Google Family Link

Google Family Link

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 2.4.24212
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Google LLC
  • Compatibility: Android
  • Links: Google Play Store
160,979 Ratings
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Google Family Link App

Google Family Link is a parental controls app that helps you keep your family safer online. We know that every family’s relationship with technology is unique, so we designed tools like Family Link that give you the flexibility to choose the right balance for your family, and help them create healthy digital habits. Family Link’s easy to use tools allow you to understand how your child is spending time on their device, see their device location, manage privacy settings, and more. With Family Link, you can: Establish Digital Ground Rules • Set screen time limits — Family Link lets you set downtime for your child’s device and time limits for apps, so you can help them find a healthy balance. • Guide them to age-appropriate content — Approve or block apps your child wants to download. Family Link also allows you to choose the right YouTube experience for your child: a supervised experience on YouTube, or YouTube Kids. Manage and secure your child’s account • Protect their privacy — Permissions management in Family Link allow you to make meaningful choices about your child’s data. View and manage permissions for websites and extensions accessed through Chrome as well as apps downloaded on your child’s device. • Secure their account — Family Link gives you access to manage your child's account and data settings. As a parent, you can help change or reset your child’s password if they forget it, edit their personal information or even delete their account if you feel necessary. Stay connected on the go • See where they are — It’s helpful to be able to find your family when they’re on the go. With Family Link, you can locate your children on one map, as long as they’re carrying their device. • Get notifications and alerts — Family Link delivers critical notifications including when your child arrives or leaves a certain location. You can also ring devices and view the device’s remaining battery life. Important Information • Family Link’s tools vary depending on your child’s device. See a list of compatible devices at • While Family Link helps you manage your child's purchases and downloads from Google Play, they will not need approval to install app updates (including updates that expand permissions), apps you have previously approved, or apps that have been shared in Family Library. In addition, purchase approvals will apply only when your child makes a purchase through Google Play’s billing system and will not apply to purchases made through alternate billing systems. Parents should regularly review their child’s installed apps and app permissions in Family Link. • You should carefully review the apps on your child’s supervised device and disable those you don’t want them to use. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps such as Play, Google, etc. • To see the location of your child or teen’s device, the device must be powered on, recently active, and connected to the internet through data or wifi. • Family Link parental controls are only available for supervised Google accounts. With supervised Google Accounts, children get access to Google products like Search, Chrome, and Gmail, and parents can set up basic digital ground rules to supervise them. • While Family Link provides tools to manage your child’s online experience and keep them safer online, it does not make the internet safe. Family Link can not determine the content on the internet, but it can give parents the opportunity to make decisions about how their child spends time on their device, and determine what path to online safety looks best for your family.

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Google Family Link app reviews

  • Can’t use your own account on your own devices 1/5

    By Calico_mom
    We didn’t want this at all, but we had to install it to not lose my child’s account since they’re 12. Now, I can’t access my own Google accounts on devices that I own because Google won’t allow you to switch to another account on devices that are considered “your child’s”. Give me a break! My child doesn’t own these, I do. And I want to sign in to my own account whenever I would like. This is buggy and awful!!! Do not use if you can avoid it
  • Love it for my 4 year old 5/5

    By @mrsmichellegomez
    I like that I can control my daughters tablet from anywhere. You can set limits on YouTube, any apps and the actual tablet itself. I think it’s very convenient for parents with little ones who want to make sure that they can control what their kid sees and watches and it’s very important to have something like this to help limit the craziness of what’s being shown out there and to set boundaries.
  • Horrible! Do not use!! 1/5

    By Lolgirlsjk
    Does not work. Logged us out of our Chromebook’s and will not work. Sat on the phone with some man we could not understand for 4 hours. Leaves the chromebook useless. Horrible horrible horrible
  • They broke it! 1/5

    By danoinct
    I can no longer generate a parent access code from the menu, which prevents me from unlocking my daughter's tablet when it's offline. Nice QA testing you got there, Google.
  • The worst app ever 1/5

    By I hate the app I hate it
    This is the worst app ever I am not able to do my home work because my computer is locked I hate this app this is so stupid
  • … 1/5

    By FishtailClaw
    It doesn’t allow app approvals from the app itself
  • Was working okay-ish then…stopped. 1/5

    By CharmCityCoder
    This was a decent tool to control my kid’s Galaxy Tab. Now it’s ignoring limits and keeps saying they have three minutes left when they should have zero, like it’s not counting down.
  • Great redesign, still some issues 3/5

    By tx FF ghhdvjyv
    The new redesign is very easy to navigate, however, I'm having an issue where my child will request an in app purchase. I get no notification and I have to go to the play store website in the browser. When I view purchase history, it shows the request as immediately cancelled.
  • What happened 1/5

    By KaraLaShaee
    What is wrong with this app lately! Doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do 75% of the time! Doesn’t unlock when I add bonus time. Doesn’t turn off when you disable weekly schedule! Like super frustrating.
  • Protection from predators outside the home 3/5

    By Mi kell
    I mostly need to make sure I have access to my son when he’s not in my presence and this app does not help with that!! It can tell me my kid has left home but also inform me that he’s at school but AT THE SAME TIME!!! Like LITERALLY!! How does that help me.. if my kid leaves the house at 7:35am , how is it that he’s at school at 7:35am??? Please work on this!! I leave too many reviews on google to help the general population!!
  • Great app, but suggestion for developers 5/5

    By CatDad25
    Family Link is a great app for supervising a minor’s phone and it performs exactly as I expected. I do, however, have a suggestion for the developers. Please consider adding a feature that will effectively turn a supervised smart phone into a ‘dumb’ phone. Basically, it would be great if there were a switch that would only allow a phone to talk and text; no internet, apps, music, etc. Thank you for considering this.
  • Unusable 1/5

    By Kaha1981
    Can’t set it up on my apple device. Very user unfriendly. Seems that you have to have android device to make it work. Let’s end this piss match and make it work across all devices.
  • Flawed 2/5

    By mckleprechaun
    This app allows downloads without permissions met - it allows use of applications beyond the set limits- it takes a long time to update sometimes, even if regularly refreshed. And it’s skewed to favor google.
  • Horrible 1/5

    By mtnbnd
    Will not work between an iPhone and an android device. App will not give the option to connect the account. Goes through all the steps, click done and nothing happens. Just keeps saying to set up the child’s account which has already been done
  • Отзыв 1/5

    By Insolitus9009
    Дайте детям спокойно жить!
  • Too many bugs 3/5

    By jerseygirl42mom
    I think this app is a great idea but you really need to fix the bugs in the app. Half the time when I lock my child’s phone from the app the phone doesn’t actually lock which is very annoying. I’ve literally held my child’s phone in my hand pressed the lock function in the app and my child’s phone doesn’t lock and it take several attempts before it does lock. And right now I’m trying to lock the phone and I opened the app and keep getting message something went wrong please try again for 15 min now
  • Location Doesn’t Work Properly 1/5

    By Necee17
    I have this app on my 10 year old autistic daughters phone. (Judge All You Want) The app keeps notifying me that she has left the school even though I talked to her teacher who said she was in class and the phone was powered down. Not ok. Do better
  • Жопа вам 1/5

    By АбЁмЭ
    Вы ужасный родительский контроль
  • Gives control to the child at AGE 13 1/5

    By MarkH443
    I've used Family Link for the past 2-3 years for my (as of today) 13 year old stepson, who is special needs. It's been somewhat (50% effective). We monitor his screen time, content and ensure that there's no access beyond the time parameters we set in the app. Many times, if I changed a setting (like giving extra screentime) it wouldn't reflect on his phone or Chromebook until he restarted it, sometimes up to 3 times. To my surprise today, I get an email from Google saying that he's going to receive an email giving HIM a choice to take charge, or to continue with me managing his account. Within 5 minutes I received another email where he opted to take control of his account. I got a bad feeling... So he's with his mom celebrating his birthday. They're about 3 hours away from home and I can't fix it. Needless to say, I don't recommend Family Link. It didn't block much on YouTube, because I still heard cussing when those videos were supposed to be automatically blocked. The kicker is that as soon as he took control of his account he started looking up adult material unrestricted within minutes. I guess that's okay with Google. It's not okay with me. Apparently Google thinks that all 13 year olds have the same brain, with the mental aptitude of a responsible adult.
  • Just not a Healthy Concept in my Opinion 1/5

    By DontStopBelieving!
    In my opinion, I think it sets a dangerous precedent for a bad child-parent relationship.
  • Не скачивайте 1/5

    By vika5678morozova
    Приложение ужасно, лагает, куча рекламы, некачественное.
  • Do NOT install this app on your child’s device 1/5

