06-21-2018 11:00 PM
I don't think you really need to disable the Lenovo software. I simply deleted the "kids" account that their software had created, and then followed the instructions for setting up a managed account through Google Family Link. Once that is set up, you create a second account on the tablet and log in with the managed Google account for the kid(s) to use. I keep my own Google account on the first user, so that I can log in and have full access to the device should I ever need to.
03-19-2019 02:25 AM - edited 03-19-2019 02:37 AM
Great idea WardenWolf. I bought a Lenovo tablet that I'd set up with my own adult user account as the 'owner' and a secondary child user account. I had the same problem where some of my kids apps from Play Store didn't play from the kid's account. I took your advice and I've now got exactly what I want.
For the benefit of anyone wanting to do the same, especially those not sure about tech, I've put what I did below. WardenWolf has already explained the point in his post, but thought it might help to add a little more as I've just followed his advice and thought of a few more things to say that might help another parent/novice like me.
There are two ways to put parental controls my Lenovo E8 tablet. The first and most obvious way is to use Lenovo's parental controls (the hardware manufacturer) but this didn't work for me because of the kid's apps issue. The second way is what WW suggested. You can set up parental controls using Google (they are the software manufacturer that makes the Android operating system that Lenovo tablets use).
If you have a Google account (if you have gmail then you have one) then you can create secondary kids accounts from that, and use it to control the tablet. I agree with WW too, the controls are much more comprehensive - I found they allow me to do what I want for my kids.
PS: What I haven't done yet is work out the best way for me to share music/film content with them. I have a massive legacy iTunes library and an Amazon Music prime account for streaming, so need to see what's best there and whether I make the move to Google or see if I can set up child accounts with current providers etc.
Hope this helps someone!
06-11-2019 10:21 AM
Were you able to get the Google search disabled with this method? With both a kids user and family link, search results and images still show up even though there isn't a browser available to open them with. I want to block chrome, Google search, and the play store.