How to restrict iTunes, iBooks, and App Store with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

How to restrict access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and can't access on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. That includes the iTunes Store, which sells music, movies, and TV shows, the iBooks Store, which sells ebooks, and the App Store, which sells apps and games.

Note: iBooks will only appear as an option if you've downloaded the iBooks app from the App Store. (With iOS 8, coming this fall, both iBooks and Podcasts will be pre-installed and options for both will always appear in Restrictions.)

How to block access to iTunes, App Store, and iBooks on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions.
  5. Choose a password that no one else will know and confirm it.
  6. Under the Allow section, turn Off the options for iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and Installing Apps.

The icons for any disabled apps will be hidden on the Home screen so they can no longer be accessed. That means you can let your child use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad without worrying that they'll spend any time at all browsing for content. If and when you decide you want to download something, or supervise them downloading something, you can simply return to Restrictions and temporarily switch iTunes, iBooks, or App Store installations back on.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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How to restrict iTunes, iBooks, and App Store with parental controls for iPhone and iPad

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I'm still wanting Apple to include an option to apply password restricting access to the Settings app all together.
My kids still have access to too many features that their curios minds can muck around with.
Also, apps that, as far as I can tell, must depend on network access via internet protocols can become unusable if Parental Restriction are fairly tight - I'm looking at you Netflix.

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