If you're having trouble with the Family Link Parental Passcode, there are a few ways to bypass it or remove it entirely.
Before we get started, please note that this is written for parents who are tired of constantly typing.
(Yes, it can be extremely frustrating to constantly approve or deny everything your child asks.)
Also, having to go to the Family Link app or log in to the web to get that damn code is annoying.
Family Link is a good idea and works most of the time, but when combined with a school's Chromebook subscription it can get a little... confusing.
In this guide, we will cover the various ways to bypass the password if it is locked. We'll also cover some of the common issues people have with Family Link on Chromebooks and how to fix them.
Feel free to skip to the section of your choice to quickly fix the issues you are experiencing.
If you have any questions, leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
What is Family Link on Chromebook?
Family Link is a cool little built-in app that basically lets you set parental controls for your Chromebooks.
Think of it as a PG system.
You can control almost anything your child does from a website or phone app, including:
- Allow or block websites
- Access to certain apps from the Google Play Store
- Monitoring what your child searches online (search history)
- Lock or unlock your Chromebook
- Setting screen time limits
- Allow or deny purchases
- And more
You can read more about Family Linkhere.
In terms of Chromebooks, it makes sense. Many schools now offer shared Chromebooks between students or each student gets their own (1:1 ratio).
So with all evil websites online, you have some degree of control over what your child sees online. It's a parental lock for Chrome OS.
With a simple six-digit PIN code, you can allow or deny activities on your Chromebook, right from your smartphone! Free.
How cool is that?
Let's learn a little more about that.
What is the main code on Chromebook?
The master code is what you use to unlock your child's device.
Whenever your child wants to request access to a website or app, they will need to "ask for permission".
Your permission is a random code embedded in the app. You get this code by launching the app on your phone or getting it from the Family Link website.
Looks like it:
This can appear in apps, websites, or even Google Chrome.
Your only option is to ask for permission:
Which you can grant access to with a unique code.
If you've used any two-factor authentication apps before, it works exactly the same way (2FA for those who know the acronym).
It is a randomly generated, single-use code.
It has an expiration timer and will change when it does.
This code is based on system time, so the Chromebook's clock MUST be set correctly (in the same time zone used when the code was generated).
This parent code can be obtained in two ways:
- Through the Family Link app on your phone
- Or via any web browser
- Please note that there is no way to get the code via text message (SMS) or email. It only appears on your Family Link account.
If you have the app, run it on your phone and do the following:
- Go to Menu > Parental Passcode.
- The code will be displayed and changed every hour.
- Enter it on the device to unlock it.
If you are using the web, go tofamily bond, then do the following:
- Log in to your admin account which changes your child's device.
- Click Menu > Parental Passcode.
- Find the code. The code is randomly generated every hour. It's like a PIN.
- Type it on the Chromebook and press Enter.
That is all.
Please note that your computer, Chromebook or phone clock must be correctly set to the same time zone used when the account was set up.
If you are traveling or out of state, the code may not work when you enter it.
What if you forgot the main code?
The code is constantly changing, so there's nothing to memorize. You must not remember the parental passcode as a password.
Think of it like a PIN code on your phone that randomly changes every hour. But only you can search the current code at the current time.
Why does the code keep changing?
Many people are still not used to this type of authentication, but OTOP is much more secure than common 2FA methods such as SMS authentication (receiving a code via text message) which is subject toSIM change.This will slowly become the new standard in the near future in my opinion, so get familiar with it!
It's something you reach for when you need it. This makes it more secure than a regular password that can be learned and reused over and over again, which can be abused.
The code grants access only once, so you can pass the code on to someone else if needed, and you don't have to change any passwords.
If you don't know the master code, use the web app or Family Link to get it.
Can you put parental controls on Chromebooks?
As mentioned above, yes you can. This is done through Family Link.
You need to register if you don't already have an account. You can use your regular Google account if you have one (for Gmail, YouTube, etc.).
After setting it up, it will become the main account. It links you to the Chromebook so you can control it to do (or decline) activities.
Can you block websites on Chromebook?
Yes, you can block websites using parental controls. To block a website, it's simple.
- Sign in to your parent's Google account on Family Link.
- you can use theapplicationor thesite web.
