In today's world, parents give their kids smartphones for studying online. However, a smartphone can be a distracting object for kids especially when there is an internet connection. Not just that, if your kid is too young, he may not know all the important operations, and hence, parents need to monitor their kid’s phone activities all the time.
For Android users, Google has come up with Family Link that lets the parents manage and monitor their kid's Google account and Android device easily. When kids turn 13, Google gives the kids control over their Google account and disassociates the parental control. But if you want to give your kid full control before turning 13, you need to remove Family Link either from your kid's device or parent's device. Similarly, some kids want to know how to remove Family Link without parent knowing.
In this article, we will illustrate how to set up and remove family link. However, Family Link does not provide complete parental monitoring, which is why we will recommend you to install KidsGuard Pro for Android to track every activity of your kid's phone.
- 1. How to Remove Family Link
- 2. How to Set up Family Link
- 3. Bonus: Best Way to Keep Track of Child's Phone
1. How to Remove Family Link?
If you are a parent, you can remove Family Link from your own device. If you are a kid and you want to remove Family Link, you can also do it from your own device, and you do not need your parent's device. That is why your parent won't know that you have removed Family Link.
How to remove Family Link from child's phone?
Step 1: Go to your phone's app drawer and open Family Link app (for children & teens).
Step 2: When the app opens, tap on three-dash icon at the top left corner.
Step 3: From the drop-down menu, tap on Remove Account option.
Step 4: On the next screen, confirm by tapping on Remove Account button.
Step 5: Then, you have to select the parent’s email address and enter its password for confirmation.
If your device does not have an internet connection, you can get a parent access code and use it to remove their account offline.
How to remove Google Family Link from parent's phone?
Step 1: Go to your phone's app drawer and open Family Link app (for parents).
Step 2: When the app opens, tap on three-dash icon at the top left corner.
Step 3: From the drop-down menu, tap on Family Group option.
Step 4: On the next screen, tap on your child name.
Step 5: On the next screen, tap on Manage option under Settings heading.
Step 6: Then on Account Info option.
Step 7: Tap on Stop Supervision option.
Step 8: On the next screen, agree to terms and conditions and finally tap on Stop Supervision button.
This is the process on how to turn off Family Link. However, you can turn it on any time in future as per requirements.
2. How to Set up Family Link?
If your child is under 13 years of age and you have bought a new Android device for your child, you should set up Family Link before handing him over the device. Therefore, to set up Family Link, you will need to have parent's device as well as child’s device. Moreover, you will require internet connection on both devices.
Create A Google Account For Your Child:
On Parent's Device
Step 1: Go to Play Store and search for “Family Link for Parents”.
Step 2: Install Family Link for Parents app and open the app.
Step 3: Once the app opens, follow the on-screen instructions and tap on Get Started button. Thereafter, you have to select your (parent) Google account.
Step 4: Then, you will land of the main screen of the app. Tap on “+” icon at the top right corner.
Step 5: You will be asked, “Does your child have a Google Account?”. Tap on No button to create a child's Google Account.
Otherwise, if your child already has a Google Account, tap on Yes button and go to Step 7.
Step 6: On the next screen, tap on Create your child's Google Account option.
Thereafter, follow the on-screen instructions whereby you have to enter your child's name, DOB, gender and select an email address and password as per your preference. Thereafter, you have to enter your(parent) email address to link the new child’s account.
Linking Your Child's Account
If you have created your child's account or already have a child's account, you need to link it to Family Link app.
Step 7: On the next screen with the heading “Get your child's device”, tap on Next button.
Step 8: You will now get a Family Link setup code with which you can connect your child's account and device.
On Child's Device
Step 1: Go to Play Store and search for “Family Link for children and teens”.
Step 2: Install Family Link for children and teens and open the app.
Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions and login with your child's Google account.
Step 4: Then, you will be asked to enter the Family Link setup code that you have on parent's device.
Step 5: Then, you will see your Parent's Google account and tap on Join button.
Thereafter, follow the on-screen instructions regarding what your parent can supervise and finish up the setup process. You will finally see the screen “Your devices are connected”.
Come back to your parent's device, and you will see your child's Google account connected. Follow the on-screen instructions regarding what parental controls you want to impose and finish it up. You will finally see the screen “Child device is ready to supervise”.
3. Bonus: Best Way to Keep Track of Child's Phone
Google Family Link is undoubtedly a great app to have parental control over your child's account. However, it lacks many essential features that a parental monitoring app must-have. Therefore, we will recommend you to install KidsGuard Pro for Android on your kid's phone for remote monitoring of your kid's phone activities.
Why KidsGuard Pros Is Better Than Google Family Link?
