Manage your child's Google Play apps

When you use Family Link to manage your child’s Google Account, you can choose to limit the apps your child can use on certain devices.

To manage your child’s apps, your child must be using one of the following devices:

  • An Android device (running Android 5.1 or higher)

  • A Chromebook (running Chrome OS version 71 or higher)

Choose which apps from Google Play your child can use

Block or unblock an app

The app will be blocked or unblocked in about 5 minutes, or once the device is connected to the Internet. If your child is using the app at the time you block it, they'll get a 1 minute warning to finish up before the app is blocked. The app should be blocked on all of your child's Android devices or Chromebooks.

Note: Some apps can't be blocked because they're required for parent supervision settings to work, or for your child's device to work.

Family Link app

  1. Open the Family Link app .

  2. Select your child.

  3. On the "Apps installed," card tap More.

  4. Tap the name of the app you want to allow or block.

  5. Turn Allow app on or off.

Family Link on the web

  1. Go to Family Link on the web.

  2. Select your child.

  3. Click Android apps.

  4. Turn the app on or off.

Require your approval for new apps on Google Play

Learn how to manage your child's purchase approvals on Google Play.

Help prevent your child from downloading mature apps

You can set up parental controls to restrict the content your child can download or purchase from Google Play.

  1. Open the Family Link app .

  2. Select your child.

  3. On the "Settings" card, tap Manage  Controls on Google Play.

  4. Under "Content restrictions," choose your filters:

    • Apps, Games, Movies, and TV: Choose the highest maturity level of content you want to allow for download or purchase.

    • Music and Books: Choose whether you want to restrict downloads or purchases of explicit content.

Note: You can also manage this setting by clicking on your child's name at

Note: You can use Google’s parental controls to restrict apps by age rating:

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