How to restrict email account, cellular data, app refresh, and volume changes with parental controls for iPhone or iPad

How to restrict account changes with parental controls on your iPhone or 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 preventing any changes being made to email, contacts, and calendar accounts, to cellular data usage or background app refresh, and to volume limits. Whether you're worries your young child might accidentally delete your accounts, or your pre-teen might try to add a new account you know nothing about, might rack up huge data bills or blow out their ears, you can quickly and easily lock it all down — or out! — in Settings.

How to block the ability to change accounts with parental controls

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if they aren't already. If they are, skip to step 6.
  5. Choose a 4-digit passcode that only you will know. Your child should never know this password.
  6. Tap on Accounts under the Allow Changes section — it's close to the bottom of the page.
  7. Tap on Don't Allow Changes.

If any when you want to change accounts, or supervise your child changing accounts, you can simply re-enable them in restrictions, then turn them back off again when done.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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