What are check-ins?

Check-ins are a great addition to Bark to minimize the number of text messages we might exchange with our kids. Rather than a "did you get there?" or "are you there yet?" text, we can rely on a single-click location confirmation from our children to confirm to us that they've safely arrived at their destination.

We even give you Google Maps directions so that you can navigate to their location with step-by-step directions!

How do I set up check-ins?

To take advantage of this feature, you will install the Bark for Kids app on your child's Android or iOS device.

Want to also monitor iPhone texts, photos, and videos? Follow these additional steps.

How do I request my child's location?

STEP 1: Log in to your Bark account on your mobile device or computer.

STEP 2: Select Locations under the child.

STEP 3: Click Request Check-In at the top.


This will send a push notification to the child's device requesting they open their Bark for Kids app and check in (as seen below). They can just tap on the notification to open the Bark for Kids app or they can open the Bark for Kids app manually.


STEP 4: Your child will then tap on the Check-In button on their app to send you their location.

Bark will then send you a notification of your child's location along with the option to Get Directions to that location via Google Maps. 

Additional Notifications Contacts

Want a partner, spouse, or family member to also receive alerts? Follow these steps to add them or remove them from receiving alerts on your child(ren)'s devices and accounts:

Add a Notification Contact

Location Alerts

Both check-ins and location alerts are part of Bark's location features. However, they have a couple of differences.

Check-ins can be sent by the child wherever they are by tapping the pink check-in button on their Bark Kids app. They are a one-time confirmation of the child's device location at that time.

Our new location alerts feature, on the other hand, lets you set some locations that will automatically alert you when the child arrives and leaves those set locations. For this feature to work in the background and automatically, follow this guide to get set up:

Set Up Location Alerts


Need help or have additional questions?

We are happy to assist! Reach out to Bark Support, and we'll help every step of the way.

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