Boomerang Parental Control

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About this app

Boomerang Parental Control is designed to help parents start conversations about tech use with their kids. Use our daily emailed report as a nudge to review app usage and ask what was so interesting on social media that over 2 hours were spent on it yesterday.

Take the battle out of screen time with Boomerang Parental Control’s leading features for child Android devices.

Monitor and Control Screen Time

Flexible Screen Time: Keep tabs on device usage, app usage, encouraging your child’s digital wellbeing - set daily device time limits and schedules. Review their usage with our detailed per app reporting.

Screen Time Schedules: Set device downtime at bedtime - Put an end to games, social media and other distractions when kids should be charging up their batteries (oh and charge the devices outside of their room too).

Per App Daily Limits: Once you have a device limit, continue to optimize your child's screen time by setting individual daily limits on individual apps that may be used too much inside the daily allocation (examples like social media apps or streaming apps).

Guide and Teach Good Screen Time

Safe Browsing: Monitor your child's web history with our free fully featured safe browser, SPIN, with enforced Google SafeSearch and millions of bad websites blocked (like pornography, nudity, drugs and gambling). Boomerang's app blocker technology blocks all known web browsers so your child will always have a safe browsing experience via SPIN.

App Control: Per app daily timer, control and monitor the apps your kids install and use - approve or block newly installed from the Play Store and other sources. Start conversations about your child’s interest in certain apps and how they heard about them. Get notified if a “Vault App” was installed before it becomes a problem.

Monitor the YouTube App History: Boomerang will grab the YouTube app viewing and search history. Review your child’s YouTube usage on your parent device with Parent Mode.

Tip: Enable Restricted Mode in the YouTube app, then block access to this setting by reading our how-to here:

Educate by Encouraging Good Apps: Encourage good apps and great screen time experiences with our Encouraged Apps feature. Set learning, language, math, health and other important apps without any time limits. These apps will always be allowed and be accessible beyond all screen time limits.

Important Notes for Child Mode
This app uses the Device Administrator permission
This app uses AccessibilityService API to perform key functions such as screen time and app controls.
Samsung Knox: Used to enhance the security of Samsung devices
Notification Access: Needed to mute notifications when time's up
Supports Android 5.x and higher

Visit our Knowledge Base for frequently asked questions:
Contact our Support Team:
Updated on
Feb 12, 2024

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
Location, Personal info and 4 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

2.13K reviews
Brandy Thompson
November 9, 2023
I have used this app for the last year. It is not fantastic, but for the price (or any price) it appears to be the best I'm going to get. There are for sure glitches - disconnecting phone calls even if they are contacts/always allowed/and within an allowed time frame, doesn't pick up everything (not even close) in the text or call log, and sometimes makes the monitored phone glitch a bit. Pros are the app timers seem to work accurately and are easy to monitor/adjust and phone timer work well.
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Michael Jablonsky
June 4, 2022
This app is terribly unoptimized and bogs down my phone. It constantly is using up all of my ram and is a pain when trying to do even simple tasks and bettery is horrendous now. After the set time is up, it also doesn't allow you to use basic functions like the quick menu. It also randomly doesn't allow you to access certain areas of apps, such as looking at premium plans for Spotify. All of these are also not allowed to be changed by the parent and the app decides whether it allows them or not.
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A Google user
November 4, 2018
The location aspect of this app doesn't work consistently. It will tell me it "can't deliver [my] command to the target device". The target device is on and location services are on, but it won't work. Also, I want to be able to communicate with my child even when they are timed out. Exception numbers should be permissable. Very disappointing.
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National Education Technologies Inc.
November 9, 2018
Hi Kris! We have a beta that addresses this issue that exists on some device types. Contact us at: and we'll get it into your hands ASAP!

What's new

Fixed a bug affecting our new app install notifications for child mode devices on Android 14. And with that this is also version 14 of Boomerang!! Thanks for your support.