The new Xbox Family Settings app is now in preview across both iOS and Android devices, helping parents easily manage their childrens’ gaming hours and access on Xbox One.
The key features offered by the app are as follows:
- Screen time limits: Set limits for each day of the week, for example, you have the ability to allow for more time on the weekends or reduce time during the school week
- Content filters: Set filters based on the age of each child; an 8-year old can only access games rated E, and will be blocked from accessing titles that are too mature
- Play and communication settings: Block all access to play and communication with other players, limit access to “friends only” or grant permission for older children to play and chat with “everyone”
- Activity reports: View daily and weekly activity reports for each child to understand how they are spending their time on Xbox
When out of preview, the app will also let parents view and manage their childrens’ friends list, approving and declining friend request through in-app notifications.
A full blog post about the app by Microsoft’s Dave McCarthy can be found here; we’ve previously discussed Xbox safety settings with McCarthy right here.