Parents keep asking us, „How can I see what apps my kid has downloaded?“ Because they are worried about the app that may not be suitable for their children’s age. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss how to see your child’s recent app downloads, the apps that are currently on your child’s phone, and how to prevent your child from downloading new apps using Safe’s parental control suite or options that are available by default on your child’s phone. But first, let’s discuss why monitoring app download is important.
Why is child app monitoring important?
Some parents are hesitant to control the apps their kids download from app distribution platforms like App Store and Google Play . They believe that since these platforms are official, the apps they share pose no safety or health risks to children. But that’s not true. Each app is suitable for a specific age group. For this reason, platform moderators give them an age restriction tag on official app distribution platforms because of their content. There are good reasons for restricting apps as some of them, such as B. Social media apps that compromise children’s privacy and safety, while some games contain violent or sexual content.
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Although official app distribution platforms limit app downloads based on users‘ ages, children can fake their age to download the app. In addition, unofficial platforms usually have no restrictions on downloading apps. Aside from safety and health risks, unofficial platforms can pose safety risks for children by offering malicious apps for download.
The good news is that with Safe’s parental control suite , you can prevent your child from accessing app distribution platforms and downloading inappropriate apps. In the following sections we explain this in detail.
How to see your kid’s apps remotely
Of course, we don’t recommend asking your child to hand you their phone or tablet every now and then to check what new apps they have installed. Most children, especially adolescents, consider such parental control strategy to be an invasion of their privacy. In turn, we recommend installing the Safes parental control app, which lets you see all the apps currently on your kid’s phone and alerts you when your kid installs a new app remotely. After installing Safes Kid on your child’s phone, tablet or computer, you no longer need to touch the device because you can monitor and control it from your phone or computer.
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How to see what apps are in my child’s phone safes
To use Safes, you must first sign up on the Safes website or download the Safes app to your phone. Then you should pair your child’s phone or tablet by installing Safes Kid (a companion app) on your child’s devices. Afterward, log back into your Safes panel and go to the App Blocker section. Here in the „Allowed“ column you have all PPS installed and allowed to use on your kid’s phone.
How to see your child’s recent app downloads with Safes
To see your child’s recently downloaded apps, log into Safes and go to Notifications. If your child has new apps installed, a note will appear with the app’s name.
How to stop my child from downloading apps
To prevent your child from downloading apps, you can use the Safes parental control suite or the default settings on your child’s iPhone or Android phone to block access to app distribution platforms. The difference between the two methods is that Safes allows you to block your child’s access to all app distribution platforms (official and unofficial), while using the default settings on your child’s iPhone or Android phone, you can only block access Block on the App Store and Google Play.
How to stop my child from downloading apps with safes
To block your child’s access to the App Store on iOS or Google Play on Android phones, log into Safes and go to App Blocker. Then move App Store/Google Play from the Allowed column to the Blocked column.
You have two options to prevent your child from downloading apps from other app distribution platforms like Microsoft Apps . You can either block the platforms‘ apps after your child installs them using the procedure above, or prevent your child from accessing them by blocking their websites. To block their websites, go to the „Web Filters“ section in Safes, then tap „Exceptions“ and then the + icon. In the given bar, enter the website address (URL) of the platform you want to block and turn on „Block“. Finally, tap on „Add“.
How to stop my child from downloading apps on iPhone
If your child has an iPhone, you can prevent them from downloading or removing apps from the App Store. To use this feature, go to Settings on your child’s phone and tap Screen Time. Then tap on “Content and Privacy Restrictions”. If you have previously set a passcode for this section, you will need to enter it. You should then click on „iTunes & App Store Purchases“. In this area you have three items:
- Installing apps
- Deleting apps
- In-App Purchases
Select „Don’t Allow“ for each item to prevent your child from installing/deleting apps and making in-app purchases.
How to stop my child from downloading apps on Android
If you and your child have Android phones, you can use Google Play settings to prevent your child from downloading apps or making in-app purchases. First you need to open the Google Play app on your phone and tap on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen. Then tap „Settings“ and then „Manage Family Members“. Tap your child’s name if you’ve already added their account as a family member. Otherwise, tap Invite Family Members and follow the steps to add your child as a family member. In the new window that appears, tap „Purchase Approvals“ to access the following options:
- All content
- Paid content only
- In-app purchases only
- No permit required
Select „All Content“ to receive a purchase confirmation email when your child chooses to install a new app.
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How can I see which apps my child has downloaded? -Summary
If you find useful and want to learn more about the features Safes offers to protect your child from inappropriate apps, check the Features and Pricing Plans pages on our website. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
frequently asked Questions
Parents can see what apps they download
Yes. Parents can see what app you have downloaded and installed on your phone, tablet or computer by installing parental control apps like Safes on your devices.
How can I see what apps are on my child’s iPhone?
You can see what apps are on your kid’s iPhone by installing parental control apps like Safes on their device.
Is it possible to see the apps on my child’s phone without them knowing?
Yes. If you install a parental control app like Safes on your child’s phone, you can see what apps they have installed on their phone using your computer or phone. Your child might know that you have a parental control app installed on their devices, but wouldn’t realize it unless you check it .