How To Block Mixer On The Xbox One

If you have younger children who play an Xbox One, the last thing you want them doing is broadcasting themselves to the world. That broadcast may be completely innocent or benign but no parent likes the idea of their child being live on the internet, whatever the reason. With that in mind, I’ll show you how to block Mixer on the Xbox One. I’ll also show you some other ways to control the console for younger users.


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Mixer as a platform is not an unsafe place to be. Like its competitor Twitch, it’s a mostly positive place populated by other gamers who like chatting about game stuff. This is the internet though so you will always have the odd knucklehead trying to make trouble or troll other users but that is the same everywhere. As only platforms go, Mixer is a decent one.

Parental controls are a controversial tool but sometimes a necessary one. Alongside open discussion and supportive guidance, they can give you the confidence to allow your child to play without constant supervision. Here’s how to use it on an Xbox One.

Blocking Mixer on the Xbox One

To block Mixer on the Xbox One, we will use those parental controls to limit access to it. As Mixer is a Microsoft product, you cannot uninstall it. That’s just part of the deal when you buy a Microsoft console. What you can do is limit the access to certain apps with controls.

Setting parental controls requires you the adult to have the main account and your children to have their own accounts. All of the steps in this tutorial depend on this hierarchy to work.

Parental controls on Xbox can be set like this:

  1. Log into the Xbox One using your own account.
  2. Select System and Settings on the main menu.
  3. Select Account, Family and Manage Family Members from the same menu.
  4. Select your children’s account(s).
  5. Select Access to Content and select a suitable age limit from the list. It needs to be under 12 to block Mixer.

Mixer is rated for ages 13+ so limiting your child’s account to under 12 will block Mixer from working. Once you log out of the Xbox and your child logs in, if they try to open the app, they will see a permission request. You will have to sign in to grant that permission.

Parental controls on Xbox One

While you’re on the Xbox One, you may like to check some other settings to make sure your children can enjoy their console without the risk of being exposed to inappropriate content. You can also limit screen time if you need to.

Limit access to content on Xbox One

In this context, content means movies, TV shows, games and music available through the Xbox One. This is a very useful setting to implement as it can block most adult-oriented content from view.

  1. Select System and Settings on your Xbox One.
  2. Select Account, Family and Manage Family Members from the same menu.
  3. Select your children’s account(s).
  4. Select Access to Content.
  5. Set an age limit from the list.

Enable web filtering on Xbox One

Web filtering should be able to stop children accessing inappropriate websites. It isn’t magic and won’t stop them seeing everything but it is a useful tool nonetheless.

  1. Select System and Settings on your Xbox One.
  2. Select Account, Family and Manage Family Members from the same menu.
  3. Select your children’s account(s).
  4. Select Web Filtering and set an age from the list.

Limit app purchases on Xbox One

This is more of a practical step than a safeguarding one but can be useful. This setting will stop your child running up huge bills for apps, loot boxes and other purchasable content on the Xbox One. This setting is buried in the menu though, which isn’t the best.

  1. Select System and Settings on your Xbox One.
  2. Select Account, Family and Manage Family Members from the same menu.
  3. Select your children’s account(s).
  4. Select Privacy & Online Safety, Xbox Live Privacy and View Details & Customize.
  5. Select Buy and Download and turn Ask a Parent to on.

Set screen time limits on the Xbox One

The final setting I’ll show you is setting screen time limits. This gives your child finite screen time per day and saves you the hassle of watching the clock for them.

  1. Select System and Settings on your Xbox One.
  2. Select Account, Family and Manage Family Members from the same menu.
  3. Select your children’s account(s).
  4. Select Screen Time and turn it on.
  5. Select Use a Screen Time Schedule and Set a Time Limit.
  6. Set a start and stop time in the window.

You can set the time limit to whatever you like. Once you log off and your child logs in, those limits will be enforced by the system.