Parental Controls Apps: Essential for Android Devices

When it comes to the choice of smartphone brands and models available, no operating system can come close to Android. Additionally, Android devices generally allow for more comprehensive parental controls than iOS platforms. Safes, our parental control app for Android, takes full advantage of this to empower you in protecting your kids from digital harm. 

Family Link is Google’s parental control app for Android. It’s designed to protect children as they explore across Android and ChromeOS devices. Family Link helps parents protect children’s privacy online, filter out inappropriate content, see children’s locations live, and more.  

Read through this article to learn how to set up Family Link parental controls. 

What Family Link Offers

Google Family Link helps parents have deeper insights into their child’s activity on their phones and ensure their online safety. You can set various parental control settings on your child’s browser or YouTube to keep explicit content form showing up on their device. Additionally, the Family Link app lets you see the location of your child’s device whenever they’re online. 

How to Set Up Family Link Parental Controls for Android:

  1. Download the Family Link app from Play Store on both your, and your child’s phone
  2. Create a Google account for yourself and your child (skip this step if you already have a Google account) 
  3. Select your google account as the parent and put in your child’s google account as the child 
  4. A Parental Consent window will open. Put in your credit card information (you won’t be charged) and agree to the Terms and Conditions 
  5. On your child’s phone, sign in to their google account, select your account as the parent 
  6. Review your child’s app permissions, and you’re all set. 


Note: If you’re looking for an Android parental control app that also supports Apple devices, allows monitoring until your kids reach 18, or provides location history and geofencing, you can consider third-party solutions like Safes. 

Safes — All-around Parental Control App for Android

How Safes Helps Your Child

Protect from Harmful Content

Safes protects your child from inappropriate and harmful content to ensure their mental well-being.

Form Healthy Digital Habits 

Safes helps prevent harmful routines — i.e., video game addiction and unhealthy sleep patterns — and form positive digital habits.

Keep Track of When & Where 

Safes tells you where your child is and what they are doing with their device in real time.

Pave the Way for Growth 

Safes creates a safe and distraction-free space for your child to expand their mind and broaden their horizon.

Create Customized Safety Plans 

Your child is unique. Our flexible solution helps you create a customized digital safety plan that fits your kid’s unique needs.

Fully Packed for a Safer Digital Journey 

Our parental control app for android offers everything you need to create a safe and distraction-free digital experience for your kids.

• Multi-platform Protection 

Protect your kids’ online and offline presence on major platforms, not just Android. Safes also supports all iOS, macOS, and Windows devices as well.

Detailed Activity Reports  

Learn all about your kids’ digital behavior within seconds. Safes activity reports covers several bases, including screen time, app and social media usage, and blocked content requests.

Screen Time Management 

Set a screen time limit or a smart day-to-day schedule on your kid’s Android device to protect them from sleep disorders, excessive and harmful screen time, and distractions.

• Website Content Filtering  

Block out inappropriate web content like violence, hate speech, and pornography. You can do this by adding specific URLs, content categories, or keywords to the block list.

• App blocker  

Protect your kids from inappropriate, distracting, or addictive apps. You can block or limit your kid’s access to any app — like video games or social media — with our parental control app for Android.

• Location Tracking  

Keep your kids away from dangerous environments by keeping track of where they are in real time.

• Geofence  

Create specific rules for specific places. Geofence lets you block irrelevant or distracting apps in various physical environments like schools. Geofence will also notify you when your kids check in or out of the perimeters.

• Battery Check 

You can know the battery level on your kid’s android device at any time. Safes will also let you know when the battery level gets under 20 percent and needs a recharge.

• Science-based Profiles  

Safes simplifies your monitoring process by suggesting profiles that apply psychologist-recommended rules and limits based on your child’s age.

• Uninstall Protection 

Don’t worry about your kid bypassing your rules. Safes uninstall protection ensures only you can remove the app from your child’s device. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have any questions? We’re here to help!

No. We’ve covered all the Android issues that let kids bypass parental controls and covered them with Safes. We’ve made sure whatever rules you set stays in place. 

Yes. For example, Google Family Link offers parental control features for free. However, free apps don’t offer all the parental features you need to ensure your kid’s digital safety.

With third-party apps like Safes, you can get a broader range of protection often at affordable prices. For instance, you can buy Safes Premium for as low as $3.33 a month (yearly plan). 

Safes is compatible with all devices that operate on Android 6 and above.

Safes’ App helps you block or limit the use of any app on your kids’ android devices based on time or where they’re at. Features like App Blocker, Smart Schedule, and Geofencing will help you do that.

Safes can block inappropriate searches on Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.