How to Set Up Parental Controls in Android
This wikiHow teaches you how to enable Google's Parental Controls feature on Android and select restriction levels for content such as apps, games, films, TV, magazines, and music. Parental Controls allow you to restrict what can be installed and used on your Android based on official content ratings and levels. Alternatively, you can create restricted profiles on some Android phones and tablets in your Settings menu.
Part 1Enabling Parental Controls
Find and tap the Play Store icon on your home screen or on the Apps tray.
This button is in the upper-left corner of your screen. It will open your navigation menu.
This will open your Settings menu on a new page.
You can find this option under the "User controls" heading on the Settings menu.
You'll find this toggle switch in the upper-right corner of the "Parental controls" page. This will prompt you to set up a new parental control PIN.
Type a 4-digit PIN code to set up parental controls on this Android account. The Parental Controls PIN is different than your phone's SIM card PIN at the boot screen and the screen lock code.
This will prompt you to confirm your new PIN in the next pop-up.
Make sure to type the same exact PIN code to confirm here.
This will confirm your new PIN, and enable the Parental Controls feature on this Android account.
This will allow you to select a standard app rating to restrict the apps and games that can be downloaded and used.
You can select the most restrictive rating at the top, Allow all at the bottom, or anywhere in between. The standard U.S. ratings include:
EVERYONE for content suitable for all ages. EVERYONE 10+ for content suitable for ages 10 and up. TEEN for content suitable for ages 13 and up. MATURE for content suitable for ages 17 and up. ADULTS ONLY for content suitable for ages 18 and up. You can find all rating details for your country or region at .
This is a green button at the bottom. It will save your restriction level for apps and games, and go back to the "Parental controls" page.
This will open a list of your country or region's standard movie ratings. Standard U.S. MPAA ratings include:
G for general audiences, including all ages. PG for parental guidance suggested. PG-13 for parental guidance strongly suggested and may be inappropriate for children under 13. R for restricted content, requiring accompanying parent or adult guardian for ages under 17. NC-17 for adults only, which no one 17 and under is admitted. Tap SAVE after selecting a restriction rating. You can learn more about standard MPAA ratings at . You can check your country or region's rating details at .
This will open your country or region's standard TV ratings. Standard U.S. TV ratings include:
TV-G for general audiences, including all ages. TV-PG if parental guidance is suggested. TV-14 for content appropriate for ages 14 and up. TV-MA if the content is rated for mature audiences, 18 and up. Tap SAVE after selecting a rating. In some regions and countries, movies and TV may be bundled together in the same rating system. You can check country and region-specific TV ratings at .
You can choose to restrict adult content in book and magazine downloads.
When this option is enabled, this account will not be able to read or purchase sexually explicit books or magazines. Tap SAVE to save your book restrictions.
You can choose to restrict music that includes explicit content here.
This will prevent purchasing or listening to songs and albums marked explicit by content providers. Tap SAVE to save your music restrictions.
This button is in the upper-left corner of your screen. It will go back to the Settings menu.
" You can find this option under "Parental controls" on the Settings menu.
When this option is selected, every paid purchase on the Google Play Store will require password confirmation.
Part 2Creating Restricted Profiles
Find and tap the Settings icon on your Apps tray, or swipe down the notification bar from the top, and tap the gear.
You may want to use restricted profiles in order to prevent your children from using certain apps already installed on this device without restricting your Google Play account settings. Alternatively, you can download and use a third-party app such as Mobile Fence Parental Control, Kids Place or Screen Time from the Play Store.
You can usually find this option under the "DEVICE" heading on the Settings menu. This will open a menu where you can add new user profiles.
This will open the available user types in a new pop-up.
This will create a new, restricted user profile.
This will allow you to set a new name for this restricted profile.
Type a user name for this new, restricted profile, and tap OK to confirm it.
Tap the OFF switch next to the apps you want to allow in the restricted profile, and switch them to On. If you see a three-lined icon next to an app, you can tap it, and adjust the in-app settings for the selected app.
When you're done setting up the apps for the restricted profile, tap the back button to go back to the "Users" menu. The new, restricted profile will now show up on the "Users" list with its new name.
This will prompt you to confirm setting up this profile in a pop-up.
This will set up the new, restricted profile on your Android, and go back to your lock screen. You can tap the restricted profile's icon at the bottom of your lock screen to use it, or tap your Admin user icon here to enter your lock code and use your own account.