Google Play & your child's Google Account

If you manage your child’s Google Account with Family Link, your child can use Google Play.

How Google Play works

For the most part, Google Play will be the same for children as it is for adults.

To see what's different, select the app name below to learn more.

Play Store

If you sign your child in to their Google Account on an Android device or Chromebook, they can use the Google Play Store to download content like apps, games, and movies.

To limit which content your child can download or purchase, you can:

Play Music 

There are a few things that children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) can't do in the Google Play Music app, including:

  • Listen to free radio
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Create public playlists
  • Share playlists they've created
  • Watch YouTube videos
  • Subscribe to Google Play Music

Note: These differences do not apply when Family Link supervision has been added to an existing Google Account.

Play Games

Children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) whose accounts are managed with Family Link can't sign in to the Play Games app with their Google Account.

Note: These differences do not apply when Family Link supervision has been added to an existing Google Account.

Play Books

The "EBooks for you" and "Audiobooks for you" sections won't show for children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) in the Play Books app.

Note: These differences do not apply when Family Link supervision has been added to an existing Google Account.

Play Movies

There are a few things that children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) can't do in the Google Play Movies app, including:

  • Sign in to Android TV, Roku, or Smart TV to watch Play Movies
  • Redeem offers for movies

Fix problems

My child can’t see the Google Play store

Note: Your child’s Chromebook needs Chrome OS 71 or up to use apps from Google Play. Learn how to update Chrome OS.

  1. On your child’s Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time and then Settings Settings.
  2. In the "Google Play Store" section, next to "Install apps and games from Google Play on your Chromebook," select Turn on.
    • Note: If you don't see this option, your child’s Chromebook doesn't work with Android apps.
  3. In the window that appears, click More.
  4. You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. When you’ve read and agreed, click I Agree.
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