Funamo! Best Mobile Parental Control for Android Cell Phones

Funamo! Best Mobile Parental Control for Android Cell Phones
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Best parental control for Android phones, tablets. Get peace of mind with Funamo! Internet filtering, porn blocker, application control, and device Android phones monitoring. Support all Android devices: Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, Kindle Fire, Nook, HTC, LG, Motorola, Asus, Acer

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Funamo! Best Mobile Parental Control for Android Cell Phones


WHAT IS FUNAMO

Internet Filtering

Enable clean internet with filtering of inappropriate websites

Device Monitoring

Automatically log device activities and upload history to the server

Application Control

Password protect applications and set a time limit for apps and device

Cloud Solution

Change settings and review activities remotely online at any time

Funamo Features

Internet filtering:

Patent-pending web filtering technology automatically blocks pornographic websites.

Allow additional control by specifying website blocklist, allowlist, and keyword filtering.

Support whitelist-only mode, which limits the web access to a pre-defined list of websites.

Device monitoring:

Log the history of all websites visited and applications used.

Track the location history of the monitored device in real-time.

Automatically synchronize history data from the device to the server.

Application control:

Block protected apps; set time limits and daily time allowance for selected apps.

Application quarantine feature automatically blocks newly downloaded apps.

The device control feature blocks all apps and silences the device for school or bedtime.

Cloud-based solution:

Change device settings online and synchronize the changes to the device in real-time.

No more emails! All device settings and history data are available online 24/7.

Work with all major web browsers and optimized for mobile and PC browsers.

Funamo Instructions

(The instructions for Funamo Parental Control also apply to Funamo Accountability)

Funamo Setup with Funamo Safe Browser

Uninstall Funamo Parental Control

Funamo Setup with Funamo Safe Browser:

For internet filtering, you can use Funamo Safe Browser to avoid complex setup. It also works regardless of which network you are on. After Funamo Safe Browser works on your device, Please enable "Block other browsers" under Account settings to automatically block all other browsers except for Funamo Safe Browser.

Download and install Funamo Parental Control or Funamo Accountability (See what is the difference)

Download and install Funamo Safe Browser

Start Funamo, Parental Control, sign up, and follow the setup wizard to register your device with the Funamo server (Note: Initial sync takes some time to upload information to the server, particularly if you have many apps installed on your device. It is also slower if you are on a slower mobile network. If you have a problem with it, please try to sync again, and if necessary, you can click the "Start Over" button to re-register your device.)

Configure the settings for Internet filtering, Device monitoring, Protected apps, Time-limited apps, and Device control setup. Please check "Block other browsers" under Account settings to automatically block all browsers except Funamo Safe Browser.

Click Start Funamo to enable Funamo parental protection

Frequently Asked Questions

What mobile platforms does Funamo support?

Funamo currently supports all Android-based smartphones and tablets. The application can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

How much does Funamo cost? Do I have to pay a monthly fee?

Funamo comes with a two-day evaluation so that you can try it out. If it meets your needs, you can simply click "Purchase Funamo Now!" in the Funamo application to purchase a valid license. Or you can buy a request directly from our website.

Funamo is priced at $19.99, and it will protect your device for as long as you own it. There is NO subscription, NO monthly/annual fees. For as little as the price of a book, now you can get peace of mind with your kids' mobile devices knowing that they are protected. Please note that the Funamo license is on a per-device basis, meaning you need to purchase a separate license for each device you want Funamo to save. And we allow license transfer within six months of purchase for any device issues.

What's the difference between Funamo Parental Control and Funamo Accountability?

Funamo Parental Control and Funamo Accountability app has the same feature set with only minor wording differences. Funamo Parental Control is meant for parents protecting their kids, and Funamo Accountability is for adults using it for themselves. You only need one or the other, and do NOT install both on the same device. In our future releases, we may add different features to them depending on the use cases. Funamo license applies to both apps.

Setup Funamo

How to set up Funamo Accountability with an accountability partner?

Unlike other accountability apps, Funamo is a cloud-based solution, and there is no need to send email reports to your accountability partner anymore. All the data and settings are available on the Funamo website 24/7, and you can access them from any web browser. You can share your account email/password with your accountability partner. Or, if you don't want yourself to access the data and settings, you can have your accountability partner set up a Funamo account for you or change the email/password later if you set up your account yourself. ( FAQ on how to change email/password)

The setup process for Funamo Accountability is the same as Funamo Parental Control. Please refer to the Funamo Parental Control page for detailed instructions and video tutorials. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Do I need to sign up again if I am trying to set up a second device?

No, you don't. You can simply log in with the email/password you created when setting up your first device. Funamo wizard will walk you through the steps to register your device.

How can I make sure Funamo is always running on my kid's device?

After enabling Funamo protection by clicking Start Funamo, Funamo will always be running in the background (you will see the dark-blue Funamo logo on the notification bar). Even if the device is rebooted, Funamo will automatically restart itself when it is turned back on.

Funamo also uploads device history data to the server daily (Please make sure that device monitoring options are enabled under Funamo -> Account settings). The timestamp of the last update is shown on the webpage. If you have not seen the data updated as expected, you may check your kid's device to see if Funamo is still running correctly.

