Set up My Family to better manage your kids’ app downloads

Microsoft has always had a penchant for family safety. Whether it was the PC, the Xbox, or Zune, you’re most likely to find a feature that involves monitoring and controlling what sort of information the kids can get access to. Windows Phone 8 is no exception either. The My Family feature in Windows lets you add your kids to the Windows Phone website and then choose what sort of apps and games they can download and enjoy on their Windows phone.


Windows Phone My Family Setup

Windows Phone My Family setup will need to know the Microsoft account email address and password of your kids. If you have just bought your child a Windows Phone 8 and want to be able to restrict what stuff they download from the Windows App Store, here’s what you need to do. Psst…You can set up this feature even if you don’t own a Windows Phone.

On your computer, head over to the Windows Phone website. Sign in by using your Microsoft credentials. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can create one right away.

Once you reach the My Family page, click Get Started to begin the setup. You will be taken to the My Kid page where you can add your kids account. Click Go. On the next page, you have to sign in with your kids’ Microsoft credentials. If your child doesn’t have a Microsoft account, you can just go ahead and create an account on that screen.

Once your kid’s name is added to the page, you will need to click the Fix It link below the name and accept the Windows Phone Store Terms of Use. Your child will now be able to download apps and games from the Windows Store.

If you want to allow your child access to Xbox games, head over to on your browser, sign in with your child’s Microsoft credentials and then go on to accept the Xbox Terms of Use.

Now you are ready to apply the app settings. Just click on Change Settings next to the name and choose one of three options to allow access.

  • Allow free and paid
  • Allow free only (This will restrict the child from making IAPs within the free games too.)
  • Don’t allow.

You can also set a rating for games that you want the child to be able to download onto their phone, including the option to allow your child to download unrated games. You’ll need to turn on the Game rating filter to view the rating settings.

That’s it. You can follow the same steps outlined in this tutorial to add other kids to the My Family page.

The My Family feature in Windows Phone 8 looks to be a mighty useful tool to keep your kids safe from the temptations of spending as well as viewing stuff that are harmful for them.

Have you created your Windows Phone Family account feature? How effective has it been in managing your kids app downloads?

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  1. Posted by Mia Wallace

    Thanks for this comprehensive guide. Helped a lot!

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