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

Applies to: Microsoft accountMicrosoft Store

Online

You can set up your child’s account to require adult approval for the things your child wants to buy in the Microsoft Store—except for what they get with gift cards or money in their Microsoft account. Here's how to require adult approval for things your child wants to buy in Microsoft Store online:

  • Sign in to account.microsoft.com/family with an adult's Microsoft account.
  • Find your child's name and select Content restrictions.
  • ​​​​​​​Under Ask a parent, switch Needs adult approval to buy things to On.
    The Needs adult approval to buy things option turned on
  • If you want to approve or deny their purchasing requests through email or on account.microsoft.com/family, switch Email me when my child gets stuff to On.
    • Note: If you want to see your child’s purchase history, select Spending under your child’s name and scroll down to the Purchase history section. If you were charged for an unauthorized purchase, you may be able to request a refund.

Xbox One

If you want to set up adult approval on the Xbox One, here's how:

  • Sign in to the Xbox One with an adult's Microsoft account.
  • Press the Xbox  button to open the guide, and then select  Settings  > Account > Family settings > Manage family members and choose a child account.
  • Select Privacy & online safety > Xbox Live privacy > View details & customize > Buy & download, and then select On in the Ask a parent box. (Note: This can also be turned on by selecting Child defaults or Teen defaults after selecting Xbox Live privacy.)

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