How to add a Microsoft Family account in Windows 10

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How to add a Microsoft Family account in Windows 10

How to add a Microsoft Family account in Windows 10

With a Microsoft Family account you can view and manage activity, set screen time limits, set app and game limits, manage spending, and find your child’s location. Here’s how to set one up: 

How to add a family member on your PC

We’ll email or text an invitation to each person you want to add and they’ll need to accept to join the family group. If you’re adding an account for a young child, you can set up an email address and monitor it.

To add a member to your family group:

1. Go to family.microsoft.com.

2. Sign in with your Microsoft account, then select Add a family member.

3. Select Member or Organizer.

4. Enter an email address or phone number for the person you want to add, then select Send invite.

5. Have the person you invited accept your invitation from the email or text message they receive. Or, in the Notifications section, select Accept now next to Pending member. You’ll be signed out so the person you’re trying to add can sign in to their account and accept the invitation.

6. For someone that’s an adult, you’re done. For someone that’s a child, they’ll need to select My parent can sign in now. Then sign back in to your account, accept the legal terms, choose whether your child can sign in to third-party apps, and select Continue. Now you can set up parental controls in the family group.

How to add a family member on Xbox One

The way you add someone to your family group on Xbox One depends on whether they’re new to Xbox Live or already have an Xbox Live account. For kids who are new to Xbox Live, add them to your family group on the console, then manage their family settings on family.microsoft.com. Otherwise, they may not appear in your list of family members on the console.

If your family member doesn’t have an Xbox Live account:

1. Press the Xbox home button to open the guide, then select Sign in and sign in with your account.

2. Press the Xbox home button again and select System — Settings — Account — Family settings — Manage family members — Add to family — Add new.

3. When the person you want to add is prompted to sign in using their Microsoft account email address, press B on your controller, then move the left stick down to select Get a new account, and have them follow the steps to create a Microsoft account.

4. When you’re prompted, select Add to family.

If your family member has an Xbox Live account on your console:

1. Press the Xbox home button to open the guide, then select Sign in and sign in with your account.

2. Press the Xbox home button again and select System — Settings — Account — Family settings — Manage family members — Add to family.

3. Select the profile for the person you want to add, then press the A button on your controller.

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