With Parental Controls, you get to decide what your kids can and can't access on iPhone or iPad.

Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids get access to on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Before you can turn anything off, though, you need to create a passcode to prevent anyone else — especially oh-so-clever kids — from just turning everything back on again. Once you've got everything set up, you don't have to worry about them accessing inappropriate content, changing anything they shouldn't changing, or buying anything they shouldn't be buying — including in-app purchases!

How to enable restrictions for iPhone and iPad

You want to prevent your kids from accessing specific apps and services, you need to set up Restrictions.

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

    launch settings app then tap on general, then tap restrictions

  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions.
  5. Type in a password you'll remember for when you need to disable restrictions again. (This can and should be completely different from the Lock screen passcode, otherwise the kids will know it!)
  6. Type your password once more to confirm it.

    tap enable restrictions then type a password and re-type it to confirm

How to restrict built-in apps, app installation, app deletion, and in-app purchases 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 on general, then tap restrictions

  4. Type your password.
  5. Tap the switch beside the app or /behavior that you want to disallow. When disallowed, the switch will gray out. Your options include:

    • Safari
    • Camera
    • Siri & Dictation
    • FaceTime
    • AirDrop
    • CarPlay
    • ITunes Store
    • Apple Music Connect
    • iBooks Store
    • Podcasts
    • Installing Apps
    • Deleting Apps
    • In-App Purchases

    type password, select app(s) to restrict

How to restrict usage of Game Center on iPhone and iPad

Game Center is a social network, with all the good and bad that comes with it. If you'd prefer your child not be involved, you can control that with restrictions as well.

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

    launch settings app then tap on general, then tap restrictions

  4. Type your password.
  5. Swipe up to scroll down to the bottom of the screen to restrict Game Center.
  6. Tap the switch beside each option below to enable or disable it. The switch will gray out if it is set to off.

    • Multiplayer Games
    • Adding Friends

      type password, then swipe up, then tap switches beside options you want

How to restrict access to personal information with parental controls on iPhone and iPad

Many apps require access to personal data in order to function. If you are wary of allowing this, especially on your children's devices, then follow the steps below to make sure that your data and your children's data remain private.

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

    launch settings app then tap on general, then tap restrictions

  4. Type your restrictions password.
  5. Tap on the type of data under the Privacy section that you'd like to restrict. Your options include:

    • Location Services
    • Contacts
    • Calendars
    • Reminders
    • Photos
    • Share My Location
    • Bluetooth Sharing
    • Microphone
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Advertising

    type password then tap options to choose them

Tapping on any of the above will let you allow or disallow apps to use each type. You can allow or disallow apps on a per app basis from here as well.

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.