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I tried to put my boy under my supervision on Google Family Link. I put a limited number of apps on his phone, only what he needs without a browser at all. One of the apps it has is Google Docs. Google Docs on smartphones has an option called 'Explore', where you can search the Internet, and it simply links you to Google and acts as a real browser.

To try: open a sample document > enter edit mode (when the cursor is flashing) > click on the drawing of the three dots > Explore

The whole idea was to block the browser so that it would be impossible to surf the Internet, but Google forgot a small hole in their security.

I haven't even found a way to contact Google themselves, but I think that even if I contact them, no one will really care about me.

Does anyone have an idea how to block it?

Update: Google remove the exploer option

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    Where exactly do you see the explore option in Google Docs? Also, what device are you doing this on?
    – user373082
    Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 21:09
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    Open a sample document > enter edit mode (when the cursor is flashing) > click on the drawing of the three dots > Explore. I am using OnePluse 5t & huawei p smart 2019
    – Joe
    Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 21:16
  • Hi, regarding your edit, looks like it's actually the answer to your question. Please feel free to post it as a proper answer because self-answering is encouraged!
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Apr 16 at 14:12

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I tried this on my Pixel 6, and it works😶, I guess you should have a proxy set up on the browser. You should also be able to see what he is searching and looking at through your Family Link app, so you will still be able to see what sites he goes to.

Hope this helps!

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  • I want to block it completely. I am not interested in following the child
    – Joe
    Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 21:23
  • Well, I don't think you will be able to get rid of that. As far as I know, there is no way to not allow that Explorer window that comes up. The one thing I can think of (if they need the app) is you can proxy the browser, or use a proxy that has already been set up.
    – user373082
    Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 21:31

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