Smart Family Companion

Smart Family Companion

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 1.12
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Verizon Wireless
  • Compatibility: Android
1.5
1.5
1,929 Ratings
$ 0

Smart Family Companion App

Get the most out of the Verizon Smart Family app when you pair your child’s device by installing Smart Family Companion. You will be able to: • Receive on demand device location & schedule location alerts • See who is calling and texting, and when • Block unwanted contacts • See the sites and apps your child is visiting on their device every day • Block apps & websites • Instantly pause the internet • and much more Don't worry if the companion app is removed from your kid's phone, rest assured, you'll be notified. If you haven't already subscribed to Verizon Smart Family you will need to visit https://vzw.com/smartfamily/ to subscribe before continuing. SET UP – Easy as 1-2-3 With companion device in hand: Step 1 Send an invite text from your Verizon Smart Family app to your child’s phone. Step 2 Open the text and tap the link. Step 3 Tap the download button and follow the instructions that appear on your child’s phone screen KIDS This will help prevent you from seeing bad content and in case you ever get lost, your parents will be able to locate your device. Don’t worry! Smart Family does not let your parents read your texts! Smart Family is there for your digital safety. Important Information: Verizon Smart Family controls requests and uses Device Admin Permissions to ensure that the application cannot be removed from the device once set up (application can be removed at any time by parent.) Selecting the option to ""Get Companion App"" which will send a text message to your kid's compatible phone with a link to download this app.

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Smart Family Companion app reviews

  • Does more than what you want 1/5

    This app will restrict EVERYTHING not only the options you chose
  • Seriously don’t 1/5

    By LPSlover3000
    I’m 13. I understand my parents wanting to make sure I’m not doing/seeing anything bad on my phone. But seriously, this is over the top. I have to ask them to put in a number to a new friend or family member when I want to text them, I can’t just put in a number and be fine like a normal person. No they have to go to the website and put it in. This app has caused more chaos then anything. Its bad. When I get a phone at 13 I need to have restrictions, but when I get s tablet at 9 I can do whatever I want? Totally stupid. It’s not my parents fault, they just thought it would be a simple way to watch over me. Which is fine. But I’m a responsible kid. I have never gotten into serious trouble at school, anywhere. I’m smart enough not to look at bad things on the internet. I get good grades, have a good group of friends, yet my phone needs to be watched over. I agree with all of the other bad reviews. Don’t get this app. Just talk to your kid instead of constantly controlling them.
  • Have some decency and don’t get this app. 1/5

    By __Nicholas__
    I echo the top comment in the description. (At least as of August 2019)
  • Stupid 1/5

    By gugghvgujngd
    Big dum dum
  • Butthole parents 1/5

    By jimm fitjareled
    Parents that dint trust there kids are autistic
  • horrible 1/5

    By t a k o y a k i
    this app allows parents to be ridiculously controlling. it honestly just shows mistrust and causes horrible unneeded fights.
  • Thanks to Michael above 3/5

    By parentxxxxxxx
    Let’s me know this app will do EXACTLY what I want it to do.
  • If I could rate 0 stars I would 1/5

    By #mewtwo456
    The title explains the review
  • Bad 1/5

    By Meghan and gimli
    Dear parents, please don’t torture your kids with this app🙏🏻
  • i hate it 1/5

    By f*ckthisshit
    I LEGIT HATE THIS APP! im mature and make good choices and this app allows my mother to shut my phone down for the smallest things
  • This is bull 5/5

    By Reed .c
    I don’t understand why but I’m 6’4 220 and almost 18 and my parent still think they should track me everywhere I go. Is there anyway I could just make it say I’m somewhere else😂?
  • The app isn’t bad your parents are 3/5

