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 existing Google Account.

Note: If your parent created a Google Account for you using Family Link or provided consent for you to continue using 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 existing Google Account, your parent can use Family Link to manage things like:

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.

Note: If you live in Japan, use a Pixel 3 phone, and are under 18, stopping supervision may work differently.

What parents can’t see & do

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

  • Remotely see your screen
  • See your past searches
  • See your Chrome browsing history
  • See 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
  • Block you from stopping supervision

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

Stop supervision

Note: 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 using 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 Family Link 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.

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.

Note: 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 a supervised Android device
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Family Link Family Link.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Account supervision.
  4. At the bottom of the page, tap stop supervision.
  5. Follow the instructions to stop supervision.
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 and are using a Pixel 3

Due to your country’s laws for children under the age of 18, if you’re signed in to a Pixel 3 phone and stop supervision without your parent’s permission, your Pixel 3 will be locked. Your Pixel 3 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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