New Xbox app for parents lets you log kids off and set time limits from anywhere


MICROSOFT has launched an app that lets parents keep control of their children’s Xbox habit.

It’s called Xbox Family Settings and makes it possible to set game time limits – and even kick a child off the console remotely.

The app lets you limit how much time your child spends on their Xbox

The tool makes it much easier to keep track of your child’s digital wellbeing.

There are 20 different features, including limits, filters and settings that stop your kid from talking to strangers online.

It’s available to download on both iPhone and Android, and is completely free to use.

“Safety is a huge priority at Xbox, and we’ve worked for years to offer families tools to find the right balance of gaming in their lives and to fit their unique needs,” said Microsoft’s Dave McCarthy.

The child can request more time – but you can accept or deny them

“We believe that especially now, gaming plans an important role to help connect friend and family and have fun while staying home.

“The app makes it easy to find the right balance of gaming time that feels right for your family.”

One of the key features in screen time limits.

This lets you set limits for each day of the week, including adding bonus time on weekends.

Alternatively, you can reduce the time limit on school days – kicking your child off the Xbox after a few hours, if you choose.

You can also set content filters based on the age of each child.

For instance, you could make sure than an 8-year-old is only able to access E-rated games – and nothing that’s more mature.

It’s also possible to block access to play and communication with other players.

You can limit to “friends only”, or you could let older children play with “everyone”.

Parents will also get daily and weekly activity reports, which detail how each child is spending their time on the Xbox.

The child can also interact with the app, too.

For instance, a child can request to extend the console screen time limit for the day – which can be approved or denied by the parent.

The app is currently in “preview” mode, so it’s available to any Android user – and the first 10,000 people on iOS.

You can get it here:

  • Xbox Family Settings (iOS) – download here
  • Xbox Family Settings (Android) – download here

In other news, we’re expecting a major PS5 announcement on June 3.

You can check your Xbox addiction over the past 10 years with the new ‘My Decade on Xbox’ tool.

And take a look at this incredible Xbox Project Oris concept console.

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