Managing your family on Google

Mom with her children using a computer, tablet and mobile phone

We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the most out of the Google services you use with your family.

Create a Google Account for your child

Begin by creating a Google account for your kids, just like your own. If you decide it’s the right time to get their own Android phone, tablet or Chromebook, this will help you to easily manage their online experiences. You can set up a Google account for a child under the age of 13 (or the applicable age in your country).

Set up and use a family group

Create a family group with your Google account to connect your child’s account to yours. A family group can be a great way for you to stay connected with the people you love.

As manager, it’s easy to supervise your children’s online activity to make sure they’re making healthy decisions about how they use their devices. It might also be helpful to designate a second parent to help you with this. You can invite up to five people in your family to join.

People in a family group can do things like share paid apps downloaded from Google Play, stay on task with shared Keep notes and Calendar appointments, and simplify storage with a shared Google One membership. Learn more about all the ways you can use your family group at families.google.com.

Family Link

Wondering how your kids are using their devices? Use Family Link’s activity reports to see how they use their account and device. Manage how much time they’re spending on their favorite apps, set screen time limits, choose what content they can see, and which apps they’re able to download from the Google Play Store. You can even use Family Link to check on your child’s location when they are carrying their device.

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