Maps & your child's Google Account

Google Maps is available for children with Google Accounts managed with Family Link.

How Google Maps works

For the most part, Google Maps will be the same for children as it is for adults. There are only a few things children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) whose accounts are managed with Family Link can't do, including:

  • Write reviews or rate businesses
  • Add or edit places on the map
  • See a timeline of places they’ve been

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

Location sharing in Google Maps

It’s possible to share your location with others in Google Maps. To manage whether your child can share their location, you can turn your child’s location settings on or off.

Children whose Google Accounts were created by a parent

Children under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) whose accounts are managed with Family Link can only share their real-time location with their parents.

Children who had supervision added to their existing Google Account

Children can share their real-time location with their parents and other people if supervision was added to the child’s existing Google Account.

Parents can stop future location sharing for their children by turning off device location settings and Location History.

When children can turn off location sharing

Children over 13 (or the applicable age in your country) who had supervision added to their previously existing Google Account can stop location sharing at any time. They can do this by stopping supervision or, depending on their supervision settings, by turning off location history.

Note: Children whose parents provided consent for their child's continued use of their Google Account cannot stop supervision until they reach the applicable age and choose to manage their own account.

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