Install apps from Unknown Sources
Google’s Family Link blocks access to enabling Unknown Sources. This is a key requirement for our full version of Boomerang available from our website. Before installing or updating Boomerang from our website, you will need to turn off this setting via your parent device’s Family Link app. Here’s how to disable the restriction:
On your parent phone, open Family Link app, select your child, go the Phone > Device pane > SETTINGS > Apps from unknown sources.
Accessibility and Draw Over apps Permissions
A few reports from our user base suggest that there’s a conflict with our Accessibility Permissions when Family Link is present. Refer to our comparison chart to see if Family Link is required - many features overlap with Boomerang.
There may be good reasons to use Family Link as Google does extend some of its services by enforcing age ratings better than what is possible with third party parental control apps like Boomerang. Here's a detailed overview of our feature set and how it compares to Family Link.
|Daily Device Time Limit||✅||✅|
|Per App Time Limit||✅||❌|
|Time Extensions||✅||Yes but requires a code*|
|Kids can request more time||✅||❌|
|*Boomerang's Parent Mode allows parents to easily extend anytime.|
|Block any app||✅||✅*|
|Allow any app||✅||✅|
|Exempt apps from Screen Time||✅||❌|
|Approve newly installed apps||✅||✅|
|Kids can request an app to be unblocked||✅||❌|
|*If app is in use, it won’t get blocked until its closed|
|Text Message safety|
|Text message logging||✅||❌|
|Allows YouTube app||✅||❌|
|Only allows YouTube Kids||No||✅|
|Reports on YouTube Search History||✅||✅|
|Reports on YouTube Watch History||✅||✅|
|Family Link only allows YouTube app once child is 13|
|Blocks millions of inappropriate websites||✅||⚠️|
|Enforce SafeSearch for Google Search||✅||Yes, as long your child is 13 and younger.|
|Web history reporting||✅||✅|
|Block specific domains||✅||✅|
|No incognito mode (Private browsing)||✅||✅|
|⚠️Try to block mature sites
not as detailed as our SPIN safe browser
|Track device location||✅||✅|
|Set geofences (virtual fences)||✅||❌|
|Stops monitoring when child turns 13 years old||Keeps working||✅|
|Allows more than one parent to control||✅||✅|
|Requires removal of any other Google Account already on the device||❌||✅|
|Requires a Google account for your child||Just a parent's email||✅|
|Requires a credit card to try||❌||✅|
Information accurate as of April 3rd, 2019. Something needs updating? Leave a comment below.
Recommendations and Tips
- Best way to filter and monitor YouTube now (with Boomerang Parental Control)
- How to enable Restricted Mode on YouTube app and other devices
- How to control and enforce Google Play age ratings. From Google’s support article.
- How to remove Family Link from your child's Android device
- How to control Google Play in-app purchases by adding a password. From Google's support article.