How Google Accounts work when children turn 13 (or the applicable age in your country)

When children whose accounts are managed with Family Link turn 13 (or the applicable age in your country), they can decide to:

Note: Children over 13 (or the applicable age in your country) who had supervision added to their account can choose to stop supervision at any time.

Children decide when to manage their own account

When your child is about to turn 13 (or the applicable age in your country), your child and the family manager will get an email. Your child can choose between the options below.

Continue their current parental supervision settings

Your child can choose to maintain their existing supervision settings and have a parent continue to manage their account. Your child can pick this option by selecting Ask me later.

When they're ready, they can choose to manage their own account and decide if they want to add parental supervision for children over 13 (or the applicable age in your country).

Note: If you created a Google Account for your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country), or you have provided consent for a child's continued use of their Google Account, your child must decide to manage their Google Account before they turn 18.

Add parental supervision for children over 13 (or the applicable age in your country)

To agree to continued parental supervision, your child must first choose to manage their own account.

Step 1: Manage their own account

To manage their own account, your child can:

  1. Go to their inbox and open the email titled, "Ready to take charge of your Google Account?"
  2. Read the email and select Review settings.
  3. Review their account settings and select I’m ready.

Step 2: Add continued supervision

Learn how added supervision works for children over 13 (or the applicable age in your country) and follow the steps to add supervision.

Manage their own account 

To manage their own account, your child can:

  1. Go to their inbox and open the email titled, "Ready to take charge of your Google Account?"
  2. Your child will pick certain settings for their account, like their SafeSearch setting for Google Search results.
  3. They'll tap I'm ready.

Note: If your child’s account was signed in on a Chromebook, they’ll need to sign out and sign in again to remove parental supervision features. If after doing this you’re still asked for a parent access code, you may need to factory reset your Chromebook.

Settings that change

When a child manages their own account and hasn't chosen to be supervised:

  • 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. 
  • Children will be given the option to enable personalized ads.

Note: Google will not personalize ads to children who live in the European Union before they reach at least the applicable age of consent in their country. Children who had supervision added to their previously existing Google Account will be able to adjust settings to control the ads they see once personalized ads are available to be served to them.

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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