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The Google Family Link FAQ says you are only permitted to have one child per device.

But on this page it says you can add a second profile to your child's device.

Does this mean two children share one device under Family Link? Or that there can be one Family Link account and one other account?

What are the limitations / implications of a second account?

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Many Android devices allow multiple user profiles (not to be confused with Google accounts). It's a similar function to what computers have, where you can have the admin account and the child one.

From the second link you posted:

The steps below will only work if your child's device allows multiple profiles

From your comment on this post it's apparent that you're using an Asus Zenpad 3s. That device doesn't seem to have the multi user functionality. (You can confirm this info by simply going settings and looking for "users"). Therefore, you will not be able to add more accounts.

So to explain the difference between the two links you posted, the first one seems to be talking about adding a second Google account to the same device (from settings → accounts → Google,) while the second link is discussing how to get past the limitation of one account per device, by adding a second user, which in turn make it as if you're using a different device, with a lock screen preventing the child from switching between users.

Does this mean two children share one device under Family Link? Or that there can be one Family Link account and one other account?

With a device that supports multiple users, you can add either a child, or a regular Google account. If you're adding a regular account, make sure to have a lockscreen preventing your child from switching between users.

What are the limitations / implications of a second account?

Had that been possible, your child would be able to open Google play store, switch to the other account, and download any app they want.

Therefore, they don't allow more accounts unless you add a new user to the device.

  • I read the same docs, and reached similar conclusions. The device does seem to have multi-user capability (not sure about restricted users, but I do not want ot use restricted users). I am travelling and don't want to break anything, so have not tried adding an additional user to the device, so I dop not know if your answer is correct. I was hoping for an answer from someone who has actually done it and could tell me what had happened for them. – Anon Gordon Mar 9 '18 at 8:22
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Yes you can! I just did it.

Under Family Link, I set up two Google accounts for my kid. I installed one on the device, and then created a new user on the device and added the second Google account into its setting. It seems to be working fine, allowing access to the one profile whilst the other is locked.

The idea was that I set up one profile just for education purposes, and the other where I can install other apps, games, etc. The plan is to have tighter time restrictions on the gaming or fun profile and allow more access to the education apps so they will move to the second profile and do better activities once their game time is over.

Maybe you can do this with other control apps, but I think this could be a good long-term solution under the Google Family Link system which doesn't seem to provide individual app timers.

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