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How To Set Up Android 12 Parental Controls

Android is the mobile operating system from Google, and it powers smartphones and tablets. To set up Android 12  parental controls, you’ll primarily use a free app called Google Family Link.

For this update, Google moved more of the parental controls to Google Family Link, including:

  • Screen time
  • App timers
  • Bedtime schedules
  • Data usage restrictions
  • Content restrictions
  • App approvals
  • YouTube settings
  • Websites on Chrome
  • Filters on Google search

Everything you need to manage your child’s phone will be found in the Google Family Link app. 

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.

Here’s 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.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select About Phone.
  3. 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.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Security.
  3. Tap Screen Lock.
  4. 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.

That’s it! You’ve set up Android 12 parental controls.

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