How to restrict privacy settings with parental controls for iPhone or iPad

How to restrict private data access 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 not only blocking apps from accessing you location, contacts, calendars, reminders, photos, bluetooth sharing, microphone, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and advertising settings, but also preventing your child from accidentally or intentionally changing those privacy settings. Not only can that keep your data safe, but keep your kids safer as well.

How to restrict access to personal information with iOS 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 if you don't have them enabled already. If you do, skip to step 6.
  5. Choose a 4-digit passcode that only you will know. Never give this to your child or anyone you don't want bypassing restrictions.
  6. Under the Privacy section, tap on the type of data you'd like to restrict and change settings to your liking.

If and when you want to make changes, or want to supervise your child making changes, you can temporarily re-enable them. Then, once you've made the changes, you can lock them down again.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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