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Add & manage supervision on a current Google Account

If your child already has their own Google Account, you can add supervision and manage their parental controls with Family Link.

If your child under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) doesn't have a Google Account yet, you can create one for them and manage it with Family Link.

If your child uses a Pixel Tablet, you can create a Google Account without an email address and password for them.

If you add parental supervision to your child's existing Google Account and your child is above the applicable age in your country, you or your child can stop supervision at any time. If your child stops supervision, you'll be notified and your child's supervised devices will be locked temporarily.

Tip: Stopping supervision may work differently for children under 18 who live in Japan and use a Pixel phone.

Requirements

To add supervision to your child's existing Google Account, you need to:

  • Have a Google Account yourself. If you don't have one you can create a Google Account at no charge.
  • Be 18 or older or the appropriate age in your country.

Tip: The Family Link app works best on these devices and versions:

  • Android devices with Android version 5+
  • iPhones or iPads with iOS version 13+
  • Chromebooks with version M69+

To let a parent supervise their existing Google Account, a child needs to:

  • Agree to parental supervision.
  • Live in the same country as their parent.

Add supervision

What to know before you start

Your child and their device must be nearby when you’re adding supervision to their account.

Important: If you need to provide consent for your child's continued use of their Google Account, the steps are different.

Start supervision on your child's device

Set up supervision from your child's Android device

Important:

  • If your child uses a Pixel Tablet and is below 9 years old, you can create a Google account for them without an email address and password.
  • Your child will need to give you their consent when you set up supervision on their account.

Add supervision on Android

  1. On your child's device, open Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Google and then Parental controls .
  3. Tap Get started and then Child or teen and then Next.
  4. Select your child's account or create a new one for them.
  5. Tap Next and then Sign in with your (parent) account.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up supervision on your child's account.

Set up supervision on your child's Chromebook

  1. On your child's Chromebook, open Settings Settings.
  2. Next to People and then Parental Controls , click Set up.
  3. Follow the steps to setup supervision on the child's account. Your child will need to give their consent during the setup process.

Set up supervision from web or a non-Android device

If your child doesn't have an Android device, follow these instructions to set up supervision. Make sure to use your child's email and password.

Manage supervision and filter settings

You can manage parental control settings for your child's supervised devices with the Family Link app Family Link on your own (i.e., the parent's) device.

Install Family Link for parents

Parents can install Family Link for parents app Family Link on their devices to change parental control settings and remotely manage their child's supervised devices. To do so, you can download the app from the Google Play Store (for parents on Android or Chromebook) or the App Store (for parents on iPhones or iPads).

Manage your child's account, devices, apps & more

Once you've added supervision to your child's Google Account, learn more about what you can manage.

Stop supervision

You can't stop supervision until your child reaches the applicable age to manage their own Google Account.

Stop supervision with a parent's device

To go to the child's account settings that you last visited in the Family Link app, tap the button below:

Stop Family Link supervision

To stop supervision with a parent's device:

  1. On your parent device, open the Family Link app  Family Link.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Controls and then Account Settings and then Account Info.
  4. Tap Stop supervision.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Stop supervision with your child's device
If you added supervision to your child's existing Google Account, your child can also turn off supervision themselves. If your child turns off supervision without your permission, you'll be notified and their supervised Android devices will lock temporarily.
Important: To stop supervision on your child’s device, it must have Android 7.0 or higher.
  1. On your child's device, open Settings .
    • On Android versions 8.1 (O) and later, tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls.
    • On other Android versions, tap Google and then Parental controls.
  2. At the top right, tap More and then Stop supervision.
  3. To verify you are a parent, sign in or use your Parent Access Code.
  4. To turn off supervision, follow the on-screen instructions.

What parents can check and do with added supervision

Important: If you provided consent for your child's continued use of their Google Account, some supervision and account features work differently.

If you add parental supervision to your child's current Google Account, you can use Family Link to manage things like:

Account settings & control Apps on supervised devices Location of Android devices Screen time on supervised devices Google Chrome, Search & Play filters

Tip: Purchase approval settings apply only to purchases made through Google Play's billing system.

Google services & your child's Google Account

If your child has a Google Account, they can use a variety of Google services. Keep in mind that these services generally aren't designed for children.

What parents can't check or do

If you and your child choose to add supervision to their current Google Account, you won't be able to use Family Link to:

Important: Your child won't be able to stop supervision until they reach the applicable age to manage their own Google Account.

  • Remotely check your child's screen
  • Find your child's past searches
  • Check your child's Chrome browsing history
  • Check or reset your child's account password
  • Read your child's emails or messages
  • Listen to your child's calls
  • Delete your child's account
  • Choose a new screen lock password on your child's device
  • Erase the data on your child's device
  • Block your child from stopping supervision
  • Link your child's account to Google Home

Tip: Regular accounts can connect to Google Home with the Google Home app on their own device.

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