My kid uses the task manager/application manager app to kill Funamo. How can I prevent them from doing it?

If the task manager is an app your kid installed, you can either uninstall it or put it in the protected app list. If the task manager comes with the phone, you can disable it as follows:

Open the Settings app

Click either Apps or Application manager

Select the All tab so you can see the preinstalled apps

Click the task manager app and click Disable or Turn off button

After it is disabled or turned off, the user can no longer open it. Please make sure that you add the Settings app to the Protected apps list because your kid will be able to re-enable the app with access to Sett.

Funamo is not automatically restarting itself upon reboot. What could be wrong?

Please make sure that:

Funamo protection is enabled when you reboot your device. When Funamo is allowed, you should see a dark-blue F logo on your notification bar. If you expand the notification bar, you should see "Funamo protection is on." If Funamo protection is not on when you reboot your device, it will not automatically enable the protection. This is to prevent kids from turning Funamo back on by simply rebooting the device. If Funamo protection has been turned off for whatever reason, it can be turned around only if you have the password.

Please make sure that you do NOT move Funamo Parental Control to the SD card after installation. Applications on the SD card can't restart automatically.

Also, please check if there are apps installed on your device that can enable/disable auto-start of other apps. These apps usually have names such as app manager, app killer, memory cleaner or device boost, etc.

Devices from some Asian manufacturers, such as Asus, Xiaomi, may have separate settings for app auto-restart when the device reboots. Please check your device manual for details.

How can I change my email/password?

You can change your password either from the device or from the web. It is simpler to change your password from the device. You can open Funamo on your gadget (stop Funamo if Funamo protection is currently on). Then click Account settings -> Change password and enter your new password. Now you can use your new password on both the device and the web. You may also change the email and password on the web under your profile. After you change your email/password online, you can log in to the Funamo app on the device using the new email/password.

You can also request a password reset on the web if you completely forget your password and cannot log in to either the device or the web. A randomly generated password will be sent to your email. After you receive the email, please follow the instructions in the email to log in to the Funamo app on your device. After you log in, you can go to Account settings -> Change password to change the password to something more manageable for you to remember. Now you can use your new password on both the device and the web.

Suppose you (or your accountability partner) changed the email/password online but do not have access to the device. In that case, you (or your accountability partner) can click the "Synchronize with device" button online to push the new password to the device. Please make sure that the device has a working internet connection, and Funamo protection is turned on.

What happens when Funamo releases a new update on Google Play Store?

Funamo regularly releases new versions on Google Play Store for bug fixes and new features . If you have enabled "Allow automatic updating" for Funamo in Google Play Store, Funamo will be automatically updated and restarted if

You have purchased a Funamo license for the device

Funamo protection is enabled when the automatic update happens

Otherwise, Funamo will be updated, but it will not be automatically restarted, and it will be in the protection off mode after the update.

Suppose you have any problem with automatic updates. In that case, you may disable automatic update for Funamo in Google Play Store (the checkbox for Allow automatic updating is on the Funamo page in Google Play Store) and do a manual update when you see a new version is available.

Funamo Features

Should Settings and Google Play Store be protected? How can I allow basic settings and access to Play Store without my password?

Settings and the Google Play Store app should be added to the protected apps list to prevent users from forcing stop, changing permissions, or uninstalling Funamo Parental Control or Funamo Accountability. They were both protected by Default in older versions, but now you need to add them yourself to achieve the best protection due to Google policy changes.

Android devices provide shortcuts to basic settings such as turning on/off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and adjusting brightness from the notification bar. Most Android devices also come with a widget called Power control, or you can find similar gadgets on Android Market/Google Play Store.

Regarding connecting to open WiFi hotspots, if you are using Funamo Safe Browser, we recommend apps such as WiFi Manager (you may search on Google Play), which allows complete WiFi settings.

What's your recommendation on how to handle YouTube?

In general, you can allow the YouTube app but enable SafeSearch to block out inappropriate content.

Enable SafeSearch on the YouTube application. You can do it by opening the Funamo app, then go to Internet filtering -> Set YouTube filter, which will give you step-by-step instructions on how to enable SafeSearch. Once you click OK, it will bring you to the YouTube app to change the settings. Once you are done, you can click the back button to return to Funamo. (Funamo, when enabled, automatically protects the YouTube settings page so that it can't be changed without your password)

Now Youtube app has SafeSearch enabled. We can add youtube.com to the blocklist so kids can't access it through the browser. You can do it by going to Internet filtering -> Add website blocklist. Click add and enter youtube.com, then click OK.

If you would like to block YouTube video altogether completely, you can do the following:

Add the YouTube app to the protected list so that it always requires your password to launch. You can do it by opening the Funamo app, going to Protected apps, and clicking Select applications. Then select the YouTube app from the list, then click the Save button.

Add youtube.com to the denylist as we described above.

I just set up my device, but I don't see any historical data on the web. What should I do?

