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How to Set Up Parental Controls On Your iPhone or iPad?

Parental Controls on iPhone: Unlike mobile phones which did not give much space to browse the smartphones and iPhones today have a lot to access and virtually connect each part of the world to the other. While this can extremely benefit, it has it’s own set of issues.

With so much to access, we sometimes tend to get haywire and land into pages that we are not supposed to be browsing. Being adults we know and can differentiate between what is right and what is not, the kids, however, have inquisitive minds and tend to look for new things.

The cellphones can be a very good platform for them to explore but only when it is controlled by parental controls and managed efficiently.

Ways to Set Parental Controls on iPhone and iPad

This is where parental controls on the iPhone and iPad come into the picture. Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls to your phones help you manage which features, apps and content your kids can and can’t access on the iPhone or iPad.

This feature helps you secure your kids from watching anything that may be age-inappropriate. iPhones and iPods are digital equivalents of a swiss knife.

And provides full-fledged internet browser, video player, Wi-Fi connection, camera, and an app for almost anything you can imagine.

Setting Up Parental Control On Your iPhone and iPad

Parental control involves creating a passcode to prevent anyone else — especially kids — from just turning everything back on again. You have to set up your phone according to your child’s age and temperament, keeping in mind your preferences too.

After setting up the parental control your kids can easily use your phone and enjoy iPhone and iPad without you having to worry of any inappropriate content or reckless and unwanted buying likes apps.

What All Can Be Restricted With Parental Control?

Through parental control, you can restrict and manage a lot of things on your phone. The restriction tab in the settings section offers many options for restrictions:

  • Well, you can restrict certain apps.
  • You can restrict content types and rating
  • You can restrict certain functions of the device (like deleting apps)
  • Restrict the privacy settings
  • You can restrict cellular data usage and more

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Step by Step Guide for iPhone and iPad Working on iOS12

In iOS 12, content restricting access is part of the new Screen Time feature. Thus, the following steps must be followed:

1: From your home screen Launch the  Settings panel.

2: In the settings panel you will find the Screen Time tab, tap it.

3: Tap Turn On Screen Time.

4: Click on continue and then choose “This is My [Device]” or “This is My Child’s [Device].”

  • If you’re the parent or guardian and you want to prevent some other family member from changing your settings, you must tap the Use Screen Time Passcode to create a passcode. Re-enter the passcode to finally confirm the restrictions.
  • If you wish to set up the Screen Time on your child’s device, follow the prompts as and when they come until you have finally reached the place where you get to choose the Parent Passcode. Re-enter the passcode to confirm the restrictions.

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5: Click on the Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.

6: Re-enter the four-digit passcode if asked to confirm.

Note: Make sure your password is different from the phone password otherwise the child will unlock all your restrictions and will be able to browse anything despite your restrictions.

Once all the above steps are done, you can choose what type of content you wish to block, this can include in-app purchases, adult websites, location sharing, and a lot more. Finalize and mark all the data or content to be blocked.

Step by Step Guide For iPhone and iPad Working on iOS11

In the older iPad versions, the parental controls are part of the restrictions in the settings tab. The process is almost similar and you need a passcode to enable the restrictions. Thus, the following steps must be followed:

 1: Tap on the Settings icon on your iOS device.

 2: Once the settings tab is open Choose General.

 3: In general Select Restrictions and choose to enable restrictions.

 4: Write a fine digit passcode and reconfirm to manGe your restrictions.


Note: For any future changes the passcode has to remember and used wisely. Make sure your password is different from the phone password otherwise the child will unlock all your restrictions and will be able to browse anything despite your restrictions. You will also need the passcode in all the places where you want to apply the restrictions.

Restricting Individual App and Content

Various things can be restricted through parental controls and the next part of the article will provide a step to step guide about restricting each step.

Enabling Restrictions on iTunes & App Store Purchases

Through parental controls, you can prevent your child from installing app make unnecessary app purchases and much more. Some apps allow in-app purchases which too must be restricted and managed.   The step to step guide for the same us as follows:

1: Go to the Settings icon on your iPhone or iPad and click in the Screen Time icon.

2: Tap in the Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter your password, if asked.

3: click on the ”iTunes & App Store Purchases”.

4: Choose a setting and click on the  Don’t Allow bar.

The iPhone and iPad also provide you the option to change your password settings for additional purchases from the iTunes & App Store or Book Store. For that to happen the same steps have to be followed and in the last step choose Always Require or Don’t Require.

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Manage The Apps and Features You Want To Allow In The Restrictions

Through the parental controls on iPad You can restrict the use of built-in apps or features. Turning off an app or features does not Delete or uninstall the app, just temporarily hides it from your home screen. For example, if you turn off Mail, the Mail app won’t appear on your Home Screen until you turn it back on. The step to step guide for managing apps and features us as follows:

 1: At the settings section, go to the screen time tab.

 2: Tap on the  Content & Privacy Restrictions in the screen time tab.

 3: Add the Screen Time passcode that you have set.

 4: Click on the  Allowed Apps.

 5: Choose all the apps that you want to allow.

Under the Allow section of the Restrictions page, you can choose whether you want your child to be able to access certain apps such as the Safari web browser, YouTube, FaceTime (video chat), and several other of Apple’s built-in apps.

Set the switches into the off positions if you din not want your kids to be using any id the applications enlisted.  One can also disable the location-reporting feature to prevent your child from publishing location information in apps such as Facebook.

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With the feature, you can manage which apps and features on the iPhone or iPad he/she can use and browse.

