Google Family Link

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In short

Google Family Link is a free app for Android created by Google LLC. It can be recommended to kids. And this is a perfect way to keep tabs.


Thus app is great to monitor my kids

Terrific controls for monitoring and managing our kids screen time

Fantastic and essential app for managing your family devices

Great for keeping tabs and watching out for my kids

Very useful for kids especially with all the explicit content online

Simple to use and good controls for keeping children safe and happy

I love being able to control what my children can download

This is a great app for managing a child's account

Excellent for controlling apps and seeing usage

REALLY helpful in setting boundaries for children's phone

And they send me unhelpful response mail on where to go for help

30 charges later and still unable to use child accounts

Does not allow google searches

There is no ability to convert an existing account to a kids account

Help page broken and unable to submit an email help request

It is impossible to use Hangouts

Why force us to create new ones

Unable to convert existing accounts to child accounts

Thus not allowing me to communicate with my child

Wouldn't trust my 10 year old with a smart phone without this app


The Family Link app from Google helps you stay in the loop as your child (under 13) uses their Android device. Family Link lets you create a Google Account for your child that’s like your account, with access to most Google services, while also helping you set certain digital ground rules. • Manage the apps your child can use - Approve or block the apps your child wants to download from the Google Play store. • Keep an eye on screen time - See how much time your child spends on their favorite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits. • Set device bedtime - Remotely lock devices when it’s time for bed, or time to take a break. Important Information • Family Link requires an Android device for your child. See a list of compatible devices at • While Family Link helps you manage your childs purchases and downloads, 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 device and disable those you don’t want them to use. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps. • Some app activity, such as for music players and messaging apps that run in the background, will not be fully tracked with weekly or monthly activity reports.

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