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How to Use Parental Controls on Xbox One and Xbox 360

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Feb 15, 2019 04:07 pm tips_icon Parental Control

Xbox is the flagship gaming console designed and manufactured by Microsoft. It is one of the best gaming consoles ever made. The first generation of the console was called the Xbox then it was upgraded to Xbox360 and with the latest upgrade, it comes to us with the name Xbox One. You will be able to play all the latest games with this console and a few new features were also added. It will let you access the internet, use the social networking sites and use it as a cable box as well. Along with the Xbox one parental controls are also available to make sure that your kid plays with age-appropriate games within the limited time, and this article focuses on how to use parental controls on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

children are playing xbox

Part 1: What you can do with Xbox Parental Controls

Xbox is a state of the art gaming console and you will be able to play the latest games and the visuals are simply amazing. So, the parental control settings are also as great as the device. You can do a lot of stuff from the settings.

  • Select specific games for your underage kids, which are not too exposing or too violent, based on ERBC rating.

  • You can also specify which movies and TV-shows can be watched by your kid.

  • Specify the number of hours for each family member to use the Xbox.

  • You can even use the lock feature, to make sure that a specific family member won't be able to access the Xbox Live.

Part 2: How to Set Up Parental Controls for Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is one of the best gaming consoles in the industry and perfectly suited for your kid. But you also need to remember that the device is very addictive and as a parent, it is your duty to limit the access to the console otherwise they will play all the time.

Fortunately, Xbox parental controls are available for you. You will be able to limit the playing time, change several features and some particular games will be inaccessible and there are also several social gaming functions available. Here's how to access:

Step 1: You need to turn on the console and navigate to Settings. From there select Family square.

select family from xbox console

Step 2: If your kid already has a profile then it will be visible there.

Step 3: Now, in order to activate parental control, click on "Content Control". Turn it on! If you had set a passcode for it previously then you will be asked for it

turn on content control

Step 4: A pre-selected settings will be available there but you can also change them individually.

There you have successfully changed the content control settings but you have to also change the online settings.

Step 1:  Click on your kid's profile and go to Privacy & Online Settings.

change from privacy and online settings

Step 2: View the settings and customize then as per your need.

customize xbox360 settings

Step 3: After you have changed the setting for every individual option, enter the password for your adult account. Now, save the changed settings.

It will take some time for the changed settings to take charge. So, don't worry! Basically, setting up the parental control on Xbox 360 is very easy and simple. It has multiple options that you can go for.

Part 3: How to Set Up Parental Controls for Xbox One

The new Xbox One is a very versatile device. Not only gaming, it can also be used for a cable box, a music player and even as an online communication device; though there is still a lot more variation available.

Essentially, it means that the device comes with a lot more content than its previous version. The huge number of contentthat comes with the device, all of them may not be appropriate for the younger members of the family. But don't worry; all you have to do is to set up parental controls on the device.

Here's how to set parental controls on Xbox One;

Step 1: Log in to your Xbox One and press the Xbox button.

Step 2: You need to use your controller to go to "System" followed by "Settings" and then go to "Account".

change from settings

Step 3: Go to "Privacy & Online Safety" and choose "Xbox Live Privacy".

change the settings

Step 4: Now, just customize the settings and save before you quit.

Or if you are doing it for you child then;

Go to "Family Settings" then "Manage Family Member" then select your kid's profile that you need to update and then choose "Privacy & Online Safety".

customize for your kid

So, basically, all these tools will make sure that all the members of your family will get an Xbox One experience suitable for them. If your kid is spending too much time with the console then you can also set Xbox one parental controls time limit.


Overall both Xbox One and Xbox 360 are very popular gaming consoles ever made. If you any one of them then your kid will be able to play the latest games and both of these come with very strict parental controls that you can set according to your child's need. A lot of parent's ask "how to put parental controls on Xbox One", as the procedure is significantly more complicated than its predecessor but all the important details are on this guide so you will have no problem using it anymore.

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Feb 15, 2019 ( Updated: Feb 15, 2019 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.