As we said at the time, with Family Link, parents can establish a series of rules for the use of Android devices that deliver to minors, from approving and denying the installation of mobile applications to setting time limits, being able to block the running Android devices remotely when it comes time to study, play, go to bed, or any other situation that may occur.
Parents can "lock" the device down when it's time for something more productive, while they can also block access to certain apps and set a regular "bedtime" from, say, 9 p.m. on school nights, while setting different (or no) limits on weekends. The kids' phone or tablet must be running Android Nougat 7.0 or higher, though the parents' device only requires KitKat (4.4) and above.
Family Link, Google's parental control software for Android devices, is now exiting its beta testing period and is now generally available to anyone in the USA without the need for an invitation. "At the same time, we want parents and kids to navigate technology together in a way that makes sense for their family".
Initially, Family Link required both parent and child to be on Android, but that changed in April with the release of an iOS version of the Family Link parental control app.
Google's Family Link app lets parents hand down their old Android gadgets to their kids without worrying about what they could end up downloading from the Play Store or finding online.
Six months after debuting its Family Link app on an invitation-only basis, Google is today officially launching the service for any parent in the U.S. These tips include suggestions for better passwords, information on how to use content filters, tools to maintain privacy and so on.