- Social Media Activities – With Family Link, you can restrict how much time your kid can spend on a certain app. However, you cannot see what exactly they are doing in the apps. Social media is where kids are highly active, and KidsGuard Pro lets you check on all the activities your kids are doing on all popular social media apps. These include WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat and much more.
- Location Tracking – While Family Link lets you check on the location of your child's device through GPS, KidsGuard Pro is one step ahead. Even if GPS is turned off, it can track your child's location with Wi-Fi location tracking. Not just that, you can set a Geofence, and if your child's device goes beyond the fence, you will get an alert.
- Browser History – Family Link does not have the option to check on your child's browser history. This is a major drawback that you can overcome with KidsGuard Pro. You can check all the details of your child's activities through his browser. Therefore, you can know what he is surfing and take action accordingly.
- Photos and Videos – KidsGuard Pro allows parents to check on the gallery of their child's phone remotely without them knowing. Parents can conclude if kids are up to any inappropriate behavior or accessing mature content by checking on shared and downloaded photos and videos. Family Link lacks this important feature.
- Calls and Messages – You can check call logs, messages, as well as contacts and get an idea about your child’s friend circle and what they are up to. Family Link does not have any such feature.
- Remote Control – You can record calls and take a real-time screenshot as well as take photos with your kid’s phone camera remotely. There is no remote control feature on Family Link. These remote control features are essential to track the activities of over-smart kids.
Most importantly, there is no age restriction, and you can track your kid's phone activities even after he is 13 years of age. You may check the guide to try the above features right now!
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Q1. What is Family Link?
Family Link is a Google app that lets parents manage and monitor their child’s Google account and Android device remotely.
Q2. What does Family Link and KidsGuard Pro do?
Family Link helps the parents to control their child's Android device by setting a screen time within which their child can access the phone. It also lets parents control which apps their child can use and restrict mature content on Google Play Store.
KidsGuard Pro lets parents monitor all the activities on their child's phone. They can check on social media activities, call logs, messages, photos, videos, browser history, live location and much more. Besides, parents can remotely control their child’s device by recording calls, taking screenshots and photos in real-time.
Q3. What do I need to set up a KidsGuard Pro account?
You will need to create an account on KidsGuard Pro and purchase a suitable plan. Then you need to install the app on your kid's phone and login with your account's credentials. Make sure your child phone is compatible with KidsGuard Pro app(Android 4 to Android 11). If your child uses iPhone, you can choose KidsGuard Pro for iOS, which supports monitoring iCloud data.
Q4. What are the minimum and maximum ages of kids who can use Family Link or KidsGuard Pro?
Google Family Link is applicable as long as your kid is below 13 years of age. As soon as he turns 13, your kid will have full control over his Google account and device without any parent's intervention. KidsGuard Pro has no restriction, therefore, you can monitor your kid's phone activities at any age.
Q5. Why should my family use KidsGuard Pro or Family Link?
Parental control and parental monitoring are essential when children are young and using a smartphone with an internet connection. They easily get distraction in the online world, and this distraction can be harmful and drive the kids on the wrong path of life. Parents can restrict their activities on the phone and keep them on the right path. Besides, checking on their phone activities helps parents to take further action and provide parental guidance.
Q6. What should I say to my child before installing KidsGuard Pro or Family Link?
Rather than controlling and monitoring your child's phone activities secretly, it is always a good idea to discuss everything with your kids before giving them a smartphone or tablet. Make your kid aware that you will be tracking and monitoring their phone activities and explain to them how to use the device responsibly. Explain to them what you are tracking with Family Link or KidsGuard Pro, and they should not remove these apps without permission.
Q7. How to choose between KidsGuard Pro and Family Link?
Family Link is a free app, and you must use it for parental control. Parental control includes limiting screen time, restrict apps and websites, and blocking mature content. But Family Link app is not sufficient. You must also use KidsGuard Pro for parental monitoring. Parental monitoring includes tracking all the activities on your kid's phone, starting from calls, messages, photos and videos to social media activities, browser activities and location tracking.
KidsGuard Pro is a must if your kid is above 13, as Family Link won't work for kids above 13 years of age. Ideally, you should choose both, but if you have to choose one, it should be KidsGuard Pro as it offers a complete solution.
Hopefully, you have understood how to set up and how to delete Family Link. If your kid is below 13 years of age, setting up Google Family Link is essential. However, it does not give you complete monitoring options over your kid's phone. That is where KidsGuard Pro for Android is extremely useful. You can track almost every activity your kid does on his device remotely from anywhere and anytime. Accordingly, you can provide parental guidance and lead your kid on the right path.