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How to Manage Parental Consent, Family Settings and Realms/Multiplayer Access for a Child Account

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, Minecraft: Java Edition, Minecraft Dungeons and Minecraft Realms (Bedrock and Java Edition) require an Xbox Live or Microsoft account even if you're not playing on Xbox or another Microsoft platform. Parents can set up and manage these accounts for their kids too.

Please note that Minecraft: Bedrock Edition players on Xbox consoles are required to have an Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass subscription in order to access multiplayer features.

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IMPORTANT: Child accounts are all accounts for those under the age of 16 for the US & EU, 19 for South Korea. If there isn't an adult account associated with the child account, the adult must make a Microsoft account and associate the already-created child account with it. Only parent accounts can modify settings. 

What is a Microsoft Account?  

It’s an account that’s used to verify your access to computers and Microsoft services and applications. If you use any of these services, you have a Microsoft account:

· XboxLive 

· Store 

· Outlook 

· Bing 

· Office 

· Windows 

· Skype 

· MSN 

· OneDrive 


Your Microsoft account lets you manage everything all in one place. If you need a Microsoft account, you can sign up for one at no cost. See What is a Microsoft account? for more. 

Sign Up for a Free Microsoft Account 

  1. Go to https://xbox.com and click Sign In,mceclip0.png  at the top right of the page.  
  2. In the Sign In box, click Create one! 
  3. Choose an email account to use. To create a new email account, choose Get a new email address.   
  4. Follow the instructions to create your account. 
  5. Verify that the notification email you receive shows the correct email address for the account. 
  6. Log in to Xbox.com with your new email address and password. You should see your Gamertag in the top right.  

Set Up and Manage Your Child’s Xbox Live or Microsoft Account 

  Click https://account.microsoft.com/family/

  1. Click Create a family group.  
  2. In the Add Someone box, click Create an account,  
  3. Start in the Create an account for child box and then follow the instructions to create the account. 
  4. Once created, edit the parental settings as needed. 

Note: You can find additional parental settings at https://account.xbox.com/settings

Family Account Management and Child Account Set Up 

The Parent/Guardian must be signed in with MSA to Manage a Family Account, to then access the page where they will create a Family Group, to begin with.  

How to create a family group?  

  1. Click https://account.microsoft.com/family/.  
  2. Click Create a family group.   
  3. In the Add Someone box, click Create an account,   
  4.  Start in the Create an account for child box and then follow the instructions to create the account.  
    • If your child does not already have a Microsoft account, you will be prompted to create one. 
    • You will need to use an email different from the one you signed into to create the family group. 
  5. Once created, edit the parental settings as needed.  

Note: You can find additional parental settings at https://account.xbox.com/settings  

Xbox Family Settings App 

The Xbox Family Settings app is an easy way for adults to manage their children’s gaming activities on Xbox consoles and PC. You can modify your family group settings and access additional parental controls for your children from the app. See Xbox Family Settings App for more information. 

Set and Edit Parental Controls for Your Child’s Account 

You can set some parental controls which are associated with your Microsoft account while managing that account, however you have additional controls available through Xbox. 

  1. Go to https://account.xbox.com/settings
  2. Click the account you want to edit. You should see your child’s Gamertag in the top right.  

Note: The settings that display Xbox 360 after them are not specific to the Xbox 360, This is an indicator that the options were accessible from the Xbox 360 console. The settings apply to that Microsoft account across all devices. 

Account Set up to Enable Join Multiplayer Games, Join Clubs or Access Realms  

  1. Log in to https://account.xbox.com/settings with the parent’s Microsoft account. 
  2. Click the child account's profile. 
  3. In the navigation tabs, click Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 devices Online Safety
  4. Select Allow for You can create and join clubs, and You can join multiplayer games.  




To enable chat for people not on the child's friends list

 In the table header:

  1. Click Privacy
  2. Select Others can communicate with voice, text, or invites.

Note: This option determines who can see your child’s messages and send your child’s messages including in-game chat in Minecraft. These settings are specific to this account. 




  1. Click Submit

Account Set up to Enable Adding and Removing Friends 

  1. Log in to https://account.xbox.com/settings with the parent’s Microsoft account. 
  2. Click the child account's profile. 
  3. In the navigation tabs click Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 devices Online Safety
  4. Select Allow for You can add friends
  5. Press Submit



How to Enable 'Require Approval for Every Purchase'

If you are purchasing Minecraft: Java Edition or Minecraft Dungeons for a child/minor you may encounter the error that says your account requires a parent or guardian's approval to buy things.

In order to allow for the purchase to complete, you will need to disable Require Approval for Every Purchase in your Family Safety settings. You can do so by logging into the parent/guardian account for your family group and following Microsoft's Spending limits in Family Safety guide.

After disabling this setting, please try your purchase again. If you want to make sure your child can't purchase additional things on their own, be sure to enable Require Approval for Every Purchase again once you've made the purchase. 


Last Updated - 2023-02-07 14:32:42 UTC

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