Manage the apps that your child can use through Google Family app @ Google (playstore)
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Manage the apps that your child can use through Google Family app @ Google (playstore)

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Found 28th Jul
Great idea this.

As your child begins using their first Android* device, the Family Link app from Google can help you set certain digital ground rules. You can create a Google Account for your child that's much like your own, and do things like manage apps, keep an eye on screen time and lock your child's device remotely.

Manage the apps that your child can use
Receive a notification on your device that lets you approve or block the apps your child wants to download from the Google Play Store.

Keep an eye on screen time
Set screen-time limits, a device bedtime, and check how often your child uses their favourite apps.†

Lock your child’s device remotely
Lock your child’s device or hide specific apps whenever it’s time to play, study or sleep

Find a compatible device
Once you have a compatible device for your child under 13, you can create a Google Account for them that’s managed with Family Link.

For children
Children can run Family Link on Android devices running version 7.0 (Nougat) and higher. Devices running Android versions 5.0 and 6.0 (Lollipop and Marshmallow) may also be able to run Family Link. To find out more, visit our Help Centre.
For parents
Parents can run Family Link on Android devices running versions 4.4 (Kit Kat) and higher, and iPhones running iOS9 and higher.
Check which version of Android you're running
1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.

2. Scroll to the bottom.

3. Tap 'About phone' or 'About tablet' to see your version number.

Ready? Get the app.
Download Family Link to your device so that you can stay in the loop as your child explores.

Get it on Google Play
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dsample11 m ago

We use this, and it's great for sharing purchases between family members …We use this, and it's great for sharing purchases between family members too, but it certainly isn't a deal, and it's not new.


Well it's new to me, had never heard of it, hence why it's a deal to me, but I appreciate each and every (negative) comment.
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We use this, and it's great for sharing purchases between family members too, but it certainly isn't a deal, and it's not new.
dsample11 m ago

We use this, and it's great for sharing purchases between family members …We use this, and it's great for sharing purchases between family members too, but it certainly isn't a deal, and it's not new.


Well it's new to me, had never heard of it, hence why it's a deal to me, but I appreciate each and every (negative) comment.
Damn did not know about this. Had to make my.then 7 year old son 13 to get him Mine craft for xmas a year or so ago. Seems hard to change his existing birth date back down on gmail as needs to be at least 18 from what I read!
Mrswitch58 m ago

Well it's new to me, had never heard of it, hence why it's a deal to me, …Well it's new to me, had never heard of it, hence why it's a deal to me, but I appreciate each and every (negative) comment.


I think this is new; I've been looking into this for a while and am sure was only available in US
I was interested in this, but your can't use an existing email. You must create a new one which is a little disappointing.
IdontlikecricketILoveit1 m ago

I think this is new; I've been looking into this for a while and am sure …I think this is new; I've been looking into this for a while and am sure was only available in US


Me too, I'm sure this was just launched in this region, maybe the guy above is getting his facts wrong.
I tried to use this, and set up a new email etc for my 9 yr old. It is a great idea but the majot omission was that it is impossible for him to add his own music to Google Play music. We had his own CD's (remember the?!) on our laptop, and then uploaded to google play music.
But as he can only log in to his google family email account on his tablet, not on a laptop, it is impossible to upload his own cd music to his new google email music app.

Hope i explained that ok!
Didn't know about this. Cheers Op
Thank you.
>Android 7.0 and higher only
This has been available for almost a year now. It's a pity that it requires Android 7.0 on kids device as that's restrictive. Also very difficult if not impossible to set up a kid's account with existing email address. Might be easier to start afresh with new email.
Can't add existing accounts, no YouTube, for me it's a no. Other than that, a great idea
Can't the kids just use a different email and get around any restrictions?
Sc00byDoo1 h, 22 m ago

I tried to use this, and set up a new email etc for my 9 yr old. It is a …I tried to use this, and set up a new email etc for my 9 yr old. It is a great idea but the majot omission was that it is impossible for him to add his own music to Google Play music. We had his own CD's (remember the?!) on our laptop, and then uploaded to google play music.But as he can only log in to his google family email account on his tablet, not on a laptop, it is impossible to upload his own cd music to his new google email music app.Hope i explained that ok!


Have you tried copying the ripped cd files to the phone ?
Is there an ios equivalent?
chrismad4rit6 m ago

Is there an ios equivalent?


Not sure, most likely there is, but I've never owned an iPhone, so wouldn't know where to start with the app store.
Laura.Palmer3 h, 23 m ago

Have you tried copying the ripped cd files to the phone ?


Cant remember what all I tried but ended up doing factory reset and just using kids mode restrictions with my own google account.
Contacted google customer services and other forums ar the time but noone could ger round it.
You mean if I had connected tablet to laptop via usb and moved tunes across? From memory you must use music manager on chrome on pc/laptop to upload music to play - cant just move files across.
Can't use existing accounts? What a ridiculous oversight as I'm sure 99% of the time when parents set up an account they will not encounter this app. 👎
Sc00byDoo2 h, 54 m ago

Cant remember what all I tried but ended up doing factory reset and just …Cant remember what all I tried but ended up doing factory reset and just using kids mode restrictions with my own google account.Contacted google customer services and other forums ar the time but noone could ger round it. You mean if I had connected tablet to laptop via usb and moved tunes across? From memory you must use music manager on chrome on pc/laptop to upload music to play - cant just move files across.


In my case I either connect the phone to my server, login to it, and then copy a folder to the SD card of the phone. Failing that I can remove the SD card and put it in the PC and copy the files over that way. Google play music then recognises the files on the phone and adds them to the library- i usually switch it off at night and the next morning they are there in play music.
For those who want similar functionality on older devices, I recommend Dinner Time plus, paid but worth it.
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