Is this your first time connecting accounts or devices to Bark?

If it is, read this guide instead!

Otherwise, follow the steps below to connect a new device or social account to Bark.

STEP 1: Visit your dashboard.

STEP 2: Scroll down and click Add Account for that child.

STEP 3: Choose the account or device you'd like to connect.

You can always connect more accounts later! You also get an unlimited number of accounts you can connect with your Bark subscription, meaning you can add unlimited Gmails, unlimited Instagram accounts, and however many other accounts your child has for the platforms we monitor.

STEP 4: Get connected!

  • For more detailed instructions on how to connect a Windows or Mac computer's Google Chrome web browsing, please see this guide.
  • To connect social media or email, choose who is connecting the account.
    - If you know your child's username and password, select Connect my child's account.
    - If you want to talk to your child about connecting their accounts while allowing them to retain privacy over their passwords, choose Invite Your Child to Connect Accounts (in this example, Charlie) to send them a text message with connection instructions.
  • Got a Gmail that will not connect?
    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
  • Got an iCloud email that will not connect?
    You may have to enable two-factor authentication and generate a password specific to Bark. Read more here!
  • Got a Yahoo or AOL email that will not connect?
    You may have to enable a setting within the email account. Read more here!

STEP 5: Follow the prompts to grant Bark access to your child's account.

When connecting a Gmail account, for example, this is a fancy way of Google asking you if you are sure you want to let Bark monitor your child's Gmail. To connect the Gmail to Bark for monitoring, you will click Allow.

NOTE: If you are receiving an error message after selecting Allow, it's because your child's Gmail birthday is under 13 years old. When it comes to monitoring Gmail accounts created for those under 13 years old, for some reason, Google restricts 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

STEP 6: All done! 

You can now see the connected accounts on your dashboard. You can review potential issues, manage your account, and more via this dashboard on your computer or mobile device.

NOTE: Please allow for some time after the initial connection before you start receiving alerts.

Additional Reading

Need additional assistance getting set up?

If you have any questions, please contact us!

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