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I have no experience working with a tablet and am considering buying one for my son.

I would like to have control of apps installed on his user account. Maybe the access to Google Play or whatever app used for installing other apps would be password-protected. Or maybe the apps on his user account would only be installed by me after logging into the admin user account.

How can something like this be achieved? Are there any specific requirements that I need to be aware of when choosing a tablet for this to be achievable?

UPDATE: I ended up using this.

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I believe Google Family Link, as commented by Noah Broyles in the question comments would be a really nice option, that would cover most of your needs. Its target is exactly parents that would like to limit kids when using mobiles - you could control the time he uses it, block or allow app downloads, and so on. The app also suggest constructive apps (for learning) and has localization enabled, so parents would know where their kids are

I, however, have a complementary suggestion (that could be used together with Google Family Link) - the dfndr security: antivírus. I use it on my phone not only for the antivirus stuff (which I can't really tell if it is good or not), but it contains an app blocker (vault) that I use for bank apps (and you could use for any app you have installed but don't want your kid to open). Once configured, every time you try to enter the selected apps, the screen will be blocked asking for a pattern/password - that would be different from the one you use to unlock the phone. I'm not sure this would be the only antivirus that has such feature, but you might look for similar apps - it is good, for instance, for blocking any app that may allow the kid to spend money in it.

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  • I see that Google Family Link allows me to either approve or disapprove apps that my son wants to download from Google Play Store. But can I block him from entering the Google Play Store in the first place? Similarly, can I password-protect Google Play Store using the antivirus that you suggested? Jun 29, 2022 at 19:54
  • Yes, you can block Google Play Store or any other app with that Jun 29, 2022 at 20:00
  • "with that" means with either of them? Jun 29, 2022 at 20:22
  • Do ads pop up at the time when the antivirus asks for a password? Jun 29, 2022 at 20:26
  • There are adds in the app - but there is an option to pay to remove the adds, if I'm not mistaken (I'm not sure because I didn't look for it - those adds don't bother me). Jun 30, 2022 at 12:33

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