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Kid's Corner FAQ

  • Your child can play the games, listen to the songs, watch the videos, and use the apps you add to Kid's Corner. They'll have full use of whatever you add there. For instance, if you add an app that logs you in automatically with a stored user name and password (such as an online subscription), your child will be able to use that app with your account. If you add games that you also play, your child's gameplay might affect your cumulative game scores.

    Your child won't be able to make calls, send text messages, share on social networks, or use the Search button while in Kid's Corner. They also won't be able to make in-app purchases unless you set a Wallet PIN for your phone.

  • Because they can be used to make changes to your Start screen or phone settings, Hubs and many built-in apps (such as Messaging, Calendar, and Wallet) can't be added to Kid's Corner.

  • If your phone has a lock screen password, your child won't be able to get from Kid's Corner to your Start screen. To get back to your Start screen from Kid's Corner, you'll need to enter your lock screen password.

    During Kid's Corner setup, there's a chance to set a lock screen password. If you already set up Kid's Corner and didn't create a password, you can set one now. Here's how:

    1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Lock screen.

    2. Turn on Password Toggle on icon, enter your password in the New password text box, and then reenter it in the Confirm password text box.

    3. Tap Done to save your changes.

  • Internet Explorer can't be added to Kid's Corner, so in general your child won't be able to do any web browsing while they're there. However, some apps and games contain web links. If you add an app or game with web links to Kid's Corner and your child taps a link, that webpage will open in Internet Explorer. If the webpage contains more links, your child will be able to open those, too. However, Internet Explorer's address bar will be disabled, so your child won't be able to type in a web address and go to it.

    If you would rather your child not access the Internet at all while in Kid's Corner, make sure none of the games and apps you add there contain web links.

  • If you want your child to be able to make in-app purchases (things like game levels, bonus points, or subscriptions) in Kid's Corner, you'll need to set up a Wallet PIN on your phone. If you've got a Wallet PIN, your child can make purchases if you (or they) enter the PIN. If you don't set a Wallet PIN, your child won't be able to make any in-app purchases in Kid's Corner.

    Here's how to do it:

    1. In the App list, tap Wallet Wallet icon.

    2. Tap More More icon, and then tap Settings + PIN.

    3. Turn on the Wallet PIN switch Toggle switch, enter and confirm your new PIN (it must be at least 4 digits), and then tap Done.

    4. If you'd like to require this PIN for purchases in the Windows Phone Store, select the Use Wallet PIN to protect music, app, and in-app purchases check box.

  • If your phone is set to lock itself automatically after a period of inactivity, you might need to unlock it with your password before your child can open Kid's Corner. If you'd like to give your child freer access to Kid's Corner, you can set a longer password time limit (up to 30 minutes) in your lock screen settings. However, if you have a Microsoft Exchange account through your work, the Exchange administrator might set more limited password options. For more information, see Lock screen FAQ.

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