Parental Controls, also known as Restrictions, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and can't access on the iPhone or iPad. That includes the iTunes Store, which sells music, movies, and TV shows, the iBooks Store, which sells ebooks, and the App Store, which sells apps and games.

Note: You will need to have restrictions enabled before setting parental controls for iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to restrict access to the iTunes Store on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked.

    Tap Screen Time, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and confirm it

  5. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is gray.
  6. Tap Allowed apps.
  7. Tap the iTunes Store switch.

How to restrict access to the iBooks Store on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked.

    Tap Screen Time, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and confirm it

  5. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is gray.
  6. Tap Allowed apps.
  7. Tap the Books Store switch.

How to block the ability to install apps on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked.

    Tap Screen Time, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and confirm it

  5. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is gray.
  6. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.

  7. Tap Installing Apps
  8. Tap Don't Allow.

How to block the ability to delete apps on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked.

    Tap Screen Time, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and confirm it

  5. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is gray.
  6. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.

  7. Tap Deleting Apps
  8. Tap Don't Allow.

How to block the ability to make in-app purchases on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked.

    Tap Screen Time, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and confirm it

  5. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is gray.
  6. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.

  7. Tap In-app Purchases.
  8. Tap Don't Allow.

How to always require a password to make purchases on iPhone and iPad

If you want to ensure that a password always needs to be entered when making purchases in the App Store, iTunes Store, or Books Store, you can enable that feature in the settings.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Screen Time.
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  4. Enter a four-digit passcode and then confirm it if asked.

    Tap Screen Time, tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, enter a 4-digit passcode and confirm it

  5. Tap the switch next to Content & Privacy. You only have to do this if the switch is gray.

  6. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  7. Tap Always Require

    Tap the switch next to Content& Privacy is it's grey, tap iTunes & App Store Purchases and then tap Always Require

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Questions?

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Updated July 2019: Updated for iOS 13.

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