First, please check if the logging for the specific activities is enabled. You can find those settings in Funamo -> Account settings. Once they are allowed, all activities are logged automatically. You can access the history both on the device and on the web—the history data on the device in real-time. Still, we only upload the history data to the server once a day between midnight and 5 am to minimize the impact on your regular use. Sometimes, the history data can be significant depending on your usage.

But you can always do manual sync either on the device or from the web. On the phone, please go to Funamo->Account settings->Manually sync with the server. Please select the device on the right-hand side and click the Synchronize with device button on the website. To sync from the website, Google push has to be registered when you initially set up Funamo. Or you can go to Funamo->Account settings-> Register push service to do it after your initial setup. Please note that sync from the web may not work if the device is turned off or does not have a working internet connection. Sometimes when Google's push server is busy, it may also postpone the push notification to a later time.

The location data is uploaded to the Funamo server in real-time. All other device data such as calls/SMS/web/application are still uploaded each night.

I don't see any location information online. Is there anything I need to do?

Please make sure that you enable either mobile location service or GPS location service. Please open Settings, then under Location services, please make sure that either Google's location service or GPS satellites are selected. Google location service uses mobile networks. It is not as accurate as GPS, but it consumes much less battery power. On the other hand, GPS is genuine but consumes more power.

When I try to sync with the device from the web, I don't see any new history data. What's the problem?

This could happen for the following three reasons: (1) The device is turned off, (2) The device does not have an internet connection, or (3) Funamo is not running correctly on the device. So please check the device to see what's the problem. Please note that sync does take some time, depending on how much device data it has accumulated since the last sync. So please give it at least a couple of minutes and refresh the page to see if the sync has finished. Funamo uses a Google push service for sync from the web. It is rare, but if the Google push server cannot keep up with all the push requests, it may postpone the push notification.

Now, whenever I try to open a web link, I get the Funamo login screen. What's the problem?

First, make sure that Funamo Browser is not in the protected, time-limited, or time allowance list.

If you still get the login page, most likely, it is because you have selected the built-in browser as the Default for the action to open any web link. Since now you are blocking the built-in browser, you would get the Funamo login page. To solve it, please open Settings then go to Apps (or Applications->Manage Applications for some models). Swipe left until you see the "ALL" tab. Select the built-in Default Android browser from the list. Scroll down, and you should see a button called "Clear Default." Click it to clear the default setting. Now, try to open any web link; you should get a popup asking which browser to use. Please check "Use by default for this action" and click Funamo Browser. Now, it will make Funamo browser the default browser to open links rather than the built-in browser.

Clear Default for browser

Does Funamo support Google Search widget?

In Google Search settings, enable SafeSearch. Once Funamo protection is enabled, the Settings page is protected by Funamo, and it cannot be accessed without the password.

How to set up Funamo on a device that supports multiple accounts and prevent a user from bypassing Funamo using the guest account?

You can only run one copy of Funamo on a device that supports multiple accounts. The web filtering should work for all budgets because network settings are shared. The application control would only work for the version where Funamo is installed. So we would recommend that you set up the main account on your Android device as the admin account and form a separate user account for all kids to share. You should install Funamo parental control in the kids' performance. Doing so also prevents the user from bypassing Funamo using a guest account (for devices running Android 5. x Lollipop or later) since a user account cannot open a guest account.

I see a message asking me to enable Funamo for application usage data, and it blocks all apps. What does it mean, and what should I do?

If you see this message, it means that your device has been upgraded to Android 5. x Lollipop, and you need to enable Funamo for accessing application usage data. Funamo opens the right page for most device models, where you can simply help it by checking the checkbox for Funamo. If Funamo cannot automatically open the page, you can do so by going to the Settings app (not Funamo) and under the Security section. Here are the screenshots for the Samsung device for your reference.

Clear Default for browser

How do I log web history?

Web history is logged for Funamo Safe Browser, Android browser, and Chrome browser before Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). For Android 6.0 or later, Funamo can only log history from Funamo Safe Browser due to Google's new security policy.

Misc.

How can I find out which Android version my device is running?

Please go to System Settings -> About phone. Then look for the Android version or Firmware version.

I cannot access the funamo.com website. What are the supported browsers and OSes?<

Supported PC/Mac OSes

Windows Vista or later

Mac OS 10.6 or later

Supported PC/Mac browsers

Internet Explorer 7 or later

Firefox 2 or later

Opera 8 (with TLS 1.1 enabled) or later

Google Chrome v5.0.342.0 or later

Safari 2.1 or later

Supported Mobile browsers

Mobile Safari for iOS 4.0 or later

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and later

Windows Phone 7 or later

Uninstall Funamo Parental Control:

If you are still in the evaluation period or you have a valid license:

Log into the Funamo app on the device, then click the "Uninstall Funamo" option at the bottom.

If your evaluation license has expired:

Open the Funamo app and click the "Uninstall Funamo" button.

Purchase Funamo License

Order Funamo License

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You can evaluate Funamo Parental Control/Funamo Accountability for two days absolutely free. If it meets your requirements, please purchase a license for only $19.99. There is no subscription, no monthly fees! You simply pay it once and it will protect your device for as long as you own it. For as little as the price of a book, now you can get peace of mind with your mobile devices knowing that they are protected.

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