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Microsoft announces Xbox Family Settings app for iOS and Android



Microsoft announced Xbox Family Settings app in preview today with the aim to help parents manage their family’s screen time, content filters and social permissions.

Microsoft is rolling out limited app previews for iOS and Android with more than 20 customizable features. Now that we are all spending more time at home in front of screens having quick access to these kinds of settings is a welcome front end to a service that was only accessible on your Xbox or online in your Microsoft account.

a family on a couch, one child holding a laptop

The Xbox Family Settings app includes features such as:

  • Screen time limits – set limits for each day of the week, for example, you have the ability to allow for more time on the weekends or reduce time during the school week
  • Content filters – set filters based on the age of each child; an 8-year old can only access games rated E, and will be blocked from accessing titles that are too mature
  • Play and communication settings – block all access to play and communication with other players, limit access to “friends only” or grant permission for older children to play and chat with “everyone”
  • Activity reports – view daily and weekly activity reports for each child to understand how they are spending their time on Xbox

Get Xbox Family Settings app

If the features in this app sound familiar to our readers, that is because we recently reported on Microsoft’s other Family oriented app, Microsoft Family Safety.

The Family Safety app includes a useful feature for families with kids that are starting to drive is the ability to track your kid’s speed while they are driving.

Mobile device lying on a flat surface next to Xbox game controllers and snacks. The device is displaying notifications in the Microsoft Family Safety app with a request for more time.

Another helpful feature in the Family Safety app is the ability to set time limits on a device such as an Xbox, with the ability for your child to request additional time. Now these gaming-oriented family features are included in the Xbox Family Settings app.

Want to know how to adjust these settings on your Xbox or browser now? We have provided a couple of How-to videos below, directly from Microsoft.



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