Now you can control your kid's smartphone activity with Family Link

Yolanda Curtis
March 18, 2017

Family Link won't let you limit usage by app (something that Circle with Disney does); but they do let you set an overall screen time limit per device, per day.

While Android - as well as iOS - already has on-device parental controls, Family Link is a two-party system where an app installed on a parent's device is used to configure settings and permissions on the child's device. In the U.S., the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) restricts the collection of data on children under 13, requiring parental notification and consent. The Remote Service is what allows you to connect and control the device via Bluetooth. Then, download Family Link onto your Android device and create a Google Account for them through the app.

"You can stay in the loop as your kid explores on their Android device".


First, your kid will need a new device that runs Android Nougat (7.0) or higher. Additionally, it is also possible that Android may be working on all of these features for Android O, but might drop them along the way and not have them in the final build of the OS. But at the same time there's the concern that they may spend too much time on the device or will be too easily exposed to inappropriate content. You can also view weekly or monthly activity stats through this app. Parents interested in testing it can request an invitation.

You can also set a particular bedtime in the Family Link app when you want the phone to automatically lock itself. Also, they can assign another family member the same controls for the kids' account.

When choosing an app from the Google Play Store, you can rest assured that they have undergone rigorous security tests before being displayed to the public.


Google has a new addition for your digital parenting toolbox - Family Link.

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