How to set the ratings region with parental controls for iPhone or iPad

How to set the ratings region for restrictions 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. Some of those restrictions, like for music, movies, TV shows, and apps, can be based on ratings like parental guidance (PG), or 18+. 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 use with iPhone and iPad 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 enabled. If they are, you can skip to step 6.
  5. Pick a 4-digit passcode that only you will know. Your child should never know this code.
  6. Under the Allowed Content section, tap on Ratings For.
  7. Tap on your country or region name.

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.

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Allyson Kazmucha

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