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You may be seeing this notice on your dashboard:

Some Android devices can experience issues with the Accessibility feature turning itself off automatically.

There are a couple of adjustments you can make to your child's Android device settings to ensure this doesn't occur in the future:

STEP 1: Disable Battery Optimization for the Bark for Kids app (see instructions below).

STEP 2: Enable Accessibility Services for Bark (see instructions here).

Disabling Battery Optimization

Battery optimization settings exist on every device but where they are located on the device can vary based on phone model and Android version. 

To find out what Android version your child's device is using, navigate to Settings > About Phone > Android version

For Android 9.0 and later (General)

These are typically most Android phones and tablets made within the last year.

Locate your child's device and follow these steps:  

  • Settings > Apps > Bark > Battery > Optimize Battery Usage > tap on "Apps not optimized" to instead select "All." 
  • Then, find Bark, and tap on the slider so that it disables battery optimization for the Bark for Kids app!

Watch this video to learn how to adjust Battery Optimization on Android 9. If you'd like some additional tips — or if the video doesn't play — follow the step-by-step instructions written below.

  • There may be another special option in Settings > Apps > Bark > Advanced > Battery > Background restrictions or Background limitations that you also want to disable to prevent malfunctioning of the Bark for Kids app
  • You may also check if the default text-to-speech engine is set to Google in Settings > Accessibility > Text-to-speech > change to Google

For Android 6.0 - 8.1 (General)

These are typically most Android phones and tablets (including Palm devices) made within the last 4 years.

Locate your child's device and follow these steps:  

  • Settings > Battery, and select "Optimized Apps" in the next menu
  • Then, select "All Apps" from the drop-down list, select Bark, and choose "Don't Optimize"
  • You will see a message that says "May drain your battery more quickly." Bark will use a little more battery this way but, don't worry, it's very little and almost unnoticeable
  • There may be another special option in Settings > Apps > Bark > Advanced > Battery > Background limitations that you also want to disable to prevent malfunctioning of the Bark for Kids app
  • You may also check if the default text-to-speech engine is set to Google in Settings > Apps > Default Applications > Phone Assistance App > change to Google

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Should the above not work, please see instructions for specific devices below:

Other related apps

Have Verizon? We have found that there is an app that may come built-in with Verizon devices called Verizon Security and Privacy that may affect Bark's monitoring frequency, so try uninstalling, removing, or disabling the Verizon Security and Privacy app.

Have a Task Manager installed? It is possible that you might have a task manager that automatically closes applications periodically. If you do, please add Bark to the whitelist (apps that are excluded from being automatically closed) of the application. If the app does not have a whitelist, consider uninstalling it.

For next steps to re-enable Accessibility, check out this article.

Need help?

No worries, Bark Support is here for you! You can reach out to us via email at help@bark.us or schedule a call with us!

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