The right age for your kid to have a phone is a personal decision. Most parents enjoy the peace of mind of being able to reach their children once they start spending more time out of the house, typically between ages 12-14. The most important factor is ensuring your child is mature enough to keep track of a phone - and use it responsibly. All Google Fi plans include parental controls and safety features to help make sure your kids are staying safe. Learn more about adding a child to your Fi plan.
Yes, Google Fi Wireless does offer parental controls for phones,
including spam blocking to stop unwanted calls, and for children
on Android phones, the ability to allow calls and texts from
phone contacts only.
Google Fi Wireless offers several security features:
Spam blocking: When you turn on spam blocking, your phones won't
ring when a number we identify as spam calls you.
Block calls and texts from strangers: If your child has an
Android phone, you can turn on contact controls. That way, only
trusted numbers can call or text your kids.
Privacy for your online activity: All phones on Google Fi
Wireless get access to a VPN for a private online connection.
When enabled, it encrypts your online activity when you use
cellular data and Wi-Fi.
Privacy for your family's calls: Calls between Android phones on Google Fi Wireless are private by default with end-to-end encryption. Third parties—including Google—won't be able to access the content of your conversations.
If your child has an Android phone, you can set digital ground rules for them at no additional cost by using Google Family Link. Fi makes it easy to get started with guided set up from the Fi app. When you set up Family Link for your child's Google account, you can guide them as they learn, play and explore online - including managing their apps, keeping an eye on their screen time, and remotely locking their device. Learn more.
Yes. Google Fi offers screen time limits through the Family Link app for your child’s Google account on Android phones. Simply create a Google account for your child, add them to your Family Link account, and you can quickly and easily set a daily limit. Learn more about Family Link and screen time limits.
Location sharing works with Google Maps directly in the Fi app so you can quickly see where every participating member of your family group is in real-time. Group members can choose to share their location for a certain amount of time or indefinitely. Location sharing is included at no extra cost with all Fi plans. Learn more about location sharing.
End-to-end encryption keeps the content you share private and secure, from one endpoint (such as your phone) to another (such as the phone of the person you are talking to). The content you share will be unreadable if it is intercepted in transit.
Fi offers end-to-end encrypted calls for one-on-one conversations between Android phones on Fi by default, which means eligible phone conversations are protected automatically and only you and the person you're talking to can listen to the contents of your call.
If your call is protected with end-to-end encryption, you'll see a lock symbol on the screen before your call is connected and during the call. When you place an encrypted call, you'll hear a unique ringing tone before being connected. To learn more about end-to-end encryption on Fi, visit our Help Center.
While Fi does not offer end-to-end encryption for text messages, you can use Messages by Google for more secure chat conversations. Messages automatically upgrades your one-on-one conversations to be end-to-end encrypted when both you and the person you're messaging have Messages and chat features enabled. With end-to-end encryption, no one can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you're messaging. By using Fi and Messages together, you can get a private communications solution for both calls and texts. Learn more about end-to-end encryption in Messages on the Help Center.
On all phones on Fi, you get access to a VPN for an encrypted and private connection when you use cellular data and Wi-Fi. It helps shield you against hackers on unsecure networks (like public Wi-Fi), and prevents websites from using your IP address to track your location.
Most apps will connect through the VPN, but some apps may bypass the VPN in order to work as intended (for example, so your smart home devices can work). You can manage this setting in the Fi app. Note that apps critical to Fi services will always connect outside the VPN. VPNs use mobile data for encryption and network optimizations.
To learn more, visit our Help Center.
Your Google Fi Wireless number is tied to your Google Account, which means you get extra layers of account security as a Fi user. This helps protect you from threats like SIM swap attacks, which is when your number is ported out to someone else's SIM card without your knowledge or consent. Your Google Account also provides protections like a robust account recovery process, as well as notifications for suspicious activity. You can also enable 2-Step Verification to reduce the risk of bad actors stealing your number and information. To learn more, visit our Help Center.
Families.google is our all-in-one family technology management resource. The site is full of information on how to keep your kids safe online, and how to teach them about tech safety. It also includes a kid's space, teacher-approved apps, YouTube Kids, and Family Link, Google's mobile device safety app designed to work seamlessly with your Google Fi phone plan.
Blocks spam known to Google; may not detect all spam calls.
Location sharing requires Google Maps app.
Contact controls available on Android phones.
Restrictions apply. Some data is not transmitted through VPN. Use of VPN may increase data costs depending on your plan.
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