What is Google Family Link and how does it work?

If you have kids, you probably care about what they do on their phones. There is nothing wrong with us. You want them to play around, try new things, and dream of becoming Mark Zuckerberg 2.0. At the same time, there are some things kids shouldn’t do on an internet-connected phone or tablet.

Then, what happens if your child asks for an Android phone? You can say no right away, or you can use Family Link, a service from Google that lets you set a lot of different parental controls.

What is Google Family Link?

As part of a family group, Google Family Link lets parents control their children’s devices to a certain level.

It lets you set up and manage a separate Google account for your child. This account is a lot like an adult account, but there are some restrictions on what the account can do from Google. Family Link then lets you control a child’s device from afar, including things like screentime limits, the location of the device, and permissions for apps to be installed.

What parental controls does it offer?

As part of a family group, Google Family Link lets parents control their children’s devices to a certain level.

It lets you set up and manage a separate Google account for your child. This account is a lot like an adult account, but there are some restrictions on what the account can do from Google. Family Link then lets you control a child’s device from afar, including things like screentime limits, the location of the device, and permissions for apps to be installed.

Google Family Link tips and tricks

Time limits: You can choose not to allow some apps to be on your screen at a certain time for a certain amount of time. It could be that Duolingo or a school-related app isn’t on the list. You could allow unlimited texting while limiting social media, YouTube, games, and other apps like Duolingo. Go into the app activity section and click on the timer. You can block, set a limit, always allow or have no limit on how many times you can use the app at a time.

You can easily add extra time to your screen time. The section that shows the time limits for each device is easy to find. When a device has already been locked, you can make it last longer. Then, you might not remember to put it back where it was. You can also turn the thing off.

People don’t know why the location doesn’t work. Family Link lets you know where a device is at all times. People’s phones use up a lot of space. If they don’t have a lot of space, the location will no longer be shown. A phone that doesn’t have any signal, like when it’s in the ground, will just say “location not found.” You should look at how much network data the phone still has. If it’s all gone, you might need to buy a new top-up to get the phone to work again. As long as the child’s device connects to a Wi-Fi network, it will show up on the map again, even if it hasn’t been there before.

Family Link can help you find a lost phone at home. You can use Family Link to play a sound on a phone so you can find it, even if the device isn’t at home.

Take a look at the battery level of a child’s cell phone: If a child’s phone doesn’t have a battery, it won’t show up on the screen. In Family Link, you can see how much battery power your phone has left. You can just go to the device information and look at the last reported battery level. If it’s 0%, that’s why they haven’t been replying to your texts.

In the Google Play store, there have been a lot of bad reviews. Family Link has a bad review on Google Play. Because kids say they can’t use things when they run out of screen time. In a nutshell, the low score is a sign that it’s actually doing what it should be doing.

Diksha Dutt is a coder, blogger, and teacher. Apart from blogging, she is an avid reader and a travel enthusiast. Thanks for stopping by and getting to know her.