Setup parental controls on an android device

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As with any device, it’s important that you set-up a new Android smartphone or tablet properly before sharing it with a child. This ensures not only that the device will work for them and have their favourite content, but also that the appropriate limits and restrictions are in place. This page provides an overview of this process, for more detailed instructions visit Android.

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lightning icon1. Setup device with user and passwords

Add users and strong passwords for your device.

lightning icon2. Configure screen time and age limits

Set up screen time and age limits on your device.

lightning icon3. Configure spending passwords

Set up spending limits and PIN protection.

Step by step guide

1. Setup device with user and passwords

This ensures you can access your apps, messages, family content and game saves. It’s worth noting that, unlike consoles, smartphones and tablets are designed for use by a single person so additional care should be taken with the device and your password once it has been set up:

  1. Log On to Wifi and update system as required.
  2. Add User Account via your Google Email.
  3. Restore from a backup or start as a new device.
  4. Ensure you specify a PIN Code
Setting up Android for your child - Flow Diagram

2. Configure screen time, age limits, spending and passwords

Once you have your phone or tablet set up and online you can download the Family Link app on your device. This enables you to set up how your children access their devices from a central control panel.

Work through the settings for each of the accounts in your family to set the following:

  1. Age Limits for games based on PEGI ratings.
  2. Limits for specific apps.
  3. Communication limits.
  4. Screen time limits for specific apps and scheduled use periods.
  5. Ensure you have a password on your parent account to control purchases.
Setting up Android for your child - Flow Diagram

3. Configure spending passwords

If you add credit card information to an account the device has access to you can use the Family Link app on your device to control purchases.

You should also ensure that the notification settings on your account are for email addresses you check regularly. This ensures you can stay up to date with purchases.

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