Smart Family Companion APK

Version 8.15.1 - com.verizon.familybase.companion
Last updated: 2020-04-28
verizon,familybase,companion,tools

Install the Companion app on your kid’s phone to get VZ Smart Family features.

Smart Family Companion apk

APP Information

Download Version 8.15.1 (81501001)
Apk Size38.10 MB
App DeveloperVerizon Wireless
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android5.0 and up
App Packagecom.verizon.familybase.companion.apk
MD5499105fdfffefcf4d63fa1c59a00404b
Rate5
Website https://vzw.com/smartfamily/

Download Smart Family Companion 8.15.1 APK

App Description

Smart Family Companion is verizon,familybase,companion,tools, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 5 by 1 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit Verizon Wireless website who developed it. com.verizon.familybase.companion.apk apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 5.0 and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 8.15.1 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 166+ times on store. You can also download com.verizon.familybase.companion APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

Get the most out of the Verizon Smart Family app when you pair your child’s device by installing Smart Family Companion. You will be able to: 
o Receive on demand device location & schedule location alerts
o See who is calling and texting, and when
o Block unwanted contacts
o See the sites and apps your child is visiting on their device every day
o Block apps & websites
o Instantly pause the internet
o and much more

Don't worry if the companion app is removed from your kid's phone, rest assured, you'll be notified.

If you haven't already subscribed to Verizon Smart Family you will need to visit https://vzw.com/smartfamily/ to subscribe before continuing. 

SET UP – Easy as 1-2-3
With companion device in hand: 
Step 1 Send an invite text from your Verizon Smart Family app to your child’s phone. 
Step 2 Open the text and tap the link.
Step 3 Tap the download button and follow the instructions that appear on your child’s phone screen

KIDS
This will help prevent you from seeing bad content and in case you ever get lost, your parents will be able to locate your device.
Don’t worry! Smart Family does not let your parents read your texts!
Smart Family is there for your digital safety. 

Important Information: 
Verizon Smart Family controls requests and uses Device Admin Permissions to ensure that the application cannot be removed from the device once set up (application can be removed at any time by parent.) Selecting the option to "Get Companion App" which will send a text message to your kid's compatible phone with a link to download this app.

What's New: Your parents will now be able to see the names of friends and family in your contact list that you call and text with.
 

App ChangeLog

  • Family Base Companion app for android v7.0.2

App Screens

Smart Family Companion App Screen 1Smart Family Companion App Screen 2Smart Family Companion App Screen 3Smart Family Companion App Screen 4Smart Family Companion App Screen 5

Permissions

requires following permissions on your android device.

android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION
android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE
android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE
android.permission.INTERNET
android.permission.KILL_BACKGROUND_PROCESSES
android.permission.READ_CONTACTS
android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE
android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED
android.permission.SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW
android.permission.VIBRATE
android.permission.WAKE_LOCK
com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE
com.google.android.finsky.permission.BIND_GET_INSTALL_REFERRER_SERVICE
com.google.android.gms.permission.ACTIVITY_RECOGNITION
com.locationlabs.contentfiltering.permission.AppBlocked
com.locationlabs.contentfiltering.permission.Status
com.locationlabs.contentfiltering.permission.WebsiteBlocked
android.hardware.faketouch
android.hardware.location
android.hardware.screen.portrait
approximate location (network-based)
Allows the app to get your approximate location. This location is derived by location services using network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. These location services must be turned on and available to your device for the app to use them. Apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.

view network connections
Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.

view Wi-Fi connections
Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

GET ACCOUNTS
Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.

full network access
Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.

close other apps
Allows the app to end background processes of other apps. This may cause other apps to stop running.

read your contacts
Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you've called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. This permission allows apps to save your contact data, and malicious apps may share contact data without your knowledge.

read the contents of your SD card
Allows the app to read the contents of your SD card.

read phone state
Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.

run at startup
Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

draw over other apps
Allows the app to draw on top of other applications or parts of the user interface. They may interfere with your use of the interface in any application, or change what you think you are seeing in other applications.

control vibration
Allows the app to control the vibrator.

prevent phone from sleeping
Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.

receive data from Internet
Allows apps to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app's service. Using this service will incur data usage. Malicious apps could cause excess data usage.

activity recognition
Allows an app to receive periodic updates of your activity level from Google, for example, if you are walking, driving, cycling, or stationary.

