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How to restrict content access on Xbox One when no one is signed in

Overview

This page provides information about how to restrict access to content on your Xbox One console when no one is signed in.

Xbox One owners can let guests use their console even when no family members are signed in. You can set up the following security settings to manage the games and apps your guests can use when no one is signed in to the Xbox Live service:

  • Prevent access to inappropriate content
  • Block explicit TV
  • Restrict the ability to add or create accounts on the console

Guest keys

Xbox One allows the use of a guest key to override guest account restrictions. If a guest tries to access games and apps rated higher than the guest account’s settings allow, the console prompts for the guest key, which will allow your guest to override these restrictions if you have provided them the key.

Guest keys are useful when:

  • You don’t want your children or teenagers to sign out and use content that’s above the maturity level you’ve approved.
  • You want to make sure that the babysitter doesn’t allow the kids to play an age-inappropriate game.
  • You live with flatmates who you don’t want to sign in to your console when you’re not home.

To manage these restrictions, you’ll need to create a guest key. The guest key is a 6-digit code that you set up on your console. Only those who have the guest key can make changes.

Note Guest keys can only be managed by an adult and only on the Xbox One console.

How to use guest keys to manage content restrictions when no one is signed in

See the following pages to learn more about guest keys and managing content restrictions on your Xbox One console:

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

Learn how to set up a guest passkey and create content limits so your guests can use your Xbox One console.

You forgot the guest key on your Xbox One console

Learn what to do if you have forgotten the guest key on your Xbox One console.

Change the guest key on your Xbox One console

Learn how to change the current guest key on your Xbox One console.

Remove the guest key on your Xbox One console

Learn how to remove a guest key on your Xbox One console.

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