Google has launched a new app in the US called Family Link that will help parents remotely control Android and iOS device that their kids are using. Google describes Family Link as a “solution for bringing kids and parents into Android ecosystem”. Family Link is compatible with Android devices running KitKat (4.4) and higher as well as iPhones running iOS9 and higher.
Using Google’s Family Link app, parents can setup their kid’s Android device by creating a Google account. If kids are under 13, Google will ask parents to give their consent. Once a Google account is created, Family Link will be automatically downloaded to their kid’s device. Next, parents can choose the apps and settings that they want on their child’s Android device.
“Today, we’re happy to announce that Family Link, our solution for bringing kids and their parents into the Android ecosystem, is now available to parents in the United States without an invitation. Parents can also create a Google Account for their kid right from Android setup, and then manage their kid’s account and device with Family Link,” Saurabh Sharma, Product Manager, Kids and Families at Google, -said in a blog post.
Google’s Family Link lets parents approve or block apps that their kids download from Play Store.
Helping parents to set certain digital ground rules that work for your family — like managing the apps your kid can use, keeping an eye on screen time, and setting a bedtime on your kid’s device.