Microsoft Family Safety app, which has been available in limited preview since May, has been launched for all on Android and iOS. The app by Microsoft will allow users to monitor and manage their family members’ screen usage time and activity to ensure healthier digital habits. It is designed to protect the family’s digital and physical safety. Users can add filters to limit or block browsing on specific sites; they can also opt to receive reports on app usage and screen time.
Finally, Microsoft has released Family Safety app for the masses. As listed on Google Play Store, the app is currently on version number 188.8.131.523 and is compatible with Android 6.0 and later versions to run. On the app store, the app weighs 115.8MB and requires iOS 11 and later OS versions to work.
The family safety app can be used in several ways.
The Microsoft Family Safety app allows parents to set up limits for screen time, which can be extended by a period of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours, if necessary. Microsoft first announced the development of the app back in March, and it was available for limited preview from May. Weekly summaries by Microsoft Family Safety will give summaries on app usage and most frequented websites.
Using the Microsoft Family Safety app, kids can see the same activity reports what parents can see. Also, parents can control who the kids are sharing their data with, knowingly or unknowingly.
It also lets you experience Activity reporting which includes controlling the screen time, top websites visited, and terms kids are searching for online. You will receive an email summary each week as well. It also has set up of screen time limits across Windows and Xbox devices.
As for content controls, Microsoft Family Safety app gives you the flexibility to place filters on search and web or block mature content on Microsoft Edge browser. You can get notified when the kid wants to download an app or a game from the Microsoft Store with age limits.
Lastly, one can locate the other user of the connected user and even save the places they visit the most like home, school, work and others.