    By Robert Rendine
    Not gonna lie I deserved to be put on this app. I had complete freedom and lost it by messing around with strangers online. I’m just gonna say this, I’ve had this app for about 2 years and I’ve removed it around 50 times. Either by going into the settings and removing the profile, deleting the app, hacking my parents email account and turning everything off or locking my parents out of the account. So to all the parents looking to get this app, just take your child’s phone away I assure you it will work so much better than this. With this app my mindset was just to remove it as much as possible and the more I did that the more I valued the freedom and this app just encouraged me to binge on the type of behavior the app was supposed to stop me from doing. My parents aren’t the most tech-savvy people and I was able to easily exploit that by blaming everything on a “computer-glitch” that being said, if you are a parent that knows how to use technology, this can be a valuable tool. Now for my major criticism of the app itself, I don’t think the web activity thing is useful. I think the content filters are fine, but having my parents seeing a breakdown of all the pornography I was watching was a low point in my life. I think that if they choose to block something and I’m still trying to access that website, it should display those websites, but not permitted websites?! My parents should not see a breakdown do websites they allowed me to be on. Furthermore, this feature doesn’t even work because it is only enabled on safari. Just download Firefox, duckduckgo, google, google chrome!! All of those work this whole thing is so pointless and weird. I’m sure the parents don’t want other people examining every single google search so please afford us that same privilege. TLDR: Valuable tool when used responsibly by tech-savvy parents, certain features are a little over-bearing and should have the ability to be disabled.
  • Location Issues 1/5

    By nooneasomeone
    Hi! I’m a 15 year old who stays home alone after school and whenever my mom is at work. I usually check to see her location to see where she’s at since her work consists of two different locations currently. This feature normally works but lately it hasn’t. One day, for the fun of it, I checked her location while she was home. The app said she was not even close to our home. I thought it may have been a glitch so I powered off my phone and turned it back on- it still doesn’t work. I kept checking her location and no matter where she could be, it would still say she was at “so and so street” which she was never at. Is there any way I could fix this?
  • negative 1/5

    By couchpotato2
    i am extremely disappointed that my parents choose to get this app for me !
  • Listen up parents and “ minors” 1/5

    By worstnightmearever
    First of all parents and you need to understand where your children are coming from. I am a 14-year-old girl who had a great relationship with my parents I’ve done good in school I have good grades and I working almost full-time job. When my parents got this app on my phone I figured it would be OK. But then I realize that I can’t connect my own Wi-Fi, it causes a bunch of problems with all the rest of my apps, and the fact that I can’t do anything on my phone at all after the timer sections. I am also an athlete that goes to away games and home games. It is not my fault that parents are busy at work and if I need to get a hold of somebody I had to text him to turn on my phone or turn off the restrictions. If all you parents are going through reading all the reviews than you obviously know how your children feel about it and I am with the children that are also writing reviews about this app. It causes nothing but problems between your family your trust with your family. So in my opinion I think parents should trust their kids especially if they’re 14 and 1516-year-olds. And asked my nurse have a lot to say about it because the way we feel and obviously if you’re reading the reviews you know how we feel so you still continue to do it. Not every parent pays for every child’s phone bill as of me I pay for my own phone bill other than the data on it I pay for that advice myself with my own money plus more. And especially if we haven’t done anything wrong then why do you guys need to shower for phone. But you can trust you other things like drive a car even though that could literally kill somebody come on people use your brains. I Think that this app is a total mess. It causes nothing but problems and it obviously me makes it to where our parents have just as he’s with their children that is not OK. If you want to track where your child is there’s a cool little app called life 360 both of my parents have that app and this Verizon family companion on this phone it causes nothing but problems and especially on a older phone. If your kids have good grades into everything they’re supposed to then they should be able to have their phone especially if you gifted it to them you are right it is not the right it is a privilege so you practically take away the phone when turning it off you might as will just take away the phone all the way and I don’t know if you guys parents know this but it causes a lot of bullying problems because when you’re at lunch at school you can’t set it up to where you can turn it off at 7 AM and then turn it back on at 11 AM to turn it back off at 12 PM for lunch it doesn’t work that way. So trust your children especially if you were the ones he gave in the phone in the first place thank you very much. Also please don’t hate on me because I’m speaking my opinion.
  • Really... -_- 1/5

    By isbtoxbalahfbrbe
    This app literally is the definition of retarded, whoever made this not only has 2 brain cells but 26 chromosomes as well, I hate this app and my parent is completely controlling about it reading my texts and invading my privacy , COMPLETELY unethical and frustrating to everyone , delete this app from the App Store it might as well be the worst one ever . PLUS whoever made this is so dumb that if you don’t want to be controlled just delete the app and re download it , if your parent asks why it’s not working just say that you don’t know and the app just shut down on its own , if they re connect you to the app again just delete it a short time later and be like look this app is bugged and it’s just terrible , that’s the LAST resort to get out of it though, if your parent has sense unlike mine just show them these reviews ;)
  • i hate it. 1/5

