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Manage your child's screen time

You can set screen time limits to lock your child's device at bedtime, after they've used it for a certain amount of time, or when they need a break.

How screen time limits work

When you set a limit for your child's screen time on their Android device, they'll get a notification when their device is about to be locked.

When the device is locked, your child:

  • Can't see notifications
  • Can't unlock the device or use any apps
  • Can answer phone calls, and tap Emergency to make a call if it's a cellular device 

Set limits 

Set a bedtime
  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Screen time" card for one of their Android devices, tap Set up and then Bedtime.
  4. Pick the hours and days of the week you want to set a bedtime for.
  5. In the top left, tap Close Close
Set daily limits 

Daily limits apply to each Android device your child is using. For example, if you set a daily limit of 2 hours, your child gets 2 hours of time on each Android device they use.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Screen time" card for one of their Android devices, tap Set up and then Daily limit.
  4. Pick the hours and days of the week you want to set screen limits for.
  5. In the top left, tap Close Close

Your child can open Family Link on their Android device to see how much time they have left for the day.

Lock or unlock your child's Android device

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the "Device unlocked" card for an Android device, tap Lock device now and then Lock.

To unlock the device, tap Unlock device.

Note: You can also use a parent access code to unlock your child's device if it isn't connected to the Internet.

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