What you need to know
- Microsoft's Family Safety tools are coming to iOS and Android.
- An extention of the tools already available on Windows 10 and Xbox.
- Part of a larger announcement around the new Microsoft 365 announcement.
Microsoft has today announced that it is bringing its rich set of family safety tools to Android and iOS, extending support beyond Windows 10 and Xbox. Microsoft's Family Safety features have been part of Windows 10 and Xbox for a while, and are managed using Microsoft's online family safety website. Now that these tools are coming to iOS and Android, users will be able to manage family safety on the go as well.
Microsoft Family Safety empowers families to help protect their loved ones by giving them the tools and insights to start a conversation promoting healthier habits online and in the real world. The new Microsoft Family Safety app is the only app that manages screen time across Windows PCs, Android, and Xbox while also giving you peace of mind when your kids aren't home.
The app will allow parents to monitor their childrens online safety, blocking access to risky websites and apps, setting screen time and spending limits, as well as tracking their browsing history and location to ensure they've safely arrived at their destination. The app for iOS and Android will be launching in preview in the next few months, but you can already start usng the suite of tools on Windows 10 and Xbox using the online website.
While the app is launching on iOS as well, it'll have limited capabilites for on-device safety as iOS is a locked down platform. This means you won't be able to control things such as app access and screen time using Microsoft's Family Safety tools on an iOS device. Those features only work on Windows, Xbox, and Android. iOS users will be able to monitor other devices, however.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Minecraft Dungeons lead talks its next DLC and the future endgame
We talk Minecraft Dungeons’ recent Jungle Awakens DLC, the Creeping Winter expansion, and future endgame plans with game director, Måns Olson.
Fix up your Xbox Elite Controller with these parts
Need some replacement parts for your Xbox One Elite Controller? From new paddles, grips, bumpers, thumbsticks, and more, we have you covered.
Hands-on with Windows 10 build 20161 showcasing the new Start menu
Yesterday, Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 that includes an updated Start menu design with translucent Live Tiles, improvements to Notifications, and behavior changes to things like Tablet Mode and the Taskbar. It's been a while since Microsoft released a build with any surface-level changes, but now it's finally happened, we're back showcasing all the changes on video.
10 must-have apps for any new PC
You just purchased a new PC and set it up, and now you're looking for some great apps. Look no further. These are the best apps for your new Windows 10 PC.