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
Sep 29, 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
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
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
Independent security review
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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.
E *
September 6, 2022
Have been using it almost 4 months now. It worked great the first 3 months. Super simple to set up and understand but for the past 2 weeks out of nowhere it doesn't work well at all. It shows I locked the phone but my child's phone is not actually locked or it will lock and unlock 3 times in a row all by itself. I have time limits set for apps and if I try to change the limit nothing happens or it says times up when it is not. Only thing that actually works properly is the bedtime limit.
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Google LLC
September 6, 2022
Hi there. That's unexpected. Please report your issue from the Family Link app by clicking on "Help & Feedback", "Send Feedback" and we'll investigate. Thank you!
James Flood
May 12, 2022
When it works, it's great. When it doesn't, it's a nightmare. Been literally dealing with support for months because my daughter cannot log into her account. I've worked with at least 8 different reps. They always punt, send me to someone else, and require me to do the EXACT SAME troubleshooting and send videos of me doing it. I've wasted far too much time with this but have no feasible options. EDIT: it's working now so I'll upgrade the review.
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What's new

Several stability improvements and bug fixes.