How to use parental controls on Apple TV

Apple TV lets you enable restrictions, which can prevent young eyes and ears from seeing and hearing inappropriate things. Restrictions can also prevent your kids — or anyone else — from charging your iTunes account by purchasing or renting content, using AirPlay, or otherwise tinkering with your setup.

How to enable restrictions on Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Select Restrictions from the Restrictions menu.

  5. Enter a four-digit passcode.
  6. Reenter the four-digit passcode.

  7. Select OK.

How to restrict purchases and rentals on Apple TV

If you don't want anyone to be able to purchase or rent any content on your Apple TV without knowing the passcode, follow these easy steps.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Purchase and Rental. After doing this, it should display the word Restrict. See the example below.

    Select Purchase and Rental.

You can follow these same steps to allow purchases and rentals without a passcode at any time.

How to restrict in-app purchases on Apple TV

The following will allow you to block all in-app purchases from being made, especially useful if other users often play games on your Apple TV.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select In-App Purchases. After doing this it should display the word Block. See the example below.

    Select In-App Purchases.

How to restrict explicit music and podcasts on Apple TV

If you don't want other users to be able to listen to music or podcasts with mature content or words, you can restrict them to clean material only.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Music and Podcasts. After doing this it should display the word Clean. See the example below.

    Select Music and Podcasts.

How to restrict music profiles on Apple TV

If you don't want to see what your Apple Music friends are listening to, you can remove the information from Apple TV.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Music Profiles. After doing this it should display the word Clean. See the example below.

    Apple TV restrictions music profiles

How to set content ratings based on the country

Different countries have different rating systems for movies, tv shows, and apps. By default, your Apple TV will use United States ratings for content; however, you can easily change which country's rating system it uses.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Ratings For.
  6. Select the country you want from the list.

    Select Ratings For and then select the country you desire.

How to restrict movies on Apple TV

You can choose to restrict movies on your Apple TV by rating or even not allow videos to be played at all. Depending on what country you have your ratings set to, your options may be different. For this example, we will use the United States rating system.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Movies.
  6. Select the restriction you want to apply.

    Select Movies and then select the resctrition you want to apply.

How to restrict TV shows on Apple TV

You can choose to restrict TV shows on your Apple TV by their rating or even not allow TV shows to be played at all. Depending on what country you have your ratings set to, your options may be different. For this example, we will use the United States rating system.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select TV Shows. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.
  6. Select the restriction you want to apply.

    Select TV Shows and then select the restriction you want to apply.

How to restrict apps on Apple TV

You can choose to restrict apps on your Apple TV by rating. Depending on what country you have your ratings set to, your options may be different. In this example, we use the U.S. rating system.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Apps. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.
  6. Select the restriction you want to apply.

    Select Apps and then select the restriction you want to apply.

How to hide explicit language in Siri on Apple TV

Any explicit language Siri shows on your Apple TV can be hidden by following these steps.

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Siri Explicit Language. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.

Follow the same steps to allow Siri to show explicit language on-screen.

How to disable Multiplayer Games on Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Multiplayer Games. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.

    Select Multiplayer games.

Follow these same steps to enable multiplayer games at any time.

How to disable screen recording in games on Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Screen Recording. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.

    Select Screen Recording.

How to restrict Airplay settings on your Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select AirPlay. It's located at the bottom of the menu.

    Select AirPlay.

How to restrict conference room display settings on your Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Conference Room Display. It's located at the bottom of the menu.

    Select Conference Room Display.

How to restrict location services settings on your Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Location Services. It's located near the bottom of the menu.

    Select Location Services.

How to restrict background app refresh settings on your Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Background App Refresh. It's located near the bottom of the menu.

    Apple TV background app refresh

How to restrict TV provider settings on your Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select TV Provider. It's located at the bottom of the menu.

    Apple TV TV Provider

How to restrict remote app pairing settings on your Apple TV

  1. Select the Settings app from the Apple TV Home screen.
  2. Select General.

    Select the setting app from your Home screen and then select General.

  3. Select Restrictions from the General menu.
  4. Enter your passcode.

    Select Restrictions and then enter your four-digit passcode.

  5. Select Remote App Pairing. It's located at the bottom of the menu.

    Apple TV remote app pairing

Enhance your Apple TV experience

There's a long list of awesome accessories for Apple TV, including these two:

SteelSeries Nimbus Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller ($49 at Amazon)

If you're a gamer, you need the Nimbus. The perfect controller offers all the standard gaming buttons and a comfortable grip.

Logitech K600 Smart TV Keyboard ($58 at Amazon)

Beautifully designed, the K600 keyboard works with Apple TV compatible smart televisions. With a 15-meter wireless range, the keyboard works in the largest living rooms. Easily switch between devices, including your Mac and iOS mobile devices. Requires two AAA batteries.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about setting restrictions on your Apple TV? Put them in the comments, and we'll help you out.

Updated May 2019: Now includes information for tvOS 12.

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