    By Ohsung Kwon
    because once the app is installed, your child’s device will become UNREMOVABLE from the app FOREVER! The app TAKES AWAY the parents control, NOT giving the control to the parents.
  • Я вас неновижу I hate you 1/5

    By вы сломали мне жизнь
    Вы не представляйте как вы сломали мне жизнь 😭😖
  • Sharon 5/5

    By hazle candy
    I tried to unpuose my kids phone but I couldn’t and I can’t find anything
  • Zero! 1/5

    By Ann Abbott02
    I downloaded this to keep track of my grandson. I made an email for him and added him to family link. After about a month, Google sent a message that they were going to delete his account unless I did something. I repeatedly 20 to 25 times at least did everything they said to keep the account. Google deleted it anyway. Now, I I keep getting messages on my phone that my time limit is up. Family link has been deleted. How do I get it to stop? When it was working with my grandson it was still a pain in the butt.
  • From Sofia 1/5

    By Sofiia pav2012
    I hate this app🤮😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡🤬🤬😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬😡😡😡😡😡😭😭😭😭😭
  • Just don’t download the app 1/5

    By Ramoncin87
    If you want to download this app, understand that your kid is probably going to hate you for that. Like if you don’t trust the kid with their electronic then why did you buy them one? Have trust in your kids if you want them to trust you. For example, don’t watch their every move. You expect your kids to trust you, but you can’t return the favor? If your afraid for your child being on the internet have talks with them or something, but don’t stalk them. Like this is common sense.
  • Outdated Documentation, Impossible to End Supervision 3/5

    By Kedomak
    Got this for my child who is now 16. Tried to end supervision but retain the email account. Total fail as documentation on Google doesn’t match the app. There’s just no way to end supervision, so she’s getting a new account and saying goodbye to Google.
  • Ridiculous 1/5

    By MinnieMouse29
    For some odd reason Family Link isn't allowing me to change the date and time on my daughter tablet, it keeps giving me a error message and it's throwing off the time lock/unlock time I have set. Please help!!!!
  • Parents BEWARE!!!! 1/5

    By skkyy51013
    I would give this no stars if I could. This app is linked to my kids tablets,however this app is locked on my phone and won’t let me do anything. My phone did it’s software upgrade and every since I’ve been locked out. I’ve tried deleting this app and redownloading apparently it thinks I’m a kid and will not delete off my phone. I’ve tried fixing it over and over and nothing! Be careful people this app isn’t trustworthy!
  • Excellent app 5/5

    By Juliovc
    It helps a lot to take control of what children shouldn’t watch or learn also to keep control of the screen time and many more …
  • Don’t make updates 1/5

    By Marsony
    After the idiots made update the app is showing that you give the tablet 30 minutes bonus, the tablet is still locked with maximum time limit for the day.
  • Useless now 1/5

    By Davis_1377
    I don’t know what y’all done to this app. My child was already setup under my family link but now I can’t go in and manage it no matter where I go it just asks if my child has a google account yes or no. I can no longer manage his account. If I click no it just shows me as family manager and my child does no exist under my family. So I guess my child is unsupervised now because of a update that removed him?? I’ve always contributed to google but this update to look more streamlined, I can’t get into my child’s account now when I need to
  • Mistakenly downloaded 1/5

    Not what I was looking for

    By AJANX_17
    Setting up google’s parental controls on your kids renders their device USELESS. My biggest issue with this is that when my child tried downloading Minecraft, it required me to purchase it on MY google account. Cool. BUT how am I supposed to do that when my child’s device can’t be linked to my google account?!?! So in other words, I can’t purchase the game on my account and have it downloaded on my child’s tablet. I went on this app and tried turning off purchase approvals so that I can simply purchase it and download it on my child’s tablet. But even after turning off the setting, it STILL REQUIRED ME TO PURCHASE IT IN MY OWN GOOGLE ACCOUNT. It’s pathetic that downloading a simple game becomes an obstacle course with these parental controls. THEY DONT EVEN WORK. Want to talk to support on the phone to fix the issue? NOPE can’t do that. You’re stuck with the online supper forums. Simply ridiculous. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS!!!
  • Не возможно найти запросы на приложения 1/5

    By Логрнпеакв
    С последним обновлением все стало катастрофически интуитивно не понятно. Найти запросы на приложения не возможно. Только по прямой ссылке из меню оповещения смартфона. Ну вздумайте обновлять
  • App approval problems 1/5

