How to add a child account in Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you create a family and then add your child account to it. The advantage of creating a child account in Windows 10 is the ability to set up appropriate age restrictions and time limits, and make sure they are not visiting any websites or using any Windows apps or games including third-party apps that aren’t right for them. Since this is all controlled in a online environment, it is mandatory for the parent to have a Microsoft account to use the Family settings services. What more, if your kid plays games on an Xbox One, these settings will automatically apply to it as well, provided same login is used on the console. Let’s get started on how to add a child account.

Child Account

Add a child account in Windows 10

Before proceeding, your child need to have an online email account. If your child doesn’t have one, you can easily create email for him/her by visiting outlook.com (Outlook is Microsoft free email service and it’s good to be in their ecosystem for better integration with Windows). Make sure to input correct date of birth while account creation. Microsoft takes the birth year to convert/make the child account.

1. Click ‘Action Center’ icon and ‘All Settings’.

Action Center

Action Center

2. Click ‘Accounts’.

3. In the left pane, click ‘Family & other users’ and then click ‘Add a family member’.

Add a family member

Add a family member

4. You got two options: you can add an existing kid’s email ID or if you don’t have one click ‘The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address’ and Windows will ask you to go through the process of creating an outlook account.


Add a child account

Add a child account

Invitation confirmation

Invitation confirmation

5. Once the account is created, an invitation will be sent to the email ID for confirmation. Your kid must accept it in 14 days in order to login to your PC.

Accept invitation email

Accept invitation email

6. Then you need to come back to the ‘Account settings’ again and click ‘Allow’.

Allow confirmation

Allow confirmation

7. Click again ‘Allow’.

Allow your child to sign-in

Allow your child to sign-in

That’s it. Your child can now login to your PC with limited access rights to the internet content and apps. Stay tuned to us. You will be seeing full coverage on how to manage your child account, setup filters, screen time etc. in forthcoming articles.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.