There are two parts to monitoring Google Chromebooks, listed below as Part A and Part B. We have instructions and a walk-through video for both!

NOTE: If your child's Chromebook does not support Android apps, then you only need to do Part A! To check if your child's model supports Android apps, see here.

Part A: Set up monitoring of web browsing

Reference this video as you follow the text directions included below for the Bark for Chrome extension:

STEP 1: Access your child's Chromebook and log in with your child's user account.
NOTE: If they have multiple user accounts they use to log in to the Chromebook, repeat these steps on the other user account(s).

STEP 2: Open the Google Chrome Web Browser.

It will look like this in your bottom taskbar:

STEP 3: Access the Google Chrome Web Store.

You may do so via this link: 

chrome.google.com/webstore

  • In the search bar, type in Bark:
  • Find the Bark for Chrome extension:
  • Click Add to Chrome:
  • Confirm that you want the extension to be installed and select Add extension:

STEP 4: Turn on Bark Monitoring for Incognito Browsing.

  • Click on the Bark for Chrome extension and select Manage Extensions
  • Toggle on the following options in the extension details page: Allow in Incognito and Allow access to file URLs

STEP 5: Hide the Bark extension from the address bar (optional).

While we encourage parents and kids to have discussions about Bark, we understand the need to keep the Bark extension somewhat hidden.

To do so, click on the Bark extension, and click "Hide in Chrome menu"

STEP 6: Breathe!

The Bark for Chrome extension is now installed and actively monitoring regular browsing/searches as well as Incognito browsing/searches on Google Chrome going forward.

Remember to connect the Google accounts that your child uses on the Chromebook to Bark. To connect these accounts (like Gmail and Google Drive), check out this article.

NOTE 1: After the first time setup of the Bark for Chrome extension, Chrome web browsing activities analyzed may take some time to reflect on your Bark dashboard.

NOTE 2: When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google can restrict any third-party connection, which includes Bark. You can see what birthday you've set for your child's Google account, inside of the Google account settings. For instructions on connecting a Gmail to Bark, see here.

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Part B: Set up monitoring of the Chromebook's Android apps and saved media

NOTE: If your child's Chromebook does not support Android apps, then you only need to do Part A! To check if your child's model supports Android apps, see here.

Reference this video as you follow the text directions included below for the Bark for Chromebooks app:

STEP 1: Click on the clock on the bottom right.

STEP 2: Select the gear icon to access the device Settings.

STEP 3: Type "play store" in the Settings search bar, or scroll down until you find Google Play Store.

NOTE 1: If you don't see this option, your Chromebook doesn't work with Android apps.
NOTE 2: If the "Turn On" option is greyed out, you may be using a managed school or work Google account. Signing in with a personal Google account will allow you to turn it on. 

STEP 4: Turn On the Google Play Store:

  • In the window that appears, select More.
  • You’ll be prompted to agree to the Terms of Service. When you’ve read and agreed, select I Agree.

STEP 5: Click on the bottom left O symbol and open the Play Store app from your app list. It has this icon:

STEP 6: Search Bark for Chromebooks in the top search bar of the Play Store.

STEP 7: Install the Bark for Chromebooks app onto your child's Chromebook.

STEP 8: Open the Bark for Chromebooks app.

Click the O symbol on your bottom left.

Find the Bark for Chromebooks app in the app list.
The app icon will look like this:

NOTE: You may have to click on the ^ arrow to see all installed apps.


STEP 9: Enter your parent credentials and select Get Started.

STEP 10: Follow the on-screen instructions to allow permissions.

You will see several screens that will ask for permission to monitor your child's device.

  • Select the child's name that uses this Chromebook or select Add Another Child to add a new child to your Bark account.
  • Select Connect on the next prompt.
  • Click Allow on the following few prompts.
  • Check Don't Show Again on the following prompts and click Start Now.
  • Click the screen preview (1) and then click Share (2) on the bottom right.
  • Select Open Settings when prompted.

STEP 11: Enable Bark in the Accessibility Settings that appear.

  • When prompted, select Ok
  • After ensuring Bark is turned on, click the top left arrow a couple of times to go back to the Bark for Chromebooks app. Otherwise, you can also open the Bark for Chromebooks app from your app list in the bottom left O symbol
  • Find the Bark for Chromebooks app in the app list. The app icon will look like this:

NOTE: You may have to click on the ^ arrow to see all installed apps.

STEP 9: Tap on the bottom right gear icon.

STEP 10: Tap on Test Monitoring.

Descriptions of other settings:

  • Upload over Wi-Fi only: If your child's Chromebook has a cellular plan and needs to conserve cellular data use, then you may consider turning on the setting of "Upload over Wi-Fi only." Otherwise, leave disabled.
  • Test monitoring: If you want to make sure the Chromebook monitoring is set up properly, tap on "Test monitoring." A message will then pop up letting you know if it looks good!

NOTE: Do NOT logout of the Bark for Chromebooks app, or monitoring will be impacted.

Last step: Breathe!

You have now made sure your child's Chromebook is monitoring its saved photos and videos and if applicable, the Android apps installed on the Chromebook that are on the list of Android apps we monitor

Even if the Bark for Chromebooks application is X-ed out or not on the bottom taskbar, rest assured that it is monitoring.


To connect Google Drive, Gmail, and more to Bark for monitoring, see here!

NOTE: When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google can restrict any third-party connection, which includes Bark. You can see what birthday you've set for your child's Google account, inside of the Google account settings. For instructions on connecting a Gmail to Bark, see here.

Need additional help?

Bark Support is here for you! Don't hesitate to reach out to us.

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