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A family group is a set of individuals connected through the Microsoft Family Safety app on their Windows, Xbox, or mobile devices. Establishing a family group is an easy, effective way to encourage healthy online habits and manage busy schedules.

If you're looking for help about a family subscription, visit Microsoft 365 Family.

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Learn more about family group features

You can be a family organizer or a family member in a family group - learn which family group roles can suit your group best. 

Designate a family organizer to establish screen time limits or view several different family members’ locations at once. No matter which roles, features, or devices you use, family group settings can be tailored to fit every dynamic. 

Important: Location and driving safety features in Microsoft Family Safety are going away. Learn more.

Important: Family Safety User Experience has changed effective Jan 15, 2024. Learn more


  • If members are in North America, you can add them using their mobile number.

  • Members can only be part of one family group. A member will need to leave the current family group to join a new one.


  1. Open your Family Safety dashboard.
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  2. Select + Add a family member.

  3. Enter their email address.

  4. Select their family group role: Member or Organizer.

  5. Select Invite.

Mobile app:

  1. Download the Microsoft Family Safety app in the Google Play or Apple app store

  2. Tap Get Started to sign in.

  3. From the Your family view, select List.

  4. Scroll down to select Add a family member.

  5. Enter their email address.

  6. Select their family group role: Member or Organizer.

  7. Select Next.

  8. Choose how you want to add them and select Send invite.

To join a family group, you need to be invited. Once invited, click the link you received via email. It will prompt you to sign into your Microsoft account and accept to join the family group. If you are under statutory age you may also be prompted to request adult consent.

If you are already part of another family group, you must leave or be removed from that group before joining another group.

To add or remove members to a family group, go to Manage your family group

Learn more about your family members’ online habits through activity reporting. See which websites they visit, apps or games they use and more. You can opt-in to receive weekly emails about your family members’ activities or view the information directly in the Family Safety app.  

Help balance your family members’ time online by setting screen time limits. Set a schedule for when and how long they can access their devices connected through Family Safety. You can even set limits on specific apps or games. Easily adjust limits to fit family members’ schedules by accepting additional time requests, modifying settings and more. 

Use content filters to ensure your family members’ time online is safe and secure. Decide where your family members can browse in Microsoft Edge by setting web and search filters. You can also set up app and game filters to make sure your family members see what’s appropriate for their age. You can also check out our list of family-friendly websites, appropriate for all ages! 

Filters work across all Windows, Xbox and mobile devices that operate Microsoft Edge and are connected through Family Safety

Enjoy peace of mind by viewing family members’ locations anytime, anywhere on the Microsoft Family Safety app. Save places and receive location alerts* when a family member leaves or arrives from school, their friend’s house or other saved location. 

*Premium feature, only available with a Microsoft 365 Family Subscription  

Gain insight into your family members’ driving habits by setting up drive safety. View top speeds, sudden braking and other details about family members’ trips. Encourage responsible driving practices in your family group.

*Premium feature, only available with aMicrosoft 365 Family Subscription  

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