How Do I Setup Alaia in Chromebooks?


This tutorial describes how to setup Alaia's powerful Chromebook parental controls.

Before you Begin

1. Make sure that Google Play Store is blocked on your Chromebook to prevent your child from installing any browser apps. 

2. Ensure that your child does not install any browser other than Chrome as Alaia extension may not work on other browser apps.

3. If your Chromebook is managed by your child's school, then Alaia extension will not work unless your child's school allows third party extensions in their G Suite account. In such cases, please enable a new account for your child and add Alaia extension to his login.

4. If Google Family Link is enabled on your Chromebook, Alaia extension cannot be enabled. This is because Family Link does not allow access to Chrome Web Store and Google Play Store.

Chromebook Setup

1. The very first account used to login on a Chromebook is designated as the 'Owner' account, which has special privileges. You may want to login using your own Google/Gmail account the first time on a new Chromebook to ensure that you retain the 'Owner' privileges.

2. To prevent workarounds, there are a couple of things you need to setup while logged in as the 'Owner'.

- Open chrome://settings. Under People, enable Screen Lock option.

Chromebook parental controls - Screenshot of require password to wake from screen setting

- Click on 'Manage other users' and disable guest mode, and add the Google account(s) that you wish to allow on this Chromebook, for instance, your son/daughter's Gmail account.

Chrome parental controls - Screenshot of device restrictions

3. Logout of the 'Owner' account.

Chromebook Parental Control Setup

Login using the Google account that is to be monitored on the Chromebook, for example, your son/daughter's Gmail account.

1. Download Alaia from the Chrome Web Store

NOTE: Do not try to download the Alaia app available in Google Play store as it is meant for Android mobile devices and not Chromebooks.

Accept the prompts to install the extension.

2. A new tab will open and bring up the login page. 

Enter your Alaia username and password, then select the Child associated with this Gmail account.

Let the registration process complete.

3. When you attempt to browse, you will see a page with instructions to install a certificate. Complete the steps on this page.

4. Go to chrome://extensions and choose the "Allow in Incognito" option. This enables Alaia filtering in Incognito mode as well.

Also make sure that the option 'Block Extension page' is checked to prevent your child from removing Alaia extension from Extensions page. You will need to enter your Alaia account credentials to make this change. Next time, when someone tries to uncheck this option, they will be prompted for the login info without which they won't be successful.

5. Open Chrome settings menu, scroll down and select "Show advanced settings".  Under 'Privacy and security', disable the 'Use a Prediction service to load pages more quickly' option.

6. Right click on the Alaia icon on the toolbar and select 'Hide in Chrome menu'.

7. Logout of the account on the Chromebook and login again.

Enable Notification

Enable Alaia to notify you when there is no activity reported on the Chromebook. Open the Alaia Portal or App and select Notifications and check if 'Device Inactivity Alert' is on.

That is it! You should be all set. The Chromebook is now protected by Alaia. 

Login at from any browser or computer or use the Alaia app in Parent Mode to manage your settings and monitor usage.

Note: Current version of Alaia does not support app blocking or monitoring. We are working on this feature and will update once it becomes available.

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