13 Best parental control apps on Android, iPhone

If you're a parent, you know that keeping your kids safe online can be a challenge. With so many apps and websites out there, it's hard to know what your kids are up to. That's where parental control apps come in. These apps can help you monitor your kids' online activity, set limits on screen time, and even block inappropriate content.

In this article, we'll take a look at some of the best parental control apps on the market, including Google Family Link, Find my kids, and Nintendo Switch Parental Controls. We'll also provide tips on how to choose the right parental control app for your family.

App Logo Available On Reviews Downloads Features
1. Google Family Link Google Family Link Icon Android, iOS 4.5/5 137M+ Screen time limits, App approval/blocking, Location tracking
2. Find my kids Find my kids Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 57M+ Family GPS tracker, Location tracking, Kid's safety
3. Nintendo Switch Parental Cont… Nintendo Switch Parental Cont… Icon Android, iOS 4.6/5 10M+ Monitor play time, Set play-time limits, Check time limits followed
4. Kids Place Parental Control Kids Place Parental Control Icon Android, iOS 3.9/5 7M+ Screen time control, Block inappropriate content, Child lock
5. Microsoft Family Safety Microsoft Family Safety Icon Android, iOS 3.8/5 4M+ Screen time limits, Activity reporting, Content filters
6. AirDroid Parental Control AirDroid Parental Control Icon Android, iOS 4.7/5 4M+ Real-time location tracking, Remote app control, Harmful content filtering
7. Screen Time Screen Time Icon Android, iOS 2.5/5 4M+ Track screen time, Block inappropriate content, Set time limits
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1. Google Family Link

Google Family Link Icon

Screen time limits, App approval/blocking, Location tracking


Cost: Google Family Link (Free), Google Family Link (Premium) (4.99)

Google Family Link is a parental control app that helps parents manage their children's screen time and online activity on Android devices. With Family Link, parents can set limits on how long their children can use specific apps or the device itself, as well as manage app permissions and approve or block downloads. The app also provides parents with location tracking and activity reports, so they can stay informed about their children's whereabouts and online activity. Family Link is available for free on the Google Play Store.

Download:

Google Family Link - Screen time limits, App approval/blocking, Location tracking
  • Tags:
  • Screen time limits
  • App download approvals
  • Content filtering

Application information:

Downloads 137267974
Features Control screen time, Manage apps, Review app permissions, Set content filters, Manage search settings, View activity reports, Track location, Set up Family Groups, Receive notifications, Approve purchases, Set location reminders
Pros Easy to use, Comprehensive set of features, Effective in managing screen time and app usage
Cons May require some setup effort, Can be restrictive for older children seeking more independence, Some users have reported issues with location tracking

Comments and Reviews from users:

Melissa Green: “The app used to work well but lately it adjusts the time limit for the day on its own. It will show that my kids have used up all their screen time when they've been sleeping and phones were in downtime. The apps will show nothing has been used but their total time will show an hour or more. It's been difficult to use. The location doesn't update quickly either.” – 2/5 in Play Store

Justin McGarry: “Location tracking is inconsistent and completely unreliable. Only getting worse as time goes on. I have notifications set up to alert me when my son arrives/leaves school. Occasionally that works but usually it doesn't. If I manually check location, sometimes it will show it and I'll get a notification but most of the time it just spins. I've checked permissions, ensured location is on, cleared cache, uninstalled and reinstalled. After reading other reviews, Google isn't going to fix it.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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2. Find my kids

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Family GPS tracker, Location tracking, Kid's safety


Cost: Find my kids (Free), Find my kids - Premium (Paid)

Find my kids is a parental control app that uses GPS tracking to help parents keep track of their children's whereabouts. The app can be installed on a child's smartphone and allows parents to view their location in real-time. It also includes features such as geofencing, which alerts parents when their child enters or leaves a designated area. Additionally, the app allows parents to communicate with their children through a built-in chat feature and remotely lock or wipe their child's device in case of an emergency. Find my kids is a valuable tool for parents who want to keep their children safe and connected.

