How do I set up the Android™ app?

The current version of the Covenant Eyes Android app is not compatible with Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Check out our help forum for more information and to help us test our upcoming version.

Covenant Eyes for Android monitors app use and Internet activity on your phone or tablet’s stock browser. This app is free for subscribers of Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability.

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What Does the App Monitor?

Covenant Eyes captures the websites visited on the stock Android browser and then provides a rating for each one. It also captures the time and date when the URLs (stories, images, etc.) were accessed.

These URLs and their ratings are reported on the user’s Accountability Report.

Covenant Eyes for Android also monitors what apps are used and the duration of their use. Covenant Eyes cannot monitor the specific web addresses accessed by an app other than the browsers mentioned above.

Basic Requirements

  • Be a Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability User. (The app will not work for people who are only Accountability Partners or who only use the Covenant Eyes Internet Filter.) Sign up today!
  • Have an Android phone or tablet, including Kindle Fire, that runs version 1.6 or higher. (The Android app is not currently compatible with any Nook device.)

Installing the App

Covenant Eyes is available in Google Play and the Amazon app store. The easiest way to install the app is to tap this link using your Android device (or this link if you are installing on Kindle Fire). Or you can open Google Play or the Amazon app store, tap the search button, and search for “Covenant Eyes.” Then, tap and install the Covenant Eyes app. You will be asked to sign into Covenant Eyes as part of the installation process.

You can find step-by-step installation instructions here.

Once you have finished installing the app, you will remain signed in, and it will automatically monitor websites visited through the stock browser (or Google Chrome on the Samsung Galaxy S4), as well as reporting what apps were accessed. You can determine the stock browser on your device by opening the browsers on your device and navigating to a page, then opening the Covenant Eyes app. The app will determine which browsers are monitored. We recommend that you lock or uninstall the rest.

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If you wish to switch to a different user, you can do so by opening the app and clicking the “Sign in as a different user” button.

Using App Locking

Starting with Version 1.5.4, the Covenant Eyes Android app includes app locking. We recommend that parents set app locking restrictions for your kids, and that your Accountability Partner or spouse sets them for you.

To enable App Locking, open the Covenant Eyes app and select “Enable App Locking.” You will be asked to choose a 4-digit passcode.

From there, choose which apps you would like to lock down. We recommend locking down unmonitored browsers, social networks, and other apps that allow you to browse the Internet unmonitored. We also recommend locking down Google Play to prevent the user from installing such apps.

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To allow an app that has been locked down, just open it and enter your four-digit passcode, or open the Covenant Eyes app and unlock it. The app will then be enabled until you disable it through the Covenant Eyes app.

Uninstalling the App

In order to uninstall this app, you will need to generate an uninstall code, which you can do through My Account. Once you have generated this code, uninstall this app as you would any other app.  You will be prompted to enter the code before you can completely remove the app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Covenant Eyes monitor the web addresses viewed with all browser apps?

A: The Covenant Eyes app monitors web addresses viewed in the stock Android browser. We cannot monitor addresses visited with any other applications due to the limitations of the Android operating system.

Q: I just installed the app and decided to test it by accessing an objectionable site. To my surprise it loaded! Why wasn’t this blocked?

A: The Covenant Eyes for Android app provides our Internet Accountability service, which monitors and reports website visits to your Accountability Partner. It does not filter web content.

Q: Can I tell which URLs on my report came from my phone?

A: No. Currently, website visits are reported the same, whether you access websites on your computer or on your Smartphone.

Q: Will my App Lock settings carry over to other phones?

A: No. Your App Lock settings are tied to the device. More than one user can have custom app lock settings on a single phone or tablet, but if a user signs in on a different device, they will need to set new App Lock settings.

Q: Will everyone on my phone have the same App Lock settings?

A: No. App locking will be turned off by default for every Covenant Eyes username that is used on a phone or tablet. Each username can then have separate app lock settings for that device.

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If you have questions or comments regarding Covenant Eyes for Android, please let us know in our help forum.

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