How to set screen time limits with Boomerang Parental Control

How to set screen time limits with Boomerang Parental Control

Boomerang Parental Control gives parents the most flexible screen time options for Android devices. As parents are getting ready for back to school, sport activities and a routine that usually gets undone during the summer months, one subject that is surely on the minds of many parents is how to get their kids off their devices and on their studies. Setting some limits back on their kids’ smartphones once school starts is a good approach as it is automatic. Here are the time limit options available today from Boomerang Parental Control.

Android child devices

Daily Schedule: select blocks of time during weekdays and weekends when your child is allowed to use her/his device. A popular use of our scheduling feature is to block bedtime when devices may end up in bedrooms at night.

Daily Time Allocation: Within the daily schedule, set a daily device timer on how much time your child can use apps such as games, social media, YouTube, NetFlix, etc. The timer will countdown when apps are used and stop counting when the app is closed. For example, set 2 hours per day allocation with an 8am to 8pm schedule, your child can play up to 2 hours on their device between the schedule start and end. If the schedule is up and there’s still time left in their allocation, the schedule wins and blocks access.

Per App Daily Time Limits: Similar to the device allocation, set time limits on a per app basis on your child’s Android device. Popular examples are to set timers on games and social media games or even YouTube! The app limits will countdown the overall device timer and will also get blocked when the schedule is up, even if your child hasn’t used all of their time on that app’s daily time limit. The schedule is the master in blocking access to your child’s Android device.

Encouraged/Always Allowed apps: Our unique Encouraged Apps feature allows parents to choose apps that can be used without affecting the above time limits yet still get blocked for bedtime with the device schedule. Typical apps chosen for this list are educational, music, reading and other similar apps. If you wish to not block the app when the schedule is up, we allow parents to choose the Always Allowed option.

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Parent Mode on Android.

From Parent devices (via Parent Mode)

Boomerang Parental Control comes with two modes; Child Mode and Parent Mode. You choose this during our app onboarding. In Parent Mode, your parent mobile device (available for Android and iOS) is used to make changes and review many of our popular settings. Parent Mode is free with our service – we only require annual licensing for kid devices. In relation to our screen time features above, our Parent Mode also brings a Time Out and Extend Time option for your child’s Android device.


Product evangelist for Boomerang, battling the constant love/hate with tech. I do my best to keep the balance in teaching our kids good tech behaviours. Boomerang is all about applying this and more.

This entry has 2 replies

  1. Michael says:

    It appears that when an app time limit is set they can use the app up to the limit anytime, regardless of a daily schedule.

    • Hi Michael – thanks for your comment. Please connect with our support team at The device screen time schedule should always “win” except for apps that are set to Always Allowed.

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