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Find my kids - Family GPS tracker, Location tracking, Kid's safety
  • Tags:
  • Real-time GPS tracking
  • Location history
  • Geofencing alerts

Application information:

Downloads 56,866,982
Features Kid tracker for parents and family locator: location tracking, phone tracking, listen to surroundings, track battery level, get alerts when the child arrives at school
Pros Easy to use, accurate location tracking, long battery life, many useful features
Cons Subscription required for some features, can be expensive, not always accurate, privacy concerns

Comments and Reviews from users:

Andrea: “UPDATE - I've used this app for over a year so far. It seems to be a lil slow, loading the location takes forever, I'm assuming its lack of service sometimes. I find myself freaking out when I don't see the location update. Also, I originally purchased a yearly subscription, somehow i renewed it as a monthly subscription and there's no option to switch back to yearly. I still give it 4stars because i see the potential of the app and for the price, its still ok. Will update review again.” – 4/5 in Play Store

Debby: “This app worked perfectly for about a month, then a few weeks ago it went off course and now is hit or miss. The location path it shows is often a scrambled route that isn't even possible, and the "sound around" option only works for about 10 seconds at a time. I've tried re-setting & re-installing. The only thing left is to delete the app and try another.” – 3/5 in Play Store

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3. Nintendo Switch Parental Cont…

Nintendo Switch Parental Cont… Icon

Monitor play time, Set play-time limits, Check time limits followed


Cost: Nintendo Switch Parental Controls (Free), Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (Paid)

The Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app empowers parents and guardians to manage their children's gaming experiences on the Nintendo Switch console. Through the app, parents can set play-time limits, restrict access to certain games and features based on age ratings, and monitor their children's activity. The app also allows parents to communicate with their children directly through the console, ensuring open and clear communication about online safety and responsible gaming habits. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive controls, the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app provides parents with peace of mind and helps foster a healthy and balanced gaming environment for their children.. Nintendo Switch Parental Cont…

Download:

Nintendo Switch Parental Cont… - Monitor play time, Set play-time limits, Check time limits followed
  • Tags:
  • Play Time Monitoring
  • Purchase Restrictions
  • Game Restrictions

Application information:

Downloads 10233019
Features Control your child's Nintendo Switch gaming experience by setting limits, monitoring playtime, and restricting access to games and features.
Pros Easy to use, effective in limiting screen time and inappropriate content, peace of mind for parents.
Cons May not be suitable for all families, can be restrictive for older children, requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription for some features.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Limited functionality. No way to set a password to the system or games. No way to set time limits for profiles. You can set a bedtime restriction, but not a "wake up" (i.e., no way to set only 1 hour of play and must be between 1 - 7pm). Yes, this app does make my job as a parent easier, but only slightly. Given the complexity of the Switch more robust parental controls would be helpful. My basic thermostat has more security and scheduling options and I didn't even upgrade to the Nest.” – 2/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “I find the app to be both easy to use and very beneficial and lending itself to monitoring my grandchildren's play without standing and looking over their shoulders. Setting limits of play times has errors. Playing over the limits set only records overages, not end play at the designated time. 08/12/2019: generally works seamlessly; today, when I tried signing in and checking data, there were issues; finally had to uninstall and reinstall the app; now it's working fine.” – 4/5 in Play Store

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4. Kids Place Parental Control

Kids Place Parental Control Icon

Screen time control, Block inappropriate content, Child lock


Cost: Kids Place - Parental Control (Free), Kids Place Premium ($7.99)

Kids Place Parental Control is a comprehensive parental control app that allows parents to manage their children's screen time and online activity. With Kids Place, parents can set time limits for specific apps, block inappropriate content, and track their children's location. The app also includes a variety of educational and entertaining games and activities that are designed to be both fun and educational for kids. Kids Place is available for both Android and iOS devices, and it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Download:

