How to let your kids play their Xbox games with friends on other platforms

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Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S Retail BoxesSource: Matt Brown | Windows Central

If you have a family group set up with your Microsoft Account and for Xbox, then you’ll already know about some of the great features for controlling what your kids have access to. But one thing they may want to use is actually hidden behind a setting you might not know exists.

Crossplay.

This is specifically referring to cross-network play, that is, playing with friends outside the Xbox Live walls. When it comes to titles like Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, it’s perfectly possible for your kids to play with their friends on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, but to do so, you’ll have to give them the magic permission first.

Here’s how to do it.

How to set up crossplay in the Xbox Family Settings app

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If you have a family group set up for anything relating to your Microsoft account, there are a couple of mobile apps you should definitely have. For managing Xbox specific settings, the Xbox Family Settings app is the one to have and the one we’re using here.

Grab it for either iPhone or Android and get logged in with your Microsoft Account before following these steps.

  1. Tap on the relevant child profile.

    Xbox Family App

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  2. Next, tap the settings icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap on cross-network play.

    Xbox Family App

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  4. Set the toggle switch to allow.

    Xbox Family App

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This will now enable crossplay outside Xbox Live, but it won’t enable communication with those platforms.

How to set up crossplay on the web

If you’d rather set this up on the web, it’s very straightforward also. You can either login directly, or you can go via the new Xbox app for Windows 10.

  1. If using the Xbox app, first open settings.
  2. Click manage privacy settings.

    Xbox App

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  3. If going through the web, go to account.xbox.com/en-us/settings and login.
  4. Click on your child’s profile.
  5. Click Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety
  6. Ensure the first box, relating to crossplay, is set to allow.

    Xbox Family Settings

    Source: Windows Central

This will now enable crossplay outside Xbox Live, but it won’t enable communication with those platforms.

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