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Set up a guest key and limits on your Xbox One console

When no one is signed in on your Xbox One console, you can use a guest key to allow access to content.

You can set parameters around what content can be viewed on your Xbox One when no one is signed in. To manage these limits, you'll need to create a guest key. The guest key is a 6-digit code that you set up on the console. Only those who have the guest key can make changes.

There may be people that you want to allow to bypass these limits. For example, the house sitter who will be staying in the house while you're on holiday. If they do not have their own Xbox Live account, you can leave them the guest key.

Create a guest key

It's easy to create a guest key on Xbox One. Here's how:

  1. Scroll left from Home to open the guide.
The Xbox One Home screen with the Guide displayed
  1. Select Settings.
The Settings icon on the Guide is selected, and the Settings menu is displayed.
  1. Select All Settings.
The Guide is displayed on the Xbox One Home screen, the Setting menu is displayed, and the 'All Settings' option is highlighted.
  1. Select Signed-out content restrictions.
The All Settings screen on Xbox One, with the 'Signed-out content restrictions' option highlighted
  1. Select Create a guest key.
The 'Signed-out content restrictions' screen, with the 'Create a guest key' option highlighted
  1. Use your controller to create a 6-digit passkey. Make sure that you use something that you'll remember but that can't be guessed by others.
The 'Set your passkey screen', which includes a number pad

Grant access to content & apps

After you create your guest key, you can set parameters around what content can be viewed on your Xbox One when no one is signed in. Here's how:

  1. Select Access to content & apps.
The 'Signed-out content restrictions' screen, with the 'Access to content' option highlighted.
  1. Scroll down to select the age-appropriate content level you want to allow your guests to use. Age-appropriate ratings are determined by your location. A description of what is available at each age level is shown on the right of the screen. Press B  on your controller when finished.
Age category settings are displayed, with the 'Appropriate up to age 14' option highlighted.
  1. For any setting other than “Unrestricted,” you have the option to choose whether to hide age-inappropriate listings in searches for apps and content or in the Store. Press B  on your controller when finished.
The 'Guest access to content and apps' screen, with the 'Hide listings in search, stores, & apps' option highlighted
  1. Explicit TV is blocked by default. If you want to change this setting, select Unblock explicit TV, and then press B  on your controller when finished.
The 'Unblock explicit TV?' confirmation screen, with options for 'Unblock explicit TV' and 'Cancel', which is highlighted.
  1. By default, your console allows new accounts to be downloaded or created when no one is signed in to the console. To block this feature, make sure that the Let people download & make new accounts option is not selected.
The 'Signed-out content restrictions' screen, with the option to 'Let people download and make new accounts' highlighted but its check box deselected

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