How to use Google Play's Parental Controls to Protect Kids from Unsuitable Stuff?

  • Posted on: 21 April 2017
  • By: sasi

There are many apps, games, movies and music that you can download using Google Play Store. But not all of them are safe for children. Google Play's Parental Controls helps prevent your kids from accessing mature content.

Note: Parental controls do not restrict access to content downloaded prior to setting up the controls. It prevents installing new content.

1. Enable Parental Controls
2. Configure Parental Controls
        2a. Apps and Games
        2b. Movies
        2c. Music
3. Forgot Parental Control PIN


1. Enable Parental Controls:

  • Open Google Play app
  • Click the hamburger icon hamburger menu to open the sliding menu
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Parental controls
  • Switch ON Parental controls
  • Google Play Create Parental Control PIN

  • You will be asked to create a PIN. Enter a number and click OK. Remember this number. You will need this to make any changes in the future.
  • Enter the PIN again to confirm.


2. Configure Parental Controls

2a. Apps and Games

  • Tap 'Apps and Games' after enabling Parental Controls
  • Google Play Parental Control Apps & Games

  • Select the maturity level that you want your kids to access.
  • Tap Save.

2b. Movies

  • Tap 'Movies'
  • Google Play Parental Control Movies

  • Select the maturity level of the movies that you want to restrict access.

2c. Music

  • Tap 'Music'
  • Google Play Parental Control Music

  • Tick this box if you want to restrict music marked as explicit by content providers.


3. Forgot Parental Control PIN


The only way out is to clear Google Play's app data and create a new PIN.
Note: Clearing app data resets all Google Play settings to their default values including Parental controls. Make a note of the current settings so that you can recreate them later.

  • Open Android Settings (not Google Play settings)
  • Go to Apps>>Google Play Store
  • Long Press 'Storage' and release
  • Google Play Clear Data

  • On this screen, clear data and clear cache.