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How Google Accounts work when children turn 13

When children turn 13, they can decide to manage their own Google Account or continue to have their parent manage it.

Children decide when to manage their own account

When your child is about to turn 13, your child and the family manager will get an email. Your child can choose between the two options below. 

Continue to have their account managed by their parents

Your child can pick this option by tapping Ask me later. When they're ready, they can decide to take charge of their own account by visiting the Take charge of your Google Account page.

Note: Children must decide to manage their Google Account before they turn 18, or their account will be disabled.

Manage their own account 

  1. Your child will review their SafeSearch setting for Google Search results, and their personalization setting for ads.
  2. They'll tap I'm ready.

Settings that change 

When child manage their own accounts:

  • Parent supervision features are turned off, including allowing or blocking apps, setting a bedtime, and more.
  • Children are still in the family group, but can choose to leave.
  • Location sharing will be off, and children can decide if they want to turn it on again.
  • Children won't be able to use YouTube Kids with their Google Account anymore, and videos and channels that were previously blocked might be available to watch in the app. 

Some Google Play settings also change:

  • Purchase & download approval: If your child was required to get their parent's approval for all Google Play content, they'll only need approval for paid content. If they weren't required to get their parent's approval to make purchases, nothing will change.
  • Parental controls: Parental controls you set up for your child's Google Account won't apply after they manage their account. If you want, you can set up parental controls again on each Android device they're using. 
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