Kids Place Parental Control - Screen time control, Block inappropriate content, Child lock
  • Tags:
  • Screen Time Control
  • Parental Control App
  • Kids Mode

Application information:

Downloads Rated for 500K+ downloads with 4.5/5 average rating.
Features Kids Place offers a variety of features to help you manage your child's screen time.
Pros Easy to use with a kid-friendly interface, rich with features.
Cons May not be suitable for older children who are more tech-savvy, not the most versatile app offering a limited use case.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “Full disclosure: I intended to use this app for myself. My phone does not come with a user profile function, and I wanted to designate a work-only profile. That being said the layout is not customizable (unless you pay), the categories are difficult to configure, and there are constant requests for feedback from the developer. Too visually "loud," and not streamlined. Not for me.” – 3/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “The layout is simple, tidy, and easy to use. Too bad the app is buggy as all ghetto. It frequently allows my kids to bypass the blocks I have in place. It doesn't save the timer settings as it's supposed to, and often the timer either expires without locking the screen, or magically renews the timer without authorization. If it worked, I would give it 4 stars. It fails miserably.” – 2/5 in Play Store

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5. Microsoft Family Safety

Microsoft Family Safety Icon

Screen time limits, Activity reporting, Content filters

Microsoft Family Safety is a comprehensive parental control app that empowers parents to protect their children online and in the real world. With Family Safety, parents can set screen time limits, track their children's location, and manage their app usage. The app also includes features to help parents stay connected with their children, such as a family chat and location sharing. Family Safety is available as a free download on iOS and Android devices, and it can be used to manage up to five children's accounts.

Download:

Microsoft Family Safety - Screen time limits, Activity reporting, Content filters
  • Tags:
  • Screen time limits
  • Activity reporting
  • Location tracking

Application information:

Downloads 10,000,000+
Features Set screen time limits, track your child's location, and filter inappropriate content.
Pros Easy to use, effective in managing screen time and location tracking.
Cons May not be able to track location accurately all the time, limited features for managing other aspects of online safety.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Mina McFarland: “I have been using this app for years, but lately, it consistently says I need to update. Yet, it won't even after uninstalling & reinstalling, and clearing the cache. Same results. It works for a few minutes, and then the same message of needing an update would appear. I have to repeat this cycle just to answer my son's requests. He has to verbally tell me he sent a request because the notifications stopped working. Before you ask, yes, the notifications are turned on; it's past annoying.😒” – 2/5 in Play Store

Lawrence S: “So far I've just signed in to the new experience and I'm comparison to the old it sucks in every way. Force Switching from app to website is ackward, unreliable and broke during setup, removing options to no longer support times across multiple devices together is horrible. This almost defeats the purpose of having any controls at all. If the child had access to 4 devices and 2 hrs per day now they only get 30 mins per device!?! This is beyond stupid!” – 2/5 in Play Store

6. AirDroid Parental Control

AirDroid Parental Control Icon

Real-time location tracking, Remote app control, Harmful content filtering


Cost: AirDroid Parental Control: Free, AirDroid Parental Control: Premium (2.99)

AirDroid Parental Control is a comprehensive mobile app that empowers parents to safeguard their children's digital well-being. With advanced features like app blocking, screen time management, and GPS tracking, parents can effectively monitor and control their kids' smartphone usage. The app provides real-time insights into app activity, allowing parents to identify and restrict access to inappropriate or addictive apps. Additionally, the GPS tracking feature enables parents to track their children's location, providing peace of mind and ensuring their safety. AirDroid Parental Control is an essential tool for modern parents, offering a convenient and effective way to protect their children in the digital age.

