'Family Link', Google's Parental Control for Android Launched to Public
Google’s parental control software for Android, Family Link, is now exiting its beta testing period and is now launched and available generally to anyone in the United States. It was launched earlier this year but it required an invitation for access.
Now, parents can manage the children’s usage of Android devices with three basic controls ready for use.
- Parents can manage the apps that their kids use, like approve or block the apps from being downloaded on Google Play store.
- Parents can set daily screen time for their devices and see how much time their kids spend on apps with weekly or monthly activity reports.
- They can remotely set device time and lock their kids’ devices when it’s time to study, play or sleep.
The Family link software before required both parent and child to be on Android but it has changed on April with the release of an iOS version. However, Apple does not offer a way for a parent to set time limits, remotely lock a device, or view activity reports on app usage. For now, those sorts of tools have been left to third-party developers. And the Family Link app can also be managed now on a web browser.
The app works on a device running android Nougat (7.0) and higher and selected Marshmallow devices for the kids’ devices. Whilst, for parents, they can easily control the app using devices running Android 4.4 or higher, or on iOS 9 or higher.
Google says, though the software is now freely available, it’s still considering user feedback before rolling out Family Link’s new set of features.
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