Xbox strives to create a safer gaming experience for you and your family. Family settings puts the control in your hands. Manage screen time, privacy settings, social interactions, access to mature content, and enable monitoring with unique family settings on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, and Xbox mobile apps.

Screenshots of family safety settings UI on the Xbox Family Settings app.

Xbox Family Settings app

Easily manage your children’s gaming activities on Xbox consoles, all from your phone and in real time.


Create a family group

Create a family group to access family features and settings. It’s a free service that helps families stay connected and keeps kids safer on your Xbox consoles* and Windows** devices.

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Benefits of a family group

You can personalize each child’s online experience based on age-appropriate limits that you set for privacy, online purchases, content filters, screen time, and more with the Xbox Family Settings app for console or on

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Add a family member online

The easiest way to set up and manage your family is with the Xbox Family Settings app for console or on, where you can invite members to join.

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Add a family member on your Xbox consoles

For kids and teens who are new to Xbox, add them to your family group and manage their family settings with the Xbox Family Settings app for console or on

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Change your child’s Xbox online settings

Only a parent using the family group feature can change Xbox privacy and online settings for a child account. See whether you’re listed as a child or an adult in a family group by checking the Xbox Family Settings app for console or signing in at


Set good screen time habits

Enjoy time played, while ensuring a healthy balance. With screen time you can manage how long your kids play games and watch shows on your Xbox consoles and Windows devices.

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Set device screen time limits online

Sign in to the Xbox Family Settings app or to your Microsoft account on your Windows to schedule time for your kids. Customize how much time is spent each day of the week and when the device can be used. The screen time countdown starts once the person is signed in and stops when signed out.

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Set app and game screen time limits

Set a time limit for a specific game or app in your Microsoft family group account. These time limits are shared across your Xbox consoles and Windows devices through

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Set screen time notifications

Turn on system notifications from your Xbox consoles to give players a heads-up on the console when screen time is about to run out.

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View activity reports

Get activity reporting on your child’s Microsoft account and view a summary of their activity on Xbox consoles and Windows devices.


Shop with smart limits

Games and add-ons can be easily purchased from the Microsoft Store on Xbox consoles and Windows devices. Use purchase management tools to help avoid unexpected surprises.

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Approve your child’s purchases

With Ask a Parent, you’ll receive an email when your kids want to purchase a game or app and need your help to fund the purchase. Or you can create a passkey to limit purchases made on your account.

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Set up an allowance

Easily add money to your child’s account to limit purchases they can make on their own.

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Keep track of purchases

View your Microsoft Store order history online or from your Xbox console.

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Loot boxes

Concerned about loot boxes in game racking up bills? Check out the Xbox Game Studios Loot Box Policies.


Filter content fit for your family

Parents can filter or allow games, apps and websites based on the age of their children to ensure they are interacting with age-appropriate content. You decide what’s allowed, and it’s easy to change later. Children can also request access to content which parents can then approve or decline.

Just as movies and TV shows are rated, each game includes a rating symbol that suggests the appropriate age for play, plus descriptions that give you a heads-up about certain content.


Look for these ratings:

  • ESRB Rating Early Childhood


    EC (Early Childhood) titles have content that may be suitable for persons ages 3 and older.

  • ESRB Rating Everyone


    E (Everyone) titles have content that may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older.

  • ESRB Rating Everyone Ten plus

    EVERYONE 10+

    E10+ (Everyone 10+) titles have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older.

  • ESRB Rating Teen


    T (Teen) titles have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older.

  • ESRB Rating Mature


    M (Mature) titles have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older.

  • ESRB Rating - Rating Pending


    RP (Rating Pending) titles have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating.

  • ESRB Rating Adults Only


    AO (Adults Only) titles have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older.

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Help keep your family safe online with privacy tools

Xbox includes multiplayer games and the ability to interact and chat with other players. Choose what personal information others can see and who is permitted to engage with you and your children. Access these settings from your Xbox consoles or

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Manage what your child can do

Allow or block your child’s ability to join multiplayer online games, create and join clubs, broadcast their gameplay, add friends and chat.

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Choose how others interact with your child

Choose who can communicate with your child, select who can see what your child watches or plays, and decide what profile information others can see.

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Use app privacy settings

When you download apps from the Microsoft Store on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One, each app requires permission to access data from your console. You can use privacy settings to control what data is collected and how it’s used.

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Calling all kids!

Find out what data collection is, and what info we get when you play on Xbox.

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Turn off the toxicity, turn up the fun

Xbox is your online gaming community. Help make it fun for everyone by following our Community Standards. Use our built-in tools to avoid the negativity and report those who bully, harass, and abuse.

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Code of conduct

When you join Xbox and create an account, you agree to follow our Code of Conduct. Conduct is anything you do that impacts yourself and others. Promote positive impact, avoid negative impact.

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Mute or block others

If you don’t want to be contacted by specific people, you can mute or block their communications with you. Muting a person prevents them from speaking to you in-game or in a chat session. Blocking a person prevents you from receiving that person’s messages and game invites, removes them from your friends list, and hides your online activity from them.

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Report bullies and bad behavior

Behavior or content that is harmful or offensive is not tolerated. If you think a person violated the Community Standards, submit a report to Xbox. You can report a player’s behavior or report specific content such as messages, Clubs, and activity feed items. File a complaint:

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A note from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer

Gaming must promote and protect the safety of all.