    By texasbomb3
    App won’t allow me to approve my kids app won’t even show a notification for me to approve
  • Do not download this app, it’s an invasion of privacy 1/5

    By .Stvpid.
    Good parenting does not start with watching the every move they do. If you really don’t trust your child with a device you should’ve had or have a talk with them about online dangers and honesty. If you still don’t trust your child you should’ve not ever gotten the device until they were mature enough to understand. If you are a parent and your child has a device that is theirs, it’s not your property to Do not download this app, it’s an invasion of privacy every move they do with it. The app isn’t good. Children will later understand that if you don’t trust them why should they trust you. Parents, be careful about what you do to your child for monitoring. I have a feeling we will see more of these invading issues in the future from other apps.
  • Don’t like the new interface 1/5

    By anythin12345
    Been using this for a few years and always liked it. The recent redesign makes it hard to use. Adding bonus time is a lot harder and now it’s unclear how it works and how much time your adding — as opposed to a specific time to end you are now adding 30 minutes (but to what? current time or time it was supposed to end???). I don’t use whatever new features you introduced. All I see now is an app I used to like is now suddenly not user friendly.

    By BABYGIRL231955
    I can’t even get this set up for my kid I got my daughter a tablet parental controls are set up and everything did everything it said to do and I still can’t do anything on this app. Why make an app to help if I can’t even use it. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled I’ve went to the settings and into the parental controls mind you THE PARENTAL CONTROLS ARE ALREADY SET UP BUT ON THE APP IT SAYS I STILL NEED TO WHAT?
  • Old version was better 1/5

    By nhelin
    Ever since the new update my kids tablets don’t lock at the scheduled times. If I award bonus time the tablets don’t bother locking at all after the time ends. The interface isn’t as user friendly as it was before.
  • Useless now 1/5

    By FriendRic
    This used to be a really great app and I really found it easy to use but now you have to be a developer to understand how to use it. It is so frustrating and aggravating. I think I might need to find a new parental app to use that is more user-friendly, because this is just mind-boggling, I would’ve given it a five star rating as it was before but now like I said, I can’t understand it and when I thought I had changed the permissions for my daughter to have unlimited time while she was away with her friends but it’s it’s locked… it shouldn’t be locked it… I just can’t find the words to how disappointed I am now. Even my IT wife says that the app is now very difficult from what it used to be. It is really truly totally disappointing.
  • Kids and unlock the phone!!!! 2/5

    By sharkbait88$
    All my so has to do is turn off his phone then type in his password and it’s unlocked. It’s become a waste to have.
  • Хз 2/5

    By 💀папочка💀
    Я очень буду расстроена ,если родители это будут ставить на ограничение приложений,ладно там смотреть где ребёнок гуляет,но что бы делать что с приложениями ,это предел,поймите ,у детей ЕСТЬ личное пространство ,только тогда когда он сам поймёт что оно есть.Родители , которые скачивают ради наказания - ужасны
  • Mala actualización 1/5

    By chikibaby39
    Aunque el teléfono tenga 100% de carga de batería y lo tengas a un lado de ti, si intentas rastrearlo, no lo hace… aparece sin ubicación y con 2% de carga de batería. Es un problema a la hora de localizar tus dispositivos.
  • Can’t approve apps easily 2/5

    By Kristenfromseattle
    I click the link to approve an app and it takes me to family link but I can’t approve the app. Then my kid can’t back out of sending the approval request and resend, they have to “wait or ask in person.” I get really tired of typing my very complicated Google password into my kid’s phone. I want to remotely manage it all.
  • I hate all of you 1/5

    By Khoclatekookie
    My mom downloaded this on my phone and I never hated her mom I can’t believe she would do this. She doesn’t trust so she had to download this now I don’t trust her with anything. It’s feel so bad knowing this app is on my phone especially when I am 15. If your child is in middle school or younger this app is understandable but I am in high school.
  • Добавить месенджер 4/5

    By vitalii delo
    Нужен внутренний месенджер чтобы общаться с ребенком и не устанавливать стороннее приложение
  • Not working properly 3/5

    By FractiousRebel
    I downloaded this on my daughters phone to keep track of the things she was downloading and unlock it when need be. Come to find out that it’s been “silently” deleted from her phone and isn’t able to reinstall due to “Not being allowed for kids at this time”.