Parental controls available on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Child looking at the parental controls on a S21

Apps and social media may be useful and fun for many of us, but they can be dangerous and inappropriate for kids and teens. Not to mention, distracting apps can get in the way of their schoolwork and other important activities. If you don't want your children using their phones or tablets too much or coming across something they shouldn't see, you can set up Parental controls as long as they're running One UI 2.0 or a later software version.

Set up Parental controls

You can restrict your child’s app usage by setting up Parental controls through Google’s Family Link app. Once you do, you'll be able to prevent them from accessing certain apps and also keep an eye on how long they use their phone or tablet.

  1. Navigate to and open Settings, and then tap Digital Wellbeing and parental controls.

    Digital Wellbeing and parental controls highlighted in Settings
  2. Tap Parental controls, and then tap Get started.

  3. Select Child or Teen, or Parent, depending on the device’s user. In this case, tap Parent.

  4. Next, tap Get Family Link and install Google Family Link for parents.

    "Get Family Link" displayed on S20
  5. If needed, install the app. When it's done downloading, tap Open, review the information, and then tap Get started.

  6. If you have more than one Google account added to your device, select your desired one.

  7. Next, you will need to choose who will be using the device: Parent or Child or teen. For this example, tap Parent.

  8. Make sure the device you want to supervise is nearby, and then tap Next. Read the information, and then tap I'm ready.

  9. Select Yes or No depending if your child has a Google account. For this example, tap Yes.

  10. Tap Next to set up your child’s device.

  11. Using your child’s device, download Google Family Link for children & teens, and then enter the provided Family Link setup code.

    Screen asking user to input the parental control setup code
  12. Use the on-screen instructions on both devices to finish connecting the two devices.

  13. Once it's all set up, you can use the Family Link app to keep an eye on everything. Tap Need Help? in the bottom right for additional instructions on how to use the supervision features on Android or Chrome OS devices.

  14. If you ever want to add another child to supervise, open the app, and then tap Add (the plus sign) in the upper right-hand corner. From there, you can repeat the same process to add your child's Google account.

Stop supervising an account

Note: You cannot stop supervising your child's account until they are at least 13 years old. Google may still limit access to age restricted content on their services.

  1. On the parent device, open the Google Family Link app.

  2. Tap the child's account that you will no longer supervise.

  3. Tap Manage under Settings, and then tap Account info.

    Manage highlighted in the Family Link app on a Galaxy phone
  4. Tap Stop supervision and follow the on-screen instructions to confirm your understanding about how stopping supervision will affect your child's access.

    Stop supervision highlighted in the Family Link app on a Galaxy phone
  5. Tap Stop supervision and follow the displayed instructions.

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