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Google Play Reviews

  1. tobby-avatar

    This app won't let me use my internet at all. Had to deactivate it just to get connection for wifi AND data. And lost all trust for my parents. I can't even log into anything with my email without her "help". And it takes a ton of battery away. In conclusion, this app is ruining my life.

  2. Flareon 108-avatar

    vpn •This whole app is just awful. It's only purpose is to take up space, and battery, remove all privacy, and keep me from communicating with my friends and the outside world. I've been putting up with it for months, but I am just, sick. I'm so tired of it. I've just like, broke. I hate this app. I hate it.

  3. KazeF10-avatar

    not active The app works but it glitches a lot the main thi ng that keeps happening for me is it keeps closing my apps which get really annoying in the middle of a game and it would also be cool if you made so it turns off only certain apps according to a time limit for people that like to listen to music at night

  4. Deken Music-avatar

    not working correctly Glitch's apps, takes percentage quickly, and overall is just terrible, when people send me messeges past the time my phone shuts off, I don't get those messeges they sent while it was off.

  5. Mikey Bourne-avatar

    verizon Doesn't work, drains your battery, and violating your kids privacy is how you get kids who never come to see you or talk to you. 😳 Talk to your kid if you think something is wrong and I mean Talk, as in have an equal discussion. Don't lecture or interrogate them. Help them understand, don't just punish them. Step up and be a good parent.

  6. I z z Y-avatar

    uninstall Awful! The app drains my childs devices battery and uses tons of data! It even blocks websites that in are completely appropriate. Also it completely invades my childs privacy.

  7. Cam&Alyssa's gachaaccount-avatar

    Cam&Alyssa's gachaaccount

    2020-04-08T19:47:15.187Z

    data This app blocks alot of my Favorite apps and games... it's so unnecessary. And just saying it's an total invasion of privacy!! if I could give this app a 0 star.. I definitely would

  8. Kieran Snavely-kazee-avatar

    Kieran Snavely-kazee

    2020-04-21T01:33:21.821Z

    says not active Way to weird doesn't let me use internet or call and text even when there's no time limit set. Terrible

  9. Gaming With Township-avatar

    Gaming With Township

    2020-04-10T13:15:48.723Z

    not working Terrible service it's like a hacker and it won't let me deactivate. I hope verizon running all are phones with your app.

  10. Idontcare!-avatar

    app uninstall this app is very controlling it causes people to be very controlling such as when I first got this app on my phone the only things they were doing were tracking my location but then they started to think they have more power. this had caused them to start blocking every app I have. this app also glitches alot. this is a terrible app its not well done and you have to pay for it. it's a rip off if I'm honest

  11. V McGriff-avatar

    This app is very good if you would like to monitor of your childs activity....

  12. Rose-avatar

    I downloaded the app as well as the smart kid family companion app and it tells me its not active ? Also , it does not give me any info on my son's phone about snapchat etc. I think these apps need a lot of work .

  13. pr0_hitman1019-avatar

    Parents are taking advantage of this. The app will disable everything from being usable and disabling the internet even disables texting and calling. When internet is disabled, whether your connected to WiFi or not, everything is blocked. Games, social media, google, the play store, etc. I do not recommend anyone get this app at all. Parents included.

  14. MrPants-avatar

    Allows too much control. A total invasion of privacy

  15. xXSouled_DragonXx-avatar

    xXSouled_DragonXx

    2020-03-08T07:44:00.531Z

    I would not recommend. It works fine, but its the things it keeps you from. It limits how much I can text people, it won't let you text or call someone who your mom/whoever's is in charge of your uses doesnt add to your contacts. (you can't make any new contacts, just who's in charge can add them) They limit apps, keeping me from socializing, etc. etc. etc. Do not download. How to get rid of it: Restart phone and as soon as it loads delete

  16. Ethan B-avatar

    This app is awful for a number of reasons. 1. It drains your battery life a ton 2. It blocks websites unnecessarily 3. It's a total invasion of privacy because its constantly tracking your location and phone activity for literally anything 4. You cant even deactivate it without a parent 5. It enforces helicopter parenting and makes children feel as if their parents dont trust them at all which isnt a good method of parenting Overall, if you're a parent reading this, dont use this app.