Download:

AirDroid Parental Control - Real-time location tracking, Remote app control, Harmful content filtering
  • Tags:
  • Real-time Location Tracking
  • App Usage Monitoring
  • Web Content Filtering

Application information:

Downloads 4,407,409
Features Remotely supervise your child's Android activity, including app usage, location tracking, and message monitoring.
Pros User-friendly interface, real-time location tracking, customizable app blocking.
Cons May drain child's device battery, requires both parent and child to have the app installed, limited features for iOS devices.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Tiffani Cash: “It's amazing so far! Can screen mirror my kids phones and also listen to what is being said by them while they use the phone even if they are not using it I can still tap in and check on them with both of them things I can control their apps and the screen usage daily and set a time of when they can't use the phone unless I approve it like at night or during school hours besides lunch time I allow that in case something they need, but when I try to see the daily usage screen it loads nonstop!” – 4/5 in Play Store

amanda champion: “Very Misleading. Althought the screen mirroring and audio and voice access is good... I really wanted an app that I can view ALL text messages incoming and outgoing. This app makes it seem like it does but it doesnt. You CANT see outgoing texts and you CANT see all text messages in one area. you only get a NOTIFICATION of who texted and what they said. you cant read the full conversation. So if you are looking for an app where you can see ALL incoming and outgoing texts. this app doesnt do that.” – 2/5 in Play Store

7. Screen Time

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Track screen time, Block inappropriate content, Set time limits


Cost: Screen Time: Parental Control & Location Tracker (Free), Screen Time: Parental Control & Location Tracker Premium ($2.99/month)

Screen Time is a comprehensive parental control app that empowers parents to manage their children's screen time and ensure their digital well-being. With features like screen time limits, app blocking, location tracking, and web filtering, Screen Time provides parents with the tools they need to keep their kids safe online and help them develop healthy digital habits. The app's intuitive design and user-friendly interface make it easy for parents to set up and customize controls that suit their family's unique needs.

Download:

Screen Time - Track screen time, Block inappropriate content, Set time limits
  • Tags:
  • Time limits
  • Content blocker
  • Location tracker

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “I have had this app for over 6 months. and pay for the monthly subscription. its great WHEN IT WORKS. the features are great but I'm having to constantly contact support. it's a lot of back and fourth over the course of days to get problems resolved and most of the time I get the run around and told to uninstall on my children's devices and reinstall because they have "old" versions. I check and they are updated through the app. I have had problems with the geotracking that they FORCED you to put the location on the device or you could not even use device,bed time (blocking apps that were not suppose to), and the daily time limit not even working(my current problem) for me PAYING every month you would think it would work right. currently looking for another app” – 2/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “Since web filtering was added as an option the service hasn't worked right for us. Web history is a feature included in the premium service which I pay for but it hasn't worked correctly since web filtering was added. I have complained then they seem to fix it then a week later it doesn't work again. I love the app! Just wish it work consistently!” – 4/5 in Play Store

8. Kids360

Kids360 Icon

App usage limiter, Usage schedule, Apps statistics


Cost: Free, Premium (9.99)

Kids360 is a comprehensive parental control app that empowers parents to manage their children's screen time, monitor their activity, and ensure their safety online. With Kids360, parents can set limits on app usage, block inappropriate content, track their child's location, and receive alerts about suspicious activity. The app also includes features such as geofencing, SOS alerts, and screen time rewards, giving parents peace of mind and helping children develop healthy digital habits.

Download:

Kids360 - App usage limiter, Usage schedule, Apps statistics
  • Tags:
  • Screen time limiter
  • Usage schedule
  • Apps statistics

Application information:

Downloads 4,057,669
Features Kids360 is both a parental control app and a location tracking app disguised as a seemingly normal-looking game.
Pros Lets you track your child's location, view text messages, and manage their screen time.
Cons May not be the most effective at preventing your child from accessing inappropriate content.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Kearia Wootson: “The app works. After a while, the time limit on the child side shows time that wasn't actually spent. Example: My app says she spent 34 mins. But her app shows she spent over 19hrs. I need this fixed bc it defeats having a time like set if the app is going to do its own thing. Other than that, I enjoy being able to block apps that aren't good for her, tracking her location from school to home and sporting events.” – 3/5 in Play Store

