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Use parental controls on Google TV

Set up a kids profile on Google TV to choose which apps your kids can use, and to set up bedtime reminders and screen time limits.

Kids profiles may not be available in some regions or on some devices.

Set up & use a kids profile

Add a kids profile

  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select your profile.
  2. Under "Who’s watching," select Add a kid and then Get started.
  3. Select an option:
    • If your child has a Google Account or kids profile in your family group: Select the child you want to set up.
    • If you haven’t set up a child in your family group: Select Add a kid and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Choose the apps you want to include in the kid's home screen.
  5. To set up parental controls, follow the on-screen instructions.

Switch to a kids profile

  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select your profile.
  2. Select the kid’s profile.

Set up a profile lock

Important: With a profile lock, you have to enter the adult’s Google Account PIN or password to exit a kids profile. This is the same PIN or password that you use for Google Pay and other Google services.

  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts & Sign In and select your kid’s profile.
  3. Select Profile lock.
  4. To turn on “Profile lock,” verify your identity and enter your Google Account PIN or password.

Choose what & when kids can watch

Allow or block content or apps

Allow or hide apps

  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts & Sign In and select your kid’s profile.
  3. Select Manage apps.
    • To allow apps: Next to the app, check the blue box. Apps are installed automatically.
    • To hide apps: Next to the app, uncheck the blue box.

Allow or block content in your library based on rating

Important: This only works for content purchased from Google and shared with your kid. This setting doesn't apply in apps. Learn more about the Google Play Family Library.
  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts & Sign In and select your kid’s profile.
  3. Select Family Library.
  4. Set the maximum allowed rating for Movies and TV.
Set a daily screen time limit
  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts & Sign In and select your kid’s profile.
  3. Select Screen time and then Daily limit.
  4. Select the days you’d like to schedule a daily limit.
  5. Choose how many hours your kid can watch TV each day. 
    • You can set limits in intervals of 15 minutes, up to 8 hours.
Set a daily bedtime
  1. From the Google TV home screen, in the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. To select the kid’s profile, go to Accounts & Sign In.
  3. Select Screen time and then​​ Bedtime.
  4. Select the days you’d like to schedule a bedtime.
  5. Select when your kid’s TV time should start and end. 
    • Times are available in intervals of 30 minutes.
Add bonus time

When the daily watch time for your kid ends, you can add bonus time:

  1. From the timeout screen, select More time More time.
  2. Select how much bonus time to add. 
    • You can add bonus time in intervals of 15 minutes, up to 8 hours.
  3. To confirm the bonus time, enter your Google Account PIN or password.
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