Restricting Explicit Content and Content Ratings Through Parental Control

There are certain explicit content like music, movies or tv shows that have specific ratings. Ipads and iPhones allow you the option to regulate them too with your parental controls.

Step by step guide to restrict explicit content and content ratings is as follows

 1: In the settings section if your iPhone or iPad, go to the screen time tab.

 2: Tap on the  Content & Privacy Restrictions in the screen time tab.

 3: Tap into consent restrictions.

 4: under the allowed store content choose the settings you want for each feature or setting.

Some of The Content That You Can Restrict Include

  • Ratings For: In the rating section, Choose the country or the region to automatically apply the appropriate content ratings for that region
  • Music, Podcasts & News: Restrict or prevent the playback of music, music videos, podcasts, and news which may contain explicit content
  • Music Profiles & Posts: Prevent sharing of music that you are listening to with friends and seeing what they’re listening to
  • Movies: Prevent movies with specific ratings
  • TV shows: Prevent TV shows with specific ratings
  • Books: Prevent content with specific ratings
  • Apps: Prevent apps with specific ratings

This, with so many options to choose one can restrict all the explicit content from reaching their kids.

Restrict Web Content and Website Browsing

IOS provides an excellent feature where it can automatically filter the website content to limit access to adult content in Safari and apps on your device. If you want you can also add specific websites to an approved or blocked list, or limit access to only approved websites. The step by step guide to restrict web content is as follows:

 1: In the settings section if your iPhone or iPad, go to the screen time tab.

 2: Tap on the  Content & Privacy Restrictions in the screen time tab and enter your screen time password.

 3: Under the consent restrictions, tap the web content tab.

 4: Choose Unrestricted Access, Limit Adult Websites, or Allowed Websites Only.

Based on the access you allow your child, you can add extra information about the website you want to restrict or allow.

Restrict the Web Search on Siri

The exclusive AI feature of iPhones and iPads, Siri can also be a hurdle while your kids are using your phone. Well, the web search on Siri too can be restricted by following the below-given steps:

1: In the settings section if your iPhone or iPad, go to the screen time tab.

2: Tap on the  Content & Privacy Restrictions in the screen time tab and enter your screen time password.

3: Under the consent restrictions, scroll down to Siri and choose your settings.

4: You can restrict web search content. This will prevent Siri from searching the web when you ask a question to her. You can also prevent Siri from displaying explicit language.

Restrict The Game Center Under Parental Control

In the game center, various features can be restricted  like:

  • Multiplayer Games: Prevent the ability to play multiplayer games
  • Adding Friends: Prevent the ability to add friends to Game Center
  • Screen Recording: Prevent the ability to capture the screen and sound

Follow The Below Steps To Restrict The Game Center

 1: the settings section if your iPhone or iPad, go to the screen time tab.

 2: Tap on the  Content & Privacy Restrictions in the screen time tab and enter your screen time password.

 3: Below the consent restrictions, scroll down to the game center and choose your settings.

This way you can prevent your kids from getting involved in any unwanted gaming features.

Restricting or allowing the changes to privacy settings

The privacy settings on your device is extremely important as it gives you control over which apps have access to information stored on your device or the hardware features. For example, you can allow a social-networking app to request access to use the camera, which allows you to take and upload pictures.

Steps To Manage The Changes To Privacy Settings

 1: In the settings section if your iPhone or iPad, go to the screen time tab.

 2: Tap on the privacy tab and choose the settings you wish to restrict.

Things That You Can Restrict Through This Feature Are

  • Location Services: Lock the settings to allow apps and websites to use location
  • Contacts: Prevent apps from accessing your Contacts
  • Calendars: Prevent apps from accessing your Calendar
  • Reminders: Prevent apps from accessing your Reminders
  • Photos: Prevent apps from requesting access to your photos
  • Share My Location: Lock the settings for location sharing in Messages and Family sharing on iPhone
  • Bluetooth sharing: Prevent devices and apps from sharing data through Bluetooth
  • Microphone: Prevent apps from requesting access to your microphone
  • Speech Recognition: Prevent apps from accessing Speech Recognition or Dictation
  • Advertising: Prevent changes to advertising settings
  • Media & Apple Music: Prevent apps from accessing your photos, videos, or music library

Restricting  The Changes To Other Settings And Features

Just like the one can restrict the changes to privacy settings, you can also restrict the changes to other settings via parental controls :

 1: Settings section if your iPhone or iPad, go to the screen time tab.

 2: Tap on the  Content & Privacy Restrictions in the screen time tab and enter your screen time password.

 3: Down the allow section, click or select the features and settings that you wish to allow or restrict by choosing the necessary command.

Some Of The Features And Settings For Which You Can Allow Changes Are

  • Passcode Changes: Prevent changes to your passcode.
  • Account Changes: Prevent changes to settings for Accounts & Passwords
  • Cellular Data Changes: Prevent changes to cellular data settings
  • Volume Limit: Prevent changes to volume settings for safe listening
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving: Prevent changes to Do Not Disturb While Driving
  • TV Provider: Prevent changes to TV provider settings
  • Background App Activities: Prevent changes to whether or not apps run in the background.

Last Words

The articles provide a holistic view of parental control in the iPad and iPhones and the ways.


If you can’t remember a restrictions passcode that you created on a previous version of iOS, or you forgot your Screen Time passcode, you need to erase your device, then set it up as new to remove the passcode. Restoring your device won’t remove your old passcode.

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