How to Set up Parental Controls in Windows 11

Restrict online access, manage screen time, and more

What to Know

  • You and your child both need Microsoft accounts (not local accounts).
  • Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other Users > Add a Family Member (Add Account) > Create one for a child > create an account.
  • To adjust parental controls, go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other Users > Manage family settings online, and log in.

This article explains how to set up parental controls in Windows 11, including how to restrict your child’s access to websites, limit screen time, and more.

How to Set up Parental Controls in Windows 11

To set up parental controls in Windows 11, you and your child will both need to have Microsoft accounts. Yours will be a parent account, and theirs will be a child account that’s tied to yours. As the parent account holder, you can turn on parental controls and view reports related to your child’s activity.

Turn on the administrator account or make sure your account is an administrator. Don’t let your child know your password to prevent them from making unwanted changes, resetting your PC, or turning off parental controls.

Here’s how to set up parental controls in Windows 11:

  1. Right click the Windows icon on the taskbar.

    The Windows icon highlighted on the Windows 11 taskbar.
  2. Click Settings.

    Settings highlighted in Windows 11.
  3. Click Accounts.

    Accounts highlighted in Windows 11 settings.
  4. Click Family & other users.

    Family & other users highlighted in Windows 11 account settings.
  5. Click Add a family member.

    Family & other users highlighted in Windows 11 account settings.
  6. Click Create one for a child.

    Create one for a child highlighted in the Windows 11 add an account menu.
  7. Enter an email address for your child, and click Next.

    New email and Next highlighted in the Microsoft account creation menu.

    If you aren't already logged into your own Microsoft account, you will have to do so first. Parental controls are not available if you don't have a Microsoft account.

  8. Enter a password, and click Next.

    Create password and Next highlighted in the Windows 11 account creation menu.
  9. Enter a name, and click Next.

    Next and name field highlighted in Microsoft account creation.
  10. Enter a birthday, and click Next.

    Next and birthday field highlighted in Microsoft account creation.

    Windows 11 will use the birthday you enter to generate automatic restrictions based on age.

  11. The child account will now be associated with your Microsoft account, and a pop-up will appear to show that the process has finished.

    A Windows 11 account message indicating that a child account has been added.

How to Use Parental Controls in Windows 11 to Block Websites and More

Once you have set up at least one child account, you can limit their access to websites and apps, limit screen time, and receive weekly reports about their activities.

If you have multiple children, you can make one account for them to share or set up multiple accounts and then tailor the parental controls and screen time limits for each child. If you create multiple child accounts, you will be able to access the settings for each account using the method described below, even though the example only has a single child account.

Here’s how to use the parental controls in Windows 11:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users, like you did in the previous section.

    Family & other users highlighted in Windows 11 account settings.
  2. Click Manage family settings online or remove an account.

    Manage family settings online or remove account highlighted in Windows 11 account settings.
  3. In the Your Family section, click your child's account icon.

    Child profile icon (center icon under "your family") highlighted on the Microsoft Family Safety site.

    Your child's account icon will be located to the right of yours.

  4. This is the Windows 11 parental control settings page, where you can view an overview of your settings. Click Screen time to set screen time limits for your child.

    Screen time highlighted on the Microsoft Family Safety site.
  5. This is the Windows 11 screen time management page. Click Turn limits on for a specific device, or click the Use one schedule on all devices toggle to set universal screen time limits.

    "Turn Limits On" and "Use one schedule on all devices" highlighted on the Microsoft Family Safety site.
  6. Click a day to set screen time limits.

    The device limit schedule in screen time settings in Microsoft parental controls.
  7. Set the desired screen time limits and the hours your child should be able to use the computer, and click Done.

    The day, time, and Done highlighted in the time limit management screen in Microsoft parental controls.
  8. Click Content filters to limit your child's access to websites and apps.

    Content filters highlighted in Microsoft parental controls.
  9. This is the content filters management page. Click the Filter inappropriate websites and searches toggle if it isn't on already. To only allow access to specific websites, click the Only use allowed websites toggle.

    "Filter inappropriate" and "Only use allowed websites" highlighted in Microsoft parental controls.
  10. Click Add a website to add a website to allow access to a specific site.

    Add a website highlighted in Microsoft parental controls.
  11. Type the address of a website, and click +.

    A website entered with the + highlighted in Microsoft parental controls web filter settings.
  12. You can also control access to apps here. Scroll up and click Apps and games.

    Apps and games highlighted in Microsoft parental control content filters.
  13. Click the apps and games up to age menu, and select an age limit to allow your child to access appropriate apps.

    The Apps and games rated up to menu highlighted in Microsoft parental controls.
  14. If your child wants to use a specific app, you will receive a notification. Approve the app, and it will appear in the allowed apps section of this page. You can also allow and block specific apps. To allow an automatically blocked app, click Remove.

    Allowed apps and Remove highlighted in Microsoft parental control app filtering.
  15. You can also set spending limits for your child, or prevent them from purchasing apps. Click Spending.

    Spending highlighted in Microsoft parental controls.

    The final option, Find my Child, is a link to the Microsoft Family Safety app. Download that app if you want to use the Find my Child feature.

  16. Doing this brings you to the spending settings page. Make sure both toggles are on if you want to approve any purchases in the Microsoft Store and if you want to receive an email any time your child downloads an app or game. If you're going to give them an allowance to spend, you can click Add money and add funds to their Microsoft Store wallet.

    Needs organizer approval to buy things, email me when they get stuff, and add money highlighted in Microsoft parental controls.

Does Microsoft Have Parental Controls?

Microsoft offers a fairly robust set of parental controls in Windows 11 that you can use to control your child’s activity on your computer. These built-in parental controls allow you to block your children from accessing harmful websites, set limits on screen time, view activity reports to see how and when your child is using the computer, and oversee app and game purchases.

For the parental controls to work, your child needs to log into Windows 11 using the account you create for them. If you leave your account logged in, the child will have full access to Windows 11.

When the child logs into their account, the controls will limit their access to the internet, apps, and the amount of screen time they're allowed to use according to automatic settings based on their age. You can also customize all of these settings to your specifications.

Windows 11 parental controls are only in effect on compatible devices. If you want to safeguard all your devices instead of just your Windows devices, set up a router with parental controls.

FAQ
  • How do I disable parental controls in Windows 10?

    To disable parental controls in Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > Accounts > Family & Other People. Select Manage Family Settings Online, log in if prompted, and select the child's account. Under each category, such as Activity, Screen Time, and App Limits, remove any previously set parameters.

  • How do I set up parental controls in Windows 10?

    To set up parental controls in Windows 10, go to Start > Settings > Accounts > Family and Other Users. Select Add a Family Member > Add a Child, enter the child's email, and fill in the rest of the requested information. After you've set up an account for your child, go to Accounts > Family & Other People > Manage Family Settings Online, and then select the child's account. Under each category, such as Activity, Screen Time, and App Limits, add your parameters.

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