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, AUS, CA.
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 aka.ms/privacy).
You asked for more flexible options when approving screen time requests, and we listened! Now you can approve a customised number of extra minutes in addition to the default options.
To help your family have safer online experiences, we'll flag potentially concerning search terms from your child's Edge activity (English terms only). This feature is in preview, so please help us improve by tapping on a term to tell us if it should or shouldn't be flagged.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
Not encountered the problems others have
I’m pretty happy with the app. It does what I need it to and can control whether my son can use his PC for homework or games. Hint: turn off the MS Store and forbid websites except for those you approve.
It would be useful if I could switch between sets of approved apps/games and turn them all on or off with one button. Thus I could flip the computer into homework and free time modes.
Data Linked to You
The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:
- Contact Info
- User Content
- Usage Data
Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More
- Microsoft Corporation
- 141.6 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2021 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
- In-App Purchases
- Microsoft 365 Family Monthly £7.99
- Microsoft 365 Family Annual £79.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.