- Click on the Menu and find the administration section
- You will see options including allow all sites, block inappropriate sites or custom filters
- find it"Allow only certain sites"section
- click in"Manage Websites"section
- You will see a list of approved or blocked websites
- Look for the plus sign in the lower right corner
- Click on it and find “Add sites to block or allow”
- Add or block websites by entering the full domain URL
- Remember to enter the full domain (including www and .com)
For example, if you want to block YouTube, enter the full address like this:
If you enter it like:
It will not work. You need the prefix and theTLD.
If the domain doesn't have a "www" prefix, enter it anyway. Or both versions (with and without).
You can omit the "http://" part.
When your child visits these sites, they will receive a push notification in the app to allow or deny the visit. Very cool.
Why does my Chromebook require a parental passcode?
The master code allows you to temporarily unlock your device.
This is easier than using a set password because if you give it to your child, they can unlock it multiple times. The code resets every few minutes, so it can be reused over and over again.
This is convenient for one-time access to sites, restrictions and other things that require a parental passcode.
You will need the password to make changes to the device.
It can be used to do things like:
- View online activity (screen time)
- manage applications
- Block or approve websites
- Block or approve apps from the Play Store
- hide apps
- Set device time limits
- Lock the Chromebook
- Locate the Chromebook ether position
- And more
It's basically code to prevent changes being made without parental consent.
Are there any ways around the core code?
If you don't have access to the access code, you can use your account password.
For this to work, you need to log in as the parent of the main account with your Google account email and password.
- Go to Parental Access on the Chromebook you want to unlock.
- Enter your main account password.
- Click Next.
That is all! If you forgot your Family Link password, you can reset it.
Pretty easy, right?
The Chromebook you are trying to unlock must be able to roam as Google needs to validate credentials on the backend, which means an active Wi-Fi connection.
If youI don't have WiFi access, you can use parental passcode as it does not require WiFi on Chromebook to work. Yes, you can unlock it completely offline!
How to disable parental access blocking
If you no longer want to passcode your child's Chromebook, you can remove device management entirely.
- Get the Chromebook you want to remove management from
- Log in to your main Google account on the device
- Go to Settings (click your account picture in the bottom right corner and click the gear icon or go to Chrome and type "chrome://settings”)
- find itPeoplesection
- Orother people's manager
- To allow"Restrict login to the following users"
- Add or remove people from the account
- If you want to disable blocking completely, remove all other accounts in this section
That is all. Access controls are completely disabled and others can use the Chromebook without restriction.
So how do I disable the code?
If you need to use your Chromebook quickly without filtering settings, you can sign out of whatever account you're signed in to. so useguest modeon the login page.
This will launch an instance of Chrome with no apps, filters or restrictions. All activities will not be saved on the machine. It's basically incognito mode for a full session.
Note that anyone using a Chromebook can do this "trick" to bypass permission settings.
You can turn guest mode off if you want to prevent people from turning off Family Link access.
To do this, it's like this:
- Get the device you want to disable guest access on
- Sign in as owner
- OrSettings > People > Manage Other People >Disable guest access
That is all. People will no longer be able to use guest login from the login page. You can completely lock your Chromebook this way, so you have to sign in to use it.
If you get errors when trying to use Fairly Link, try restarting your Chromebook, signing out of your Google account, or using Incognito mode.
Some common mistakes are:
Sorry, looks like we have a problem. Try again.
Something went wrong when logging in.– Tu Chromebook
bypassing the code
There is no way to bypass the passcode other than using a Guest account, using your password, or accessing the account that contains the generated code.
The code is automatically regenerated every hour, so it's constantly changing. Furthermore, there is no working method to avoid it.
Is there a trick to get around the code?
From this moment on, there are no "tricks" to bypass the access code. And there probably won't be any available for the typical user because it will likely be patched once it's released to the public.
If you see any, they are probably scams and contain malware. Please do not download or install them on your device.
What about Chromebook code generators?
There are online websites/applications that advertise that they provide parental access code. These are also known as "code generators".
Do not work. Therefore, do not use them.
All they do is invade your privacy by collecting personal data for a fake app. They may also contain phishing links, malware, viruses, malicious links, or other things that you definitely don't want your child to interact with.
WhileChromebooks are almost immune to virusesdoes not prevent someone from falling in love with aphishing scam.
Family Link is the only app that has the "true" code based on an algorithm that uses the system time (time based on the time password). No other app or website can access this code except the official app or website.
Of course, some people are searching online for "parental code generator", which refers to the official Family Link app because it basically "generates" codes.
Others try to work around, bypass or hack it using these sketchy third party apps. Don't use them.
