One of the more popular features of Google Home speakers is setting up parental controls. You can restrict your kids from listening to explicit songs, podcasts, and even the radio with parental controls. As the parent, you can define what’s appropriate for your family, and you can also choose which devices are allowed for your kids to connect with.
What are parental controls?
Parental controls are a way for you to control what your children can and can’t access on their devices. They’re helpful if you want to know that your kids are safe and not seeing or hearing anything they shouldn’t. Turning on Parental Controls is easy and can be done in a few minutes.
Here’s how to set up parental controls on Google Assistant speakers:
Step 1: Open the Google Home app
Step 2: Tap More Settings
Step 3: Look under Family Link and click set up parental controls
Step 4: Add your child’s account, either by entering the email address associated with their Google account or by creating a new one.
Step 5: Give them a personalized voice and physical appearance, then follow the prompts on the screen.
That’s it! You’ve now set up parental controls on your Google Assistant speaker and verified that your child is who they say they are!
How to enable parental controls?
After your Google Home device is connected to WiFi, go to Devices – Parental Controls.
- Turn on parental controls by tapping the slider to green.
- Tap “Add a child” and create a new profile for each child under 13 years old or add a child under 13 if you don’t have a profile yet.
- Once a profile has been created, tap “Enable parental controls.”
- Set the appropriate settings for your child’s age and their account type (Google Play Service Account or Family Link account).
- Tap “Turn on” to confirm that you want to enable parental controls for this profile, and then tap “Done.”
Videos, podcasts, and music
Videos, podcasts, and music are a big part of what Google Home is all about. To adjust the settings for these three categories, you’ll need to go to the Google Home app on your phone.
In the top left corner of the app, tap Devices. On this screen, tap the more tab near the bottom right corner.
Scroll down and select Videos & Podcasts. If you want to turn these features on or off altogether, tap “Off”. For individual features within videos & podcasts – like block explicit content – tap on it, then use sliders to change the setting from on to off.
To find an appropriate podcast for your child, go into Podcasts in Settings and click on Edit List of Podcasts with Child-Friendly Content. Fill in your child’s age range and choose which content type is appropriate for them (such as Talk Shows or Kids). You can also add preferred genres if they’re not listed in the list already.
For Music, follow the same steps but select Music instead of Videos & Podcasts in Settings. The options here are similar to those in Videos & Podcasts; one difference is that with Music, there’s an option to “Block Explicit Songs.”
Which devices can be connected?
Google has different settings for each type of device. For instance, if you want to restrict which devices your kids can connect to, you’ll need to set up the parental controls on your Google Home speaker. To do this, tap the icon in the top right corner of the Home app and select Settings > Family Link > Parental Controls.
Parental Controls on Google Home let you decide which content your child can access on their assistant speaker. You can set a PIN for Google Home and then decide what type of content is appropriate for your family.