Using Google Family Link With Your G-mee

You have lots of Parental Control options available for your smart device, some are better than others. Some solutions have richer features, while others are easier to establish and faster to set up.

Your G-mee device includes App Lock built into the operating system on every device. Your G-mee connect also includes a call manager that allows you to manage inbound and outbound calls.

Some parents are choosing to use the Google Family Link solution with their G-mee. This option allows the parent to choose from a range of different control features and get real-time information like device location and length of time of device use. However, the service is also highly detailed and takes some time to set up and learn.

If you’re planning to use Google family Link on your G-mee device the service will work as intended by Google, however you must flag the app titled ‘Quickstep’ as allowed on your child’s list of apps. Quickstep is the Google launcher, and allows the device and apps to be opened. By blocking the app the G-mee device will stall at boot up and sit in this state unable to correctly start.

Simply flag quickstep is approved, and Google Family Link work on your G-mee device if you choose to enable it.

girl using the gmee device with a red case

‘My daughter doesn’t ask to use my phone anymore’

The debate over what is an appropriate age to give children a smart phone continues.

Those for giving smart phones to kids at a young age cite physical safety concerns, such as wanting their kids to remain in contact as they go about their day. Some parents want to give their kids a device to teach their kids about safe device use while they can be supervised.

Those against giving smart phones to kids at a young age are rightly concerned over online safety issues and their children’s exposure to inappropriate content.

It’s a dilemma that rages, and one there hasn’t been a solution to – until now. The solution has come from none other than tech expert Charlie Brown, although it was actually his wife Rachel who came up with the idea.

“Rachel wanted a device that would play apps our kids could use in their bedrooms safely,” Brown tells 9Honey.

He had a look around using his extensive contacts and couldn’t find anything that would suffice.

“We had rules [for the device] like no camera, no open access to the internet, it can run whatever app you want and we wanted something that allowed them to have adventures but managed adventures,” he says. “There was nothing that did that.”

Read more here ‘My daughter doesn’t ask to use my phone anymore’ – 9Honey (nine.com.au)

How to Turn on Gmail Notification

Your G-mee Connect and Plus come preloaded with Gmail, however the notifications by default are turned off. This is a decision made by Google, and turning the notifications on is easy, as long as you know how!

In this blog, had a switch on Gmail notifications.

You will need to access both ‘Inbox Notifications’ and ‘Manage Notifications’.

Inbox notifications, allows you to select both label notifications and notify for every message.

Manage notifications, allows you to activate show notifications. You also need to decide on a behaviour, we chose ‘make sound’. You can also choose to activate the vibration setting and whether you want the message shown on the screen while it is locked.

You can play around with the exact configurations that work best for you. When you receive an email, you will at least now be able to see the small email icon on the top of the screen and hear an audible alert.

Running Out of Storage? Expand G-mee device storage with a MicroSD

Every Gmee device can incorporate a microSD card that allows the expansion of device storage capacity. The maximum MicroSD size is 64gb (originally we thought it was 32GB, but a recent update allows the higher size to work).  

If you’re a customer that wants to install more on the device then it’s easy to purchase a microSD card and insert it into the slot, just above the battery bay, on the left. 

Your device will recognise a card has been entered and ask you how you intend to use the memory capacity on this card. At this time, if you want to use the device for storing data for apps, or music or movies, choose ‘extra phone storage’.

Then request the card to be reformatted

Once formatted your G-mee can move data from the internal card to the microSD card, and your Gmee device will manage this transfer for you.

Once this task is complete your new storage solution is ready to use.

Now you’re expanded storage has been added, you may choose to install future apps to the microSD card so that your internal memory does not continue to fill. You can also uninstall apps installed on the internal memory and reinstall them to the microSD memory as a way of generating space in your internal memory storage.

How To Turn The G-mee Connect Into A Talk & Text Phone

Some customers just want the ability to make and receive phone calls, and send and receive SMS. We get it, having access to modern apps is not always something you want to give to children OR maybe you don’t need anything more than just talk/text.


With G-mee Connect it’s possible to achieve this.


With a few quick adjustments to the G-mee Connect Settings, you switch off cellular data and JUST have access to talk and text.


Each handset requires an ‘Access Point Name’ to be entered into the smart phone. This is an address provided by your mobile operator. This allows the device to talk to the cellular tower so data can upload and download. If you remove this address any feature that requires data will no longer work. This means the device will default back to only allowing phone calls and SMS. This is not a permanent outcome, simply re-enter the APN address for your provider and your Smart features will continue once data begins to flow.


