Originally Posted by Als49
Thanks for the explanation Subway.
So I think I should change my approach:
1. ROM with built-in parental control?
To limit device usage by hours and schedule, also filter web accesses. I know MIUI has one, but only for the their Chinese version. I haven't found other ROM that has built-in parental control.
Which leads me to the next idea.
2. Hide app using 3rd party launcher?
I looked around and found that certain launcher such as Nova Launcher Prime can hide app without installing them.
I wonder if hiding the Security app can resolve the issue? I mean, is there any way my kid can access the Security app other than from the chosen launcher? Or if he can somehow can switch the launcher back to default MIUI launcher?
Because launcher also uses "device admin" permission which can be easily turned off through Security app's Solve Problems...
I don't think that custom roms those could be installed on your device have an in-built parental control so this usually is an extra care added by manufacturer in a few of stock roms.
About the chinese version can be installed after to unlock bootloader.
There are some launchers that can hide an app like QuickStep, Poco that is used for users that want a native launcher that has an app drawer and although they can be removed from default apps but actually you can try the next, I found an app that it seems to work fine, it's AppLock - Fingerprint by SpSoft:
- Then to install this app it needs all the permissions in order to work well then lock Package Installer, Settings, Security Center, Play Store to avoid be uninstalled through it and the other apps that you desire, also you have to exclude it from task force close by locking it in recents window.
- As a variation you can use and lock if you prefer a third party launcher and hide the apps desired through it.
Also before this maybe you might to try Second space if it meets your needs.