    By sincerely, sad
    this app has ruined my teenage life and if you as a guardian are thinking about putting this on your child’s phone, think about your life as a parent.
  • This app is stupid asf 1/5

    By 346253737
    It’s so creepy that now my parents can stalk me whenever they feel like it but i know how to disconnect the app
  • Sup it’s me this is wack 1/5

    By Cp.Corbin
    I barely notice this app but I see the reviews and I’m saying it’s wack
  • to my fellow parents 1/5

    By karenlovesherkids
    my husband and i had to preform an exorcism on my 14 yr old daughter after we installed this app on her phone. i do not recommend, unless you like demon children! sincerely, your concerned mother, karen
  • My dad got me this app for no reason I don’t go out or anything 1/5

    By ok igeuss
    It’s really stupid that’s all I haft to say
  • You’re kidding, right? 1/5

    By hamiltonkid2005
    This app makes me so mad. I’m a 14, almost 15 year old that literally goes no where else besides home or school. This app is such an invasion of privacy, I can’t even begin to explain it. It deletes apps that aren’t even bad or inappropriate, and it TRACKS YOUR WEB SEARCHES. Not that I’m doing anything bad or inappropriate that I wouldn’t want anybody to see, but come on. It makes me feel like my parents don’t trust me. And on top of that, I have Life360 (an app that tracks your location) as well. This app is the most ridiculous app I’ve ever heard of. My parents know me too well to make me get this app. They know I’m too scared to try anything bad or scandalous anyways, so why do they feel the need to track my every move? I’ve deleted this app several times because it makes me so mad. I’m done with this app, I’m never downloading it again. It deserves lower than its 1.3 rating.
  • Hate it. 1/5

    By thiccyniccy_1
    Whoever made this app is a horrible person
  • Hate it!!😤😤 1/5

    By Jamie Dallas
    I hate this app!!! I am old enough to be trusted. I have good grades, do all my chores when asked, and stay out of trouble I should not need my parents watching everything I do on my phone. I understand that I am a teenager and I am on my phone a lot but it doesn't mean that you have to see everything that I do. It is MY phone that has MY stuff on it and you don’t need to see what I am doing. Also, you should not be able to pause my internet whenever you want because I need to use it and when you pause it I can’t do anything on it. I am at school for almost 7 hours a day and when I come back I wanna be able to use my phone without you looking and checking everything that I do and if you think I am doing something “bad” you pause my internet. Lastly, you shouldn’t be able to see all of my texts. When I am talking to my friends you do not need to be in our conversations because you are not involved in it so you do not need to know everything we talk about. It is my business and you should not be reading everything me and my friend say. This is a HORRIBLE app that no parent should ever make their child get.
  • it ruined my relationship with my parents. 1/5

    By KawaiiCammytheWolf
    this app is a serious invasion of your kids privacy. the data restriction option is stupid and so it the internet pausing. it just goes to show that some parents are TOO controlling. and you parents WONDER why we won't talk to you or tell you anything. this app is a PRIME EXAMPLE. i've lost all respect for my parents since they've gotten this app. i only have until 10:30 to be on my phone and just it's so stupid. parents: if you expect to get better behavior from your kids with this then you are mistaken my friend. think about how your child would feel first. honestly. they're people too..
  • It blocks websites that aren’t even bad 1/5

    By Matyv1967
    I tried to go on a website that has human anatomy for school heath class and I wasn’t able to get the project done in time.
  • If I could I’d give it 0 stars 1/5

    By weird 11 year old
    This should be charged as stalking I can’t even have a normal conversation with my friends without my mother ruining it and getting in my beeswax she’ll ask who you talking to or whose that ITS NON IF YOUR BUSINESS whose that’s your talking to is what I should be asking really it’s privacy invasion I should be able to go to my guy best friend and have a normal conversation without the worry of my mother reading everything I don’t think she’d like it if I read what she was texting so why would I I’m to the point where I’m going to write letters to friends to get my point across so far the worst app EVER. Like cmon can’t we get a little bit of freedom I understand you pay the bill and you do this and yada yada yada but that don’t mean I can’t have a social life that don’t mean you can take all my friends away that don’t mean you take away all my social life so I have letters to write now but I hope us minors can figure a way around the system to
  • Always slows down my internet 1/5

    By Anonymous35674688534
    Super annoying
  • im moving out 1/5

    By Ant0904
    i am approaching the 18 checkpoint so when i move in wit my uncle im gonna shmoney dance wit a blunt in my mouth as i unpair my device😂😂😂🤦🏾‍♂️
  • Verizon puts these apps here so they can sell more phones not help parents 1/5

