In recent days, Google has taken the step of removing the option for apps to access some SMS features of Android phones in the Google Play Store. The team here at Bark anticipated that Google would want to make some adjustments to their platform. Bark and all other apps that are designed to monitor children's communications via text message are affected by this change however no other features or functionality of Bark is affected by this.

In light of this change, we have built a new process for obtaining our Bark for Kids application on your children's devices.

What does this mean for your family?

I have Bark for Kids installed on my devices. 

Great — you’re all set! Google is only removing the option for families who are new to Bark to download the Bark for Kids app.

I’m new to Bark and have not downloaded Bark for Kids from the Google Play Store. 

Don't worry! We didn’t want to let Google's decision affect the safety of your family. Below you will find our guide to installing Bark for Kids in a new way — and yes, SMS/Text monitoring is included!

Need additional assistance?

Bark Support is committed to helping every step of the way. Please email help@bark.us or schedule a call with us!

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