  17. ChromoTheFurball-avatar

    ChromoTheFurball

    2020-03-04T18:10:09.615Z

    I am writing this to warn others about this. For starters I will say the app does indeed work as intended. It's fine. What's wrong is why it works. It's soul duty in life is to give parents control over your phone's data and usage I think. That's all my mom uses it for anyway. I hate it. The worst part of this is it adds a data cap that is different freon the data cap your phone plan might have. I have infinite data but because of this app i now have a data cap. Don't get this app and help me.

  18. Ethan Rodgers-avatar

    Completely useless and my entire family hates it. Glitches people's devices. Definitely do not download

  19. Chloe Raley-avatar

    Its really bad at doing what its supposed to and drains your battery sooo much. It also uses up so much data and makes the device it's installed on extremely laggy and slow when it's activated.

  20. Julia257-avatar

    Okay. So just letting you know, I am a kid, so this comment might seem a little biased. My rating is from a parent's perspective. This app blocked everything on my phone except for what my mom allowed, and that was annoying to me. But when I went around Settings and back on the app, it told me that admin permissions were off and I needed to turn them on. I didn't. I uninstalled the app. That's why I gave it 2 stars from a parent's perspective.

  21. Eben Robinson-avatar

    This is just absolute garbage, it blocks almost everything meaning google is virtually useless cause I can barely use it, it eats mobile data but worst of all is the settings for this dont even work my mom tried to take all the restrictions off and they were all still there AND we couldn't delete it and even on top of that many friends I had had on my phone for years were blocked and no matter what if i tried to text them it would get blocked by this app do not install this, it's just suffering

  22. David Burby-avatar

    I'm a kid and am using the app at this moment but the only thing is that my parents block playstore. You be asking "how are you on playstore then?" Well in 3-4 easy steps you can access everything on the internet along with all the apps on you phone that have been block by this app. I do t think I'm allowed to say what the steps are but they work for me. I play games during school and also use snapchat. The only thing that doesn't and is still blocked is you cant send messages. Gud job Verizon

  23. Elli Clinton-avatar

    This app doesnt let me get netflix or disney plus but my mom said i can have them but she doesnt know hownto work this app so i cant have them and the location service doesnt work if you have battery saver on overall i dont like this app just go through ypur kids phone every once and a while its not that hard you dont havebto go through all this trouble when you could just go through their phone.

  24. B LeD-avatar

    the data saver turned on (as it should for CERTAIN times, e.g. curfew) but one day, it just never turned off. now my child cant text friends but only relatives which is probably difficult for a 12 year old of this generation.

  25. Dear Sophia Smith-avatar

    Dear Sophia Smith

    2020-02-21T15:22:53.553Z

    It drains my battery and uses majority of my data. I have unlimited, but when I look at my data, more than half of the used data is used on this.

  26. Chloe Roed-avatar

    It gave false information to my parents and it blocked cites that my parents unblocked. I thought this would be a good way to limit my screen time, it was not. Very disappointed :(

  27. Terry Knight-avatar

    App does not work correctly. Error connecting frequently. Why pay and use something that does not work.

  28. Matthew Dionne-avatar

    Technical skills are not always easy to use but I'm still learning to be aware of how much I have been talking about chicken nuggets. Thus far I have been able to find a way to get help from your doctor if you have to get the medication for my phone turns out of your hands on the switch and my parents are not interested and my parents have been talking about nuggets and that sort of thing.

  29. Sean Everts-avatar

    I'll tell you this right now I'm 18, so i might sound a little biased. this app is a pain in the neck. my father is abusing this app and blocking social media, a lot of websites that aren't even inappropriate, and, ironically enough the play store app. he is kind of abusing this app to be honest. i'd like to uninstall it, but he actually remembered to turn on admin privileges on my phone. tips on how to do so would be nice.

  30. Savanna White-avatar

    It never works. The app always stops working and I have to constantly resend the link for it to be hooked up again.

  31. Hopeless Angel-avatar

    It will block everything that I need, I can't get on the internet when needed, I can't call, can't text, can't receive them, and it barely even works properly at that. I have needed to call my parents several times and it would not let me because of this app.

  32. Monica Hook-avatar

    This app is terrible - my two kids and I get kicked out constantly and the location rarely if ever works reliably. Now I can't get the damn thing off our phones. Help!

