Chrome & your child's Google Account

When your child has a Google Account, they can sign in to Google Chrome on their Android device or Chromebook.

Note: Children can’t sign in to Google Chrome on an iPhone or iPad. Learn how iPhones and iPads work with your child’s Google Account.

How Chrome works on Android or Chromebook

Children signed in to their Google Account on an Android device or Chromebook have a similar experience to adults. Available features may be updated from time to time, but some of the differences include:

  • Children won’t have access to apps from Google Play and Chrome Web Store.
  • Children can't use incognito mode.
  • Parents can manage the websites their children can visit on Chrome, and limit their children’s ability to grant permissions to websites.
  • If "Try to block mature sites" has been turned on for your child in Family Link, Chrome browsing tries to block sexually explicit and violent sites.
  • Chrome Sync is required for certain parental management features to work with your child’s Google Account. You can turn off certain kinds of data collection.
  • Your child's Google Activity controls may allow Google to use Chrome browsing history and activity from websites to personalize your child’s experience across Google products and services. However, this information won't be used to personalize ads for children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country).

Manage your child's activity on Chrome

Note: You can only use Family Link to restrict websites or permissions if your child is using Chrome on an Android device or a Chromebook.

Manage your child's browsing on Chrome
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome.
  4. Choose the setting that’s right for your family:
    • Allow all sites: Your child will be able to visit all sites, except the ones you block.
    • Try to block mature sites: No filter is perfect, but this should help hide sexually explicit and violent sites. 
    • Only allow certain sites: Your child will only be able to visit the sites you allow.
  5. Tap Manage sites to manually allow or block certain sites.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name at families.google.com.

Block or allow certain sites

If you block a certain site, your child can ask for parental permission to visit it. You'll get a notification in the Family Link app where you can approve or deny their request.

  • Websites: If you block or allow a specific website, like www.google.com, the permission won't apply to sites that begin or end differently, like www.google.co.uk or get.google.com/tips.
  • Domains: If you block or allow an entire domain, like google, the permission applies to sites that begin or end differently too, like google.com, and images.google.fr.  

Block or allow a site

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Manage sites and then Approved or Blocked.
  4. In the bottom right corner, tap Add an exception Add an exception.
  5. Add a website or domain.
  6. In the top left, tap Close Close.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name at families.google.com.

Change website permission settings

You can decide whether your child can give site permissions to websites they visit, including permission to use location, camera, and notifications.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Chrome dashboard.
  4. Turn "Permissions for sites and apps" on or off.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name on the Chrome dashboard

When "Permissions for sites and apps" is off, children won't be able to grant permissions to websites. However, permissions they already granted will still be in place.

See or delete your child's Chrome history

See Chrome history

Note: If you added supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you’ll need their help to do this.

  1. On your child's device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Tap More More and then  History. This page shows your child's recent Chrome history.

Clear Chrome history & data

From an Android device or Chromebook

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage settings and then Filters on Google Chrome and then Chrome dashboard.
  4. In the "History" section, tap Clear history

Note: Your child's Google Account might have other kinds of browsing history saved at myactivity.google.com

From an iPhone or iPad

Note: If you added supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you’ll need their help to do this.

  1. On your child's iPhone or iPad, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. In the bottom right, tap More More and then History.
  3. In the bottom left, tap Clear browsing data.
  4. Select Browsing history and any other data you want to delete.
  5. Tap Clear browsing data.

Note: Your child's Google Account might have other kinds of browsing history saved at myactivity.google.com

Browsing data

You can clear your child's browsing data, like cookies, saved passwords, and autofill form data. 

Note: If you added supervision to your child’s previously existing Google Account, you’ll need their help to do this.

  1. On your child's device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Tap More More and then History
  3. In the bottom left, tap Clear browsing data.
  4. Check the boxes next to the type of browsing data you want to remove.
  5. Tap Clear browsing data.
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