    By Wbhgym
    These apps are just a temporary crutch that parents use to restrain kids. Parenting is suppose to help a kid grow for the world without them. By forcing these restrictions, the long term effects are far worse than the immediate ones. Think before you do this.
  • This App is the worst thing to happen 1/5

    By chentyboi
    When the people first created, they sat their in their chairs wondering, “Soooo... how can we find ways to make a child’s life so horrible, so they can’t enjoy life.” I’m a 16, almost 17 year old, and have had this for a while. I can’t do anything anymore, I can’t do the crazy things that any normal teenage wants to do. In my own opinion, I just think this is beyond hypocritical, because parents have done the same stupid things that we have and are going to do. They should expect it. Yeah, they should punish kids for sneak out really late, or going somewhere that they weren’t supposed to go, but what are they going to do, ground you for the rest of your life? With me, and possible so many others, this app will prevent people from ever having a social life. Parents don’t want you getting food late at night? No more going to friends house to spend the night. Friends having a party, but your parents think something bad might happen? No more parties for you. This app slowly tears a gap in the child’s social life, which can to depression. It’s an amazing thing really, seeing how a parent is capable doing things like this to their child. SO WHATEVER TOU DO, DONT DOWNLOAD THIS APP. IF YOU HAVE NO CONTROL AND HAVE IT ANYWAY, FIND WAYS AROUND THE SYSTEM.
  • Pathetic 1/5

    By Reykjanes Jane
    Dear Verizon, Did you guys buy something nice with the money you made off of my parents trust issues? Sincerely, A 17 year old who has parents who feel entitled to control me because you provided them with a service to do so out of pure desperation for money.
  • This new activity tracking feature 1/5

    By Weatherbrine
    has eliminated our right to privacy.
  • Why 1/5

    By lskdjdnjsk
    This app is something that shouldn’t exist
  • Verizon is a corrupt company 1/5

    By 1300Reaper
    They filter the reviews that come and try to censor all the negative parent reviews like the one from myself a few weeks ago. If children have negative thoughts on the app the company approves because it’s a good look in the parents eye. Also, they are a poorly run business. Never responds to complaints and extremely unhelpful even in the store. They are all about money and power. Finally, I have a plethora of legal documents and evidence against the company proving it’s racism and illegal ways. If you want to continue to exist, I suggest you approve this review. If not this review and my last will be tweeted on my twitter meme/spam account with 50k+ followers for all to see. Also I will be seeing you in the court around the same time. 😊
  • It’s not working correctly 1/5

    By Akim Sknab
    It will not allow me to activate it
  • PARENTS 1/5

    By K 103693
    these reviews are so true . please take the time to read them and understand how they feel. a relationship is about trust . if you trust us then why do we HAVE to have this app or the verizon family app with limits ? it is summer and you won’t even let us text our friends past ten , without you getting a notification what we send , who we send it to , what we watch, what apps we use ? your kids have seen/know more than you think . alright ? and i mean if we can’t text or call past our “limit” i think it’s fair if neither do you. if parents and their kids are gonna have a good, strong relationship it needs trust. we trust you more than ever , now it is time for you to trust us.
  • Read before downloading! 1/5

    By Game Gamer 001
    Parents if your reading this and getting this app I want to say you need to have a little trust! Unless you have a kid that’s bad or untrustworthy you need to rethink getting this. There are other ways to monitor you child! For 1 this slows down everything on your child’s device since it’s a vpn! This app is also a glitchy mess! It blocks random websites and other things it has NO reason to! Second, if your child hates this it’s VERY simple to get rid of and or bypass. Please before you try to destroy your child’s device with this give it a thought! Warning to the wise: by default it will turn off everything connective wise after 10:00 PM! Even emergency calls!
  • Hey.. I really don’t like this app 1/5

