Android is the mobile operating system from Google, and it powers smartphones and tablets. Though there isn’t a specific set of parental controls you can use, there are some things you can do to protect your child while they are using are the device.
These instructions apply to Android Pie, which is version 9.0. This is the latest version of Android, released in August 2018.
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.
Family Link does not block inappropriate content, but some apps have their own filtering options. Google apps, such as Search and Chrome, have filtering options that you can find in Family Link. For parents of teens 13 and older, Restricted Mode on YouTube is an optional setting that can be used to help filter out mature content. However, Google notes that these filters are not perfect, so explicit, graphic, or other content you may not want your child to see makes it through sometimes.
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 4.4 and higher as well as iPhones running iOS9 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.
Click here to learn how to set up Google Family Link.
Find Your 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.
- From the home screen, press the Settings button.
- 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 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 Lock Screen And Security.
- Tap Screen Lock Type.
- Tap Set Up a Passcode.
- Tap one of the following options A) Pattern B) PIN C) Password.
What’s the difference?
- Pattern lock uses a pattern via connecting-the-dots.
- Pin uses 4-16 digits.
- Password uses a combination of letters and numbers.