20 July 2021
Xbox Family Settings is a handy companion app for parents to keep a tab on their children's gaming activities. One can add multiple family members to track them individually. The team has now added new features to help parents keep an eye on children's spending on Xbox games. It includes transactions related to gaming titles as well as in-game purchases.
The first feature is that parents can now add funds to children's accounts. It ensures that they do not end up spending a lot more than they should be. It will save parents from receiving inflated credit card bills as we know that in-game purchases can run into thousands of dollars, especially by getting accumulated. The app currently offers $10, $15, $25, $50, $75, and $100 as preset amount options for adding funds.
The Xbox team has added the "Ask to Buy" option for times when the children are trying to make a transaction that goes beyond the allotted fund. If enabled, parents will receive a notification alerting them about the action. It is then up to parents whether to approve or decline. They will need to make the payment on the children's behalf if they wish to proceed.
The other two features include the ability to check total available funds as well as spending history. The latter option will show the history of recent transactions so that you can track what they are spending on, how much, and how often. All of these features are available with the latest Xbox Family Settings app version. It is available for both Android and iOS devices as a free download.