- Touring the Windows Phone Store
- Getting apps from Windows Phone Store
- Deleting or reinstalling apps
- Downloading apps and games FAQ
- Games on your Windows Phone
- Where's the App list?
- Solutions to Store issues
- What suggestions will I see on my Windows Phone 8?
- Getting suggestions in the Store FAQ
- How can I tell if an app has requirements?
- Which apps can I use to sync with my computer?
- Tips for using the Windows Phone app
- Setting up My Family for Windows Phone
- My Family FAQ
- Setting up the Facebook app
- Setting up a Twitter or LinkedIn account
- Using Speech on your phone
- Using Internet Explorer
- Changing privacy and other browser settings
- Office Hub
- Synchronising documents using your computer
- Synchronising documents with OneDrive
- Using OneNote Mobile
- Wallet FAQ
- Scanning codes and text
- Using maps
- Getting directions
- Sharing apps with Apps Corner
- Location awareness and your phone
Setting up My Family for Windows Phone
My Family, now included with Microsoft family features, is the way to turn on and manage app and game downloads for your child's Windows Phone. When you set up a "family" (which includes your child's Microsoft account and one or more parent accounts) you'll be able to choose what types of app downloads you'd like to allow (free, free and paid, or none). You'll also be able to set the rating level for the games your child can install.
Microsoft family features are designed to help you keep tabs on your kids' computer and online activities. If your child uses a PC or Xbox, you may already have set up a family in order to use parental controls. View and manage your family at account.microsoft.com/family.
Adults and children have different rights when it comes to managing the family. Any adult member can add new members and manage kids' download settings, but adults can't change the settings on another adult's account.
When you set up family features, you'll need to sign in with an email address and password from a parent or guardian's Microsoft account.
To learn more, see My Family FAQ.
To set up My Family so a child can download apps and games
Sign in at account.microsoft.com/family.
If this is your first time setting up a family, select Add a child.
If you've already added child accounts to your family, go to Select a child to view or edit their settings, then select Add.
Enter the email address that your child uses to sign in to their phone, then select Send invitation. If your child doesn't have an email address, select Create a new email address for your child, then follow the instructions on screen.
Your child will need to accept the invitation from their emails.
Creating an online account for a child under 13 with the country/region set to US requires adult verification using a US-based credit card. To learn more, see Why does Microsoft charge me when I create an account for my child? on the Windows support website.
To add another parent on the Family page, go to Adults, then select Add. Adults in the family can manage kids' settings, but won't be able to change each other's settings.
To change app download settings for a child
You can set whether or not a child can download apps and games from the Windows Phone Store and which game ratings you want the child to be able to view and download.