Get the most out of the Verizon Smart Family app when you pair your child’s device by installing Smart Family Companion. You will be able to:
• Receive on demand device location & schedule location alerts
• Block apps & websites
• Instantly pause the internet
• and much more
Don't worry if the companion app is removed from your kid's phone, rest assured, you'll be notified.
If you haven't already subscribed to Verizon Smart Family you will need to visit https://vzw.com/smartfamily/ to subscribe before continuing.
SET UP – Easy as 1-2-3
With companion device in hand:
Step 1 Send an invite text from your Verizon Smart Family app to your child’s phone.
Step 2 Open the text and tap the link.
Step 3 Tap the download button and follow the instructions that appear on your child’s phone screen
This will help prevent you from seeing bad content and in case you ever get lost, your parents will be able to locate your device.
Don’t worry! Smart Family does not let your parents read your texts!
Smart Family is there for your digital safety.
Verizon Smart Family controls requests and uses Device Admin Permissions to ensure that the application cannot be removed from the device once set up (application can be removed at any time by parent.) Selecting the option to ""Get Companion App"" which will send a text message to your kid's compatible phone with a link to download this app.
Ratings and Reviews
Don’t be a controlling parent have some trust
I am a 15 year old teenager who is responsible, gets good grades, and rarely gets in trouble. I don’t understand why my guardians can’t just have a little just and not only me with my guardians, anyone really. This app is making you as a guardian CONTROLLING. I just wanted to make that clear. You kid might be young and young kids do dumb things sometimes is something you can’t avoid in life. And yes you can make them a better person but by just taking things away no that doesn’t show them. This if anything will make them just more mad and frustrated at you even though it’s something little and or they spend most of their time on their phone. But overall, as a parent try to be understanding let your child have some freedom like they can control their own lives and let them be happy and teach them how to be a good person and how to be responsible no matter how hard it may be because you are their guardian(s) and you should care so much about them and you should care about who they grow up and turn out to be because just taking things away will never really teach them it will show them to hide things, not be comfortable telling you things, and maybe other things that will turn them away from you and make them a miserable person. Please do not make your kids hate you for think you control their life, it’s theirs for a reason now let them live it but just be their to help them grow.
I agree with all the other negative reviews. Whoever made this up must’ve had an insane amount of trust issues. Not only had it ruined the relationship between me and my parents, but my brothers included. Our whole family fell apart Becuase of this app. Even though parents may have the right intentions, there is no good way to tell ur kids that u will start tracking them, controlling their data, and turning off their phones whenever it’s convenient. When u gave ur kids a phone, u gifted it to them, u may pay the phone bills every month, but ur TRUSTING ur kid to make the right decisions. U no longer should have to control their phone. It shows lack of trust and in result ur kids will begin to think that they can no longer trust u, turn to u, and count on u. Also it’s not really effective. Yes we’re kids/teenagers, but parents underestimate how smart we are. My brothers and I found out how to “hack” the app and went 3 months until our parents found out there was a way to override their control. In result they got rid of the app and just like that our family bond started to build again. If u think controlling ur kids personal phone is worth ruining ur relationship then by all means download this app. If u value and cherish the bond u share with ur kid then don’t even try this.
Don't Cause Unneeded Fights
I'm 16, I have a job, a license, a car, 3 scholarships, and a whole multitude of family problems all because of this app. Long after your parent or the guardian of the account deletes the account, changes the settings and deletes the account this app STILL has complete control. My phone used to shut off at 10:30pm est, so now if I'm on the west coast it shuts off at 7:30pm, it's been deleted for MONTHS. Theres been screaming matches, calling Verizon, and even a NEW phone, and this app STILL CONTROLS EVERYTHING.
Not to mention that it has completely destroyed my social life with REAL LIFE FRIENDS, which has causes depression and worse, on top of that it blocks websites and numbers. It blocked me from calling the National Suicide Hotline and instead sent me to 'Verizon Wireless Phone Line', it's blocked me from calling the non-emergency police line, it's blocked me from even trying to get professional help from Suicide Hotline, CPS, and EMS. My parents are heavily abusive, my mother has even broken my finger, and this is another step closer to having COMPLETE control and distrust for me. If you don't trust your child to have their own life away from you, maybe you're the problem your child pushes away when you try to hug them and not them being 'moody'.
- Verizon Wireless
- 169.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © Verizon 2019
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.