Keep your child from making changes to your account and more on 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 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 make changes to accounts, cellular data usage, background app refresh, and volume limits on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.

    launch settings app then tap general, and then restrictions

  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if they aren't already. If they are, skip to step 7.
  5. Type a 4-digit password that only you will know. Your child should never know this password.
  6. Type the password again to confirm it.

    tap enable restrictions, then type in a password and confirm it

  7. Swipe up to scroll down to bottom of the screen.
  8. Tap on each of the following categories to change their settings:
    • Accounts
    • Cellular Data Use
    • Background App Refresh
    • Volume Limit
  9. Tap on Don't Allow Changes for each one.

    swipe up to scroll to bottom of screen, then tap each category and tap don't allow changes for each one

    When you want to make changes, or supervise your child making changes, you can simply re-enable them in restrictions, then turn them back off again when done.