Let’s face it- lots of kids these days have cell phones. And while my first instinct would be to talk about how kids these days don’t know the meaning of hard work and tell them to get off my lawn, rational parents would likely want to have a different plan- to keep track of their kids in order to help them learn when a cellphone is okay to use and when it isn’t okay. Funamo does just that- it’s an internet filter, app time-controller, and more that will help you monitor and control when and how your child’s Android is used.
Funamo Parental Control is a mobile parental control software for Android-powered devices with web filtering, safe search, application protection/restriction and device monitoring.
|Does it Fulfill its Purpose?||20||Funamo really is a very thorough Android filter. In addition to having an internet filter, it can also silence the device during school hours, remove the ability to use certain apps without a password, remove the use of certain apps at certain times of the day, and log the device’s application, text, phone, and web history, where it can be viewed either through the device remotely through Funamo’s website. Since this is not the kind of app someone would want on your phone unknowingly, it requires a constant notification, which displays whether it is active or not. It can control almost everything about the device, and it explains clearly how to control the things it cannot (such as youtube or Google Play content filter).|
|Does it Look Good?||4||While funamo’s options and performance were very versatile, most aspects of the display could be improved.|
|Does it Run Well?||14||Funamo is very small- it runs around 1.5MB when installed to the phone (around 1MB installed to SD). Due to the nature of this app, it requires use of almost every permission available, including the ability to read browser history, intercept phone calls, kill background processes, and many, many more. All information gathered from the phone is visible from the parent website, which is fine for children’s devices but may pose a concern for devices which transfer sensitive data. While the app worked well from a technical standpoint, I ran across two minor issues- first, the initial upload and setup stalled once or twice on my test. Second, when I went into my battery usage, I found that Funamo had used a significant amount of the device’s battery.|
|Is it Easy to Use?||15||Funamo is a very complicated app that could require some advanced setup for some of its features. Their website includes a handy setup guide, but it might be difficult for some users. The app itself has a ton of features, and not all of them are well documented- a tutorial might help some users figure things out.|
|Is This App Useful to Everybody?||14||Whether you want to keep an eye on your family members, silence your phone automatically for part of the day, or just limit what certain apps can do without permission, many users will find Funamo to be a useful app.|
|Overall Score||67||If you have a child who you are concerned about having their smartphone at school, this is the app you’re looking for. It is packed with features to help you stay involved in your kids’ lives wherever they are. It includes a free two-day trial, so follow the links below to check it out!|
Reviewed Version: 1.0.21
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