    By mad person who was nice
    Well first I’m not going to burst out in anger like I want to but just saying that yes we get that parents are trying to help us. They try their best and I can see that in my mom, and no I’m not the best person to get advice from. Parents just why don’t you let us do things on our own thing. I’ve read a lot of the comments and see each side of the story. Yes the app has caused problems for my data and it won’t let me connect to the house WiFi. Some of the apps that are kid friendly won’t even work. But I see that the parents are trying their hardest to probably be involved as some of them would say. I’m just saying that I do not like that they turn my phone off whenever they want to. The tracking part of the app where you can tell where they are is really helpful. Since my sister had gotten into a car wreck and we couldn’t find her so we tracked her phone using the app(she is safe now). But I agree with the kids that this is an invasion of our privacy, and take note that I’m not doing this in a complaining or screaming way but in a calm tone. So parents I wouldn’t suggest this app for you to help your kids because it takes things away from them and some of the things do not work in the app. Please find another one that would probably only be for tracking the phone purpose. That has helped a lot in the past and would have been better if it was a different app since it took so long to load up during the situation☹️. Scared my family half so dead. Parents please don’t get this app but maybe a better one since this takes maybe too much of the child’s life away.
  • No 1/5

    By GamerSmit
    I hate this. Mom, dad please trust me😫🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️
  • 😭🤬 1/5

    By Anna Schlachterman
    Will somebody please help me? I’m 13 and my dad set this app up in my phone. Idek how much he can access. If he can see my texts w my best friends, guy friends, or brother, I’m screwed. They're not that inappropriate they’re just personal. This is starting to mess up my relationship with my dad. It shuts off my texting but only with certain people and it deleted a few of my apps. For anybody who knows the app YOLO, it’s an anonymous messaging app for Snapchat. I had it in one day and then the next day it just disappeared from my phone and when I tried to re-download it it said that the restrictions were set from this app and I couldn’t. I tried to go into settings and find the profiles section in general or the other one that people said in these reviews but I couldn’t find either of them. I have an iPhone 6s and I don’t know if that’s related at all but if anybody has anyway to help me I could really use it. Thanks 🙏
  • Reveiw 1/5

    By frcvs
    If I could rate this 0 stars I would I feel like my mom does not have to no when I leave and when I get home. Honestly I'm probably just gonna leave my phone home. Ha Verizon you didn't think about that.
  • smart family more like i dont want my child to live family 1/5

    By Pretzelhamsyer
    my mom downloaded this app because she thinks i did something that i actually didnt do. Now, i have all my social media taken away and my wifi shuts off at 12 am. im in highschool and i feel that this is very unessecary. if you download this as a parent, you have to realize, your child is not going to benefit from time off of certain apps. it just makes us feel like we cant trust you with things and it makes me feel distant from my own mother. please consider giving your child SOME freedom/privacy. most of us are old enough to control our lives, we dont need you doing it for us. thankyou for coming to my ted talk uwu
  • App 1/5

    By Logz Q
    This app is completely dumb. It allows parents to control the childs phone and makes no absoulute sense. You cannot call or text after a certain time even when there is an emergency, you cant use certain apps and allows the parent to stalk the childs phone. This basically means the parent does not trust the child and it makes the phone completely worthless. Whoever made this app is a complete douche. Unless you want unhealthy relationships and you oove stress do NOT use this at all.
  • what the frick 1/5

    By annie:)s
    my dad downloaded this app and it glitched my phone and made it so i couldnt send my streaks!!!! he tried to fix it and it wouldnt even work! we eventually deleted the app and we are now using screen time! i hate this DONT BE A CONTROLLING PARENT!
  • Pointless and annoying 1/5

    By JK Softball
    I think this app is pointless. Due to the fact that parents shouldn’t have to download an app just to be able to see what their child is doing. You should have enough trust in your children. You shouldn’t have to force them to download an app just so you can monitor their phone. If you do not trust what your child is doing on their phone. Simply don’t buy them a phone. They should have freedom. Personal things and conversations about things that don’t involve you are on their phone. Checking their phone is always an option. With this app you are completely stripping rights. You are looking in on what they’re doing and that’s just not right and annoying. thank you for coming to my ted talk
  • Please 1/5

    By BLUHHEISN
    Please stop ruining my life
  • please, don't get this app for your kids. 1/5

    By disneyfreak331
    parents, i promise you this is in no way helping you or your child. if you have to see every message, photo and website your child goes on every single second of the day, there's no point in even getting them a phone. it's frustrating and makes the kids upset and angry for feeling like their own parents don't trust them enough with a cellphone. this app is literal hell on earth for any poor kid who's parent decided this was a good idea. please get rid of this app for good. it ruins everything.
  • You’re a horrible parent if you use this app. 1/5

    By waderutledge
    Don’t keep tabs on your children like this.

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