Get started with a Google kids profile on Google TV

A kids profile lets you give your children access to Google TV devices without the need to create an email address and password for them.

Important: 

  • A kids profile may not be available in some regions or on some Google TV devices.
  • To monitor parental controls, use Family Link. Not all of Family Link's parental controls are available for a kids profile.

How a kids profile works

With a kids profile, you can:

  • Set a bedtime and daily limits: You can choose a bedtime and daily time limit for your child on Google TV. You can only set these limits on Google TV and can’t set them through Family Link. 
  • Monitor app activity: You can monitor your child’s app activity with Family Link.
  • Add and manage apps: You can download apps you want your child to access to their kids profile on Google TV. You can block and unblock apps for your child through Family Link. 
  • Parental controls on profile: You can also add a profile lock on Google TV. 
  • Use the Google Play Family Library: You can give your child access to shared content in the Family Library. Learn how to set up a Family Library

With a kids profile, your child doesn’t need a Google Account or password. Parents can create a kids profile for their child directly on Google TV.

Tip: If you want your child to be able to use other apps or devices other than Google TV, you can create a Google Account for them.

Set up a kids profile

  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select your profile.
  2. Under "Who’s watching," select Add a kid and then Get started.
  3. Select an option:
    • If your child has a Google Account or kids profile in your family group: Select the child you want to set up.
    • If you haven’t set up a child in your family group: Select Add a kid and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Choose the apps you want to include in the kid's home screen.
  5. To set up parental controls, follow the on-screen instructions.

Set up more devices & services for your kid 

To supervise your child on other devices and Google services, choose a Gmail address and password for their kid profile.
 
Important: Make sure you’re signed in to your parent account.
  1. Go to g.co/YourFamily.
  2. Select the kid profile you want to upgrade.
  3. At the profile info screen, select Create a Gmail address for [child's name].
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. When you’re done, you will get “All set!” on the screen.

Manage a kids profile with Family Link

Monitor app activity on Google TV

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the “Today’s activity” card, tap More.
  4. To review app activity, scroll to the apps you selected for your child to use on Google TV.

Tip: To monitor time spent on Google TV, you must sign in to Google TV.

Block or unblock apps

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Apps installed," card, tap More.
  4. Tap the name of the app you want to allow or block.
  5. Turn "Allow app" on or off.

Tip: If an app has a mobile and a TV version, to make sure your child won’t have access to the app on Google TV, you’ll need to block both versions.

Set other parental controls on a kids profile

To set these parental controls, you’ll need to use Google TV: 

  1. Set a daily limit or bedtime.
  2. Set a bonus time.
  3. Set a profile lock.

Learn how to set additional parental controls or remove a kid profile with Google TV.

Frequently asked questions 

What if my child already has a Google Account?

If your child already has a Google Account and is part of the family group, you can select their account on Google TV and don’t need to create a kids profile.
If your child already has a Google Account and is part of the family group, you can select their account on Google TV and don’t need to create a kids profile. 

Why can’t I find my child’s profile when I sign in to certain apps? 

Kid profiles won’t show up in apps that aren’t supported. If you want your child to sign in, you need to choose a Gmail address and password. 

  1. Go to g.co/YourFamily.
  2. Select the kid profile you want to upgrade.
  3. At the profile info screen, select Create a Gmail address for [child's name].
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. When you’re done, you will get “All set!” on the screen.

Does a kids profile count towards my family member count in Family Link?

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