Set up Stadia for kids and families

Parents have special controls and privacy settings to help manage their children's Stadia experience, including which games they can play and who they can play with. Parents also need to set up a family payment method so their children can send them requests to make purchases in the Stadia store. To manage these settings, go to the Stadia family dashboard or the Family Link app Family Link on your Android device.

Using family payment methods on Android

Before family members can use a family payment method in the Stadia app Stadia icon on Android, the family group manager must set up a Google Play Family Library. After the Family Library is enabled, family members (including children) can send purchase requests to the family manager from the Stadia store on Android.

The family manager's purchase approval settings in Google Play will apply to any Stadia purchase requests made on an Android device. If the family group manager disables purchase approvals, children in the group will be able to purchase games on Android devices without approval.

Getting started

Before you begin, you'll need to set up a Google Account for your child, where they will be added to your Google family group. Your child needs to request to create a Stadia account. As the group's family manager or head of household, you will receive a "[child name] wants to join Stadia" email from Stadia. Follow the instructions to set up a Stadia account for your child.

During setup, you'll need:

  • A computer with access to the internet from a Chrome browser
  • Optional: The Stadia invite code you or your child received from a friend's invitation or from a Stadia purchase. Learn more about code redemption.
  • Your preferred payment information.

Step-by-step instructions

During setup, you and the child will need to perform some setup steps together:

  1. Child: Go to stadia.com.
  2. Child: Request to sign up for a new Stadia account on stadia.com.
  3. Parent: Open the email "Your child wants to join Stadia", then select Get started.
  4. Parent: If you or your child has an invite code, enter it now.
    • Note: The invite code must be entered at this step. It cannot be redeemed after the child's account has been created.
  5. Parent: Follow the steps until you see: "You're almost done setting up Stadia for your child."
  6. Child: If you redeemed an invite code, you'll have to request a Stadia Pro trial subscription.
    • Note: If you didn't redeem a code, you'll still have the option to request a Pro subscription after you've created an account.
  7. Parent: If the child requested a Stadia Pro subscription, open the email "Your child sent you a purchase request" and select Review purchase request. You can approve the request on the Stadia family dashboard or in the Family Link app Family Link.
  8. Child: In the app or on the website, claim and request to play a free Stadia Pro game.
  9. Parent: Open the email "Your child sent you a play request" and select Review play request.
  10. Parent: Approve the play request on the Stadia family dashboard or in the Family Link app Family Link.
  11. Child: If the child is using the Stadia app Stadia icon, wait for it to update on their device.
    • If the child wants to use a Stadia controller on a TV, skip to step 12.
    • If the child wants to play with a compatible mobile device and gamepad, have them sign into their account on the Stadia app Stadia icon and click Play Stadia Play button on the game they want to play.
    • If the child doesn't have a Stadia Controller, they can play on a computer. Have them open a Google Chrome browser window and sign in to their account at stadia.com.
  12. Parent: To let your child play on a TV using Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia Controller, set up your Chromecast in the Google Home app Google Home app.
  13. Child: To set up your child's Stadia Controller, click the controller icon in the Stadia app Stadia icon on the child's mobile device. Follow the steps to set up their controller.
  14. Child: Add their Stadia account to the Chromecast.
  15. Child: Use the Stadia Controller to enter the linking code displayed on the TV.

Note: When your child is prompted on their phone or tablet to add their Stadia account to the Chromecast, they might see the message "Enter the code displayed on your device." If they see this message, they should follow these steps to start playing the game:

  1. Child: On the child's mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. Child: Tap the game they want to play.
  3. Child: Under Play Stadia Play button, select the Chromecast they want to play on.

Gameplay limits

When you set up a Stadia account for your child, you can set limits on the game content they can access, as well as your child’s ability to connect with other players. After setup, you can manage these settings on the Stadia family dashboard.

Note: If you set restrictions while your child is playing a game, they won't take effect until the next time they start a game.

  • Games restrictions by rating: You can set content restrictions based on game ratings. Your child can access every game at the rating you choose and below. Games with a rating above the one you've chosen will not be visible to your child in the Stadia Store tab.
  • How your child connects with other players: You can choose if you want your child to be able to play multiplayer games or voice chat with other players online.

Privacy settings

Your child has the same privacy options as other players. You can choose the privacy options for your child. Your child will be able to see the privacy settings you've chosen, but won't be able to change them. After setup, you can manage these settings on the Stadia family dashboard.

Parent purchase and play approvals

For purchases made on stadia.com, Chromecast Ultra, or iOS, you will always receive a purchase approval request. For purchases made through the Stadia app on Android, you will receive a purchase approval request unless you have disabled approvals in your Google Play purchase approval settings. Your child will be able to ask both to buy games from the Stadia store and to play games that don't require purchase, such as games that come as part of a subscription.

Purchase approvals

Your child can make purchases on Stadia through a variety of devices, like their phone or computer. In order to set up your child's account, you must set up a family payment method they can use to subscribe and make purchase requests.

You must approve all purchases made by supervised family group members on stadia.com, Chromecast Ultra, or iOS. For all purchases made by supervised family group members through the Stadia app on Android, you must approve each purchase unless you have disabled approvals in your Google Play purchase approval settings. You can approve the purchase remotely using the Stadia family dashboard, or directly on your device with the Family Link app Family Link.

Here’s how it works:

  1. On their device, a child sees a game in the Stadia store and taps Buy.
  2. The parent receives an email request to review the purchase, then approves or denies the purchase.
    • The parent can make this decision remotely on the Stadia family dashboard.
    • The parent can also make this decision directly on the device using the Family Link app Family Link.
  3. If the parent approves the purchase, the game will appear in the child's library.

Play approvals

A Stadia Pro subscription allows players to claim games as part of their subscription benefits. When new games are offered, and if the game is at a rating level you've approved, your child will see the game in the Stadia store under "Stadia Pro games". They can claim the game, but they must send an approval request to the parent, and the parent must approve, in order to play it.

Here’s how Play Approvals work:

  1. Child: Taps Claim next to a game available to claim in the "Stadia Pro" section of the store.
  2. Child: Taps Play Stadia Play button to bring up the play dialog for that game.
  3. Child: Taps Play request Play request.
  4. Parent: Receives an email to review the play request.
  5. Parent: Approves or denies the request through the Stadia family dashboard on the web or through the Family Link app Family Link on a mobile device.
  6. Parent: Approves the purchase and the game appears in your child's library, or declines the request and the game does not appear in your child's library.

Note: Sometimes a child won't receive a confirmation that a request was sent after they select Play request Play request. We're working to resolve this issue.

Publisher Consent

When your child makes a request to buy or play a game from a new publisher, you'll have the option to give "Publisher data use consent." If you provide consent, publishers can access your child's Stadia friends list during multiplayer games to enable features like game invites or matchmaking. Once you give consent, you can revoke or renew it for individual publishers from your Stadia family dashboard at g.co/stadia/families.

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