How to set up Parental Controls on Android: limiting Android app permissions

How to set up Parental Controls on Android: limiting Android app permissions - Indietech, Children are more technically savvy these days, and even a young child will be able to use your Android smartphone or tablet in ways you never knew were possible. Apart from driving a heavy bill of APP and game purchases, this means that your children may also be at risk from online predators and sexual content. Here we show you how to set sensible parental controls, and explain the new limited profiles have been added to Android Jelly Bean 4.3.

Android 4.3 and its limited profiles have a new dimension to the user profiles feature that appeared in version 4.2. Tablets running Android 4.2 or later can be configured with multiple user accounts, so you can turn your Jelly Bean tablet in a family PC with unique settings for each member of hushållet.I Android 4.3, allows limited profiles the device administrator control app permissions for each user profile, which can help you keep your child safe. See Android Advisor.

Before you can start using the restricted profiles and set up parental controls android, you must ensure that your Android device supports det.Android 4.3 update is currently only available to Google's own Nexus tablet, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, other manufacturers are expected to roll out the upgrade in the coming months. We show you how to upgrade your Nexus device here.

Steps to set up Parental Controls on Android

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Step 1. First of Android home screen, pull down from the right and tap Settings. Scroll down to and select User, then press "Add user profile, or" .You can either create a normal user profile, or a limited profile. Point to the latter.

Step 2. If you have not already done so, you will be prompted to set up a screen lock for your device. Press the Set lock, then select whether to use a pattern, PIN or password lock and follow the instructions.

Step 3. Tap the Settings icon next to the "New Profile" to give it a name.

Step 4. Now you will see a list of applications installed on your device, with on / off switch to the side. By default, the limited profile can not access any of these. Go through the list and switch on only the software you are comfortable with your child uses. The list contains all the browsers installed on your tablet, so leave them switched off if you are concerned about what harm your child can come to the net. You can also click Settings next to Settings to allow apps that use location information, which is off by default.

Step 5. From the Lock screen, you will now find your own account is protected with a pattern, password or PIN, while your children can instantly access their own account - but only the apps you deem appropriate. Although the Google Play Store appears, will try to access that put up a notice that you do not have permission to use Google Play Store.

Restrict in-app purchases on your Android smartphone or tablet

If you are not using a tablet running Android 4.3, there are other things you can do to protect your child and set parental controls on an older Android tablet or smartphone.

Kids love games, and Google Play is brimming with casual titles aimed directly at them. It may be too easy for busy parents to leave their children unattended with what appears to be a harmless play when they get on with things. But, as you may have seen on the news, some parents unwittingly found himself with outrageous credit card details bills they happily ignorant kids are buying all sorts of expensive in-app extras.

Protect your wallet is incredibly simple: open the Google Play Store app on your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings menu and scroll down to User Settings. Check the box next to Password, which will request your Google Account password when somebody tries to download a paid app or in-app purchase extras.

In the same menu there is an option to set content filtering. Within this, you can allow all applications or only classified as low, medium or high level of maturity, or for all. Please tick the appropriate boxes and click OK. Note that you must create a password to stop a tech-savvy kids from changing this setting.

Limitation app purchases in Google Play is worthwhile only if you are sure that programs can not be obtained from other app stores. Open the Settings menu, scroll down to Security and make sure the option to allow installation of applications from sources other is disabled.

If your child is a little older, you might trust them to use the device without supervision, but is not keen on the idea of ​​letting them loose on your Facebook or email account. Or maybe you want to let your kids run riot with the game, but do not get online or in your messages. We like AppLock, a third-party app that allows you to password protect certain applications without locking down access to enheten.Läs our tutorial on how to password protect Android apps by AppLock here.

A quick solution to restrict access to the web, call and messaging functions on the fly is to activate Airplane Mode. If that's not an option to do this from power-off menu, you should find this in the Preferences, more network, flight mode. Be warned that it is as easy for your child to deactivate the Flight mode, however.

You will also find in Google Play several apps that allow you to restrict access. Consider the free app Kid Mode. This provides something similar to Windows Phone 8's children's corner. It lets kids play their favorite Android games, read stories and paint pictures, but there's no way to accidentally buy something, take away your e-mail or access another app.

There are also lots of parental control apps on Google Play, many of which are free. We recommend the Kaspersky, Norton and the popular Funamo.