Add supervision to an existing Google Account

If your child has their own Google Account, you can add supervision to their account with Family Link. It may take up to 15 minutes to add supervision 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 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.

Note: Stopping supervision may work differently for children under 18 who live in Japan and are using a Pixel 3 phone.

Requirements

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

  • Have a Google Account. If you don’t have one you can create a Google Account for free.
  • Be 18 or older (or the appropriate age in your country).
  • Recommended: Have an Android device (4.4+), iPhone or iPad (iOS 9+) to download the Family Link app on.

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.

What parents can see and do with added supervision

Note: 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 existing Google Account, you can use Family Link to manage things like:

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 see & do

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

  • Remotely see your child’s screen
  • See your child’s past searches
  • See your child’s Chrome browsing history
  • See 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

Note: Your child will not be able to stop supervision until they reach the applicable age to manage their own Google Account.

Add supervision

What to know before you start

To add supervision, your child will need Google Family Link for children & teens on their Android device. Your child and their Android device will need to be nearby when you’re adding supervision to their account.

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

Step 1: Get started on your parent device

Note: If you want to turn on supervision for your child's Chromebook and your child doesn't have an Android device, you can add supervision online.

If you already manage another child’s account with Family Link
  1. On your parent device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. In the top right, select Add Add.
  3. Under "Does your child have a Google Account?" tap Yes.
  4. Under "Get your child’s device," tap Next.
  5. Find your 9-character Family Link setup code. You’ll enter this code on your child’s device during Step 2.
If you don’t already use Family Link
  1. On your parent Android or iPhone device, install Google Family Link for parents Family Link .
  2. Open the Family Link app Family Link and tap Get started.
  3. Follow the instructions to select your parent account and make sure you’re a family manager.
  4. Under "Does your child have a Google Account?" tap Yes.
  5. Under "Get your child’s device," tap Next.
  6. Find your 9-character Family Link setup code. You’ll enter this code on your child’s device during Step 2.

Step 2: Set up supervision on your child’s Android device

Note: If you want to turn on supervision for your child's Chromebook and your child doesn't have an Android device, you can add supervision online.

  1. On your child’s Android device, have your child open the Play Store Google Play.
  2. Search for "Google Family Link."
  3. Tap Google Family Link for children & teens and then Install and then Open.
  4. Your child follows the instructions to choose the device and account that will be supervised.
    • If your child’s device has multiple accounts or your child is signed in to other devices, they’ll learn how supervision will affect those accounts and devices.
    • After supervision has been set up for your child, they will not be able to use their account on devices running Android versions below 5.1 or Chromebooks running Chrome OS versions below 65.
  5. Under "Connect your devices," enter the 9-character Family Link setup code from the parent device.
  6. You and your child follow the instructions to learn about supervision and finish setting it up.

Step 3: Manage your child’s account, devices, apps & more

Once you’ve added supervision to your child’s Google Account, learn more about how to manage your child’s Google Account.

Turn on supervision for other Android devices or Chromebooks

Android devices

On your child’s other Android phone or tablet, have your child tap the "Account Action Required" notification and follow the instructions.

If you don’t see a notification, open the Google Play app Google Play. Follow the steps on the screen.

Chromebooks

  1. On your child’s Chromebook, have your child sign out of their Chromebook.
  2. Have your child sign back in to their Chromebook.
  3. Recommended: Disable guest mode and control who can sign in to your child's Chromebook. If guest mode and adding new users are allowed, your child can use the Chromebook without Family Link settings applying.

Stop supervision

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

  1. On your parent device, open the Family Link app Family Link.
  2. Select the child who will no longer be supervised.
  3. Tap Manage Settings and then Account Info and then Stop supervision.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to confirm you understand what removing supervision means.
  5. Tap Stop Supervision and follow the instructions.

Note: 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.

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