But, some of you are asking whether it’s possible to lockdown this feature, so certain members of your family can’t re-enter the APN address with out you knowing and once again gain access to cellular data! Well, that’s possible to, using ‘G-mee App Lock’ included in every G-mee device.
We have produced a walk-through video that shows you how to do both these features.

Click on these links for the step-by-step guides.

G-mee Talk & Text

Using G-mee’s App Lock

System Software Update – G-mee Connect

We wanted to share a quick update with you regarding your G-mee Connect smart phone. We have released a patch today that will pop up on your screens over the next 24 hours.

To check if the update is available for your device The latest update fixes a small bug that we found in the G-mee Connect Operating System. Big thanks to our customer who shared the details with us. By installing this patch you will also bring your G-mee Connect up to date with the most recent security update provided by Google for the android 9.0 operating system. This will help keep your G-mee Connect secure when connected to the Internet.

We will have more system software updates over the coming months to keep your G-mee devices secure and working well.

You can check if the update is available for your device now going to – ‘Settings’, then select ‘System’, ‘About Phone’, ‘Wireless Update’. Make sure your G-mee Connect, is connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot and select ‘Check For Updates’. Once available the software update can be downloaded and installed, and your device will then restart.

Once the process is finished your G-mee Connect will be up-to-date.

You can watch the detailed video tutorial below:

Resetting Your App Preferences

These steps outline on how to reset app preferences and enable you to update your apps.

  1. Go to Settings then System

2. Choose ‘Reset Options’

3. Choose ‘Reset App Preferences’

4. Once you have done this, go back to the audio settings and you should be able to choose ‘General’ and ‘Edit’. Now when you click on the selected Ringtone you should then be shown the below image.

5. Choose ‘Media Storage’ and ‘Just Once’, then you will be shown the list of available Ring Tones to choose

Life360 on G-mee Connect

Life360 is a live tracing and communication service. The app is used by families all over the world in part to assist parents track the movements of the children. The Life360 app requires consistent uploading and downloading data to provide the live update feature. This not only uses data that counts to your monthly allowance, but it can drain the battery more quickly. Your G-mee Connect includes a number of pre-configured power management solutions. You can choose a different solution depending on how efficient your battery drain needs to be. We have tested Life360 on the following battery optimisation level and found the service to work correctly. We also heard from other G-mee Connect users they’ve also enjoy the same success. 

Aim is to achieve an outcome where the device is operating in a power efficient way, but the Life360 app is still operating in the background to provide live tracing.

To achieve the optimum setting of the device we want to select the ‘Smart saving mode’. To find this start in the settings menu and choose the ‘Battery’ option.

Then choose the ‘Battery Saver’ option which is halfway down the list.

Inside Battery Saver you are now being offered three different modes. 

Smart saving mode is the best option to choose. We have found that life 360 works as normal, but you will still likely get over a days use of the device when you start with a 100% charge in the morning.

Power saving mode aims to allow your device to last for around two days before needing to be recharged. It does this by stopping the background function of the bulk of apps that are running. Your email will not automatically download, your weather app won’t get the latest alerts and your Life360 service will definitely not update with the devices current position.

Ultra saving mode uses the least matter power, the place is the greatest amount of restrictions on the performance of the apps on the device. Under this option the G-Mee Connect will essentially be useful for calls and text, but not much else.

Changing Ring Tones on your G-mee Connect

Your G-mee Connect ships with a range of included ring tones. You can either choose from the list of included ring tones provided or add your own ring tone sourced from elsewhere. 

Choose From Included Ringtones –  

  1. To access the ring tone area on the device open SETTINGS/AUDIO PROFILES.

You are now in the ‘audio profiles’ section and can make a range of customisations around how your device will ring or beep or generally make sounds.

3. Under the heading ‘Ringtone’ click on the pre-selected option (for this device ‘Boost Digital Phone) and a pop-up window will display asking you to choose between ‘Media Storage’ and ‘Custom Ringtones’. Choose ‘Media Storage’ and select the option ‘Just Once’. If you are unable to see the ‘Complete action using’ window, you will need to reset your app preferences. Please follow these instructions.

2. To adjust the ring tone the predefined audio profile you are using, and hold it down for two seconds.

A pop-up menu appears showing the word ‘Edit’.

Click on ‘Edit’ and you will be shown further customisations that can be done for the selected audio profile.

4. You will now be presented with a list of ring tones that you can choose from.

Add New Ringtones –

To import a new ring tone to your device click on the ‘+ Add ringtone’.

This will open a new window where you can choose from ring tones that have been either loaded to a microSD card and inserted into the microSD slot on the device OR ring tones that you have downloaded via your browser to the devices download folder.

You can then add these imported ring tones to the list of tones available for selection.