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    Google Family Link

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    Google Family Link's review

    Published: 2017-05-05, by .

    Keep tabs on what your child are doing and when they can use their mobile

    • Solid parental control platform
    • Clean and well-organized UI
    • Multilanguage support
    • Pay to register
    • Only track child's Android device
    • Tedious and curbersome registration

    "Mobile parental controls"


    Looking to make sure your child remains safe while browsing online? Did you also want to keep tabs on what they’re up to? Designed for Android and iOS devices, Google Family Link lets you first create a family group. Then, after creating a unique Google account for your child under 13, you’ll connect your kid’s device to Family Link. After paying $0.30 to verify your account, you’ll have access to what your child is doing on their device. You’ll then tell Google what apps they can and can’t use as well as what times their devices will be locked down.


    After you’re done with the all-too-tedious registration, Google Family Link provides a solid platform for parents to help control their children’s screen time, thanks to a well-organized and clean UI that’s incredibly easy to use, solid functionality, and multilanguage support for international users.


    As stated in the Pros, the registration feels too cumbersome, plus having to pay to create your child’s account is completely wrong, plus, as of writing, you can only keep track of your child’s Android device, not iOS.

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    Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    by Daniel Adrian Sanchez

    May 05, 2017


    The Family Link app from Google helps you stay in the loop as your child (under 13 or applicable age in your country) 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 list of compatible devices at
    • While Family Link helps you manage your child's 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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