Google Family Link

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About this app

Try the Family Link parental controls app from Google. Whether your children are younger or in their teens, the Family Link app lets you set digital ground rules remotely from your own device to help guide them as they learn, play, and explore online. For children under 13 (or the applicable age of consent in your country), Family Link also lets you create a Google Account for your child that's like your account, with access to most Google services.

With Family Link parental controls, you can:

Guide them to good content

• View their app activity - Not all screen time is the same. Help your child make healthy decisions about what they do on their Android device, with activity reports showing how much time they’re spending on their favorite apps. You can see daily, weekly, or monthly reports.
• Manage their apps - Handy notifications let you approve or block apps your child wants to download from the Google Play Store. You can also manage in-app purchases, and hide specific apps on their device, all remotely from your own device.
• Feed their curiosity - It can be hard to figure out what apps are right for your child, so Family Link shows you teacher-recommended apps on Android that you can add directly to their device.

Keep an eye on screen time

• Set limits - It’s up to you to decide the right amount of screen time for your child. Family Link lets you set time limits and a bedtime for their supervised devices, so you can help them find a good balance.
• Lock their device - Whether it’s time to go play outside, have dinner, or just spend time together, you can remotely lock a supervised device whenever it’s time to take a break.

See where they are

• It’s helpful to be able to find your child when they’re on the go. You can use Family Link to help locate them as long as they’re carrying their Android device.

Important Information

• Family Link’s tools vary depending on your child’s device. See a list of compatible devices at
• While Family Link helps you manage your child's purchases and downloads from Google Play, they will not need approval to install app updates (including updates that expand permissions), apps you have previously approved, or apps that have been shared in Family Library. Parents should regularly review their child’s installed apps and app permissions in Family Link.
• You should carefully review the apps on your child’s supervised device and disable those you don’t want them to use. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps.
• To see the location of your child or teen’s device, it must be powered on, recently active, and connected to the internet.
• Teacher-recommended apps are only available on Android devices in the US to parents of children of certain ages.
• While Family Link provides tools to manage your child’s online experience, it does not make the internet safe. Rather, it is intended to give parents choices about how their kids use the internet, and encourage conversations about internet use.
Updated on
Aug 2, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Financial info and 7 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted
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1.48M reviews
Chilly Billy
June 7, 2022
Good but can be improved. The controls over what gets downloaded work flawlessly, as do the daily timers. The real-time map isn't as accurate as it should be. I've noticed it can change direction in the span of a few seconds, when I know my child is going in just one. One feature I would REALLY appreciate is the ability to block phone calls and texts from unwanted individuals.
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Jessica R.
August 8, 2022
Like the app would like to see a few changes though. Like the ability to choose what to leave open when you lock the phone. Like messages for instance. If there was ever a time my kids phone is locked and they're not able to call they could at least send a text message or take a photo. I usually lock the phone because its easier to close down all the games than go one by one and block them during school or other times they don't need to be playing them.
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Google LLC
August 8, 2022
Thanks for your review, Jessica. Feel free to send us your ideas/suggestions here: Open the app - In the top left, tap Menu - Help & Feedback or Send feedback.
Anna Fram
August 12, 2022
It's OK in some aspects. But I was supposed to be able to have only the numbers I put into his address book be the ones that can be called or recieve a call from,that stopped working after the first few months. Now he can add some games without my code when i have it set up for password only. And the GPS tracker never works it always says it's updating but never changes.
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Google LLC
August 12, 2022
We're sorry to hear that, Anna. You can contact our support team from Google for families Help: Thanks for reaching out.

What's new

Several stability improvements and bug fixes.