How to set up Parental Controls in Windows 10

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edited April 2022 in Software

Looking to control your kids PC usage? This guide will show you how to set up parental controls in Windows 10. Parental Controls in Windows 10 can be used to restrict screen time, block websites, control what game ratings your child has access to, and prevent making purchases in the Microsoft store without your approval. While earlier versions of Windows controlled these settings locally, Windows 10 requires the use of a Microsoft Account to use this feature.

Here is how to set up parental controls:

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft Account at and select the Family tab then choose Create a Family Group.

    Browser Microsoft Account Family Tab

  2. You will be prompted to add a family member. Select child, add the email address for their Microsoft Account, complete the captcha, and then Send Invite.

    Invite Family Member

  3. If you have additional children, you can choose Invite Another and repeat the previous step. Choose Done when finished.

    Done inviting

  4. To accept a family member, on the Family tab, choose Accept Now beside Pending member.

    Accept Now

  5. Choose Accept Now.

    Sign in to Child Account

  6. Choose Yes.

    Accept Invitation

  7. If this is a new account or the child has never set their birth date, set the date of birth for the child. Next confirm the age of the child, and then choose Yes to accept the invitation again.

    set birth date

    Confirm Age

    Accept again

  8. You will now be signed in to the child’s account. In the top right corner, select their icon and select Sign in with a different account to switch back to your account.

    Sign in with another account

  9. Choose the Family tab to see the child listed in your Family Group.

    Family Group

  10. You can now manage screen time and other settings for all devices your child accesses with their Microsoft Account.

    Manage Screen Time

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