How to add a family member to your Microsoft account

As my daughter grows older and starts using the computer more often, I thought it might be a good idea to create a new account for her so she can use Windows 10’s parental control features to keep track of their activities.

I had previously written about a third-party program with parental controls, but I found that Windows 10 works pretty well and is easier to use as it is integrated. Before you can start using any parental control features, however, you must first create a new family member account for your child.

In this article, I will explain the steps to create a new Microsoft Family Member account. You need to make sure that you already have a Microsoft account and that you are signed in to Windows with that Microsoft account. Unfortunately, if you use a local account to sign in to Windows, you will not be able to use any of the family protection features.

Create a Microsoft family member account

There are two ways to add a family member to your account: using the Windows Settings dialog box or using the Microsoft website. Since most of the options are online, I will follow the website method.

To get started, go to Family page after signing in to your Microsoft account. If no one is added yet, you’ll see a message about signing in to add a family member.

  • Once you’re signed in, you’ll be asked to choose whether you want to add a child or adult to your account.
  • If you’ve already set up a secondary account with Microsoft, just enter your email address to send the invitation. If you haven’t set up an account yet, click Create one link. You will be asked to enter your secondary account email and password.
  • If your child does not yet have an email address, you can click Get a new email address at the bottom. This will automatically create an email address @ outlook.com. If you want to create a Microsoft account with a different email address, such as @ gmail.com, you must first create that account and then start the procedure again.
  • Once you’ve entered an email address and password, you’ll be asked to enter the child’s first and last name and then their birthday.
  • On the next screen, you have to accept some terms, as you will give access to a minor. You also have the option to allow your child to use third-party applications or not. Click on Yes to continue.
  • To prove that you are an adult creating your child account, you must enter your credit card information so that it can charge you $ 0.50. Click on Confirm to accept the charge.

Once this is done, an invitation will be emailed to the child’s email address. You can open it yourself or have your child open it and click the button Accept the invitation button. You will be prompted to sign in to your Microsoft account and will be officially added later.

Finally, if you sign in to your adult Microsoft account and go to the Family page, you should now see that a new family member has been added. He will also say Pending member until the invitation is accepted.

You will also receive a notification in the Action Center on your Windows 10 computer stating that your child has been added as a family member. That’s all! Now all you need to do is make sure your child is signed in to Windows using their new account so that they can use the parental control settings. In my next post, I will examine how to set up the different controls and how to control the activity. Enjoy!

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