Want to control the content on your iPhone or iPad using the ratings system from a specific country or region? You can!

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. Some of those restrictions for content, such as music, movies, TV shows, and apps, are based on ratings boards such as the Motion Picture Association of America (PG, Rated-R) or Recording Industry Association of America (Parental Advisory: Explicit Content).

However, ratings vary from place to place. What might be considered acceptable for a certain age in one part of the world might not be considered acceptable in another. That's why Apple lets you change the ratings region on your iPhone or iPad to suit your location and preference, whether it be for the United States, Algeria, Zimbabwe, or anywhere in between!

How to choose a rating region for iPhone and iPad

Changing the rating region is easy to do. Just follow the simple steps below, and your iPhone or iPad will rate content according to the region or country of your choice.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.

    launch settings app, then tap general, then tap restrictions

  4. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if they aren't already enabled. If they are, you can skip to step 7.
  5. Type a 4-digit password. It should be one that your children can't easily guess.
  6. Type your password again to confirm it.

  7. Tap on Ratings For under the Allowed Content section.
  8. Tap on your country or region name.

    tap ratings for under allowed content section, then tap on country or region

Parental controls and restrictions will remember your selection and when content is filtered out, it will go by the ratings standards for your preferred region.