In the following walkthrough, we'll be going step-by-step through the pages you see when you first sign up for Bark.
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STEP 1: Add your child(ren)
The first page you will see after signing up is Add Child:
- Here you can select your child's name and birthday
- Then select Add
- You will see this for each child that has been added
- When you're done adding children, select Next
STEP 2: Give Bark consent to monitor your child by adding your payment information
The video shown explains how this is required by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Also, make sure your ideal subscription plan is selected on the left column before you enter your payment information! You can change your subscription plan later, as well.
STEP 3: Select the email, social media, and device that you know that child uses
You will later be prompted to do this for any other children you have added to Bark:
In this example, our only child has chosen one from each category:
Then, click Next on the bottom right (you may have to scroll down):
STEP 4: Select "Sounds Good, Let's Connect"
NOTE: Select that button even if you've accidentally selected too many accounts (we'll remove the ones added in error at a later time)
STEP 5: Select "Connect" or "I'll do this later" for each selected email and/or social account for each child
Depending on how many selections you made for each child, you may have to go through many screens until Bark is done asking about each one, so just hang in there!
If you'd like to skip any selection for now, just keep selecting "I'll do this later" or "Next" for each email and/or social media prompt that comes up.
STEP 6: Select whether you are ready to connect your child's device to Bark for monitoring
If you selected you are ready, you will be prompted to type in your child's cell phone number.
If your child doesn't have a cell phone number for that device, select "No I don't, I need more time" and you can reference our device-specific instructions once we're done with the first-time setup!
STEP 7: Move forward by selecting "Connect more accounts"
STEP 8. If you've already selected all accounts you'd like to connect for this child, then scroll down on this page and select "Done" on the very bottom right
STEP 9: Select "Set Up Alerts"
After you've connected your children's accounts that you can connect and skipped the ones you don't have the credentials for at this time, let's move forward by selecting the button Set Up Alerts, as seen below:
Then, enter your phone number if you'd like text alerts or add any other emails you'd like to receive notifications about potential issues on your child(ren)'s accounts, and select Done!
STEP 10: Explore your Bark parent dashboard!
You did it! You got through the first-time set up even if you did not have all of your children's login credentials or devices at this time.
You will now see this parent dashboard every time you log in or click on an email or text alert.
To remove any accounts added in error, see here!
To finish connecting any accounts you didn't have the password for at the time, select "Finish Connecting" next to the appropriate platform, as seen below:
Now have the device and ready to connect to Bark?
- To connect iOS, please see this guide
- To connect Android, please see this guide
- To connect Amazon devices, please see this guide
- To connect a Chromebook, please see this guide
- To connect a computer's Google Chrome web browsing, please see this guide
- You may reference this help article for more information on connecting email/social media accounts.
Got stuck and need help?
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