Part 2: Android

The type of phone you have will ultimately determine how you approach parental control. This article will focus on Android users but if you have an Apple phone, see our previous blog. In general, Apple IOS devices have ‘less freedom’ because Apple restricts what developers can make on their platform. Android, on the other hand, allows third-party apps to be downloaded onto their phones, which introduces new restrictions you’ll need to implement. Here’s how…

User Accounts

The first step you can take on your Android device, especially if you share a device with your kids, is to create separate user accounts that have stricter restrictions. To create a new user account go to:

Settings > Users > Add New User

Once a new user account has been created you can go a bit further by uninstalling or disabling apps within settings:

Settings > Apps > All > Pick Apps to Uninstall > Click Uninstall

Play Store

You can block app downloads by going to:

Play Store > Settings > Parental Controls > Create Pin > Set Content Restrictions > Save

Within these settings you can also limit the age restrictions and purchases:

Play Store > Menu Options > Settings > Require Authentication for Purchases

Third Party Apps

Because Android allows third-party apps to be downloaded, users can customize their Android phones more than IOS users – but this freedom can be more dangerous. To block third-party apps from being downloaded go back to settings:

Settings > Security > Device Administration > Uncheck Unknown Sources