How to add a child account to your Windows 10 PC, in 3 steps

We’ve always found the family features and settings from Microsoft to be rather complicated and not so easy to understand. However, in Windows 10 things changed, and they changed for the better. For starters, adding a child account to your Windows 10 PC or device is a lot easier than it used to, in previous versions of Windows. A few clicks or taps, a few settings to be made, and your child can use your Windows 10 computer, safely and on your terms. Let’s start this guide in which we’ll show you the proper way to add a child account in Windows 10:

Step 1. Open the family settings

The first thing you must do is open the Settings app , and a quick way to do that is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.

Now open the Accounts settings category.

On the left side of the window, click or tap to select “Family & other people”.

On the right side of the window, click or tap on “Add a family member”.

Step 2. Add a child account

Windows 10 will open a new window, in which you’re asked whether you want to “Add a child or an adult?”. Select the “Add a child” option.

If your child already has a Microsoft account , then it means he or she has a n email address that he/she uses to sign in to Windows, Office, Outlook.com, OneDrive, Skype or Xbox. You can use the same email address to add a new account for your child on your Windows 10 PC. To do that, enter your child’s email address in the text field labeled “Enter their email address”. Then click or tap Next and jump to the next step from this tutorial.

If you child doesn’t have a Microsoft account , you will have to create one for him or her. Fortunately, you can do that right from here. Click or tap on the link “The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address”.

In the “Let’s create an account” window, enter your child’s details. You must provide his or her First name, Last name, a name for the Outlook.com email account you will create, a Password , the country in which you and your child live, and his or her Month , Day and Year of birth.

If you don’t like Outlook.com and want to use another email address from another provider in order to create a Microsoft account for your child, click or tap on the “Use your email instead” link, and enter the email addres you want.

Note that this email account must already exist in order for you to be able to use it for your child’s new Microsoft account.

Regardless if you chose to create a new Outlook.com email address or if you used an existing email from another provider, once you have entered all the details, click or tap on Next.

You will be asked to provide a Phone number that can be used by Microsoft for security reasons, if you will ever have to recover the password or unlock your child’s email account. Enter the phone number that you want to use for recovery, and then click or tap Next.

Note that, if you don’t want to give a phone number, you can choose to “Add an alternate email instead”. Click or tap on this link and enter the recovery email address you want to use. Then click or tap on Next.

Regardless of the security fallback option you chose - phone number or alternate email address - once you click or tap on Next , Microsoft will ask you if you agree that they will:

  • “Enhance their online experiences by letting Microsoft Advertising use their account information. (They can change this setting at any time.)” and
  • “Send them promotional offers from Microsoft. (They can unsubscribe at any time.)”.

To be honest, we don’t think that children should be subjected to advertisements, of any kind. That’s why we recommend that you uncheck both these options.

Step 3. Let your child know that he or she has an account on your Windows 10 PC now

If your child already had a Microsoft account, or if you just created one for him or her, Windows 10 will let you know now that you’re “Good to go!” and that your child “has been added to your family and they now have the default settings for a child their age.”. You can and should “Let [your child] know they’ll need to be connected to the internet the first time they log into the device”.

After you close the window, you will see your child’s account listed among your other family members, in the Settings app.

When your child will want to use your computer, he or she can simply sign in using his or her child account that you just created.

Conclusion

Adding a child account to your Windows 10 PC is a simple process that you can go through in just a minute or two. There’s nothing complicated about it and we like that. What we don’t like though, is the fact that you cannot create a local child account, without using a Microsoft account and an email address. A couple of years back, we remember having to confirm that we were above 12 or 13 years of age in order to be able to create an email address. It seems that’s not the case anymore. What do you think about that? On the other hand, do you like how easy it is to set up a child account in Windows 10?