How to Use Firestick Parental Controls

Use Amazon FreeTime and other tools to protect the kids

What to Know

  • Switch the TV input to the Firestick and go to Settings > Preferences > Parental Controls.
  • Select Parental Controls OFF. Enter your PIN and choose OK.
  • Choose the controls to activate. Select Viewing Restrictions to set specific content restrictions.

This article explains how to access and set up the Parental Controls for a Firestick on the Amazon FreeTime app.

How to Enable Parental Controls on Your Firestick

Firestick is a television streaming device that allows you to access your Prime Video content, use apps like Netflix and Hulu, and even play games. Firestick comes with basic parental controls built in. You only need to know your Amazon parental control personal identification number (PIN). If you don't have a PIN set up, go to the parental control section of your Amazon account.

Here's how to turn on parental controls on a Firestick:

  1. Switch your TV input to your Firestick and navigate to Settings.

    A screenshot of Firestick settings.
  2. Select Preferences.

    A screenshot of Firestick preferences.
  3. Select Parental Controls.

    A screenshot of Firestick preferences.
  4. Select Parental Controls OFF.

    A screenshot of activating Firestick parental controls.

    Skip to step seven if this screen says Parental Controls ON and shows a list of controls.

  5. Enter your PIN.

    A screenshot of the Firestick PIN entry screen.

    If you don't know your PIN or don't remember setting one up, navigate to and set one up. You can't use Firestick parental controls without a PIN.

  6. Select OK to continue.

    A screenshot of enabled parental controls on Firestick.
  7. Choose which controls you want to activate. If it says ON underneath a control, that means it's active.

    A screenshot of parental controls on a Firestick.
  8. To set specific content restrictions, select Viewing Restrictions.

    A screenshot of Firestick parental controls.
  9. Select your desired viewing restrictions. If there is a lock icon next to a category, your kids won't be able to watch the corresponding programs without your PIN.

    A screenshot of viewing restrictions on a Firestick.
  10. Parental controls have been set up, and you're ready for your kids to use your Firestick.

Setting Up Amazon FreeTime on a Firestick

Amazon FreeTime is an app you can install on your Firestick and other Android devices to control the content your child can access. It provides additional parental controls, such as the ability to limit screen time across multiple devices. It is essentially a replacement for the main Firestick interface. It's capable of locking your kids out of inappropriate content and provides access to age-appropriate apps and videos.

Once the FreeTime app is active, your child won't be able to return to the regular Firestick interface unless they know your PIN.

Here's how to install and set up FreeTime on your Firestick:

  1. Download and install Amazon FreeTime on your device.

    A screenshot of downloading FreeTime to a Firestick.

    You can search for FreeTime on your Firestick, or just add it to your account directly from the Amazon appstore.

  2. Launch FreeTime on your Firestick.

    A screenshot of the FreeTime app on Firestick.
  3. Select Get Started.

    A screenshot of the FreeTime opening screen on Firestick.
  4. Enter your PIN.

    A screenshot of the PIN entry screen on Firestick.
  5. Enter your child's information and then select Continue.

    A screenshot of the child profile entry screen on Firestick.
  6. Select the children you want to be able to view Prime Video content, if any, and select Continue.

    A screenshot of the Prime Video access screen for FreeTime.
  7. Choose individual titles to make available to your child, or choose Select all Kid's Titles to automatically select appropriate content.

    A screenshot of FreeTime content.
  8. Scroll down, and select Continue.

    A screenshot of kid friendly content on Freetime.

FreeTime is now set up on your Firestick for your child. You can repeat this process to add profiles for additional children if you like, or simply launch FreeTime to switch from regular Firestick mode to FreeTime mode.

As long as the FreeTime app is active, your child will be restricted to appropriate content, and you'll also enjoy other perks like the ability to limit their screen time.

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