Windows 10: Bypassing screen time limits

Discus and support Bypassing screen time limits in User Accounts and Family Safety to solve the problem; I have been using screen time limits successfully I thought, but now noticed my child will adjust the clock/time to by-pass the restrictions. Can... Discussion in 'User Accounts and Family Safety' started by fleurny, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. fleurny Win User

    Bypassing screen time limits

    I have been using screen time limits successfully I thought, but now noticed my child will adjust the clock/time to by-pass the restrictions. Can changing of time be restricted? How?

    fleurny, Oct 27, 2019
  2. Ricky K. Win User

    Child's screen time limit can be bypassed with full-screen game

    My son has a Windows 10 computer and I use the family screen time controls to limit the time he has to play games. It has worked well until recently, when he got a new game. The game runs in full-screen mode, and he has discovered that when his time limit
    warning appears (I believe it is the out of time notice), he is able to Alt-Tab back to the game, essentially bypassing the time limit. And if he leaves the game running, he can attempt to log into the computer at any time, receiving the out of time notice,
    and he can still switch to the game. That's all he can use, because to get to anything else, he has to get past the screen time notice. But it does let him play his game for hours (until we notice and kick him off). Any thoughts on what I can do to prevent
    this bypassing of the limit?
    Ricky K., Oct 27, 2019
  3. time limits in family not working

    Hi Barbara,

    We would like to know more details about your concern about the Family Safety time limit that is not working so we can better assist you. Kindly answer the following:

    • Does it happen only with particular child account?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?

    In the meantime, we would suggest that you refer to this
    support link
    on how to set up screen time limits for your child.

    We look forward to your response.
    Marilou Ser, Oct 27, 2019
  4. Sher Amo Win User

    Bypassing screen time limits

    My son is able to bypass the PC screen time limit on Windows 10

    Hi Cornell,

    One of the possible reasons why you encounter your concern is sometimes your child’s Microsoft account may expire on their device and it will not be recognized as one of the existing child accounts in your family. To resolve your concern, we suggest
    that you remove the exiting child account of your son in your family and add it back again. To do this follow the steps below:

    • To remove an account on your family, follow these steps:
    A. From a web browser, go to
    and sign in with the Microsoft account of an adult in the family.

    B. To remove a child, select Remove at the top of the section labeled Select a child to view or edit their settings.

    To remove an adult, including the account you used to sign in with, select Remove at the top of the Adults section. If you're the only adult in the family, you'll need to remove all the kids before you can remove yourself.

    C. Select the person you want to remove from the family.

    D. Select the Remove button that appears when you've chosen the person to remove.

    2. To add a child in your family, follow the steps provided on this


    In addition, sign in your son’s Microsoft account on his device to refresh it. To do this, select the
    Start button, then select Settings > Accounts and follow the prompt to verify his account. If the issue persists, we suggest that you check this

    to know how to fix screen time limits if it’s not working in Windows 10.

    Let me know if the solution above works for you.
    Sher Amo, Oct 27, 2019

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