Set content restrictions on Windows 10 and Xbox One

Applies to: Microsoft account

Content restrictions help keep kids safer on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices and include settings to:

  • Block inappropriate apps, games & media (labeled as Access to content on console)
  • Block inappropriate websites (labeled as Web filtering on console)
  • Require kids to ask a parent before buying stuff in Microsoft Store (Ask a parent)

Content restrictions can be set up on or on Xbox One. While content restrictions determine what kind of content your child can have access to, screen time determines how long they can use it, and when, but screen time limits can only be set up and managed on

Set up screen time limits

Block inappropriate apps, games & media

Essentially, you set an age limit for content, and anything rated above it will need adult approval. On Xbox One, this setting is called Access to content, and we turn it on automatically if your child is under the age of 8. (By default, it’s set to the age associated with your child’s Microsoft account.) If they’re over the age of 8, the default setting is Unrestricted, so it’s a good idea to double-check it for your little gamers.

Block inappropriate apps, games & media online and on console

Block inappropriate websites

Help protect your child from surfing adult content on the web when they use Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers. (On console, we call this Web filtering.) We block many sites automatically, but you can also block or allow specific sites, or choose to only allow your child to visit sites you’ve told us are OK.

Block inappropriate websites online and on console

Require kids to ask a parent before buying stuff in Microsoft Store

Turn on Ask a parent and require adult approval for the things your child wants to buy in Microsoft Store, except what they buy with gift cards or money in their Microsoft account. Of course, they’ll still need permission if what they’re trying to get exceeds the age limit for content that you have set—even when Ask a parent is off. Easily respond to your kids’ requests to buy things through email or on

Turn on Ask a parent online and on console

Responding to kids’ requests

Sometimes it’s fun – or necessary – to break the rules. Your child may need something for homework, or you may want to reward them by letting them get the latest game everyone’s talking about. You can respond to many of their requests through email, or if you share a device – say, a family Xbox One or Windows 10 PC – you can approve their requests on the spot. Of course, you can always respond to all requests anytime on