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Family makes it faster than ever to add family members to each Windows 10 PC you sign in to with your Microsoft account.

Family also lets adults keep kids stay safer online. Adults in the family can see reports of kids’ online activity, limit how long and when kids use their Windows 10 devices, set smart limits on kids’ spending, and help make sure kids don't see inappropriate websites, apps, or games. If you used Family Safety on an earlier version of Windows, you’ll need to add your family members again for kids’ settings to apply on Windows 10 devices.

Adults in the family can manage family settings online, and changes will be applied to any Windows 10 PC, Windows 10 Mobile device, and Xbox One the child signs in to with the same Microsoft account.

See also: Microsoft account | Whats new for family


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

You must be an adult in the family to be able to add another adult 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.



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 an Adult Account to your Family in Settings
  • Option Two: To Add an Adult Account to your Family at Microsoft Family Online
  • Option Three: To Remove an Adult Account from your Family
  • Option Four: To Remove Yourself as an Adult Account from your Family





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

Note   Note
If the adult 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 an adult, type in the email address of the adult's Microsoft account to send the invite to, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
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If the adult 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 adult's Microsoft account. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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

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8. The adult will now be joined to your Microsoft family. (see screenshot below)

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

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






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

Note   Note
If the adult 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, sign in at account.microsoft.com/family with your Microsoft account on any PC or device if you are not already signed in. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap Add another adult first instead, or click/tap on Add under Adults in Your family. (see screenshots below)

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3. Enter the email address of the adult's Microsoft account to send the invite to, and click/tap on Send invite. (see screenshot below)

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4. The invitation to join the family has now been sent to the email address of the adults Microsoft account. (see screenshot below)

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5. Have the adult check their 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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6. If the adult is not already signed in with their Microsoft account, then the adult will need to click/tap on Sign in and join to do so. (see screenshot below)

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7. The adult will now be joined to your Microsoft family. (see screenshot below)

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8. You (adult) and all other adults in family will now get an email confirming the new adult as accepted the invitation and is now a member of the family. (see screenshots below)

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9. Adults in the family can manage family settings for any child in the family.






Adult Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Adult Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10
To Remove an Adult 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 if you are not already signed in, 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 Adults in Your family. (see screenshot below)

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

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

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

1. As an adult in the family, sign in at account.microsoft.com/family with your Microsoft account on any PC or device if you are not already signed in. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on Remove under Adults in Your family. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on your adult account, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

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

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That's it,
Shawn