Parental control from iPhone to Android: how it works

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Technology giants devote a lot of time to user safety issues. Today, Apple, Google and Microsoft are trying to help parents protect their children from everything harmful than the World Wide Web and make communication with their favorite gadget as harmless as possible for both physical and mental health. However, all is well in its ecosystem. For example, Apple has brilliantly implemented parental controls in its iPhones and iPads. In addition, Family access allows you to share your favorite apps like Espiar WhatsApp as part of a single subscription, and most importantly, it’s completely free to see a family member’s geo-position at any time on your gadget.

Dozens of app developers promise to protect your child and track their activity, but only a few apps really get the job done and guarantee parents peace of mind. Many apps require you to spend hours managing the settings and all your attention will be on your child’s phone, or worse, they simply don’t get the job done.

Parental controls from iPhone to Android

What to do if the parents have an iPhone, and the kids understandably have budget and mid-range representatives on Android? I ran into this problem at the end of the summer, when the family council decided to hand my heirs going to school the first Chinese budget Android smartphones of their lives. And if the issue of controlling what applications the child downloads from Google Play, what sites he visits in Chrome and what he watches on YouTube is easily solved by providing a previously created and appropriately configured Gmail account, the problem of tracking the location of your child’s Android smartphone from the iPhone already requires the installation of appropriate applications and paying an expensive subscription every month.

How to enable parental controls from iPhone to Android

  1. Open the application on your iPhone, log into your Google account (Gmail account);
  2. After successful authorization click on the three horizontal dashes in the upper left corner of the screen and in the menu that will open tap “Family Group
  3. Choose “Invite a family member” and on the next screen, enter the child’s Gmail address and tap “Continue;
  4. In the letter you receive to the specified address to confirm the new member of the friendly Google family. To do this, follow the link and log in to the account, and there you must tap “Join the family group;
  5. On the iPhone app, on the same “Family Group” screen, select “Parental Controls” and on the next screen, tap “Next”. On your child’s phone, open the Google Family Link app, indicate that we’re going to control this particular device, and select the account we’re going to control;
  6. On the Android smartphone, enter the access code from the iPhone screen.
  7. Next, the child has to enter the password from the Google account on his/her gadget and specify the name of the device to be controlled, after which a series of windows will follow, describing exactly what parents can control on the child’s smartphone. Some of them require simply scrolling through the information by clicking “More”, and some require confirming consent to parental control by tapping the appropriate button. In addition, at this stage it will be suggested which of the installed applications on the child’s phone can be used and which can be blocked.
  8. On the parent’s iPhone, you will also have to confirm your desire to set up parental control for the child’s account on the Android smartphone, and on the last screen choose either to install all the settings yourself, or agree to the recommended settings.

How to find out where the child is with the iPhone

The most important thing for which the parental control was actually set up is to determine the geo-positioning of the Android smartphone on the iPhone on a permanent free of charge basis. To get the relevant information, just tap your child’s name or avatar on the Family Link home page and a section of the map with the location will appear on the screen that opens, tapping on that will open a full screen with Google Maps. Thanks to Google for a free and quite accurate answer to the question of where your child is.

How to control your child’s actions on Google Play

On the page of the supervised account on the parent’s iPhone, under the child’s name and avatar, there is a “Settings” button that takes you to a screen where you can configure additional parental control options. In particular for the proprietary Google Play store, you can set some restrictions on content and allow or prohibit the installation of both paid and all absolutely all applications without parental approval. Considering that after downloading any content from the store a report about this fact comes to the parent’s e-mail, and any already installed app can be blocked remotely, I set a restriction only on paid content and in-app purchases.

Additional parental control options in Google Family Link

In addition to the listed tools, parents can allow or forbid their child to add other users’ accounts to their gadget; enter their own account settings; install apps from unknown sources; enable developer mode. Also separately available are settings of the location of the device belonging to the child, and the settings of applications access rights to the system resources of the gadget: camera, microphone, etc., geo-location, contacts, phone, SMS, calendar and storage.

Lost somewhere at home smartphone is easy to find by turning on the playback sound. There is a detailed description for all Google Family Link app options. Losing a little time to study the background information, you can be flexible enough to configure the gadgets of your heirs and be relatively calm about their cybersecurity.

All in all, Google’s implementation of parental controls has pleased me. Adults stay with iPhones, children learn Android, life goes on.

Apps for parental control

What characteristics should a parental control app have?

In my research, I focused on the three most important parameters that will ensure that the app will really help you and not cause additional problems.

1. Security and transparency.

Installing an unknown parental control app on your child’s phone can be dangerous. An app with weak data protection, or even worse, malicious add-ons, makes your device so vulnerable that any intruder online will be able to take advantage of it.

The app you choose should protect your data with top-notch encryption, such as 256-bit AES encryption. Look for a service with a transparent and thoughtful privacy policy so you know exactly what will happen to your child’s personal data.

2. Simplicity and ease of use

Surely each of your days is scheduled to the minute, so you don’t need the added burden of a confusing app. The best parental control apps are designed to quickly and concisely convey the important information you need to keep your child safe online.

All of the apps on this list contain only useful features and automatically notify you as soon as they detect potential risks.

3. Compatibility with different platforms

You need to make sure the app you choose is compatible with the devices your child uses regularly. In this review, you’ll see an app that is compatible with a variety of mobile and desktop platforms, including:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Chrome OS

How easy is it to set up parental control apps?

Even the most advanced apps (like Qustodio and Net Nanny) are very easy to install, set up, and use: great news for people who are digitally savvy.

I tested all the apps on the list and made sure they were quick to install and easy to work with. I also included apps that are available for the iOS platform, meaning they can be installed without compromising the security of your child’s iPhone smartphone (actually, this is a very common problem due to Apple’s restrictions).