  33. Kitten Cat Games-avatar

    Kitten Cat Games

    2020-02-21T23:48:48.776Z

    This app contains many serious viruses that makes your phone completely unusable and, once installed, is near impossible to remove! Do not install! ❌

  34. x m l-avatar

    This app guzzles my battery and makes my 24-hour battery die in 3 hours. It also keeps a VPN on at all times making my phone USELESS.

  35. Caleb Spilman-avatar

    Flagged all websites as not safe which the antivirus software believe there was a virus. When uninstalled the problem was fixed.Very dissapionted with the product

  36. Olivia Mathias-avatar

    I hate it. Absolutely hate it. My mom can see every little thing on my phone and she can block apps and stuff. Its a complete invasion of my privacy.

  37. kallie lahti-avatar

    It glitches a lot and will say that my family member are in completely diffrent states when they are actually in the house and doesn't actually block numbers

  38. TriggerMan-avatar

    Useless and waste of battery & memory. What's the point of using this vpn anyway? Thanks, I hated it.

  39. Bella Atkins-avatar

    I understand because I am the child in this situation, it makes me a little biased but, I truly disliked this app. Sure, it's a parents dream to have complete and utter control over their child's phone yet this app just made me feel violated. I felt like I had no control over my decisions as for they were being made for me because of everything being blocked. I also understand my parents abused this right because they would lock my entire phone down just because it was an option. The app works.

  40. Killer OwO Queen-avatar

    Killer OwO Queen

    2020-03-19T16:32:13.826Z

    First off, this app is AWFUL if you want you're child to actually trust you. You don't need an app to keep watch over your child! If you've actually been teaching them what they should be doing and what they should not be doing, you wouldn't even need this app! Second, it's priorities on what should be blocked are just stupid. Tumblr is blocked, but Deviantart isn't? Do you know how bad some of the stuff on Deviantart is in comparison to Tumblr? Overall, it's just bad.

  41. Joe Cantrell-avatar

    This app is very confusing for myself as a parent to navigate. I have spent so many wasted hours trying to figure this thing out!

  42. Its Just Daunte-avatar

    Its Just Daunte

    2020-02-19T17:41:43.301Z

    I am 13 years old. My mom got this app to watch what I was doing. But some pretty stupid things are blocked and it is really annoying. This app makes me feel like I can't be trusted (which I can be). What my mom has blocked is understandable but what the app itself has blocked is just plain old stupid. My mom sends me a link to something about puppies and it's blocked! Things are very limited on my phone with this app. I just feel that since I am 13 my parents should try and trust me without it.

  43. Nikki Allen-avatar

    Don't like the 20 maximum amount of contacts. Otherwise it's ok.

  44. CrypticCape-avatar

    I'm a kid, and sometimes you just want some privacy not always seeing what your doing, I cant even get into my emails for school and I need them.

  45. Ezequiel Solis-avatar

    It's a horrible and terrible app because there is no use for this type of app for anyone and anything and the creaters of this app well they don't know when to stop making these apps, stopping ppl from a app they can't use it's pretty useless because anyone can delete this app and for all I care it's useless for anyone

  46. z zed-avatar

    This app is outrageous I cannot figure out how to uninstall because it takes up to mutch data but this app will not let me do enything

  47. Lizard Wings-avatar

    Doesnt do anything but invade your child's privacy for no reason. If you need this for your child you have trust issues and you dont communicate with your child enough.

  48. Mikey Prichard-avatar

    This sucks doesn't work half the time and glitches all the time🙄

  49. kenna hunt-avatar

    It doesn't work half the time and is always stalling.

  50. Gage H-avatar

    Terrible, it's blocks EVERYTHING!!!!

  51. Chris Thompson-avatar

    This app won't let me play most innocent games like 8 ball and a couple others. It's a waste of data and a privacy invasion in one. My mom doesn't know how to unblock the apps and I cant do anything without my phone crashing and restarting after I got this app. Do not install‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

  52. DarkVPR-avatar

    Constantly disconnects your child internet without you doing anything.

  53. Jenny Hanson-avatar

    I hate it, so much, I dislike being tracked and what not. My parents have full control over everything I do on my phone. If I could give it a zero stars I would.

