How does the Android™ app work?

Covenant Eyes for Android™ monitors Internet activity through supported browsers and apps on your device. It also filters web content accessed through supported browsers, and blocks certain apps based on your Filter Sensitivity Level. Finally, it reports on which unsupported apps were accessed, and lets you lock down apps.

Basic Requirements

  • Be a Covenant Eyes User. (The app will not work for people who are only Accountability Partners or only Account Administrators.) Sign up today!
  • Have an Android phone or tablet, including Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD , that runs version 4.0 or higher. Filtering is not currently available for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, only Accountability. (The Android app is not currently compatible with any Nook device.)

What Does the App Monitor?

Due to an early 2018 change to the Android OS, we are currently experiencing some service issues on Android phones and tablets, which can usually be fixed by simply restarting the device. We are currently testing a more permanent fix and expect to release it soon.

Covenant Eyes monitors the websites visited on the Google Chrome browser, the stock “Internet” browser, and the Silk browser on Kindle devices, as well as a number of other popular apps apps, and then provides a rating for each address. 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 other apps are used and the duration of their use.

What Does the App Filter?

On Android, our Filter is available on specific browsers on non-Kindle Android platforms. This means that only the websites accessed through Google Chrome or Internet app on supported devices will be filtered. If you try to use a browser that is neither Google Chrome or the default “Internet” app on a non-Kindle Android device, you will get a blocked message prohibiting your ability to continue using the unfiltered browser. (Filtering is not available on Kindles, but our Accountability service is available.)

URLs, their ratings, and blocked URLs are reported on the user’s Accountability Report. The Report also captures the time and date when the URLs (stories, images, etc.) were blocked.

The Covenant Eyes Filter does not have the ability to block activity in non-browser apps, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, but we can block your access to those apps if they rate higher than your current filter settings or are in your block list. Also, we can still monitor the activity accessed through those apps with our Accountability service. You can use our App Locking feature to restrict access to these non-browser apps and use Google Chrome or Internet app in order to be filtered.

Which Apps are Supported?

Starting with Covenant Eyes for Android version 3.0.3.10, we monitor and filter the following browser apps, and block the other apps according to your Filter Sensitivity Level. All other apps will be reported as used, but no further information is available. Please see our article on enabling the app lock feature to restrict unmonitored apps.

Supported Browsers

Accountability and Filtering are currently available for the following browser apps (including incognito and private browsing): 

  • Browser
  • Google Chrome Browser
  • Internet Browser
  • Silk Browser for Kindle devices (Accountability only)

The following browsers are also monitored with Covenant Eyes version 2.9.9.86 and lower. (They will be blocked on Version 3.0.3.10 and higher.)

  • APUS Browser
  • Dolphin Browser
  • Firefox Browser
  • Opera Browser
  • Opera Mini Beta Browser
  • Opera Mini Browser

Other Supported Apps

  • Facebook
  • Google Photos
  • Google Play
  • Google Plus
  • Google Search
  • Hulu
  • Instagram
  • Netflix
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vine
  • YouTube

Installing the App

Covenant Eyes is available to download on Google Play and in the Amazon app store. You will be asked to sign into Covenant Eyes as part of the installation process.

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 a monitored app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m getting a blocked message from Covenant Eyes when I try to use my favorite Internet browser. Why?

A: Starting with version 3.0.3.10, Covenant Eyes can only filter web activity in Google Chrome and Internet browser apps. Additional browsers will block any browsing attempts. You will need to use either Google Chrome or the Internet app to browse the Internet.

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

A: Due to the limitations of the Android operating system, we only monitor select apps, all listed above. We are constantly adding more apps to the list. Join the conversation and add your requests for future apps in our help forum.

 Q: Can I tell what web content on my Report came from my phone?

A: When possible, we show what browser or app was used to access web content.

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.

Feedback

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

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