Apps + games

Setting up My Family on the Windows Phone website

My Family on the Windows Phone website lets you turn on app and game downloads for a child's phone. If the child has a Windows Phone 8, you'll also be able to manage their app and game download settings, including game ratings, on the My Family page.

To set up My Family, you'll need to sign in with both the child's and the parent's Microsoft account email address and password. You can then accept the Windows Phone Store Terms of Use so that the child can download apps.

If you want the child to be able to download Xbox games as well, you'll need to go to the Xbox website and accept the Xbox Terms of Use on their behalf. This is separate from the Windows Phone Store Terms of Use.

Running into issues? See My Family FAQ for answers to some common setup questions.

Note

My Family is only available for Windows Phone 8.

To set up My Family so a child can download apps and games

  1. On your computer, go to My Family on the Windows Phone website.

  2. Sign in using the parent's Microsoft account email address and password. If the parent doesn't have a Windows Phone, that's fine – you can still set up My Family. If the parent doesn't have a Microsoft account, you'll have a chance to create one.

  3. On the My Family setup page, click Get started. (If you've added a child to My Family before or have set up a family using another Microsoft service, you may not see Getting started and can just click Add a kid.)

  4. To add the child to My Family, click on Go. On the sign-in page, enter the child's Microsoft account email address and password. If the child doesn't have a Microsoft account, click on Sign up to create one.

  5. On the My Family home page, next to the child's name, click on Fix it and follow the instructions to accept the Windows Phone Store Terms of Use. The child can now download apps from the Windows Phone Store.

  6. To add another parent to My Family, click Add a parent on the My Family home page. Parents can jointly manage children's settings, but won't be able to change each other's settings.

  7. To enable the child to download Xbox games, go to Xbox.com, sign in with the child's account and follow the instructions to accept the Xbox Terms of Use.

    Note

    If you've already accepted the Xbox Terms of Use for your child (on your Xbox console, for instance), you won't need to accept it again and you won't see instructions for doing so on Xbox.com.

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.

  1. On your computer, go to windowsphone.com.

  2. In the drop-down menu under Explore, click My Family.

  3. Sign in using the Microsoft account you use to sign in to your phone.

    Note

    If you're already signed in to windowsphone.com, you'll see your name, not Explore, at the top of the drop-down menu, and this sign-in step will be skipped.

  4. On the My Family home page, next to the child's name, click on Change settings, then do any of the following:

    • To allow the child to purchase apps and games, under App+game downloads, select Allow free and paid.
    • To allow the child to download only free apps and games, under App+game downloads, select Allow free only. This will also prevent the child from making in-app purchases, even from within free apps.
    • To prevent the child from downloading any apps or games, under App+game downloads, select Don't allow.
    • To set the most mature game rating you want the child to be able to browse or download, turn on the Game rating filter. To go to the Microsoft Family Safety website and change the rating, click Change rating.
    • To allow the child to browse and download unrated games, select the checkbox next to Allow unrated games. (Some unrated games might have content you'd rather the child didn't see.)

    Note

    When the Game rating filter is turned off, the game rating settings are hidden. Turn it on to reveal them.

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