An Android TV remote with the TV interface in the background.
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Parental controls are essential for you to ensure you know exactly what your kid is watching and when they’re watching it. With these controls on your Android TV, you can easily set them up to limit your children’s’ access.

It’s good to have a bit of control over what your kids are exposed to, which is why parental controls are somewhat necessary. Setting up these controls may sound a little tricky, but it’s quite easy. Here’s how to get it set up and how to use them.

How to Set Up Parental Controls

Setting up parental controls is quite quick and easy, so let’s get started. Select the “Settings” icon represented by the cog in the upper-right corner.

Android TV Settings

In the next menu, select “Parental Control” right below the “Input” option.

Parental Controls Selection

This will take you to the Parental Control settings. Click the toggle to turn on the controls.

Parental Controls Activate

You will now have to set up a four-digit password, so make sure it’s not something that can easily be guessed.

Parental Controls Set Password

Confirm that four-digit password once more.

Parental Controls Confirm Password

You will then be taken back to the main Parental Control settings, and you will see that the toggle is now on. This menu will be where you can change the settings for all your parental controls.

Parental Controls Activated

How to Use Parental Controls

Using parental controls is going to be all about how you want to limit access for your kids. Start by going to the Settings menu by selecting the cog that represents your settings.

Android TV Settings

When that menu populates, select “Parental Control.”

Parental Controls Selection

This will show you all the different options for you to set up what you want to block for your children. We’ll start with Schedule Blocking first and go right down the line.

Parental Controls Activated

For Schedule Blocking, you can select the start and end time where the TV can be used. You can also set what day of the week you block, so if you have plans for a certain day, they won’t have access.

Parental Controls Schedule Blocking

Input blocking allows you to select which input device you want to restrict access to.

Parental Controls Input Blocking

You can also change your PIN from this menu. You’ll have to remember the old one to get it replaced, so make sure you have it written in a safe place.

Parental Controls Settings

It’s quite nice to be able to have all these restrictions on your Android TV. You can have control over what your kids can see, which will also give you peace of mind. It’s also easy to set this all up and use, so you won’t have to worry about a difficult setup period.

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