What is a Microsoft family group?

A family group helps families stay connected and keeps kids safer on Windows 10, Xbox devices, and Android devices running Microsoft Family Safety. It's free, and it's one of the many benefits of having a Microsoft account. With the settings on family.microsoft.com, you can get reports on a child's activity, set screen time limits, check on a child's location, limit which websites and games they can access, and require your approval to purchase from the Microsoft Store.

Set up and manage your family group

To set up your family group:

  1. Go to family.microsoft.com.

  2. Select Create a family group and follow the directions.

You can then invite members to join and start to set things up. Family groups can be used on Xbox, too. Keep reading, and if you still aren't finding what you're looking for, see Xbox: Family.

To manage your family group, you can:

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Get weekly email reports of your child’s online activity on Windows 10 and Xbox devices, or on Android devices with Microsoft Family Safety installed. You can also review activity on family.microsoft.com 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.

Turn on activity reporting

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. You can even set a time limit on specific apps or games (like Minecraft); just pick between Device limits or App and game limits and decide when they get screen time, and for how long.

When your child asks you for more time, you can easily respond through email, in the Microsoft Family Safety app, or on family.microsoft.com.

Set device limits

Set app and game limits

You can use content filters to determine what your child can get from the websites they visit and which games they can play. You set the rules, and you decide when to break them. Your child can send you exception requests for content that you can respond to through email, in the Microsoft Family Safety app, or on family.microsoft.com.

Here's how you can set limits for a child's online experience:

Filter inappropriate apps and games. It’s all fun and games, until your child is using an app that’s not age-appropriate. Set an age limit to filter apps, games, and media on Windows 10, Xbox, and Android devices. Anything rated above that limit will require adult approval.

Filter inappropriate websites. Help protect your child from surfing adult content on the web when they use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, Xbox, and Android devices. After 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.

See your child’s recent purchases, add money to their Microsoft account, and decide whether they need adult approval to buy from the Microsoft Store — all in one place. Sign in with your Microsoft account on family.microsoft.com, find your child’s name, then select More options > Spending.

Add money to your child's Microsoft account 

Keep track of your child's Microsoft purchases

Turn on Ask to buy

Give yourself peace of mind and check in on your family's location whenever you need to. Make sure they made it home safely from school, or check on them when they're out with friends. Just open Microsoft Family Safety and find their name on your family's shared map.

If they have an Android device running Microsoft Launcher, view them on family.microsoft.com.

See your child's location on a map

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