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How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Do you share a Windows 10 computer or tablet with the adults and children in your family? You can easily add new family accounts to the device so everyone in the house can use it individually. Then, adults in the family can manage use of the device by children so they don't get into digital trouble.

As an adult, you can perform the following tasks on your kids' accounts:

  • Give your kids money so they can buy stuff in the Windows and Xbox stores without need of a credit card.
  • View activity reports about what your kids are doing on the device, such as purchasing apps and searching the web.
  • Set age limits for apps, games, videos, movies, and TV shows.
  • Set time limits for how long your kids can use the device.
  • Locate your kids on a map if they're using a Windows 10 mobile phone.

The primary account used to set up the PC is already part of the device's family, so you now need to add the other people in your family. Let's go through the steps for setting up these accounts.

Adding People to Your Account

In Windows 10, click on Settings > Accounts > Family & other people > Add a family member.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

At the next screen, choose whether you want to add an account for an adult or a child and then enter the person's email address. Click Next.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Confirm that you want to add this person. The person then receives an invitation by email. He or she can log into the Windows device, but to manage family settings, the person needs to accept the invitation by clicking on the Accept Invitation button in the email.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

The Family & other people screen now shows the new account.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

If you want to add an account for a child, click on the option to Add a family member, but this time choose a child account. The rest of the process is the same. The child receives an invitation to join via email, and he or she clicks on the Accept Invitation button.

Monitoring Your Kids' Activity

Okay, let's say all your accounts are set up. Now is the time to see how you can monitor your kids' activity on your Windows device. Open your browser and log into the Microsoft page for your family using one of the adult accounts. You'll see all the accounts listed for your family.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Choose one of the child accounts and you can then set up the following features:

Click on the "Add Money" link to add money to a child's account.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Click on the "Recent activity" link to turn on Activity Reporting to view a child's web browsing and purchasing.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Click "Purchasing & spending" to control and view what your child can buy.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Click on the "Screen time" link to manage how long and when your child can use the device.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Click on the "More" link. Then click on the "Web browsing" option to block inappropriate websites for your child.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

Click on the "Apps, games & media" option to block inappropriate apps and games for your child.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

And finally, click on the "Find [your child's name] on a map" option to locate your child if he or she is using a Windows Phone handset.

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

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