New Screen Time communication limits for kids arrive in iOS 13.3

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 are available now.
  • Among the new features is the ability to better manage kids' Screen Time.
  • You can thwart unknown contacts from communicating with your kids.

In iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3, Apple has added the ability to set communication limits for Phone, FaceTime, Messages, and iCloud contacts. In doing so, parents can better manage Screen Time for their children on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Among the new features in the latest iOS and iPadOS release is the "specified contacts" option in Screen Time, which lets you further limit who your children can communicate with during downtime and after app limits have become exhausted. Meanwhile, during Allowed Screen Time, you can now choose "everyone" or "contacts only" for who can communicate with your kids. The setting prevents unknown contacts from trying to communicate for added peace of mind.

iOS 13.3 Screen Time

iOS 13.3 Screen Time (Image credit: iMore)

Since Screen Time first launched, Apple has steadily improved the feature by adding options and extending its reach to macOS. Among the newest features is the ability to view usage data for up to 30 days, and compare week over week results. Meanwhile, in Downtime, kids can click One More Minute to give them an additional minute of screen time without further interaction. Apple has also redesigned the time limit screen to make it easier to read and understand.

Besides the improvements to Screen Time, iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13 adds new layouts in Apple News+ stories from newspapers, and the ability to use FIDO2-compliant NFC, Bluetooth, and Lightning security keys with your iOS device. There are also bug fixes present in this release.

You can download the latest iOS and iPadOS updates now.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.