Installing Bark for Kids on Your Child’s Android Device
Get started with our step-by-step instructions
Bark for Kids is no longer available on the Google Play Store. But no worries! You can download it right from our website. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.
Why can’t I get it from the Play Store?
Google has changed its policies for apps designed to monitor children’s communications via text message. We don’t agree with the decision — it leaves families exposed to the very dangers they hoped our monitoring service would help them to prevent. But it also frees us to develop new features that will make our product better so your kids can be kept as safe as possible online and in real life.
Download & Install the Bark for Kids app
Using your child's phone, navigate to their downloads folder and tap on bark-for-kids.apk (note: you may need to download a file explorer program such as Solid Explorer to access your downloads folder).
After opening or attempting to install the file, a security prompt will likely appear, warning you about installing apps from "unknown sources."
Tap on Settings > toggle on Downloads from Unknown Sources (or something similar that contains "Unknown Sources").
Then hit the back navigation button to continue with the installation.
This is an example of the Unknown Sources option under Android Settings. If you're having trouble finding the setting on your child's device, we recommend searching for "unknown" in your child's Android Settings and looking for Install Unknown Apps.
Open the Bark for Kids app
Look for the Bark for Kids app on the device's home screen or App Drawer with this icon.
Sign in with your parent credentials
From here follow the prompts to continue setting up the app.