Android is one of the world’s largest mobile phone operating systems, with a recorded market share of 46% in November 2017. Developed by Google, Android is a little different to Apple’s iOS software, as it isn’t limited to one company – instead it’s available on a range of handsets by different manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC.
However, just like iOS, Android also offers a range of parental control features designed to help protect your child when using a mobile phone or tablet. Here at Mobile Phones Direct, we have created an in-depth guide which talks you through the steps of setting up parental controls on your child’s device.
Setting up a new user account
Parents, if you or your child own a mobile phone or tablet which runs Android 4.2 or higher, you’re able to add a new user account immediately.
The new account can be the one with restrictions enabled, meaning you can then easily switch between your account and the ‘safe’ account if you let your child use your device – or if it’s their phone – only use the ‘safe’ account.
To set up a new user account, just follow these simple steps:
How to block unsafe content in Chrome
If your child has access to the internet via a mobile phone or tablet, it’s a good idea to enable Safe Browsing in Chrome.
Chrome is Android’s pre-installed web browser, so you don’t have to install any third party apps for safe internet browsing. Safe Browsing helps block sites which can be malicious and contain any malware, viruses, phishing attacks and cyber security threats.
To enable Safe Browsing, follow the steps below:
How to control activity in the Play Store
The Google Play Store offers a wide range of different apps, many of which could benefit your child’s education and skills. However, when left in little hands, there’s a chance you could be left with hefty bills at the end of the month, thanks to in-app purchases and paid-for apps, which can easily be downloaded.
There are also a range of apps which are age inappropriate for your child and may contain imagery of gameplay unsuitable for your child’s age. With the Play Store’s Parental controls feature, however, you’re able to control what apps can be downloaded – including preventing in-app purchases and filtering content.
How to prevent app and in-app purchases
There are plenty of free apps available on the Play Store, but also apps that come with a price tag, as well as ‘buy’ including in-app purchases. To prevent racking up large bills, you can easily disable the function for apps and in-app purchases.
Filter content and apps by age rating
Using parental controls in the Play Store, you’re also able to restrict what content your child can download by age rating. The filtering can be changed as your child grows.
If you have followed some, or all, of the steps included in our guide, your child will be safer when using their Android device. As your child grows older, don’t forget to change the ratings or apps and features to ones that you feel are more suitable.
Does your child also have access to an Android device or Nintendo Switch console? We also have guides on how to keep your child safe with those too.