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Xbox Family Settings app gets big upgrade to control children's spending

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Xbox Family Sharing App (Image credit: Xbox)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has updated its Xbox Family Settings app for iOS.
  • It brings new controls to help limit child spending on the platform.
  • You can now set spending limits and view account balances, as well as spending history.

Microsoft has updated its Xbox Family Settings app for iOS, bringing controls for children's spending to devices like the iPhone 12.

Microsoft announced the changes in a press release Tuesday stating (opens in new tab):

One of the top pieces of feedback we've received from parents about the Xbox Family Settings app is to include options to track and manage kids' spending. Feedback has ranged from "I'd like to add money to my child's account as a reward for good grades on their report card. Can I do this from the app?" to "I want to give my kid an allowance to spend money on games through the app," and "How do I manage how much money my son can spend while he's gaming? I don't want any surprises!"

Microsoft has introduced new spending limits to the app so you can decide exactly how much your children can spend on the Microsoft store and in-game. There's also a new 'Ask to Buy' feature which will notify you when your child tries to make a purchase without sufficient funds. A new account balance will show you exactly how much money your child has in their account, and spending history does exactly what you'd expect.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.