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Can one opt out of Micosoft Family?


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#1 AlgaeGreen

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 07:08 PM

My daughter and I each have a windows 10 laptops and when she got her laptop, I had her join Family.  But now that I trust her, I no longer wish to be part of Family.  It seems to be impossible to opt out of Family, and all I get from Microsoft is that I have to delete any family members before I can leave Family.  I do that, but then my daughter shows up in Family again without either one of us doing anything. I get an email from Microsoft saying that "[Daughter's Name] has joined Family.  Then she asks me to take her off Family because certain apps won't load for her without asking my permission.  This is becoming a real nuisance.  Surely there must be a  way to completely turn off the Family feature in Windows 10?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 May 2018 - 08:04 PM

See the below link. I would Remove yourself from the family after removing your daughter.

 

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/34763-child-account-add-remove-your-family-windows-10-a.html#option3

 

It's possible Microsoft changed policy as shown in the below link. It reads like a child cannot be removed unless proof of age is required but I could be wrong.

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027707/microsoft-account-remove-members-from-family

 

Last option would be to change from a Microsoft Login to a local account. I would create two, one being admin and the other user. 

 

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-switch-back-to-a-local-account-from-a-microsoft-account/



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:59 PM

Nothing I view in any of the above linked articles mentions opting out of Family completely.  It appears the only option is to create a local account.  This seems clunky to me, since I use Office 365 and One Drive. 

 

I can remove my daughter from Family, but after some time passes, I get an email stating that she has been added to Family, even though she says she doesn't do anything to initiate this.  She doesn't receive an invite from me.  She just notices one day that she can't access certain apps like Google Chrome because of Family settings.  This is so frustrating.  Why doesn't Microsoft allow people to completely opt out of Family without needing to create a local account?



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:52 AM

She just notices one day that she can't access certain apps like Google Chrome because of Family settings.  This is so frustrating.  Why doesn't Microsoft allow people to completely opt out of Family without needing to create a local account?

 

Not that I don't agree with your frustration, but don't you have a lot of latitude over just what is controlled if you're "the parent/enforcer" in a Microsoft Family?  You should be able to, for all practical intents and purposes, take all restrictions off even if the Family relationship still exists.

 

There is a lot of discussion about techniques for leaving Family:  https://duckduckgo.com/?q=leaving+Microsoft+Family&t=hg&atb=v91-1&ia=web

. . . most of it on Microsoft forums.

 

See specifically:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027707/microsoft-account-remove-members-from-family and if you're the parent then remove all children and remove yourself afterward.  If you need to re-establish family for other accounts then I guess you'll have to go through the setup again.


Edited by britechguy, 16 May 2018 - 09:59 AM.

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