  54. Justin Morgan-avatar

    This app is very bad. Limits all usage of apps and doesn't allow texting

  55. LyricZ-avatar

    It seems to always needing "reconnected"...garbage

  56. Song Mingi-avatar

    This app is a waste of money and time. If you dont want your child going on innapropriate sites and stuff. Just don't get them a phone. Or just get a trac phone. So all they can do is text or call.

  57. Cosmic Bann-avatar

    It blocks your wifi at a certain point...DO NOT DOWNLOAD

  58. Clover Bliss-avatar

    This is a horrible app please please DON'T GET THIS IT MAKES YOUR PHONE USELESS I really don't recommend this app please don't download this it's good for parents but for kids it just makes them not want to use a their phone anymore so what's the point I'm getting this app please please please don't download this app

  59. Elijah Jones-avatar

    It has been now 3 months at least my phone has needed an update but this here app won't let it happen!

  60. Santiago Acevedo-avatar

    Santiago Acevedo

    2020-03-28T06:36:10.278Z

    Poor design drains battery data caps

  61. Adam Edwards-avatar

    Update ruined the app, now it doesn't work.

  62. Zach Moser-avatar

    there are 500 ways around it the easyist of which is to download the tor browser and just use it, it drains battery life, blocks everything under the sun slows down my phone takes up storage and it took hours to set up (granted I have non tech savy parents who insist on doing things themselves) and I can't text new contacts so I've just communicated via signs in a Minecraft world lately which it does not block. Also take location permissions away in settings if u don't want it to have ur locaton

  63. Mochi _UwU-avatar

    This app completely sucks. It's stupid and unnecessary. I'm basically saying what everyone else is saying BUT ITS FRICKING TRUE! This app is just gonna make your kid feel like you don't trust them a second, and it won't let you do anything!!!! It blocks everything!!!!!!!!!! 😡😡😡 So I rate this a 0. Good day.

  64. Lansing Lot-avatar

    I found it on my phone. I never installed it! I have no idea when or who installed it. I clicked uninstall but not sure if its been truly uninstalled. I changed my settings and password protected my phone something I've never had to do. My husband swears he never put it on my phone. I click on details but it doesn't tell me when it was installed only when it was updated.

  65. Misty Silverne-avatar

    Keeps glitching, and the ONLY way to get rid of it EVER is to completely RESET the electronic it's on, so even if the parent wants to remove it, they can't. Do not get this app. It isn't worth it. There are other apps that do the same sort of thing that work much better.

  66. Starry Skys-avatar

    Its a very good app and i recommend it to to parents but it blocks things randomly. I go on instagram and wattpad and it randomly blocked them. I know my mom didn't. And it does use a lot of battery but overall it keeps kids safe and lets parents know what's going on! I'm 13 and yes i would like it without this app more but parents do this to keep their children safe because they love them💜💙

  67. wolfie love-avatar

    If 0 stars was an option I would have chosen that this app gives me zero privacy and keeps me from talking to my friends and extended family also blocks alot of my apps like social media and most games and it wont let me delete it force stop it or disable it.

  68. Eggdog-avatar

    My parents installed tgis app on my phone ONLY AND ONLY to block innapropriate content and find my location (which if they are paying for your phone plan they can already do). Good riddance

  69. Audrey Bostwick-avatar

    Audrey Bostwick

    2020-04-03T02:17:32.388Z

    This app is terrible. It gives you no sense of privacy and enforces helicopter parenting. If you respect your kids dont make them get this

  70. Kaylee D. Lovely-avatar

    Kaylee D. Lovely

    2020-03-13T14:43:49.570Z

    I hate this app. It makes children feel they can't have privacy. It's better to have children learn from their mistakes than to not learn at all. I thought my phone was the reason for my battery lasting shorter, but now I think its this app. Kids have no privacy, and that sucks. Don't download for your children unless you want to ruin your relationship with them and make them feel like they can't be trusted and lie more

  71. Jeremy Bavaro-avatar

    I wish you could give this cruddy app zero, actually negative stars. This app is so dumb it literally uses 1 gigabyte a day to run these retarted features. My mom likes to play games with trying off data, to blocking snap, instagram, and every other app that is basically necessary to be a normal teen. Teens if you are fortunate to bot get this app, that's a blessing.

  72. Kaelin Eubanks-avatar

    Controlling. Giving parents this option leads to decreasing trust in their kids. Plus, the app is just really dysfunctional anyway.

