Manage Microsoft Family Settings for Child in Windows 10  

    Manage Microsoft Family Settings for Child in Windows 10

    Manage Microsoft Family Settings for Child in Windows 10

    How to Manage Microsoft Family Settings for Child in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    12 Oct 2019
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Manage Microsoft Family Settings for Child in Windows 10

    One of the many benefits of having a Microsoft account is a family group, which gives you access to family features and settings. It's a free service that helps families stay connected and keeps kids safer on Windows 10, Xbox One devices, and Android devices running Microsoft Launcher. You’ll find settings like activity reporting, screen time limits, location sharing, and content filters, where you can also track kids’ spending and add money to their Microsoft accounts.

    A Microsoft family group is separate from other Microsoft apps and programs. You can sign up with your email account. If you already use Skype, you’ll have a family chat set up and waiting for you once you create your family group. If you don’t already have Skype, get more information and sign up to create an account for your family.

    Once you set up your family group, you can add or remove child and adult members.

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    This tutorial will show you how to manage the family settings (activity, screen time, content restrictions, spending, and find your child) for child members of your Microsoft Family group in Windows 10.

    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to manage your family settings online.

    2. As an adult in the family, go to the Microsoft Family website, sign in with your Microsoft account if not already, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Open Settings in Windows 10, click/tap on the Accounts icon, click/tap on Family & other users on the left side, click/tap on the Manage family settings online link, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the Activity, Screen time, App and game limits, Content restrictions, More options > Spending, More options > Find child on map link for the child you want to manage. (see screenshots below)

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    Activity - Get weekly email reports of your child’s online activity on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices or on Android devices running Microsoft Launcher. You can also review it on any time. You’ll see websites they visit, their browsing history, apps and games they use, and how much screen time they had. Activity reporting is a great way to keep an eye on things and adjust family settings accordingly.

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    Screen time - Want to make sure your child has a good balance between screen time and other activities? Schedule when they’re welcome to have screen time, opening up time for other pursuits. (“Go play outside!”) Use one schedule for all Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, or set separate schedules for each. When your child asks you for more time–for homework, of course –you can easily respond through email or on

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    App and game limits - If your child is spending too much time on certain apps, you can set limits on the apps to help them achieve a healthy balance. App limits are available on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, along with Android devices with Microsoft Launcher installed. Once you set a limit on an app, that limit will work across all of their devices. (For example, if you give them three hours on YouTube, they can spend a total of three hours on Windows 10, Xbox One, and Android.)

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    Content restrictions - The content filters you set determine what your child can get from the websites they visit, which games they can play, or whether they need adult approval to buy from the Microsoft Store. Content filters include three settings: Ask a parent; Apps, games & media; and Web browsing. You set the rules, and you decide when to break them. Like with screen time, your child can send you exception requests for content that you can respond to through email or on
    • Turn on Ask a parent - Require adult approval for the things your child wants to buy in Microsoft Store, except what they get with gift cards or money in their Microsoft account. Even when Ask a parent is turned off, you’ll still approve content that exceeds the age limit you set in the Apps, games & media section that we’ll talk about next.
    • Block inappropriate apps, games & media - It’s all fun and games, until your child is using an app that’s not age-appropriate. Set an age limit to block apps, games, and media on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices. Anything rated above that limit will require adult approval.
    • Block inappropriate websites - Help protect your child from surfing adult content on the web when they use Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices. Once you set an age limit for content, we block many sites automatically. You can also choose to block or allow specific sites, or choose to only allow your child to visit sites you’ve said are OK.

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    Spending - Keep an eye on their shopping habits. See your child’s recent purchases, view their payment options, and add money to their Microsoft account, all in one place.

    Manage Microsoft Family Settings for Child in Windows 10-spending.jpg

    Find your child - Give yourself peace of mind and check in on your child's location whenever you need to. Make sure they made it home safely from school, or use it when they're out with friends. They can use either a Windows 10 phone or an Android device running Microsoft Launcher.

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    That's it,

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    UPDATE: Email from Microsoft.


    Microsoft family features now empower busy parents like you to more easily tailor experiences in the Microsoft ecosystem for each family member. We are introducing several new features and improvements, and we want to let you know what you can expect.

    We listened to your feedback
    We made several changes and improvements.

    • Screen time extensions: When your kids ask for more screen time on a Windows 10 PC, you can extend it through email and the website.
    • Safer settings for younger kids: When adults create new child accounts, only kids under 8 years old will have settings automatically turned on. For kids 8 and up, adults need to turn on the settings they want when they make new accounts.
    • Simplified web is now the one place to manage family settings for Windows Phone and PCs.
    • Web browsing limits now only on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer: On Windows 10 PCs, and now on Windows 10 Mobile, web browsing limits will only apply to Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. If you decide to prevent your kids from using other browsers, you can choose to block other browsers that are not supported. Learn more about this change.

    Microsoft family features coming to Windows 10 mobile
    When your child sets up their Windows 10 Mobile phone with their Microsoft account, the family settings you previously set up for them will automatically apply:

    • Recent activity to see their activity from Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 mobile devices.
    • Web browsing limits to block inappropriate content.
    • Set Apps, games & media limits according to their age and content ratings.
    • Find your child lets you locate your child’s device on a map.

    Windows Store is now more family friendly
    Kids can buy the stuff they want, but you know they’ll stay within the spending and content limits you set.

    • Add money to your kid’s account without giving them your credit card.
    • Kid-friendly Store browsing limited to the app, game, and media limits you set.
    • Review your child’s recent purchases on their Purchase & spending page.

    Read more about these new Microsoft family features and more at
    Send us your feedback with the Feedback link at the bottom of that page, or with the Windows Feedback app on Windows 10. We’ll keep working on improving your experience.

    Thanks for using Microsoft family features!

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