How to create parent-managed watchlists for your kids on Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV wachlist
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Not only has the proliferation of streaming services and devices made accessing a wealth of content more accessible for grown-ups, but it's also done the same for kids. Kids no longer have to wait until Saturday morning to watch their favorite cartoons, which has its downsides for parents. But this new method for watching shows isn't always easy for kids, nor does it give parents peace of mind that the content kids find is appropriate. So, creating a watchlist for kids on Google TV is an excellent way of solving both issues.

How to create parent-managed watchlists for your kids on Google TV

One of the best Google TV devices is the Chromecast with Google TV. But the steps below will help you set up a watchlist for your child to enjoy full of shows you know they like, and you can rest assured it is content you approve of. 

We will go through the steps to add shows from your child's profile.

1. From your child's profile on the Google TV device, find a show you want to add to the watchlist.

2. Press and hold the select button on the remote.

3. Highlight the Add to watchlist option.

4. Press the select button.

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Continue adding titles as you wish. Once you have added some shows, your child will see them in a section on their home screen that says their name and watchlist after it. Unfortunately, not all titles on Google TV are available to add to a watchlist, and it will tell you such when you press and hold select on it, as in step 2 above.

These steps work from your profile on your Google TV device or your child's device(s). The difference is that if you add from your profile when you get to step 3, you'll be prompted to choose which watchlist you want the title added to.

Removing shows from the watchlist works similarly to adding them. When you long press the select button on a show you have added, you'll see Watchlisted instead of Add to watchlist. Selecting Watchlisted will remove it from the list. Now you'll be able to ensure your child has a list of parent-approved content to watch that is front and center of their profile.

Chris Wedel
Senior Editor - Smart Home
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.