How To Set Up T-Mobile Parental Controls
Parental Control Settings With T-Mobile
- Set the number of allowed “Whenever Minutes.”
- Set the number of text messages the line can send and receive during a billing cycle.
- Set a current allowance if you want to specify an amount of money your child is allowed to spend on any downloads.
- Note: Billing purchases to your T-Mobile account are blocked while Family Allowances is active, though you can still use a credit card or prepaid card for purchases from the Google Play Store or the iPhone App Store
- Schedule the allowed or blocked time when your children are allowed to use their devices during the pre-defined time periods.
- Set time limits.
- Set BedTime.
- Set the Allowed and Not Allowed Numbers. Each line can have a maximum of 10 numbers for each list. 411, 611, and 911 do not count toward that maximum.
- The child’s line can always send and receive calls and messages to and from any Always Allowed numbers, even after allowances are reached, or during blocked times.
- Always Allowed numbers will always allow calls and messages from these specific numbers, regardless of restrictions or allowance limitations. Remember to add the voicemail retrieval number to this list so your child can always check their voicemail.
- Never Allowed numbers will always block calls and messages from any number on that list.
Parental Controls With Family Allowances
- Open your T-Mobile App and log in as either the parent or Primary Account Holder.
- Select Profile.
- Click Family Controls on the left.
- In Family Allowances, which is only an option if you’re subscribed to the service, tap Manage.
- Select the name or the line to view current settings.
- Set or change allowances for the selected line.
- Tap Save on the top right of the page.
Control Screen Time With FamilyMode
To set up FamilyMode
- Open the FamilyMode app. Press Get Started.
- Agree to the User Agreement.
- Choose Set up parent app. Log in with your T-Mobile ID.
- Create profiles for each family member.
Add a new family member
- Tapping the Menu icon in the top left of the home screen in the FamilyMode app.
- Tap Add Profile.
- Enter the family member’s name and add an optional photo.
- Set filter levels.
- High: Works for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Educational and kid-safe experiences are available by default.
- Medium: Designed for teens 13-17. Most options are available. Any platforms, sites, or apps that are 18+ are blocked, and inappropriate categories are filtered and invisible.
- Low: Appropriate for 18+. This provides access to most all platforms, categories, and apps, but explicit and mature content is filtered by default.
- None: This is for profiles you want FamilyMode to ignore. This is also the option to choose if you just want to be able to set BedTimes for the profile. Time limits, filtering, and usage are not available for platforms with this filter level.
To add another parent
- Download the FamilyMode app to the parent’s device.
- Open the app.
- Tap Get Started on the welcome screen.
- Agree to the user agreement.
- Tap Set up Parent app.
- Tap Continue at the T-Mobile Primary Account Holder screen.
- Log in with the T-Mobile Primary Account Holder’s information.
- Tap Menu.
- Tap Add Profile.
- Enter Parent’s name and photo.
- Set the filter settings on the device. Tap Save.
- Enable or disable BedTime. Tap Save.
- Select the other parent’s device to add it to their profile. Tap Done.
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