As of January 17, 2013, the Covenant Eyes Android app was updated to add compatibility for Kindle Fire HD. This article has been edited to update this information.
by Patrick Smith
‘Tis the season for comparing prices, processors, and pixels on your Christmas gadget gifts. But one feature that is often overlooked is whether or not an Internet-capable device can be protected with accountability software.
“Every year after Christmas we receive a flurry of calls asking if a given device is able to be protected. In some cases, we have to deliver the bad news to a customer that their new device doesn’t support Internet Accountability software,” says Chad Hadfield, Customer Service Manager at Covenant Eyes. Significant buyer’s remorse can be prevented by asking that question prior to a purchase.
To assist you in making well-informed buying decisions this Christmas, here’s a brief buyer’s guide listing devices which can be protected with Covenant Eyes.
The Good News: Covenant Eyes runs well on…
- Android tablets – Covenant Eyes provides accountability for almost all Android™ tablets (e.g. the Samsung Galaxy Note).
- Android phones – Covenant Eyes has an accountability app which covers nearly all Android Phones (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S III).
- iOS devices – The iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® all run on the same operating system, so the Covenant Eyes browser for the Apple mobile devices runs on all of these.
- Windows XP, Vista, & 7 PCs – Covenant Eyes offers both filtering and accountability for all PCs.
- Windows 8 PCs – Covenant Eyes is available as a Beta (test) version with Filtering and Accountability for Windows 8 machines.
- Kindle Fire (original and HD) – The Covenant Eyes Android app provides Accountability for the Kindle Fire.
The Bad News: Covenant Eyes is not currently available for…
- Android Razr — Razr phones use a customized version of the Android app, and Covenant Eyes is generally not compatible.
- Windows Phone – Covenant Eyes formerly protected this platform, but a switch in their operating system and a major decrease in market share led to the decision to no longer support Windows Phone.
- Blackberry – Covenant Eyes does not have an application for BlackBerry, which also lost major marketshare.
- Chromebook – The Chrome OS is unique, and Covenant Eyes does not currently support these devices.
- Microsoft Surface – The interface for the Surface looks exactly like Windows 8. However, it actually runs an operating system called Windows RT, which Covenant Eyes does not currently support.
- Nook – The Nook runs a highly customized version of the Android OS that doesn’t allow Covenant Eyes to function.
Here are a couple of important preventive measures that will ensure a technologically smooth holiday.
Installing Covenant Eyes on Android
If you’re lucky enough to score a new Android device this Christmas, you’ll save yourself a headache if you jump into Settings and allow the installation of “Unknown Sources” prior to installing Covenant Eyes.
“It’s also important to do a little extra homework on a few of the more affordable Android tablets,” says Hadfield.
Some of the lower end Android tablets lack access to the Google Play store, and they do not permit the user to navigate to settings and allow the installation of applications from unknown sources. Both of these elements are critical for Covenant Eyes to function on an Android device. Read our step-by-step guide to installation and use of Covenant Eyes for Android as well.
Installing Covenant Eyes on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Owing to some unique regulations Apple has in place, Covenant Eyes on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch functions differently than on other operating systems. The Covenant Eyes app is a browser. In order to be effective as an accountability tool, the Covenant Eyes app should be the only browsing option on the device. Use this step-by-step guide to install the Covenant Eyes browser on iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and access to Safari.
Before You Upgrade to Windows 8
If you are upgrading from Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 this Christmas, make sure you uninstall Covenant Eyes from your computer prior to upgrading the operating system. Then install the Windows 8 Beta (test) version of Covenant Eyes once the upgrade is complete.
Issue 26 | November 2012 | More in this issue: Hope After Porn: Our Marriage Would Never Be the Same | ‘Tis the Season to be Busy | Keep Yourself Out of the Headlines