Google’s Family Link Parental Control is Now Available for All

October 4, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google’s parental controls for Android devices are now accessible for all. After having it introduced earlier this year, Google has kept the feature, called Family Link, available only via invites. But it’s now axing the limit as Family Link is finally available to everyone inside US.

The feature will initially have three basic groups of control at its disposal. That includes managing the apps which you want your kids to use, tracking of screen time of those apps, and setting bedtime for the devices.

Parents can setup this feature when setting up their kids Google account by indicating that they are under the age of 13. Once Google accepts it, Family Link will be automatically installed in the device with a means to download it on the parents’ device as well. Parents can approve or block the apps their kids wants to download from the Google Play Store. In addition to that, they will also be able to track the amount spend by the kids on each apps, with stats provided based on weekly or monthly activities as per the given choice.

Daily limits can also be set to lock the device once the limit is reached. That’s not the only way to control the access. Parents can also set bedtimes to prevent their kids from using their devices during specific times of the day.

With the offering of basic controls and easier interface, Google is making sure that there is no complexity in using the app. The control can be done by installing Family Link on any device running Android 4.4 or up. It can also be controlled from iOS devices with version 9 or above. But it will require the kids’ device to be at least Marshmallow to set each control in action.

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