Restrictions, also known as Parental Controls, let you manage which features, apps, and content your kids can and can't access on the iPhone or iPad. Before you can turn anything specific off, however, you need to enable Restrictions in Settings.
This involves creating 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 according to your child's age and temperament, along with your own personal preferences, however, they can use an iPhone or iPad without you having to worry that they'll see or hear anything inappropriate, change anything they shouldn't be changing, or buy anything they shouldn't be buying — including in-app purchases!
What can I restrict with parental controls?
The Restrictions section of the Settings app offers many options: You can restrict certain apps, content types and ratings, device functions (like deleting apps), privacy settings, cellular data usage, and more.
How to enable restrictions for iPhone and iPad
In iOS 12, restricting access to any content falls under the new Screen Time feature.
- Launch Settings from your Home screen.
- Tap Screen Time.
Tap Turn On Screen Time.
- Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Enter a four-digit passcode.
Re-enter the four-digit passcode.
Now you can choose what type of content to block, including in-app purchases, adult websites, location sharing, and a lot more!
Do you need more information on how to enable Restrictions? Let us know in the comments below.
Updated March 2019: Updated for iOS 12.
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