FAQ: Text Messages

Brandon Hilkert



1. Does Bark enable us to to monitor text message content on our children's devices?

Absolutely! Bark will monitor text message content, including pictures and video on the Android or iOS device.

If Bark finds a phrasing or media that you as a parent would want to be aware of in text messages, we alert you to that via email, text message, or in-app along with a snippet of the potential issue.


2. What platforms does Bark analyze text messages on?

Bark monitors text messages on iOS and Android devices. 

To monitor an Android device's texts, saved photos/videos, and web browsing, you will need to download the Bark for Kids app to your child's Android device. 

To download the app, visit bark.us/android on your child's device.

For step-by-step instructions, see here: How to Monitor an Android device

To monitor an iOS device's texts, saved photos/videos, notes. and web browsing, you will need to download the Bark Desktop Application to your home Windows or Mac computer. There is no need to download an app or service onto your child's iOS device!

For more information and step-by-step instructions, see here: How to Monitor an iOS device


3. Is Bark compatible with iMessage?

Yes! Bark will monitor iMessages across platforms that share the same iMessage account as a monitored iPad or iPhone.


4. Does Bark allow me to see all text messages and pictures on my child's device immediately or in a list?

No. Bark uses advanced machine learning and statistical analysis techniques to recognize potential problems. Our algorithms use machine learning to analyze conversational context and do not just look at keywords. Bark will alert you via email or in the Bark parent application to to any issues found in the content of those text messages, such as swear words, cyberbullying, violence, suicidal ideation, and more.


5. Is Bark able to analyze deleted text messages?

In many cases, yes. Again, Bark will not show all deleted text messages in a list for you. However, the content of some deleted texts may be available for Bark to analyze and alert you to any issues contained in them.


6. Will Bark allow me to recover deleted text messages from a phone?

No. In many cases, Bark can analyze deleted text messages for concerning material and alert you to that but Bark is not a text message recovery tool.


Have more questions?

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