How to Set Up an Android Phone for Your Child

I am sure most of us store some form of important apps/data/documents/messages on our phones, and it is a high risk to just pass the phone to your kids and have them mess it up, or worse, wipe the data from your phone. If you are planning to pass your Android phone to your kids or to get a new phone for them, here is how you can set up an Android phone for your child.

If you’re going to give your kid the freedom to install apps on Google Play, there are some restrictions you should set up first. With these limitations, you’ll be sure your child is only seeing content that is appropriate for his or her age.

You won’t have to install another app for these restrictions since you can find them inside the Google Play app. Open the app and tap on the hamburger icon on the top-left. Swipe down and tap on “Settings.”

Swipe down once more until you see the “Parental Controls” option and tap on it. Toggle it on on the upper-right corner, and you’ll need to create a pin.

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Once you’re in, you can restrict music that is marked explicit, and by tapping on Apps and games, you can choose the ratings the apps must have. In Settings, right under Parental controls, you’ll also see an option to require authentication for Google Play.

Another great way to have a kid-friendly phone is by pinning apps. What this feature does is keep whatever app you set in the phone’s display, and it can’t be removed unless you long-press the Recents key. Your child is not supposed to know this last part of course.

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To use this feature you need to enable it in the phone’s Settings. Go to “Security > Lock screen and security > Other security settings > Pin windows.” You’ll see all the steps you have to follow right on your phone.

Your Android phone and the built-in apps can only do so much. There will come a time when you’ll need to turn to third-party apps for help. An appropriate app to help you keep your kids under control is Xooloo App Kids.

It’s an easy-to-use app and has quite a few options for you to choose from. If you get the paid version, you can rest assured that your kids won’t be watching anything you haven’t approved since it features a secure browser.

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You approve of all of the pages on the Android device, and if your kids ever want to install an app, you get an email notifying you. You can install the content you approve of remotely using your Parents Password. Your kid also gets unlimited access to a large variety of kids cartoons that the app comes with.

With Xooloo you can also decide how long you want your kids to use the Android device. To get your Android phone back simply turn off the app by entering the pin you created at the beginning.

Kids these days are extremely smart when it comes to technology. They may even know more than an adult, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to keep the bad things away from them. The good news is that you have quite a few tools to help you out. Did we miss any tips you use? Let us know in the comments.

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