Can I use Google Family Link to supervise a Bark Phone?

The short answer is no, but that’s okay! Bark’s built-in features cover everything you would receive via Google Family Link and so much more!

In order to download apps on the Bark Phone, your kid must sign in with an "unsupervised" Google account.

If your child's account is "supervised," Bark recommends creating a “family Gmail” using your personal birthday. Then, connect the account for monitoring and use it to sign into the Play Store on your kid’s phone.

How can I check if my kid's Google account is supervised?

  1. On your parent phone, visit
  2. You should see something like this:
    gfl supervised member family link.png
  3. If it says Supervised Member under their name, they have a supervised Google account. These accounts cannot sign into Google Play on a Bark Phone.

What do I do if my kid's Google account is supervised?

My kid is under 13 years old

Create a new Google account for your kid

  1. On your kid's Bark Phone, open the ⚙ Settings app.
  2. Tap Accounts & Backup.
  3. Tap Manage Accounts.
  4. Sign out of the supervised Google account.
  5. Tap ➕ Add account.
  6. Tap Google.
  7. Tap Create account on the bottom left.
    Don't see that option? No worries, just open up a browser (like Chrome) and create a Google account there.
  8. Select For myself.
  9. Enter in your kid's name.
  10. Enter in your parent birthday (not your kid's) to ensure the new account is not supervised by Family Link.
  11. Create a Gmail address for your kid.
  12. Create a strong password your kid will remember.
  13. Follow any additional instructions.
  14. When you're done, this will sign in your kid's Google account on the Bark Phone, allowing them to download apps from Google Play and get emails on the Gmail app.
My kid is 13 years old or older

Stop supervision

If your child is over 13 years old, stop supervision of their account. This will allow them to download apps on the Bark Phone. Google doesn't let parents stop supervision until their child turns 13. 

  1. On your parent phone or computer, open the family_link_logo.png Family Link app.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Tap Controls.
  4. Tap Account Settings.
  5. Tap Account Info.
  6. Tap Stop supervision.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  8. Then, on your kid's Bark Phone, open the ⚙ Settings app.
  9. Tap Accounts & Backup.
  10. Tap Manage Accounts.
  11. Sign out of your kid's Google account if present.
  12. Tap ➕ Add account.
  13. Tap Google.
  14. Sign in with your kid's unsupervised Google account. 

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