Microsoft launched a new Xbox Family Settings app in preview back in May that gave parents a way to enforce game time limits and monitor gaming content for their children, right from Android or iOS. This removed the hassle of heading to the web portal to manage game limits and the like. Today, the company announced that the Xbox Family Settings app is now generally available on Android and iOS, adding that it is just in time for the new school year.
With the app, users can enforce time limits on children's games on a daily or weekly basis. The app also sends activity reports that help gauge console usage. Additionally, the firm has added the ability to extend these limits, something that it says was highly requested. There is the option to let parents filter content availability, based on the age rating for games – to avoid children from accessing games with explicit content.
There are also new features for limiting communication with players, which lets parents block children from chatting with players other than friends. Parents can choose to let their children play E10+ rated games like Minecraft and also enable multiplayer.
In addition to these features, the Redmond giant has added the ability to accept or deny requests for extending screen time and accepting friend requests for their children right from the notifications section in the app. Caregivers can also manage users’ friend lists.
The general availability of the Xbox Family Settings app comes just a few months after the company made the Family Safety app widely available. The firm says that it plans to add more features to the offering in the future to better help parents and caregivers govern console usage and game time limits. You can head to the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here to download the app.