Mera Salpin: “It's a good app but taking alot of time to sync. Will take few hours to sync and block apps. So time limit is useless coz it will take more time to sync or not syncing at all to block the apps from your child's phone/tablet.. You will only get frustrated.. I'm thinking to purchase but change my mind maybe it will be the same in a paid app.. Uninstalling it soon...” – 2/5 in Play Store

9. Qustodio Parental Control App

Qustodio Parental Control App Icon

Screen Time Control, GPS Family Tracker, App Monitoring & Blocking

Qustodio Parental Control App empowers parents to guide their children's digital journey safely and responsibly. With advanced features like screen time monitoring, app and web filtering, location tracking, and customizable alerts, parents can ensure their kids' online safety while fostering healthy digital habits. Qustodio's user-friendly interface and cross-platform compatibility make it easy for parents to stay connected and protect their children across all their devices.

Download:

Qustodio Parental Control App - Screen Time Control, GPS Family Tracker, App Monitoring & Blocking
  • Tags:
  • Screen Time Control
  • App Monitoring & Blocking
  • Kid Tracking & GPS Location

Application information:

Downloads 3,826,049
Features Screen Time, App and Web Block & Monitoring, Location Tracker, YouTube Usage Tracking, Game Time Limits, Suspicious Activity Alerts
Pros Easy to use interface, Comprehensive features, Detailed reporting
Cons Some features require a premium subscription, Occasional glitches, Limited customization options

Comments and Reviews from users:

Brian Griffiths (LiquidZero): “There really isn't a better option out there than Qustodio, but it sucks. It lacks significant updates. The overlay promts are slow, even with animation scaling turned off. There is a learning curve. I use Google Family link, Microsoft Family Safety, and Qustodio together for my children's devices. The GUI is clean, but lacks certain features. It's alright, but needs improvement. 2 years now. If someone does it better, I'll find out and switch. No direct customer support either.” – 3/5 in Play Store

W. Rosa Melendez: “Not bad but could be better. For example: I've noticed with the text messages, if someone sends my child a picture through text, I don't know what the picture is or any text written with it, so the app can't alert to anything inappropriate or bullying. I also wish keylogging was an option, or screenshots to see what is being viewed, since it'll tell you that their Gallery is accessed but not what they're viewing.” – 3/5 in Play Store

10. Kaspersky SafeKids with GPS

Kaspersky SafeKids with GPS Icon

Real-time location tracking, Geofencing with alerts


Cost: Kaspersky Safe Kids Free (Free), Kaspersky Safe Kids Premium ($14.99/year)

Kaspersky SafeKids with GPS is a comprehensive parental control app that helps parents protect their children online and in the real world. It features a variety of tools to help parents keep track of their children's activities, including GPS tracking, web filtering, screen time limits, and app blocking. The app also includes a number of safety features, such as a panic button and a way to track your child's location in case they get lost. Kaspersky SafeKids with GPS is a valuable tool for parents who want to keep their children safe online and offline.

Download:

Kaspersky SafeKids with GPS - Real-time location tracking, Geofencing with alerts
  • Tags:
  • Parental Controls
  • GPS Child Locator
  • Web Content Filtering

Application information:

Downloads 3271922
Features Protects your kids online and helps you stay connected and keep track of their location at all times.
Pros Comprehensive protection features, easy to use interface, accurate location tracking.
Cons Premium features are expensive, some users have reported issues with the GPS tracking.

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “This app has been incredibly helpful to our family. The main feature we'd like to see is a single switch to temporarily block a device (instead of changing the whole schedule). The device usage view in the Android mobile app is also very difficult to use. The website is much easier to understand. Even with these two, we will absolutely renew. The app is invaluable.” – 4/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “This works well for reporting and blocking. Once or twice it stopped working and left the phone open after an update (this has not happened for a while). The location tracking seems less reliable than the available coverage. Improving location reporting would be really great! But so far really great.” – 4/5 in Play Store

11. FlashGet Kids

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Intelligent content management, Real-time location tracking


Cost: Free, Premium (2.99)

