Add supervision to an existing Google Account
What to know before you start
Your child's device must 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.
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.
Start supervision on your child's device
On your child's Android device
- On your child’s device, open Settings .
- Click Google Parental controls.
- Click Get started.
- Select Child or teen.
- Click Next.
- Select your child’s account or create a new one for them.
- Click Next Sign in with your (parent) account.
- Follow the steps to setup supervision on child account.
Set up supervision and filter settings
You can set up additional supervision services and settings for your child with the Family Link app on your own (parent) device.
Install Family Link for parents
Parents can install Family Link on their devices to change settings and remotely manage their child’s account and device. For parents with Android devices, Family Link can be installed automatically as part of setting up supervision on a child’s device. Parents can also install the Family Link app on their devices later from Google Play (for parents on Android) or the App Store (for parents on iPhones or iPads).
Once auto install is complete, or if you’ve skipped this step:
Click Next Done.
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.
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 . Follow the steps on the screen.
- On your child’s Chromebook, have your child sign out of their Chromebook.
- Have your child sign back in to their Chromebook.
- 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.
Note: You can’t stop supervision until your child reaches the applicable age to manage their own Google Account.
- On your parent device, open the Family Link app .
- Select the child who will no longer be supervised.
- Tap Manage Settings Account Info Stop supervision.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to confirm you understand what removing supervision means.
- 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.
If your child already has their own Google Account, you can add supervision and manage their parental controls 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.
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:
- Update some of your child’s account settings
- Help your child sign in to other devices with their Google Account
- Manage settings like Web and App Activity and Location History that control how Google collects and processes your child’s data
- Control whether your child can give third-party apps and sites access to their account
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: Regular accounts can connect to Google Home using the Google Home app on their own device.
Note: Your child will not be able to stop supervision until they reach the applicable age to manage their own Google Account.