Family Link parental controls

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About this app

Family Link parental controls is the companion app to Family Link for parents. Please only download this app to a device being used by a child or teen.

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 app their 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
Jul 10, 2023

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, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

317K reviews
Teo Teod
September 5, 2023
This sucks. Even if you get bonus time, it takes time even if it's off. It tracks your location ALWAYS, meaning if someone hacked your phone, which you can't protect because if controls, bing bang boom, your in the back of a van. Looking at the lockscreen takes time, emergency call does not work, and downtime causes a full lockdown, you can't even look at notifications. This needs to be deleted.
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A Google user
November 17, 2019
This app does what it is supposed to do. Kind of. The "emergency" option you have when your device has is often very fickle. It randomly shuts on me, many times over, for weeks in row. If you do not let it access your location, or even turn it off, it can still track you. I belive there are also similar problems with other app permissions. Needs some signifigant improvements.
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Braden “Bradmac” McAnally
February 14, 2023
It's Google, which should tell you a lot. The notifications are static, which sucks when you're trying to type something up but you have "15 minutes" to do so. The app notis are inconsistent, saying "five minutes remaining," even though the main usage gets a fifteen minute reminder. The app has progressively gotten worse each update. I remember using this on Android 11 and it actually working well. Yet again, Apple does it better. Oh, and it messes with your alarms.
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What's new

Several stability improvements and bug fixes.