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How added supervision works

We take your privacy seriously, and want you to know how Family Link parental supervision works when it’s added to your Google Account.

Important: If your parent created a Google Account for you with Family Link or provided consent for you to continue with your Google Account, their supervision controls may be different.

What parents can do with Family Link

If you and your parent add supervision to your Google Account, your parent can use Family Link to manage things like:

Account settings & controls 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.

If parental supervision is added to your existing Google Account and you’re above the applicable age in your country, you or your parent can stop supervision at any time. If you stop supervision, your parent will be notified and your supervised Android devices will be locked temporarily.

Important: You may stop supervision differently if you live in Japan, use a Pixel phone, and are under 18.

What parents can’t check or do with supervision

If you and your parent choose to add supervision to your Google Account, your parent can’t use Family Link to:

  • Remotely monitor your screen
  • Check your past searches
  • Check your Chrome browsing history
  • Check or reset your account password
  • Read your emails or messages
  • Listen to your calls
  • Delete your account
  • Choose a new screen lock password on your device
  • Erase the data on your device
  • Remove your ability to stop supervision

Tip: You won’t be able to stop supervision until you reach the applicable age in your country to manage your own Google Account.

Stop supervision

Important: Neither you nor your parent can stop supervision if you’re under the applicable age in your country and your parent provided consent for you to continue to use your Google Account.

With your parent’s help

If your parent turns off added supervision from Family Link on their own device, your device won’t be locked. To turn off supervision, your parent can follow these steps:

  1. Open the Family Link Family Link.
  2. Select the child who will no longer be supervised.
  3. Tap Controls and then Account settings and then Account Info and then Stop supervision.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm you understand what happens when you stop supervision.
  5. Tap Stop supervision.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Without your parent’s help

If you turn off added supervision, your parent will be notified and your supervised Android devices will lock for 24 hours.

Important: If your family group has a family payment method, you’ll be removed from the Family Group if you stop supervision without your parent’s permission.

On the web
  1. Go to families.google.com/supervision.
  2. At the bottom of the page, tap stop supervision.
  3. Follow the instructions to stop supervision.
On a new device
  1. Sign in with your Google Account email address and password.
  2. When prompted to get your parent, tap Learn more.
  3. Scroll down and tap stop supervision.
  4. Tap the box to confirm that you understand the consequences of stopping supervision.
  5. Tap Stop supervision.

If you live in Japan & use a Pixel

Due to your country’s laws for children under the age of 18, if you’re signed in to a Pixel phone and stop supervision without your parent’s permission, your Pixel will be locked. Your Pixel will stay locked until your parent unlocks it or you turn 18. Any other supervised devices will be locked for 24 hours.

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