Android phones do come with parental controls, but many users do not know about them, and it takes a little bit of trial and error to set up.
Once you are set up, you can restrict certain content, and even create profiles so that it’s easy to switch between restricted profiles and non-restricted profiles.
What Can you do with Android Parental Controls
With Android parental controls, you can set up multiple different profiles that have different restrictions.
You can switch between these profiles with ease, and it essentially allows you to have a free unblocked experience, whilst your child or another user has limited access.
When you make a new profile, you can choose what content you would like to block on that profile. You can basically block any kind of app or function you would not like your child to use.
Any app or game that has been downloaded from the Google Play Store or elsewhere can be blocked. You can also restrict apps and functions already pre-installed on the device, including the stock browser, the camera app, and even more basic functions like the settings menu.
One great thing about the parental controls on Android is that you can create as many profiles as you like. If you have one device that is used by the entire family, you can set up different restrictions for each person that uses the device, and they can all log into their own user accounts.
Besides from being able to completely restrict access to certain apps, there is not much else you can do with Android parental controls, so if you’re looking for more control, you may want to consider looking for an alternative.
How to Set up Android Parental Controls?
If you have Android 4.2 or higher, you can head into your settings menu, and look for the users option under the main settings category. Once you have clicked onto users, you can see the main profile that you already use, and the option to add multiple new profiles.
When creating a new profile, you will need to choose the restricted profile option. You can only do this if you have a screen lock – this is to stop other users accessing your own user profile.
Once you have set up the screen lock, you can then name the profile and choose switch restrictions on or off for all of the apps and functions on your Android device.
Unfortunately, some apps cannot be restricted. This includes apps such as the calendar, or certain functions that are needed for the device to run properly.
It is important to note that if the app is selected as ‘on’ that means the app will not be restricted. If the app is selected as ‘off’ there will be a restriction.
By default, all apps will be restricted and you will need to manually turn off restrictions.
Are there Alternatives?
If you do not like the parental control features on Android, you could always look for alternatives. There are plenty of parental control apps in the Google Play store, but we would suggest taking a look at cell phone monitoring programs.