How to Set up Family Link on iPhone & Android

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As a parent, it’s natural to be in constant fear about where your children are, who they’re engaging with, and what they’re up to. The feeling only gets worse when you think about their online activities. In light of this, 84% of parents today are using some form of electronic monitoring to keep an eye on their children.

Sadly, most tracking tools require you to purchase a paid subscription. However, Google’s Family Link is a free option that works just as well. In this installation guide, we will show you step-by-step instructions on how to set up Family Link on iPhone and Android devices.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

What Is Family Link?

Google Family Link

Family Link is one of the best parental control apps. It allows parents to monitor their children’s screen time, what apps they’re using, and their location. These three fundamental features constitute the primary components of most parental control applications available on the market.

You might have had the question, “Does Family Link work on iPhone and Android?”

The app works well with Android and iOS devices. You can set it all up in 5 minutes without rooting your phone. However, you can’t do it without physical access, as you’ll need a code to link.

How to Set up Family Link on Android

Google Family Link android

As it’s an app from Google, setting it up on an Android device is relatively straightforward. Here are all the steps you’ll need to follow for the successful installation of Family Link:

  1. Visit the Google Play Store and search for Family Link. Once you find the app, install it on the parent device.
  2. Open the app to set up the parental account on your device. During setup, you will select the Google account you want to supervise for your child. This step will generate a code that you’ll have to link to your child’s phone.
  3. For Family Link to work, your child will need a Google account. If they don’t have one, you must create one for them and add it to Google Family. At the same time, you also need to install Family Link on child’s phone.
  4. Open the Family Link app on target phone and proceed with the setup process. After you select the child’s Google account, you’ll need to enter the code from the parent’s phone.
  5. Finish setting up the app on your child’s phone. Name the device and select the apps you want your child to have access to. Once you hit next, you have finished.

How to Set up Family Link on iPhone

Google Family Link iphone

While setting up Family Link for iPhone is possible, you should know that some features won’t work correctly. That being said, here are the steps you need to take to install the app.

  1. Download the Family Link App from the App Store on both the parent’s and child’s devices.
  2. For iOS devices, the setup process is similar to the installation process for Android devices. Start by opening the app on the parent’s phone and following the instructions to set everything up.
  3. Create a Google account for your child and add it to Google Family. This option makes setting up Family Link on iPhone easier.
  4. Begin setting up the app on your child’s device. Follow the on-screen instructions and continue pressing Next. When prompted to enter it, collect the code from the parent device. You can also send an email invitation to link the devices.
  5. Name your child’s device. You will be prompted to restrict some apps during this installation process. However, you can also perform this action later on. Once you have finished, click Next, and the installation will be complete.

Family Link: How Much Does It Cost?

Now that you know how to set up Family Link, let’s discuss pricing. While most parental control apps seem free on the outside, you must pay a subscription fee to access all the features.

However, you can remotely monitor your children for free with Google’s Family Link. It supports unlimited devices, so you won’t have to worry about upgrading to a paid plan for better features. Please be aware that each parent account can include up to five family members.

How to Remove Family Link on Someone’s Phone

If your child is old enough and wants to remove them from the Family Link, you can do it easily from the app. These are the steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Open the Family Link App on your phone.
  2. From the top left menu, select Manage Family.
  3. Here, you can see all of your listed family members. To remove the Family Link, you will need to tap on your child’s account.
  4. You will see the option to remove a member. Click on it to unlink their device.
  5. You’ll have to review and confirm that you’d like to remove the member from the group. Click on Remove to complete the Family Link removal process.

FAQ

Does Family Link Have to Be Installed?

To use the Family Link app, you must install it on both the parent’s and the child’s Android or iOS device.

Can I Install Family Link on a PC?

You can install Family Link on a PC to monitor other devices. However, the app cannot scan a computer’s activity or supervise computers apart from Chromebooks.

How Do You Remove a Device From the Family Link?

In the Family Link App, go to Menu > Manage Family > Select a Family Member > Remove. After confirming, you will successfully remove a device from the Family Link.

Is Family Link Only for Android?

Parents can use Family Link on Android devices with versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher and iPhones with iOS 11 and higher.

Conclusion

After reading this guide, you can quickly install Family Link on child’s phone. You can now track how long they use their device and what they’re up to for free. Thanks to the location tracking feature, you’ll always know where they are.

Howard Aguilar

Howard Aguilar, a tech expert with a decade in cybersecurity, advocates for digital safety. He simplifies digital experience with easy-to-follow guides. In addition to his advocacy, Howard rigorously tests applications to highlight their security features and vulnerabilities. His deep dives into app security not only keep users informed but also push developers towards creating safer digital environments.

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