How to Put Parental Controls on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Are you worried about the content your child may access on their Android device? Parental controls can help you regulate and monitor their online activities. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up parental controls on Android, ensuring a safe digital environment for your child.

Step 1: Accessing Settings

To begin, open the Settings app on your Android device. You can usually find it by tapping on the gear icon in your app drawer or by swiping down from the top of the screen and selecting the gear-shaped icon in the notification panel.

Step 2: Locating Users & Accounts

Once you’re in the Settings menu, scroll down and look for an option labeled “Users & accounts” or something similar. Tap on it to proceed.

Step 3: Adding a Restricted Profile

In the Users & accounts menu, you should see an option called “Add user or profile.” Tap on it and select “Restricted profile” from the available options. This will allow you to create a separate profile with limited access for your child.


If you don’t see this option, it might vary depending on your Android version or device manufacturer. In such cases, try looking for “Parental controls,” “Family link,” or consult your device’s user manual for specific instructions.

Step 4: Configuring Restrictions

After creating a restricted profile, you’ll be prompted to set up certain restrictions for that profile. These restrictions can include blocking specific apps or limiting access to certain content types such as explicit music or movies.

  • App Restrictions: Here, you can individually select which apps are accessible from the restricted profile. Disable any apps that you deem inappropriate or unnecessary for your child.
  • Content Restrictions: This section allows you to restrict access to certain types of content, such as mature movies or explicit music. Adjust these settings according to your child’s age and maturity level.
  • Purchase Restrictions: If you want to prevent your child from making unauthorized purchases, enable this option to require a password for all purchases made within apps or games.

Step 5: Switching to the Restricted Profile

Once you’ve configured the restrictions, go back to the Settings menu and tap on “Users & accounts” again. This time, select the restricted profile you just created.


If you want your child’s device to automatically start in the restricted profile when turned on, enable the “Use PIN” or “Use password” option in the restricted profile settings.

Step 6: Monitoring Activity

To ensure that the parental controls are effectively working, it’s important to monitor your child’s activity regularly. Android provides a feature called “Family Link,” which allows parents to view their child’s app usage and set additional restrictions remotely. You can download the Family Link app from the Google Play Store and follow the instructions provided.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up parental controls on your Android device. With these restrictions in place, you can have peace of mind knowing that your child is browsing safely and responsibly.

Remember, it’s crucial to educate your child about online safety and responsible internet usage in addition to implementing parental controls. Open communication and guidance are key aspects of ensuring a safe digital environment for your child.

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