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 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 favorite apps. • Manage their apps - Handy notifications let you approve or block apps 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 figure out what 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 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. Important Information • 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. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps. • To see the location of your child or teen’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.
My daughter’s phone locked out and caused other problems. Headache trying to set up again. Still having issues.
I would give it 4 Stars if it had the option to Add Time. Sometimes I use it as a form of reward. If my son cleans his room he can get an extra 30 min etc.
Horrible app, basically made my child’s phone unusable and worthless, how can an app take complete control of a phone without any way of unlocking it without jumping through hoops and sloppy programming/setup
Set up my child and agreed to family link. Now I can set up his email on my phone.
There is no way to manage a preexisting account without an Android device - but that device cannot be a 2 in 1 chromebook - huh? I thought Apple’s family management was poor but it’s far better than this useless app. I tried to contact support, but phone support does not call back, and chat support is laughably bad. The app does not fill an iPad screen so typing was slow and it still felt like a one-sided chat waiting minutes for simple chat responses. I assumed I was dealing with bad automated chat support until the misspellings gave away that I was dealing with a human. I tried to escalate but the “support” rep disconnected the chat. End result no Google play on my kids chromebook - at least the iPads all continue to work as expected!
Hate it way to complicated
This app isn’t really integrated how I imagined great concept needs easier access and a simplistic theme
I tried to create an account to allow my child to have their own YouTube subscriptions as a way of managing content they watch. This is partly necessary because YouTube kids is NOT available on Apple TV or Laptops. Once I created an account, since the account age was under 13 years old I couldn’t use that account to sign into YouTube. I tried to update the birthdate to make it over 13 but it errors out telling me that it is required for a managed account to be under 13. I tried logging into YouTube kids on my phone but it just had me log in with my parent account. So it seems that creating a managed child account is of no benefit for YouTube consumption. I did not find an ‘Unmanage’ action. I only found a ‘Completely Delete’ action, which I didn’t want to do. I even tried whitelisting YouTube.com but I was still unable to access YouTube with the child’s account. I have now updated the birthdate to have the account turn 13 tomorrow hoping for the email that will allow the account to manage itself.
This application stinks; slows things down. Doesn’t connect properly. The kids are frustrated; I’m frustrated and if you uninstall it there’s a promise of more problems 😩. I wish I had NEVER installed this garbage!
Garbage, it doesn’t work. My kids are 8 & 9 and I own the email account being managed. So it doesn’t block anything because it uses my age. Don’t waste your time with this product.