Building an App for Families

This guide walks through the design, build, and submission process for a family-friendly app.

Designing your app

Throughout the app design process, keep the following key considerations in mind for targeting a family audience:

  • Understand your audience:

    When building a family-friendly app, it’s important to recognize that you are actually catering to different audiences within the family. For example, parents care about educational value, quality, and safety, while kids will want an app to be fun, straightforward, and challenging.

  • Test with mixed audiences:

    Children often have different thought processes and interaction patterns than adults, so it’s crucial to get feedback from them. Teens may be interested in different aspects of your app than other audiences. Parents may be the approvers of the app's use, so you cannot afford to overlook their thoughts and opinions. Be sure to include users of all ages early and often in the process, from concept all the way to launch.

  • Consider kids as part of your design:

    An app that is simple and easy to use helps even your youngest users learn quickly and become self-sufficient. Keep instructions and actions clear and easy to understand, and include content, sounds, and voices that appeal to users of all ages and hold their attention.

Building your app

To start building your app, review our Dialogflow Get started guide and the other guides on this site under Build Your Own Apps. You may want to review our Templates guide to build an interactive app without writing any code.

Before you submit your app for the Apps for Families program, make sure your app meets our program requirements and is compliant with COPPA. These policies are in place to ensure your app is appropriate for the whole family.

Submitting your app

Once you've built your family-friendly app, submit it to the Apps for Families program.

To submit your app to the Apps for Families Program:

  1. Select your app in the Actions on Google Console and go into App information.
  2. Either toggle the For Families setting to Yes or set the Category to Kids & Families.
  3. Review the window that pops up, select each checkbox, and click Join: