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Create a Google Account for a child under 13

You can create a Google Account for your child under 13, and manage it using Family Link. With Google Accounts, children get access to Google products like Search, Chrome, and Gmail.

Create an account

It takes about 15 minutes to create your child's Google Account.

Create an account in the Family Link app
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link. If you don't have the Family Link app, visit the Family Link setup page to get started.
  2. In the top right, tap Create Create.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen to create the account.
  4. When you're done, a confirmation will show on the screen.
Set up a new Android device

Follow these steps to create a Google Account for your child under 13 when you're setting up a new device running Android 7 or up.

  1. Turn on the new device and follow the instructions on screen to set up the device.
  2. When you're asked to sign in with your Google Account, tap Create new account. If you don't see "Create new account," tap More options first. 
  3. Enter your child's name, birthday, gender, email address, and password.
  4. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google Account, provide parental consent, and pick your child's settings.

Add a new account to an existing Android device

Follow these steps to create a Google Account for your child under 13 to sign them into an existing device running Android 7 or up.
Note: Instructions for adding and removing accounts on the device will vary. If the instructions below don't work, search your device's Help Center for more information.
  1. Remove any existing accounts on the device.
  2. Delete any apps, photos, or other data from the device you don't want your child to have access to.
  3. Follow the steps to add a new account to the device.
  4. When you're asked to sign in with your Google Account, tap Create new account. If you don't see "Create new account," tap More options first. 
  5. Enter your child's name, birthday, gender, email address, and password.
  6. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google Account, provide parental consent, and pick your child's settings.

Troubleshoot problems

I want to manage an existing Google Account with Family Link

Currently, you can’t manage existing Google Accounts with Family Link. We've heard from many people that they'd like to do this, and we're currently exploring options.

I want to delete an existing Google Account, then recreate it in Family Link

Gmail addresses can only be used once. If you delete an email address, you won't be able to reuse it later.

My child has a Google Account through their school

You can add their school account as another user on their Android device. However, Family Link parental supervision features won't apply to that account.

I want to manage a Google Account for my child who is over 13

You can only manage Google Accounts for children who are under 13.

If your child over 13 wants a Google Account, they can create their own account.

I was charged a fee to set up my child's account

To confirm that you're giving parental consent when you create a Google Account for your child, Google verifies your credit card with a small fee. We donate the funds from these transactions to a child protection organization.

Parental consent is legally required by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and similar children’s privacy protection laws in other jurisdictions.

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