Google Family Link

4.3
1.43M reviews
50M+
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Content rating
Everyone
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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 families.google.com/familylink/setup
• 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
Jun 21, 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
4.3
1.43M 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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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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Brett Tayler
May 18, 2022
Whew, it does what it says, but it severely lacks the regular Google quality and attention to detail. If there is an alarm going off after a bedtime there's no way to turn it off without parent access. It's a little absurd. I haven't tried calls or texts but I wish I were able to customize way way more. I can only assume my child can't contact me after the set time, which misses the whole point of them having a phone. Gets him to bed on time now though... Wish it was more like other Google apps.
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What's new

Several stability improvements and bug fixes.