Add members to your family group

Applies to: Microsoft account

You can add someone to your family group on your PC or on Xbox One. To learn more about the benefits of a family group and how to set one up, see What is a Microsoft family group?

Add a family member on your PC

We'll email or text an invitation to each person you want to add and they'll need to accept to join the family group. If you're adding an account for a young child, you can set up an email address and monitor it.

To add a member to your family group:

  1. Go to family.microsoft.com.

  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account, then select Add a family member.

  3. Select Child or Adult.

  4. Type an email address or mobile phone number for the person you want to add. If your child:

    • Has a Microsoft account, use the email address associated with that account.
    • Doesn't have a Microsoft account, select Create one for them. If your child has a local account on your PC, use the email associated with that account. To find it, select Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Your info. If the account was set up with an email address, you'll see it under the child's name.
  5. Select Send invite

  6. Have the person you invited accept your invitation from the email or text message they receive. Or you can select Done, then in the Notifications section, next to Pending member, select Accept now. You'll be signed out so the person you're trying to add can sign in to their account and accept the invitation.

  7. For an adult account, you're done. For a child account, have the child select My parent can sign in now. Then sign back in to your account, accept the legal terms, choose whether your child can sign in to third-party apps, and select Continue. Now you can set up parental controls in the family group (learn how to set up parental controls).

Add a family member on Xbox One

The way you add someone to your family group on Xbox One depends on whether they’re new to Xbox Live or already have an Xbox Live account. For kids who are new to Xbox Live, add them to your family group on the console, then manage their family settings on family.microsoft.com. Otherwise, they may not appear in your list of family members on the console.

If your child doesn’t have an Xbox Live account

  1. Press the Xbox  button to open the guide, then select Sign in and sign in with your account.
  2. Press the Xbox  button again and select System > Settings  > Account > Family settings > Manage family membersAdd to family > Add new.
  3. When the person you want to add is prompted to sign in using their Microsoft account email address, press B on your controller, then move the left stick down to select Get a new account, and have them follow the steps to create a Microsoft account.
  4. When you’re prompted, select Add to family.


If your child has an Xbox Live account on your console

  1. Press the Xbox  button to open the guide, then select Sign in and sign in with your account.
  2. Press the Xbox  button again and select System > Settings  > Account > Family settings > Manage family membersAdd to family.
  3. Select the profile for the person you want to add, then press the A button on your controller.


If your child has an Xbox Live account that’s not on your console

  1. Press the Xbox  button to open the guide, then select Sign in and sign in with your account.
  2. Press the Xbox  button again and select System > Settings  > Account > Family settings > Manage family membersAdd to family > Add new.
  3. Have the person you want to add sign in with their Microsoft account email address and password, and when you’re prompted, select Add to family.

Managing child accounts

For more information on the differences between child and adult accounts and how to manage them, see the following:

Related topics

If you want to share software subscriptions or Xbox features, see: