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How to Add or Remove a Child Account for Your Microsoft Family in Windows 10

information   Information
If you're sharing a Windows 10 device with your kids, letting them sign in with their own accounts will give them the freedom to explore safely while you're still able to set up appropriate age restrictions and time limits, and make sure they're not visiting any websites or using any apps or games that aren't right for them. And even if your child has their own device, when they sign in with a Microsoft account that's part of your family, the family settings you've set up for them will be applied to any Windows 10 PC, Windows 10 Mobile device, and Xbox One they sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a child account from your Microsoft family online and in Windows 10.

You must be an adult in the family to be able to add a child to your family.

If your PC is connected to a domain, family features might not be available. Check with your system admin.
Note   Note
Added adults to your family can monitor and manage family settings of child accounts online to help kids stay safe.

A child added to your family is monitored and managed by adults using Microsoft family for recent activity, web browsing, apps, games & media, screen time, purchase & spending, and find your child features with requests by child.

While a child uses a Microsoft account by default, they will be able to switch to a local account and still be monitored and managed by adults for as long as they are part of the family.



Changes in Microsoft family

It’s easy to share your Windows 10 PC with family members. Add family members using "Add a family member" from your PC's Settings, and they’ll be able to use that PC as well. And you're always in control. You can allow or block them from using a PC at any time.

Add kids to your family to help them stay safer online. Adults in the family can view reports of kids’ online activity, limit how long and when they use their devices, and help make sure they don't see inappropriate websites, apps, or games. Manage family settings online at account.microsoft.com/family, and changes will be applied to any Windows 10 device the child signs in to. You can also add adults to your family who will also be able to apply settings to children in the family.

A new home for family
Family Safety is now part of account.microsoft.com, which is the single place to manage everything connected to your account. To manage your family and kids’ settings, go to account.microsoft.com. Right now some of the settings pages still live on the old site—some things will look the same, and some will look different—but over the next few months, everything will be updated and moved to account.microsoft.com.

Changes to linked accounts
If you’ve linked your kids’ Family Safety accounts, you’ll see that each of them are listed individually and that you now have to manage their settings separately for each device. We know this may be painful for some of you, but we’re doing this to make way for a simpler, better experience: roaming your child’s settings with their Microsoft account. We appreciate your patience as we make these changes. A few other notes:

  • If devices show up on your list that you no longer use, you can select “Remove” to get rid of them.
  • You’ll get a separate activity report email for each device.

 Adult account

Added adults can manage family settings online, and manage and monitor child accounts to help kids stay safe.


 Child account

A child account is monitored and managed by adults using Microsoft family for activity reporting, web filtering, time limits, app restrictions, game restrictions, phone downloads, and requests by child.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Add a Child Account to your Family in Settings
  • Option Two: To Add a Child Account to your Family at Microsoft Family Online
  • Option Three: To Remove a Child Account from your Family
  • Option Four: To Remove Yourself as Child Account from your Family





Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10
To Add a Child Account to your Family in Settings

Note   Note
If the child you want to add already has a local account on your PC, then you will need to switch the local account to a Microsoft account first.


1. As an adult in the family, open Settings in Windows 10, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

2. Click/tap on Family & other users on the left side, and click/tap on Add a family member under Your family on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Select (dot) Add a child, type in the email address of the child's Microsoft account to send the invite to, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If the child doesn't have a Microsoft account, then click/tap on the The person I want to add doesn't have an email address link to create a Microsoft account for the child.


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4. Click/tap on Confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5. The invitation to join the family has now been sent to the email address of the child's Microsoft account. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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6. Check the child's email, and click/tap on Accept invitation. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
The invitation will expire in 14 days if not accepted by then.


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7. If the child is not already signed in with their Microsoft account, then the child will need to click/tap on Sign in and join to do so. (see screenshot below)

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8. The child will now be joined to your Microsoft family, and see Who's in your family. (see screenshot below)

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9. You (adult) and all adults in family will now get an email confirming the child as accepted the invitation and now a member of the family. (see screenshot below)

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10. Adults in the family can now manage family settings for the child.






Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10
To Add a Child Account to your Family at Microsoft Family Online

Note   Note
If your child already has a local account on your PC, then you will need to switch the local account to a Microsoft account first.


1. As an adult in the family, sign in at account.microsoft.com/family with your Microsoft account on any PC or device. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap Add a child, or click/tap on Add if child is already listed under Your family. (see screenshots below)

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3. Do step 4 (Sign my child in) or step 5 (Send invite) below for what you want to do.


 4. To "Sign my child in" to Accept Joining Family

A) Enter the email address of the child's Microsoft account to send the invite to, and click/tap on Sign my child in. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If the child doesn't have a Microsoft account, then click/tap on the Create a new email address for your child link to create a Microsoft account for the child.


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B) Sign in with the child's Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on Yes, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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 5. To "Send Invite" to Child to Accept Joining Family

A) Enter the email address of the child's Microsoft account to send the invite to, and click/tap on Send invite. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If the child doesn't have a Microsoft account, then click/tap on the Create a new email address for your child link to create a Microsoft account for the child.


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B) The invitation to join the family has now been sent to the email address of the child's Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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C) Check the child's email, and click/tap on Accept invitation. (see screenshot below)
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The invitation will expire in 14 days if not accepted by then.


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D) If the child is not already signed in with their Microsoft account, then the child will need to click/tap on Sign in and join to do so. (see screenshot below)

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E) Go to step 6 below.

6. The child will now be joined to your Microsoft family, and see Who's in your family. (see screenshot below)

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7. You (adult) and all adults will now get an email confirming the child as accepted the invitation and now a member of the family. (see screenshot below)

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8. Adults in the family can now manage family settings for the child.






Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10
To Remove a Child Account from your Family

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, sign in at account.microsoft.com/family with your Microsoft account on any PC or device, 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 Remove under Your family. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on the child account you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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6. You (all adults in family) and the child will now get an email confirming the child has been removed from the family. (see screenshots below)

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Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10
To Remove Yourself as Child Account from your Family

1. As a child in the family, sign in at account.microsoft.com/family with your Microsoft account on any PC or device. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on Remove yourself under your child account. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Remove to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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4. You (child) and all adults in the family will now get an email confirming that you have been removed from the family. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn