Google's Family Link accounts aren't as restrictive as they used to be — but they still kind of suck

Manuel Vonau

Android Police


I locked myself into a Google child account for a week — these are the limitations and workarounds I discovered

  • [Update

    The article has been updated to be in line with Google's latest rules when it comes to Family Link and child accounts.

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Children under the age of 13 can't create an unsupervised Google account for themselves. Instead, parents have to set up the accounts for them using Family Link, which is supposed to give them a lot of control over what apps and games kids can get, how much screentime they're allowed, and which websites they can visit.

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