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Xbox One

Follow the steps below on this page, or in the downloadable guide to the right, to help ensure your children can only access content that is appropriate for them.

For instructions in Spanish, please visit our Setting Parental Controls in Spanish page.

Setting Xbox One Parental Controls Instructions:

  1. On Xbox One, manage parental controls by selecting "Settings" and then choosing "Privacy and online safety."

  2. Select a family member to customize their individual settings.

  3. Adjust controls for what your children can see by setting "Content restrictions." These settings use a numerical scale that matches what would be considered appropriate for a certain age based on ESRB game ratings and other content rating systems.

    • For example, if you set your child's content restrictions to '11,' she will be able to play games rated up to E10+ but not T or M.

    • Content restrictions make it easy for parents to choose one setting and control the games, movies, TV and music that are appropriate for their children.

Setting Spending Limits

Parents can set limits for their children to help manage how much they can spend on purchasing games and in-game content through the Microsoft Store on Xbox One. You can follow these simple steps to set up spending limits:

Via the Xbox One

  1. Sign in with an adult account on the console.

  2. Press the circular "Xbox" button in the center of the controller to open the guide, then select "System." On the next screen, select "Settings," then "Account," and finally "Family."

  3. Choose the child's account on which you'd like to set the limits.

  4. Select "Privacy & online safety," then "Xbox Live privacy," then "View details & customize," and finally "Buy & download."

  5. Select "On" from the drop-down to activate the feature and set a limit for the selected child's account.

Via your Online Microsoft Account

  1. Find your child's name and select "Content restrictions".

  2. Switch "Needs adult approval to buy things" to "On."

  3. Approve or deny their requests through email or on account.microsoft.com/family.

NOTE: Children will still be able to make purchases with gift cards and funds that parents put into their account. The account holder will always receive an email whenever a purchase is made via the Xbox Store.

You can also:

  • Choose settings about what your child can do and with whom they can share and communicate on Xbox Live, Microsoft's online service.

  • Enable web filtering to control what can be accessed through Internet Explorer on Microsoft Xbox One® Xbox One.

  • Give permission for your child to play games or use apps that would ordinarily be restricted based on their settings.

  • Hide restricted content (e.g., downloadable games, trailers and demos) in the Xbox Store.


  • With Xbox One, the experience is personalized for each user. Since parental controls are also set for each individual user, it is important that each family member has their own Microsoft Account. You can create and manage your child's account at http://xbox.com.

  • To help protect the settings they have chosen for their families, adults should choose a passkey (a six-digit PIN) and require it to log into the adult account. They should also be sure to sign out of their account when they are not using the console.

For more on Xbox One privacy and online safety settings, visit: http://support.xbox.com.

Microsoft Xbox 360®

  1. In the Xbox dashboard, under "My Xbox," scroll to and select "Family Settings." To activate parental controls, select "On."

  2. Select "Ratings and Content," and then "Game Ratings." Select the maximum ESRB rating level you deem appropriate for your children by pressing the green A button.

  3. Once you are finished adjusting the various settings, press the red B button to return to the main "Console Safety" screen and select "Save and Exit." If you have not yet set your pass code you will be prompted to do so at this time.

You can also use "Family Settings" to:

  • Activate the "Family Timer" to limit the total amount of time the console can be used per day or week

  • Manage access to Microsoft's online service Microsoft Xbox 360® "Xbox LIVE"

  • Block access to movie DVDs by MPAA rating, television shows by TV rating, music/videos marked for explicit content and other unrated media

  • Hide restricted content (e.g., downloadable games, trailers and demos) in "Xbox LIVE Marketplace" and "Inside Xbox"

  • Allow "Game Exceptions" to specify titles that do not require a pass code to play


  • You may want to set up a separate "Xbox LIVE" account for each child in your family

For more on Xbox 360 Family Settings and step-by-step guides, visit: www.GetGameSmart.com