Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu
true

Sign your child in on their device

When you use Family Link to create a Google Account for your child under 13, you can allow them to sign in to some Google services on their device. 

Sign in on an Android device

Sign your child in

Once you've created an account for your child, you can use it to sign in on an Android device.

  1. Find the Android device you want to sign in your child's Google Account to.
  2. If the device has been used before, do a factory reset. If you want, you can back up the data from the device and download it on another device before starting the factory reset.
  3. Turn on the device.
  4. When prompted, sign in with your child's Google Account email address and password.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to set up the device, install Family Link, and turn on Google Services.
Add a second profile to your child's device

The steps below will only work if your child's device allows multiple profiles.

Important: If you add other profiles, your Family Link settings for your child's account won't apply to those profiles. It's important to use security measures to protect additional profiles. This will help prevent your child from switching users and bypassing parental settings.

Step 1: Allow additional users

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the card with your child's device, tap View settings.
  4. Turn "Add/Remove user" on.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name at families.google.com.

Step 2: Add another user to the device

If the instructions below don't work, try searching the device's Help Center for instructions on adding another user. 

  1. On your child's Android device, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Users and then Add user or profile.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to add another user.

Step 3: Set a screen lock for the new profile

  1. Make sure to set a screen lock for any new users you’ve created. This helps prevent your child from switching to this user to circumvent your parental settings.
  2. In Family Link, turn the "Add/Remove user" switch off to prevent further users from being added or deleted.

Step 4: Switch between users

  1. From the top of any Home screen, swipe down with two fingers.
  2. At the top right, tap Switch user People.
  3. Tap the user you want to switch to.

Remove account or erase device

Erase your child's device

When you do a factory reset, your child's data is deleted from the device's internal storage, including their Google Account, apps, photos, settings, and other user data. Also, parent management settings won't apply to the device anymore. 

Important: If you're erasing a device so someone else can use it, remove your child's account from the device first. If you don't, you'll need to sign in with your child's Google Account after the device is erased.

  1. Open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. On the card with their device's name, tap Settings and then Reset device & delete data. The device will turn black immediately, and the data will start erasing. If the device is offline, the factory reset will happen as soon as it's back online.

If your child has an SD card in the device, your child might still have information saved to the SD card.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name at families.google.com.

Remove your child's account from the device

When you remove your child's account from the device, information associated with that account is deleted from the device, including emails, contacts, device settings, and parent supervision settings.

  1. On your child's Android device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menuand then Remove account.
  3. Select your email address, then enter your password to confirm.
  4. Tap Remove account.

If your child's device isn't connected to the Internet, use a parent access code to remove their account.

page author courtney

Courtney is a Google for Families expert, and the author of this help page. Help her improve this page by leaving feedback below.

Was this article helpful?
How can we improve it?