Microsoft Family Safety 4+

Screen time & location tracker

Microsoft Corporation

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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The Microsoft Family Safety app helps empower you and your family to create healthy habits and protect the ones you love with digital and physical safety. Get peace of mind that your family is staying a little safer while giving your kids independence.

Create a safe space for your kids to explore online. Set healthy boundaries to block inappropriate content and set browsing to kid-friendly websites using Microsoft Edge on Windows, Xbox, and Android. Get notified when your kids want to download a more mature app or game from the Microsoft Store with age limits, keeping you in the know and helping to avoid surprises.

Develop healthy digital habits and provide transparency into your family's activities. View your kids’ weekly activity to help start a conversation about online activity. Set device limits across Xbox and Windows. Or if your kids will be on devices longer for things like online learning, set time limits on specific apps or games on Xbox, Windows, or Android.

Stay connected offline with location sharing. Use the family tracker to stay informed on where your family is and share your location. Plus, save frequently visited places like work and school.

Plus, with a Microsoft 365 Family subscription, get location alerts when someone leaves or arrives at their location, and use drive safety to build better habits behind the wheel. Get insights on how your family is doing on the road, including how many times they use their phone while driving, their top speed, and even the number of times they brake hard.

Microsoft Family Safety features:

Screen time – Develop healthy digital habits
• Set screen time app and game limits on Xbox, Windows, Android
• Set device time limits on Xbox and Windows
• View activity summary of screen time and online usage
• Get notifications if a user requests more time

Content filters – Explore safely with content filters
• Set web and search content filters using Microsoft Edge
• Block inappropriate apps and games

Family location tracker - Locate your loved ones
• GPS location sharing to locate your family
• Track locations and save frequently visited locations
• Location alerts when someone arrives or departs a location (premium benefit)

Driving reports - Build better habits behind the wheel
• Driving reports to see top speed, hard breaking, acceleration, phone usage (premium benefit)
• Drive history to see driving events along route (premium benefit)

Your privacy is important to us. We work around the clock to protect your data and information to help you keep your family safe. For example, we do not sell or share your location data with insurance companies or data brokers. We provide you with meaningful choices about how and why data is collected and used, and give you the information you need to make the choices that are right for you and your family.

Subscription & Privacy Disclaimer

Unlock the full Microsoft Family Safety experience with a qualifying Microsoft 365 Family subscription to enable location alerts and drive safety features, all other features free and available to download with the app. Location tracking and driving safety require location permissions be active; driving safety is only available in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland.

Monthly Microsoft 365 subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your App Store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand. You can manage your subscriptions in your App Store account settings.

Microsoft Family Safety is subject to the privacy terms (see

What’s New

Version 1.24.1

- Feature improvements around location-based features.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
356 Ratings

356 Ratings

honest jake ,

It’s stopped working! Oh, now it’s ok.

I’ve been using the app for several years to set time limits and grant extra time for my son. Yesterday the app just stopped working - wouldn’t connect or refresh the page, and showed a message: “an error occurred, please try again later”. I did try again later and it still doesn’t work. I deleted the app and reinstalled it, and now I can even set it up. Can’t get past the first page. Please fix this!

Update on 14th December 2021: it’s back working again! Apparently there were network problems.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for reaching out . There was a reported network outage affecting some regions that started December 8, 2021, impacting the Family Safety app. It should have been resolved as of December 13, 2021 around 12 PM PST. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Should you continue to experience issues, please let us know

Again, thank you for reporting this. This really help us a lot in identifying issues like this for us to make continuous improvement.

Laurence Cope ,

It either has a bug that removes limits OR kids can disable it when your not looking due to no PIN

The limits keep disappearing in the app! So my kids stay on their devices much longer than they should. I have to keep recreating them. Either it has a bug and the limits randomly delete OR due to it not having a PIN protection my daughter secretly removes them when she “borrows” my phone for something. Either way it needs sorting out because very frequently the limits are gone and my kids keep playing so it’s not doing what it claims it does. ALSO…. My kids are too young to drive by 7 years so STOP suggesting I pay to track their driving!! I want to get rid of it, I don’t need it. The app asks “does your family drive?” but doesn’t actually let me say “no so go away”!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for using Family Safety! Sorry to hear you're experiencing this issue. If you could send us more details and logs from the app by tapping on the App Menu/Home > Help and Feedback > Send feedback > I Don’t Like Something > Attach/Include Logs/Diagnostics, we’ll take a look. Thank you!

Mr Cookie ,


This app is a useless and frustrating waste of space. The most valuable thing it could do would be to allow the parent or guardian to manage their child’s additional screen time requests - which Microsoft still only enables you to receive archaically via email - why not as a notification? But even worse, every time you click on a request from a child, Microsoft helpfully tell you there is “an app for this” then promptly take you to their Family Safety website - not the app you have faithfully downloaded, installed snd logged into (which may or not require re-authentication given that as a working parent I may have to be logged into my corporate Microsoft on my phone). This app makes giving children additional time on PCs and Xboxes a real chore. Terrible and so easily fixable.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for using Family Safety! Sorry to hear you're experiencing this issue. If you could send us more details and logs from the app by tapping on the App Menu/Home > Help and Feedback > Send feedback > I Don’t Like Something > Attach/Include Logs/Diagnostics, we’ll take a look. Thank you!

App Privacy

The developer, Microsoft Corporation, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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