Use parental controls on Google TV

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

Children's profile may not be available in some regions or on some devices.

Set up and use a children's profile

Add a children's profile

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

Switch to a children's profile

  1. From the Google TV home screen, at the top right, go to the profile icon and select your profile.
  2. Select the child’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 children's 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, at the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts and Sign-In and select your child’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 and when your children can watch

Allow or block content or apps

Allow or hide apps

  1. From the Google TV home screen, at the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts and Sign-In and select your child’s profile.
  3. Select Manage apps.
    • To allow apps: Next to the app, tick the blue box. Apps are installed automatically.
    • To hide apps: Next to the app, untick 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 child. This setting doesn't apply in apps. Learn more about the Google Play Family Library.
  1. From the Google TV home screen, at the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts and Sign-In and select your child’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, at the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts and Sign-In and select your child’s profile.
  3. Select Screen time and then Daily limit.
  4. Select the days that you’d like to schedule a daily limit.
  5. Choose how many hours your child can watch TV each day. 
    • You can set limits in intervals of 15 minutes, up to eight hours.
Set a daily bedtime
  1. From the Google TV home screen, at the top right, go to the profile icon and select Settings.
  2. To select the child’s profile, go to Accounts and Sign-In.
  3. Select Screen time and then​​ Bedtime.
  4. Select the days that you’d like to schedule a bedtime.
  5. Select when your child’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 child 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 eight hours.
  3. To confirm the bonus time, enter your Google Account PIN or password.
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