Google Family Link

Google Family Link

By Google, Inc.

  • App Category: Utilities
  • Release Date: 2017-04-13
  • Current Version: 1.24.11057
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 81.27 MB
  • Developer: Google, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 9.0
App Ratings: 4.5
Based on 13,630 Reviews

Google Family Link App Description

The Family Link app from Google helps you stay in the loop as your child (under 13 or applicable age in your country) uses their Android device. Family Link lets you create a Google Account for your child that's like your account, with access to most Google services, while also helping you set certain digital ground rules. • Manage the apps your child can use - Approve or block the apps your child wants to download from the Google Play store. • Keep an eye on screen time - See how much time your child spends on their favorite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits. • Set device bedtime - Remotely lock devices when it's time for bed, or time to take a break. Important Information • Family Link requires an Android device for your child. See list of compatible devices at • While Family Link helps you manage your child's purchases and downloads, 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. 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 device and disable those you don't want them to use. Note that you may not be able to disable some pre-installed apps. • Some app activity, such as for music players and messaging apps that run in the background, will not be fully tracked with weekly or monthly activity reports.


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App Reviews

  • Almost 5 stars

    By LadySPACER
    I have been looking for a (preferably free) parental app for my kids. My husband ended up finding this app. I’m so glad Google made an app like this. I’m a big fan of Google and most of their products. I love that this app is free. A lot of the other apps I looked at required a subscription 👎🏼. Setup was easy and straightforward. I love the features that it includes and how easy they are to use. I am currently using it on my stepson’s phone and will be installing it on my daughter’s phone as well. While I love the app so far, there are few things keeping me from rating it 5 stars... 1. YouTube is completely blocked. It would be nice to be able to control this myself. YouTube Kids is available though which is a good in between and the settings are customizable. 2. You can only designate one family member (other than yourself) as a parent. While this works for parents who aren’t divorced, this doesn’t work so well with divorced parents. I added my husband and his ex-wife to the Family Group. I’m only able to give one of them parent privileges which totally negates the purpose of being able to add my husband to the group. 3. I love that I can see how much time my kids spend on each app. It would be nice if there was an option to set time limits for specific apps. 4. It would be helpful to have a school time option for those parents who want to restrict phone usage while their kids are in school. You do have the option to manual lock your kids’ phones whenever you want which is what I did when I dropped my son off at school today.
  • Complete crap

    By Aevalis
    Good idea that is extremely frustrating to use. Bought my 9 year old a Chromebook for her summer break and so she could use it when school starts again. However, it’s been one non stop nightmare to use. It doesn’t allow me to add apps on my child’s account. Doesn’t show that any are available even though I’ve downloaded and setup multiple apps on my own account. I’m unable to green light apps like YouTube Kids to her account. I’ve tried contacting Google support but it’s a black hole. Nobody contacts me back and I’m unable to get ahold of anyone. I’d honestly give this less than one star if I could.
  • Doesn't work with chromebook

    By tjtaylor88
    Only works on android devices
  • Safe and reliable

    By JenMetz80
    I have used Family Link ever since my daughter first got her phone. I have never had to use the emergency features but I have tested them and they worked like a gem. I use the locator feature often. I love this app and have recommended it to multiple friends and family.
  • Apple user

    By glomyeeyore
    You need to make this compatible with iPhones as well, a friend recommended this to me but my child has an iPhone
  • Great for locating your child

    By LamLam's mom
    Picture of location was old but location was accurate
  • Was interesting but ... Not working with all Google accounts

    By PVC-US
    Unfortunately this app doesn't work with all Google accounts. Free Legacy Google app account for example won't work. It's the new segregation policy of Google focusing on not free account 🙁 The value to centralize policy across devices disappear because it's not working across account. Unfortunately it will not allow to expend the Google family here... 😟
  • Awesome

    By gordo0706
    Great app to be on top of kids
  • Great tool! Some minor issues.

    By FireTech811
    Caution: YouTube not compatible. Only YouTube kids available. YouTube has some tough to filter content, but lots of educational material as well that are inaccessible once this app takes hold. Also, you can’t use existing gmail accounts. It must be created in the application. More of a nuisance than anything, but could've saved some time not having to start from scratch on our kids accounts. Other than those two minor issues, this app gives a parent perfect control of all the aspects of their kid’s device. Screen time control, location tracking, and content filtering are my favorite features.
  • Mad father

    By madfather83
    I hate this app u can’t remove it or change anything