Google is launching a new app exclusively for Android devices. Called Family Link, this new application provides a two-party system for setting up and controlling your kids’ first Google account.
Unlike the current parental controlling offered by Google, Family Link is separate and works like a third-party system for controlling your kids’ activities on an Android device. Parents will have to install the app on their devices first through which they can setup an account for their kids under 13. Once done, these credentials can be used to login through the app installed in another device.
Family Link offers all the basic-parental control features including ability to track the app usage of kids, remotely lock the device once the allotted usage time exceeds, set bed time etc. Parents can check all the apps used by the kid through the weekly and monthly tracking reports, and also block or limit particular app usage based on time using the app on their device.
Installation of new apps will require an additional permission granted from the parent device. Besides, parents will also be able to add additional filtering options for many of the Google apps including Google Search and Chrome browser to protect their kids from inappropriate contents.
Family Link app can be installed on any device running Android 4.4 or above to control the external device, which however should be running Android 7.0. There are also a few Android Marshmallow devices that are compatible with the app.
The app is currently available as early preview for testers. We can soon expect the app to hit the Android markets. It will also be no surprise if Google decides to push the app as a selling point for future Android devices.