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How to set up drive safety

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Drive safety is a premium Microsoft Family Safety feature available with a Microsoft 365 Family subscription. It is currently available to subscribers with Microsoft accounts (MSA) based in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Organizers (typically adults in the family) can buy a subscription in the Family Safety app or online.

Note: Drive safety is available on Android and iOS devices. Drive Safety and other location-based features currently only support 1 device per Microsoft Account. 

About drive safety

Drive safety helps families talk about how to build better driving habits. It’s important to consider what might have been going on during that specific drive; whether it was safe depends on what was happening in that moment.

When you set up drive safety on your mobile device, you’ll see where you drove and details about each drive. If you turn on Share drives, your family will be able to see your drives and you’ll be able to see theirs if they do the same. Drive details include:

  • A map of the route highlighting where any of the details below happened

  • Top speed: the fastest speed during a drive

  • Phone use: if the phone moves around like someone’s touching it and for how long

  • Hard braking: when the vehicle suddenly slows down

  • Fast acceleration: when the vehicle suddenly speeds up

You’ll see summaries of drive activity and up to two weeks of individual drives both in the app and on family.microsoft.com. If you choose to share your drives, organizers in your family group will be able to see this information as well.

How to set up drive safety

Setting up drive safety involves both device permissions and in-app settings.

1. Make sure device permissions are allowed

If you already set your device to share your location on your family map, you’re all set.

Each device will be slightly different based on the make and model. Look for these device-level settings under general location and battery settings, or in your device settings under the Family Safety app:

    • Location access is Allowed

    • Battery optimization is Off

    • Google Location Accuracy is On

    • Location access is Always allowed

    • Precise location is On (iOS 14+)

2. In the Family Safety app, turn on drive safety

When you turn on drive safety, it keeps track of what’s happening on your drives. You can choose to share drives with organizers in your family group.

Organizers:

From your family list, tap the home or menu icon to the left of Your family > Settings > find yourself under the family members list > Drive safety > turn on Drive safety.

From here, you can choose to turn on Share drives.

Members:

From your activity screen, tap the home or menu icon to the left of your name > Settings > Drive safety > turn on Drive safety.

From here, you can choose to turn on Share drives.

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