Google Debuts Family Link Parental Control Software

Google is launching a new app exclusively for Android devices. Parents will have to install the app on their devices first through which they can setup an account for their kids under 13.

Manage the apps: Family Link allows you to approve or block the apps your kid wants to download from the Google Play Store.

"You can stay in the loop as your kid explores on their Android device". The child's tablet or phone must be running either Marshmallow (6.1) or supported device running Android Nougat (7.0). The App Activity section will give you a summary of the top three apps by usage over the past seven days (you can also set it to a monthly view).

You're required to create a new Google account for your kid through Family Link to set up the app. you can use these credentials to sign in on your kid's phone. From the parent's app, moms and dads can set a number of rules for their kids, including how long kids are allowed to be on their mobile devices every day, which apps can be installed and at what time the devices can no longer be used that day. Maybe your kid is enjoying the phone but the power is in your hands. The app is now US-exclusive and a part of an invite-only program.

Parents can also do additional things like managing the SafeSearch settings, reviewing app permissions, and know their kid's location.

Family Link is a parental control app that lets you keep an eye on your little one's Android device.

Google is expected to hold its Google I/O developer conference on May 17, so we'll have to wait until then for more details and clarity about Android O's features. Moreover, this is where Android users would find applications available at a cost or free of charge.

The Family Link app now limited to the US.

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  • Arturo Norris