Five-minute fix: Setting up parental controls on Android

Filed Under: Android

Parents of Android fans have the ability to set up parental controls on their child's device, and the recent release of Android 4.3 has enhanced the restricted profiles feature that was introduced with version 4.2 of the operating system.

(Note, this is currently only available on Android tablets).

1. Tap Settings and select Users.

2. Tap Add user or profile.

3. Tap to add a Restricted profile.

At this point you will be prompted to set up a lock using a PIN, password or a pattern if you haven't already done so. Choose your PIN or password carefully and make it difficult to break.

Add restricted profile

4. All the installed apps on the device will then be displayed. Each of these can be toggled on or off as you deem appropriate for the child you have set the account up for. However, not all apps can be disabled this way as some do not support restricted profiles.

Toggle on and off

5. Choose Settings. From here you can choose to disable location services.

6. To start using the restricted account go to Settings, choose the newly created account and it will be set up for you by Android. From then on every time you lock the screen you will be given an option to use the restricted account you created.

Find instructions for parental controls for other operating systems here.

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One Response to Five-minute fix: Setting up parental controls on Android

  1. Anonymous · 413 days ago

    This only allows me to block an entire app and doesn't let me block out content so for me it's pretty much useless.

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Lee Munson is the founder of Security FAQs, a social media manager with BH Consulting and a blogger with a huge passion for information security.