Xbox Family Sharing app arrives on iOS and Android today

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Friday, 25 September 2020 21:56

I wrote – Menna Allah Gamal:

Since the pandemic began, games have provided a way to stay in touch, but even Microsoft knows that too much of a good thing can be harmful and that games should be part of a balanced life, and with that in mind, the official Xbox Family Sharing app is coming out.

Available for iOS and Android, the app allows parents and caregivers to create accounts for children and teens, set screen time limits by day of the week, accept or decline friend requests, and more.

Microsoft released a preview of the app in May, and since then, it has given caregivers more control over their children’s friend lists and made it possible for caregivers to give more screen time.

Children and teens simply send a request to an adult, and that person can accept or decline the screen time increase, an adult can

Set content filters, and they’ll get daily and weekly screen time reports for each child.

As promised, Microsoft will allow young children to play Minecraft with the consent of the caregiver. Minecraft is rated E10 +, but the Xbox Family Sharing app includes a toggle switch that allows children under the age of 10 to play with their friends, and Microsoft said it may add similar functions to other games in the future.

The app works with Windows and Xbox One now, and will work with the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S when they arrive in November.





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