Our Android Service Has Been Overhauled
Over the last few months, we’ve kept you up to date on some major changes to our app on Android. First, we told you about how Google told us to stop using the Accessibility Feature, which at the time we were using to provide Accountability and Filtering. A few months after that, we invited you to help us test a fix. And a month ago, we told you we were testing a new way to provide app reporting and locking.
All this hard work has paid off, and we’re pleased to announce that our new app is fully tested and will be available to all within the next week. For some of you, it may already be available!
If you were one of our testers over the last several months, thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Just to remind you, here’s how this updated app works:
- Accountability across all apps. Covenant Eyes uses VPN-like technology to dig deeper into your Android device. We monitor top level domains visited anywhere on your phone or tablet, list all of them in the Detailed Browsing Log, and shows the Highly Mature domains in your Accountability Report. For example, if someone visits “espn.com/football” anywhere on the phone, the top-level domain, “espn.com,” will be rated according to our age-based rating system.
- Forced safe search: We now force safe search in Google and Bing in all browser views (Chrome, Opera, Dolphin, etc.). This includes browsers that might be “embedded” in other apps, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. This also includes a forced safe search in the Bing and Google Search Apps.
- Circumvention is difficult: Attempts to remove Covenant Eyes will cause a notification to be sent to the Accountability Report.
- Built in app locking. Don’t want to access certain apps at all? Use our app lock to prevent access. You can even lock down the Google Play store!
- App reporting. We list the apps that were used in a separate section of the Report, so you can see any potentially questionable apps.
- YouTube Restricted Mode: If you’re a Filter user, you have the option of enabling YouTube Restricted Mode across the entire device. This can be done by the Filter Guardian in My Account, as explained in our support article. This is significant for parents who are constantly fighting against YouTube’s lack of strong mobile controls.
- Less battery usage: Using accessibility caused significant processing drain on Android devices. Our rebuilt app solves this issue.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FILTER USERS: Our Filter is not currently available for web activity on Android.
For our Android users, thank you for your patience and trust as we worked through some recent service difficulties. We are excited about these recent updates and we hope you are, too. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please leave a comment below or contact us.