How to Setup Android Parental Controls and Content Filtering

When using a smartphones or tablet to surf the internet one can never be too careful. Whether you just bought the kids a device or just want to be safe, we have you covered. Here we’ll go over controls and content filters. Including everything you need to know to keep your kids under wraps.

Kids will be kids and eventually they might do something they shouldn’t. Thankfully there are countless tools available for parents. Follow our instructions below to keep things safe and under control on your devices.

Read: How to Controls on Windows 8.1

Below we’ll share helpful information like adding a password to the Google Play Store. Preventing unauthorized purchases by your children. Give you control over the type of content being displayed on their device, and much more. These are the Android parental controls you need to know about.

Any Android device has parental controls or some type of content filtering. Whether that’s from Google or the manufacturers. A shiny new Galaxy S8, or even an old LG tablet for the kids. Even manufacturers have their own tools. Here we’ll focus on the basics, which is a good place to start. Android 5.0 and above features a guest mode (multi-user account) option for kids. Although it only works on tablets. Not to mention all Amazon Kindle tablets have controls in Amazon Freetime.

It’s important for parents to restrictions on an Android smartphone or tablet. We’ll start with content filtering, then get into setting a password and a few other steps you can take. This will offer the best experience that’s safe and secure.

Content Filtering on Android

Obviously Google doesn’t let anything and everything into the Google Play Store. Even if they’re more relaxed than say, Apple, regarding what is available for download

. That said, they still have good quality control that improves every day. Take things a step further though, by following the instructions below.


Start by heading into the Google Play Store app from the application tray and tapping the 3 lines (menu) button on the top left, then navigate to settings. This is where you can control everything from when apps update, enable a password for purchases, and of course content filtering.

Once in settings simply head to the ” User controls” menu. One of the first options is Content Filtering. Tap here and you’ll see the popup shown below. This isn’t the most advanced tool and won’t prevent everything from slipping through the cracks, but it’s a start. Parental controls can be added with ease and secured by a pin code. We can even choose which content is controlled. Like apps or games, movies, TV and music.

Parents can disable select apps from being shown based on maturity. Show all is enabled by default, but there are countless options. This was recently updated to be even more useful. With groups consisting of: Everyone, Everyone 10+, Teen, Mature 17+, Adults only, or Allow All.

As we said above, this won’t stop everything from getting through but it’s the first step many parent should take. For more details on Google’s content and privacy policy click here. Once enabled if you see something that is inappropriate you can flag it for possible removal. Parents can even contact the developers and inform them of parental controls for potential app updates.

Add a Password for Purchases

The second step parents will want to take is adding a password to the Google Play Store to prevent unauthorized purchases. This can protect you from kids buying tons of apps (or in-app purchases) without your consent. Or prevent them from download

ing things you wouldn’t want them getting their eyes on.

Read: How to Add a Password to the Google Play Store

The full set of instructions for adding a password can be found in the link above. Essentially navigate to the same settings menu in the Play Store as mentioned above, and under the content filtering option is “Require authentication for purchases”. This can be set to ask for a password for all purchases, which is recommended and the default option. Additionally, there’s a choice to ask every 30 minutes. Meaning if you give it out once, your children can buy apps for 30 minutes before requiring the password again. We’d recommend setting it for every purchase.

There’s plenty of great content and games from the Play Store, not to mention tons of music and movies worth spending a few dollars on. Just make sure your children are safe and protected from unwanted purchases, or content that isn’t suited for them. Thankfully Google makes this all easy and just a few taps away.

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