Here are some other techniques you can try if you don't want to use code:
Pressure wash your Chromebook
If you have a personal Chromebook (not borrowed from your school), you can completely wipe it to reset it to its default settings.
This is useful if you've changed or messed up your system settings. If you have no idea what you're doing and just want to start over, then make apressure wash. This will basically reset it to how it was when it was in the box.
Note that this will erase all locally saved files (everything in the Downloads folder, custom folders, wallpapers, custom settings, printers, etc.).
Everything stored online (like your Gmail) will remain intact.
He canI want to backupof your important data before completely erasing your Chromebook.
Use this as a last resort. You won't be able to do this on Chromebooks borrowed from school or work, as they likely blocked the option to erase it for obvious reasons.
but if youbought a Chromebook for his studentand it's personal, so yes you can. Log in toowner accountE continuethese stepsto erase it
Use guest mode
As mentioned above, if guest mode is still enabled on the device you are trying to unlock, you can use it to bypass the passcode.
Sign out of your Google account, go to the login page and click on the "Browse as Guest" button in the bottom left corner.
You can access the web without restrictions. The Chromebook also won't remember anything you do when you sign out.
My damn Chromebook keeps asking for a parental code!
If you disabled the code and it's still asking, try your password.
You can use either one to skip the "question" and get access to whatever you need.
The master code lets you unlock your Chromebook, access websites, download games, and do anything else locked by your admin account with a single six-digit code that changes every hour.
Typing it in every time your child wants to do something can be annoying. So if you don't want to retrieve the code every time, use your password or disable it.
The Family Link account owner can adjust the settings for this code through the app or website.
Parental Codes, Family Link, and School Chromebooks
When you combine different programs designed to do the same thing, things can get complicated.
If you've ever had your school district's Chromebook management software and Family Link passwords running simultaneously, it could render your Chromebook unusable.
They don't play well together, at least, at the time of this writing.
People online have been reporting many technical issues that occur when you have Family Link enabled on aschool chromebook.
Some of them are the following:
- School accounts cannot be used on the Family Link network
- Conflicts between School Administrator and Family Link Administrator
- Unable to control child's usage when signed in with school account, bypassing Family Link setting restrictions
There is no easy fix for this. People have struggled for years with all the problems associated with trying to use Family Link and a school magnet system together.
Some remedies you can try early on are:
Sign in to your Chromebook using school accounts, before Family Link. This will set the device to the school admin team's default. Some apps are left fully open, so it can be dangerous.
Log in to Family Link and add the school account. Thus, the school account would be under the control of the Family Link account. So they can still access Google Classroom within the context of their restrictions.
Set up separate profiles for school, personal or recreational use. You will have limited control over either one.
Please note that Family Link accounts are limited to Google domains ONLY. This means the account you are trying to control must end in "@gmail.com" and NOT .edu accounts.
Therefore, if the school does not allow a Gmail account to log in, your child will not be able to use the school's resources. Also, Google Family Link doesn't let you control school accounts, so they don't interact with each other.
This leaves you locked into using the school's .edu account so they can use their classroom resources, but without any Family Link controls.
Or you can use Google's Gmail account, but it doesn't have classroom features.
And vice versa.
The only solution is for your child to enable a guest account, so they can use the school's online virtual resources (YT Kids, Google Classroom, Google Drive, etc.)
But you won't be able to use the Friary Link controls with it. So you will have to sit back and watch your child's online activations. This defeats the whole purpose of being able to monitor your child. Very stupid.
Some people have chosen to use separate ecosystems for different purposes. The entire school is built on the Google ecosystem. So everything else is done at Apple. It works, but it sure isn't cheap.
Have you figured out how to remove parental access lock?
Parental lock is parental lock. It does what it's supposed to do.
If you have a child who is trying to get around blocking, it will be next to impossible if you block them properly.
If you're a parent who wants to not completely block all websites, you can easily adjust this in the Family Link app. Passwords should be something you are familiar with as this will make approving or denying access to websites, apps, etc. much faster and easier.
Now that you know a little more about how parental controls work on a Chromebook, what do you think?
Do you like? Do you have any questions? Leave a comment and let me know.
If you find this guide helpful, please consider telling another parent =]! If not, please post your question so I can get some information.
- About the author
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Andy is a big fan of Chrome OS and regularly contributes to the site. He likes computers, technology, sports cars, video games and, of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Addicted. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech) or send him an email (see "Contact Us" page).
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