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Best 3 Ways to Use Parental Control on Android

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Feb 19, 2019 11:09 am tips_icon Parental Control

There are lots of things available on the Internet which are not really suitable for your children, like games, books, movies, music etc. If you are worried about the effects of the digital world on your kids, then a parental control app for mobile phones will be very useful. It is easy to set up a parental control on your kid's device, and with some apps you can even restrict screen time, monitor mobile phone activities and track real-time location. In the following part, we will discuss more details about how to parental control Android with or without using apps.

Part 1: Use Android Parental Control Apps

Truly, there are many things that are not suitable for kids as they are getting access to the Internet at a very young age. So, if you ever feel the need to manage their internet usage via the smartphone, a parental control app will be very useful. There are lots of parental control apps available. Using these apps you will be able to monitor the smartphone usage, track their location, get a detailed report on smartphone usage, block inappropriate contents and more.

But not all the parental control apps are at par with the parent's demands, still, there are few like KidsGuard Pro. Any parent will find it interesting because of the vast array of service it provides. KidsGuard is one the best parental controls for Android cell phones you will ever use. Here are some of its features;

Monitor

Using this app you will be able to monitor everything from files, chats, conversations, texts etc. You should know about the people they are in contact with, and watch their conversation very thoroughly. You will also have access to other files like photos, videos music etc.

Locate

You can be aware of your kid's location all the time. This app provides real-time location tracking.

Record

It is also able to record keystrokes, so, you will know every time your kid sent a message or searched for something on the internet.

Check

Finally, you have the activity log to find out the overall usage of the device in the possession of your kid.

Here's how to use this particular app to parental control Android phone;

Step 1: At the beginning, you need to create an account and then sign up using your email address. You will have to buy the licence for later use but you can start with 3 days trial for free.

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Step 2: Then on your kid's device, open a browser and enter www.clevguard.net to download KidsGuard Pro APK file. Don't rush to install now, as you will need to complete a few settings first.

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Step 3: Go to Settings of the target device and select Fingerprints & Security. After that, tap on Unknown Sources and toggle the switch. A pop-up window will appear immediately with Allow or OK options, tap on it.

turn off scan device for security threats

Step 4: If your kid's device is installed with Google Play, you also need to go to Settings >> Google Services (or Google) > Security > Google Play Protect and disable Scan device for security threats. Then go to Sound & Notification > Apps > Google Play Store and enable Block option.

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Step 5: Now, you can tap the APK file and finish the installation of KidsGuard Pro. After that, tap the app icon and complete setup wizard. Then the app icon will become invisible.

install and set up kidsguard pro

To view all the activities of your child's phone, you just need to log in the web control panel and all the data will be automatically uploaded to Dashboard. KidsGuard Pro now offers 3-day free trial, if you are interested in it, just hit the Try It Now button.

Part 2: Set up Parental Control on Google Play

If your kid is using an Android device then you can set up a parental control from Google Play. You will be able to do it, only if you are managing your kid's account. This will help you to set a limitation to the number and type of games your kids will be using for entertainment. You can also control the flow of Music, Movies, TV, and Books. It is supported on Android devices. Unfortunately, you won't be able to track their location, keylogger, chats and many other things.

So, here's how to put parental controls on Android phone from Google Play;

Before you get into the steps, you need to know that the parental control works. Basically, if the kids are using their own account then you won't be able to do anything but if they are using the Family Link then you will be able to change the settings as per your restrictions.

Step 1: So, if you are managing your kid's account with the Family Link then you need to open the Family Link app.

Step 2: Choose the name of your kid and then tap on Manage Settings, followed by Controls on Google Play.

Step 3: Now, you need to type on the content you wish to filter and then select how to do it.

parental controls google play

Well, it is very easy to implement but as stated before it is effective to filter web stuff but it does not track the location of your kid like the app.

Part 3: Add Restricted Profile on Android

Now, the question is, can you add a Restricted Profile on an Android for parental control phone? Yes, you can but it comes with limitations. Parents can add another user with limited access to apps and content. So, parents can only set limits and here's how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Android device and go to Settings.

Step 2: Go to Users & Accounts, followed by Users. Now, tap on Add user or profile.

Step 3: Now, tap on Restricted Profile. A list will be opened and you have to type a name and tap OK. Then, you have to which of the listed apps and features will be visible on the profile. You have to toggle the switches beside the options from the Settings.

add  restricted profile

Step 4: Then, tap on Back Arrow and tap the New Profile.

add  new profile

This way you will be able to add a restricted profile but you will have very limited access to its apps and contents. And as a parent, you will only be able to set limits.

Conclusion

Using Google Play restriction or adding a new restricted user account are excellent ways to restrict your kids from getting access to indecent content on the internet. But the features are very limited here, with the restricted account you will have very limited access. And the Google Play is good but it does not tell you the location. So, as it turns out, the best way to monitor and restrict your kid's activity on a smartphone is the KidsGuard Pro app and we highly recommend this stellar software.

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Jan 18, 2019 ( Updated: Feb 19, 2019 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.