Android is the mobile operating system from Google, and it powers smartphones and tablets. To set up Android 11 parental controls, you’ll use a combination of in-device settings and an app called Google Family Link.
How To Set Up Google Family Link
Google Family Link is an app that allows parents to view their child’s smartphone activity, manage the apps they can use and download, set screen time limits, lock their device, and even track their location.
Kids and teens that use Android devices running version 7.0 or higher can use Family Link. Some devices running Android versions 5.0 and 6.0 may be able to run Family Link.
Parents can use Family Link on any Android devices running versions 5 and higher as well as iPhones running iOS 11 and higher.
Family Link also runs on Chromebook. With the Family Link app, you can choose what websites your child can access using Chrome, supervise your child’s app usage, and more. Family Link can be used with Chromebooks running Chrome OS versions 71 or higher.
Here’s how to set up Google Family Link.
Find Your Child’s Device’s Version of Android
To ensure that you’re following the right set of directions, you’ll first want to check the version of Android your device is running. If it’s not current, you may have the option to update. It’s best to update whenever possible to ensure you have access to all the latest features.
- Open Settings.
- Scroll down and select About Phone.
- Scroll down to Android Version. The number under this heading is the version of Android running on your device (i.e. 8.0).
Set a Passcode on Your Child’s Device
Setting a passcode is important. It ensures that if the device is lost, it won’t be usable by anyone who doesn’t know the passcode. Remind your child not to share their passcode with anyone else, and make sure it’s not the same passcode you’ll be using for your parental controls.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Security.
- Tap Screen Lock.
- Choose one of the following options A) Swipe B Pattern c) PIN d) Password.
What’s the difference?
- Swipe: gives no protection, but allows quick access
- Pattern lock: uses a pattern via connecting-the-dots.
- Pin: uses 4-16 digits.
- Password: uses a combination of letters and numbers.