FlashGet Kids is a parental control app that helps parents manage their children's screen time, block inappropriate content, and track their location. With FlashGet Kids, parents can set time limits for specific apps and games, block access to certain websites and apps, and track their child's location in real-time. The app also includes a number of other features, such as the ability to view a history of your child's activity, set up alerts for when your child leaves or enters a certain area, and communicate with your child through the app's built-in messaging system. FlashGet Kids is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Download:

FlashGet Kids - Intelligent content management, Real-time location tracking
  • Tags:
  • Parental Control
  • Location tracking
  • Screen Time Management

Application information:

Downloads 2,417,334
Features Parental control features include GPS tracking, game and app blocking, screen time limits, and web filtering.
Pros Easy to use, effective at blocking inappropriate content, and affordable.
Cons May not be effective against all types of threats, can be bypassed by savvy kids, and may not be compatible with all devices.

Comments and Reviews from users:

It's Just Me: “Using for 1 month and paid for the fee. After updated the app keep error. I cant even sign in to my account.” – 2/5 in Play Store

Phenq Lim: “Every time used in screen mirroring mode there is always a notification on the target cellphone to accept or cancel... How do I solve it... Overall okay... thank you” – 3/5 in Play Store

12. MobileFence

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App Blocking, Web Blocking, Real-time Location


Cost: Free, Premium (4.99)

MobileFence is a parental control app that helps parents keep their kids safe online. It allows parents to manage their children's screen time, block inappropriate content, and track their location. MobileFence also has a built-in SOS button that kids can use to contact their parents in case of an emergency. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Download:

MobileFence - App Blocking, Web Blocking, Real-time Location
  • Tags:
  • Parental Control
  • App Blocking
  • Safe Browsing

Application information:

Comments and Reviews from users:

A Google user: “It's great, it tracks everything the child does including the amount of time the child spends on different apps and when settings are changed. This app is so good at blocking any method I try to jailbreak the app that I just gave up. highly recommended” – 5/5 in Play Store

A Google user: “I love this app! its fantastic for limiting my daughter's phone usage/content, and finding her lost phone. I even use it on my phone to limit my social media time and keep myself from getting caught up in the drama. my favorite feature is the ability to set a time on both our phones where nothing will work except phone calls. family time just got so much easier!” – 5/5 in Play Store

13. Parental Control

Parental Control Icon

Remote app blocking, Screen time scheduling, Location tracking


Cost: Kidslox (Free), Qustodio Parental Control ($54.95/year)

Parental Control is a mobile app that empowers parents to manage their children's screen time and online activities. With this app, parents can set daily screen time limits, block inappropriate apps and games, and monitor their children's browsing history and social media usage. The app also provides parents with detailed reports on their children's device usage, helping them stay informed and make informed decisions about their children's digital well-being.

Download:

Parental Control - Remote app blocking, Screen time scheduling, Location tracking
  • Tags:
  • Screen Time Management
  • App Blocking and Control
  • Location tracking

Application information:

Downloads 1,813,563
Features Helps parents limit screen time, block inappropriate apps and games, and monitor their children's online activity.
Pros Easy to use, effective in limiting screen time and blocking inappropriate content.
Cons Some features may require a premium subscription, may not be compatible with all devices.

Comments and Reviews from users:

Jason Hoffman: “I do like some of the features, but the location jumps around so if you set home boundaries it constantly sends notifications that my son has left home zone then enters, very annoying. Had to remove the zone to stop this. When I started subscription the functions all said they were in beta mode telling me the functionality may or may not work properly, not very comforting when you spend money on something to be told it may not work properly. Screentime, screenshot, lockdown feature is nice .” – 2/5 in Play Store

Alicia B: “I bought the paid version. It's great when it works! Sometimes it doesn't register my child's device being in use. I also wish it would give the child a 5 minute warning before it shuts off, that way they can finish up what they're doing instead of it shutting down when they're in the middle of something.” – 3/5 in Play Store