  73. Some Gai-avatar

    Honestly, for a large amount of time, this was working as it should, but all of a sudden I can't send or receive pictures or gifs from texts, maybe it's my texting app, but I feel like this has something to do with it

  74. unicorn fun-avatar

    My mom can keep track of me and I can tell her when she can pick me up off of the app which is really cool I love this app

  75. A Google user-avatar

    This app is terrible -5/10, it just wastes your money. "Companion" jacks up your data bill. It takes up so much storage the other apps can't function properly. It cuts the parent's and child's battery down to nothing. If you want your kid not to go on certain sites, you should set rules, talk to them, but don't be ridiculous. Children don't need someone else on their case just be firm, not demanding. If you don't talk to them then they'll just find loopholes. I already did. Your kids will too.

  76. Becca Raines-avatar

    Lags the hell outta my phone

  77. Ethan Fischer-avatar

    Very poorly optimized, uses WAY too much battery. As a cyber-security advicate, this app also has way too many exploitable backends that comprimise your phone, such as routing all your internet, data, and SMS traffic so it is publicly accessable and vulnerable to spyware attacks. Please, if you care about security and battery, DO NOT USE THIS APP. Use googles built in services instead.

  78. Adler Crumrin-avatar

    Terrible app everything worked too good and ruined my childhood

  79. Jonah Btron-avatar

    Completely removes all privacy, drains battery life, and is difficult to use.

  80. Gloria Mankle-avatar

    I'm a child, and of course I don't like it, but it makes sense as to why you may need it on your phone. The things that I'm not pleased with at all are the internet/mobile data turn off. Mine keeps changing the time that it turns off. Also, it won't turn off sometimes when my parents try to turn it off from their devices and mine. I also don't like how it is causing problems with some of my phone functions. It won't let me text some people at times and won't let me send any kind of pictures or MMS. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is. I wish that it functioned better and didn't mess with basic phone functions. I hope you fix this so it works more smooth and correctly. Thank you!

  81. Richard Fairchild-avatar

    Richard Fairchild

    2019-01-06T17:35:03.750Z

    the location is less than accurate at times. but it will update and fix itself. I've had a couple times that I have set time restrictions when my kid loses his phone for behavior and haven't been able to remove it or turn one off for Christmas break. I updated the app and was able to after that. there was once that it took a couple hours on the phone with verizon to fix it but I still feel it's worth the kid being grounded from the phone but still being able to call me or mom and 911.

  82. Orange Blast-avatar

    I found out a way, for when I had something blocked. All you need to do is glitch out the Admin Settings and quickly press "Turn off App" and you're good to go, you should be able to delete the app. I tried it myself and now I can watch YouTube! Yay! But I hated it, so yeah.

  83. Jayme-avatar

    I plain out hate this app. It takes half of my battery life, it allows access to my personal conversations over text (getting me so mad that I want to use other messaging forms than plain old text), makes my phone useless after a certain time, and glitches a lot on friend's phones. I highly reccomend using bark instead. it is way less invasive, and yet still let's your kids have liberties. Kids want ur trust. THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF TRUST! Let the kids have freedoms. This is America after all.

  84. Bruh Moment-avatar

    Very bad. App drains battery ALOT. Also it glitches super hard. I feel as if since I have this app installed on my phone, my parents cant trust me. I hate this app because literally everything is blocked...everything I download is blocked. I cant even check my school grades online because the website is blocked. Also my parents shut off the wifi from my phone at random. Very annoying when trying to talk to friends.

  85. A Google user-avatar

    This app is terrible. I understand this is for blocking the content of the kids, yet my children cannot recieve group texts until 24 hrs later. Even then, it takes a couple hours to send pictures. Also, they can't even send group texts. To block content, the app is great. Otherwise, while texting, terrible.

  86. A Google user-avatar

    Alright kids, what I'm going to do it show you how to deactivate this. its very simple. First you need to open up the notifications tab or tab you slid to get to your settings. Next go to where it says VPN is activated by Companion, your going to click on that and for a second you will see a box and at the very left there will be a deactivate button. It will be there for 0.4 seconds then you will see something like you cannot unpaired this device untill the something has ended blah blah blah. That means you have to do the same thing again but press the deactivate button on the box😉 have fun from there

  87. Amber-avatar

    As someone who has anxiety when I can't text or call when I get into stressful situations, this app is a nightmare. As the other reviews say, it drains your battery so quickly, as well as eats your data. Parents, I suggest finding another application or program to monitor what your children do, not this Verison controlled program that is half put together and a waste of money.

