Kids and family
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. You can use the Stadia family dashboard on the web to manage these settings, as well as your Family Link app on your mobile device.
Set up Stadia for your child
To set up Stadia for your child, you must be the Family manager or Head of household in your Google family group. You and your child will both need to do some setup steps, so it’s recommended that you do this together. If you haven’t already, you’ll also need to set up a Google Account for your child before you get started.
You will need to create your child’s Stadia identity, choose gameplay limits and privacy settings, and set up a family payment method that your child can use for subscribing and requesting games purchases.
Once you’ve created Stadia accounts for your children, they will need to log in to the Stadia app on their phone. They must ask for your permission to use the family payment method to enable the Stadia subscription and to play their first game. To complete setup, you will need to approve their request to subscribe to Stadia Pro, either from the Stadia family dashboard online, or from the Family Link app on your mobile device.
During setup, you will need:
- A computer with access to the internet from a Chrome browser
- The 16-digit Stadia access 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
Your children will need:
Their own Android phone or iPhone
You can start setup when you receive the email “It’s time to join Stadia!”
Important: These steps tell you what you need to do and what your child needs to do for successful Stadia setup.
- Your child launches the Stadia app on their phone requests to sign up.
- You open the email “Your child wants to join Stadia” select Get started follow the steps until you see “You’re almost done setting up Stadia for your child.”
- From their Stadia app, your child requests to subscribe to Stadia pro.
- You open the email “Your child sent you a purchase request ” select review purchase request approve the subscription purchase on the Stadia family dashboard online. Alternatively, you can look for the request on your child’s dashboard in the Family Link app on your mobile device.
- Your child claims a free game in the Stadia app requests to play.
- You open email “Your child sent you a play request” select review play request approve the request online on the Stadia family dashboard. Alternatively, you can look for the request on your child’s dashboard in the Family Link app on your mobile device.
- Your child’s app should update once the request is approved.
- If your child wants to use the Stadia controller, continue to step 8.
- If you don’t have a Stadia controller, your child is ready to play on a computer (in a Chrome browser at stadia.com) or on a compatible phone. To begin to play, your child can open the game on their device and click Play.
- You plug in your Chromecast Set up your Chromecast in the Google Home app.
- Your child clicks the controller icon in the Stadia app follows the steps to set up their controller.
- Your child adds their Stadia account to the Chromecast.
- Your child enters the linking code on the TV plays a game.
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:
- Your child returns to the Stadia app on their phone taps the game.
- In the device selector under Play, your child selects the Chromecast TV.
During the setup process, you can set limits on the game content your child can access and your child’s ability to connect with other players. After setup, you can manage these settings on the Stadia family dashboard online. Note that restrictions that are placed while your child is playing will not take effect until the next play session.
- Games restrictions by rating: You can set content restrictions based on game ratings. Your child can access every game at the rating you chose and below. For example, if you set your child’s View Content Restriction to “T for Teen,” your child will be able to play games rated at “E,” “E10+,” and “Teen.” Games with a rating above the one you’ve chosen will not be visible to your child in the Stadia Store tab.
- To set games restrictions, tap Edit.
- 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.
- To manage your child’s settings, tap the slider next to the setting.
Your child has the same privacy options as other players. You can choose the privacy options you want your child to have. Your child will be able to see the privacy settings you chose but will not be able to change them. After setup, you can manage these settings on the Stadia family dashboard online.
Parent purchase and play approvals
As the parent, you must approve all games that your child purchases or plays on Stadia. 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.
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 that they can use to subscribe and make purchase requests.
To allow your child and other family members to use the family payment method in the Stadia App on Android, you must also enable it on Google Play. To do this, set up a Google Play Family Library. You must have Google Play Family Library enabled for your child to subscribe and make purchases on the Stadia App on Android. Play purchase approval settings will apply for any purchases made on an Android device.
If your child is under 13, you must approve each game they want to buy. Your child could request the purchase of a game from the Stadia store, but Stadia won’t allow your child to complete the purchase until you approve it on the Stadia family dashboard online or from the Family Link app on your mobile device.
Note: You must approve the purchase on your child’s device.
- Your child sees a game in the Stadia store and taps Ask to buy.
- You enter the correct password and approve the purchase on your child’s device.
- The game appears in your child’s game library.
A Stadia Pro subscription allows players to claim games as part of the subscription benefits. When new games are offered, 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 and then must send a request to get your approval to play the game.
- Your child sees a game available to claim in the Stadia Pro section of the store and taps Claim.
- Your child taps Play and sees the play dialog for that game.
- Your child taps Play request and sends the request to play.
- You receive an email to review the play request.
- You approve or deny the request either on the Stadia family dashboard on the web or through the Family Link app on your mobile device.
- If you approve the purchase, the game appears in your child’s library.
Note: Your child may not see a dialog when they click Play request or an indication that the request was sent. If this happens, the play request was still sent and you will receive an email asking you to review it. This is an issue we’re working on and it should be resolved soon.
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. This information is only used to enable in-game features, not for marketing purposes. Once you give consent, you can revoke or renew it for individual publishers from your Stadia family dashboard at g.co/stadia/families.