• To see the location of your child's or teenager's device, it must be powered on, recently active and connected to the Internet.
• Teacher-recommended apps are only available on Android devices in the US to parents of children of certain ages.
Set time limits for individual apps − Not all screen time is created equal, so Family Link enables parents to set time limits for each individual app or game that their children have on their device.
Bonus screen time for the day − Parents love that they can set a daily screen time limit, but sometimes children need just a few more minutes. Now, parents can grant more screen time directly from their own device.
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Best app on my phone
I love this app, controlling my kids internet use from my phone is great, shout the kids no reply ! simply lock the phone and you see them in 30 seconds. Seriously though this app is fab I put in set times for internet use and can also see my child’s location (when device is on) I also have to authorise any downloads gives me peace of mind and works great
Very disappointing waste of time
Multiple Problems - I have the latest version of the app but can’t complete the account creation process. The only thing I’ve succeeded in doing is giving Google my children’s birthdays and my credit card details.
I cannot complete the credit card process. Buttons do not always respond and the app seems to crash in the middle of collecting personal credit card data - which is very worrying!! I have visited the help section but cannot find any way to contact tech support.
The disclaimer says the account I am trying to create for my child will be exactly the same as an adult account - “not designed for children”. What’s the point?
Cannot add an existing account. Why not?
Looking at other reviews, Apparently it doesn’t work on Chromebooks.
The app requires the child’s full birthdate details - why? Surely they just need year and month.
Summary: I think the point of this app is for Google to collect more personalised information in order to target advertising to children.
From a parent’s perspective, when compared to Apple’s brilliant Family features, this Google app is a poorly designed waste of time, developed by a legal and marketing team that has no idea what parents need. I wasted 45 minutes on this rubbish!
Came across this app by accident when I was setting up my child’s first “adult” tablet, and it is the best app for parental controls I have ever used, and what’s better is it’s absolutely free to use and easy to set up. Hands down beats any built in parental controls on the numerous devices I have tried in the past. Only thing I’d like to see in the app is break times...you can set a daily limit, but at weekends when my child has a longer limit an automatic break time would be ideal, rather than me having to lock the tablet from my phone. If that were to happen then it would be 5 stars.
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Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.