How to Setup Parental Controls on Android Smartphones and Tablets

Elena Haidukova on Aug 13, 2015

Many parents are astounded at the ability their kids seem to acquire naturally for using computers and mobile devices. Not only could they make in-app or game purchases that you don't know about, they could face other risks unless you implement cell phone parental controls. For example, online predators could contact your children in a desktop environment or on a mobile device.

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Your children should have a safe mobile environment with rules that you set up.

For these reasons, many parents want to install parental controls on their computers and mobile devices. With the popular Android platform, there are ways you can exert more control over what your children can do with mobile devices. Here are your options, assuming you have Android Jelly Bean or a later operating system.
Some Initial Caveats
Android operating systems 4.2, 4.3, (both known as "Jelly Bean") and 4.4 ("KitKat") can be configured with more than one user account, but only on tablets. With Android 4.3 and higher, restricted profiles can be added on tablets, allowing device administrators to control app permissions for each user profile.

Unfortunately, Android phones running Jelly Bean or KitKat do not have these same features, so you would have to turn to third party parental control apps for Android if you want to restrict phone usage. If you have a tablet with an eligible Jelly Bean or KitKat operating system, here is how to set up parental controls for Android.
Steps to Create Multiple Accounts on Tablets
On the home screen, pull down from the top right-hand side and tap "Settings." Then scroll down and tap "Users" then "Add user or profile." You have the choice of creating a normal or a restricted profile. For your children you'll want to choose restricted profiles.

If you don't already have a screen lock for your tablet, you'll be prompted to set one using either a pattern, password, or PIN. Once your tablet has a screen lock, tap the "Settings" icon next to "New profile" and give the profile a name.

Next you'll see which apps are installed, and each will have on / off toggles next to them. The default for restricted profiles is not to be able to access any of these. You can scroll through the list and turn on only the apps you want your child to use, including web browsers. Location information is off by default, but you can switch it on using "Settings."

At this point, your own account will be protected with a pattern, password, or PIN, but your child can access his or her account and the specific apps you approved for his or her profile. The Google Play Store icon shows up, but if your child tries to download an app, permission will be denied.

Parental Control for Android: Is There a Better Way?

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There is a solution that protects all your devices at once.

These parental controls for Android are great, but if you want to protect a smartphone, you're out of luck. There are any number of third party apps you can choose from if you need parental control apps for Android, and it's not always easy to know which ones are worthwhile and which are not.

Most parents want a simple solution they can use on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones and have settings that sync across devices. That way there are no worries about accidentally leaving a site or app permission on with one device even though you don't want any devices to access it.

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When you use Familoop Safeguard, you can protect your native mobile browsers, so there's no need to use a specific browser for kids. All you do is install a client app of Familoop Safeguard on your child's phone or tablet so Familoop Safeguard has access in order to protect it. Familoop Safeguard is a cloud-based solution, which means that once you set time limits for your child, internet filtering rules you set up are applied to every device that you register for protection.

If you have multiple children and multiple devices, an all-in-one solution like Familoop Safeguard is ideal for providing parental controls for Android as well as your desktop and laptop computers. It offers kids' location tracking, time limits for use, time limits for specific apps, and monitoring of calls, text messages, social media interaction, and more. Any potentially dangerous events are highlighted on your parental dashboard, which is cloud hosted, so you have access anywhere.


When it comes to parental control Android is having to play catch-up to some extent. But if you have a solution like Familoop Safeguard, you can be confident all your devices are protected and your children can browse and use apps in a safer online environment.

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