  88. JettWolfGaming-avatar

    If zeros were possible I'd give it that. This app is the most intrusive app. It cuts my battery way down as well as using quite fhe amount of my data, freaks out when I hook up to wifi. It has also unpaired itself several times. Ever since the installation of this app I get wierd calls and texts I'm pretty sure this app is giving my data to some one who is not my parent or anyone the app says it gives it to. This app is overbearing and I feel stuck because there is absoulutly no privacy.

  89. Cayden Miller-avatar

    I literally cant go on Google classroom or pinterest. It blocks the most stupidest things.

  90. Ethan Nobles-avatar

    WORST APP EVER. 1. Kills battery 2. Uses a VPN. 3. Intrusive 4. Requires too many permissions 5. Slows down phone. 6. Slows down internet connection. 7. Won't allow me to download stuff from most apps. 8. Doesn't allow me to sign onto public wifi networks. 9. Parents like this don't need children. 10. Go to hell Verizon.

  91. Patrick Carlisle-avatar

    Patrick Carlisle

    2019-03-27T03:38:03.492Z

    This app is not child proof. If you click on the VPN icon on the notification bar, a screen pops up for a split second that says deactive. If you are fast enough a child can deactive the companion app and all the controls to go along with it. Go ahead kids, give it a try. Maybe when the parents complain enough, Verizon will fix it. When it does work, the app is great.

  92. Liana Minter-avatar

    DON'T USE!!! Even if you unblock something, most of the time, it doesnt work anymore. It might work fine before you block it, but it'll just freeze up, crash, or just won't show you the content on the app if you unblock it. It's a waste of storage and time.

  93. Jake K-avatar

    I disabled it! Go to settings, then there is a "uninstall" button. Tap it. But it will appear, and disappear. So the uninstall and deactivate will pop, but also disappears too. It's in the bottom corner when you hit the uninstall button. Goodluck! And be fast😁👍👍👍🍀

  94. Brian Fenyes-avatar

    Absolutely horrible. My 12 year old disabled and deleted from her phone in under 20 seconds. Also horrible customer service. This app doesn't do what it supposed to while they are charging monthly. Rating is less than one.

  95. Adevious potato-avatar

    Adevious potato

    2019-09-17T04:46:16.456Z

    Hello. I just want to say this app is very similar to malware, as it inhibits the user to use certain functions on their device. Despite having no filters set on my device, I am still blocked from certain websites. I don't watch porn, but I like to read news articles recommend to me by Google. BY GOOGLE. And yet, a giant letdown after my curiosity is piqued. "This website is not secure" says google. 'advanced' *click* 'proceed to website' *click* "THIS WEBSITE IS BLOCKED. EEF U"

  96. Ryan Jones-avatar

    Slows down the phones of both the parent and child. The battery life of each device is almost cut in half as well. The app also uses up lots of data during updates, most times using up a whole cycles worth. Parents: just take away your kids phones. It does what is says it will do, at the cost of all your monthly data.

  97. Giselle Hovey-avatar

    The VPN sucks! It's slows my daughter phone down. I'm not paying the money I do for this bull. I should have just stayed work metro. For what this app DOESN'T do I COULD could do with family link and then some.

  98. Emmie Haynes-avatar

    This app just plain sucks. My mom took my phone while I was sleeping and installed it. It cuts my battery life in half, takes up all of our monthly data, and cuts me off from social media completely. Before, I had Google Family Link, and even though that app was far more limiting, I liked it so much better. That app allows your parents to set a bedtime, in which you can still call and text, while this app just cuts off data use on your phone, which makes it useless. DO NOT GET THIS FOR YOUR KID!

  99. Jericho Ariola-avatar

    This app is a huge joke. Sure it protects you, but Android is way too powerful because it is open-source unlike iOS. So it was really easy to bypass and delete this app.

  100. Mandy B.-avatar

    The instructions do not allow you to complete installation. This is AFTER I visited the store to ask for help with set up. Unbelievable NOT user friendly!