How to configure parental control over your child’s iPhone or iPad to limit screen time, explicit content, or purchases.

There is a wide range of parental restrictions that you can set on your child’s iPhone. Justin Paget / Getty Images

  • IPhone Parental Controls can keep your child away from sensitive content and control screen time.
  • You can also control purchases and set content and privacy restrictions.
  • Parental controls can be accessed through the screen time section of your Settings app.
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When it comes to keeping your children safe, technology is a key consideration. If you have Apple devices in your home, including iPhones and iPads, you have access to a robust set of resources to control what your kids can do on their devices. You just have to know how to sort them.

Here’s what you need to do.

Set content and privacy restrictions using screen time.

Before you get started, you must have. Screen time for family. Set up on your device.

1. Open up Setting App on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Faucet Screen time

Screenshot of the iPhone Settings homepage.

In Settings, go to ‘Screen Time’. Devon Delphino.

3. Faucet Turn on screen time..

4. After reading a summary of what the screen time feature might offer, tap. Keep going.

5. If you are setting up Parental Controls on your child’s iPhone, select. This is my baby IPhone.

A screenshot of the screenshot time page asking if this is your child's phone.

Choose whose phone you are using. Devon Delphino.

6. Faucet Time to time, Then set the times you want your child’s iPhone to be offline. For example, you may want to stop them from playing games or using social media after dinner. Regardless of the number of hours you choose, calls and text messages will still pass.

Screenshot of the screen time page in the iPhone settings.

From the Screen Time page, select ‘Downtime’. Devon Delphino.

7. Tap the back button, then select. App limits. From there, you can choose how long your child can use a variety of apps. For example, you can limit social media apps and games to two hours a day, then tap. Set app limit..

Screenshot of the screen time page featuring 'App Limits'.

In ‘App Limits’, you can set time limits for some apps. Devon Delphino.

8. Tap the back button again and select. Content and privacy restrictions. Then on toggle Content and privacy restrictions Create options and passcodes so that you have access to parental control of screen time, but your child does not.

Screenshot of content and privacy restrictions page in iPhone settings.

Toggle the button at the top of the page. Devon Delphino.

Control iTunes and App Store purchases.

Stop purchasing and downloading.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Faucet Screen time.

3. Select. Content and privacy restrictions. At this point you may be asked to enter your passcode.

Screenshot of screen time page in settings.

Go to ‘Content and Privacy Restrictions.’ Devon Delphino.

4. Faucet Purchase iTunes and App Store..

Screenshot of content and privacy restrictions page in settings.

Select Purchase from iTunes and App Store. Devon Delphino.

5. Select. Don’t allow Wherever.

Enable ‘Ask to Buy’

This process should be on your device – not your child’s device. Once set up, you, acting as a family organizer, can approve or reject your child’s purchase requests, such as buying a new app for their phone.

1. Open your Setting App

2. Select your name at the top of the screen.

3. Faucet Family sharing..

Screenshot of the Apple ID page in Settings.

Go to ‘Family Sharing’. Devon Delphino.

4. Select. Ask to buy..

Screenshot of the Family Sharing page in Settings.

On the Family Sharing page, select ‘Ask to Buy.’ Devon Delphino.

5. Tap on the name of your desired family member.

6. Use the toggle button to turn it on or off. Ask to buy..

Specify which websites your child is allowed to visit.

1. Open the Settings app and then tap. Screen time.

2. On the Screen Time page, tap. Content and privacy restrictions. You may need to enter your screen time pass code.

3. If it’s not already turned on, swipe the button. Content and privacy restrictions right side.

4. Faucet Content Restrictions.

Screenshot of the 'Content Restrictions' button in Settings.

Select ‘Content Restrictions.’ Devon Delphino.

5. In the Web Content section, tap. Web content.

Screenshot of the 'Web Content' section in Settings.

From the Content Restrictions page, go to ‘Web Content’. Devon Delphino.

6. Depending on how limited you want to be, tap. Restrict adult websites. Or Only allowed websites.. Once you’ve made that choice, you can adjust the controls by adding websites to the list of allowed (or not allowed) sites.

Pause clear content.

1. Go in Setting App

2. Faucet Screen time.

3. Faucet Content and privacy restrictions

Screenshot of screen time page in settings.

Go to ‘Content and Privacy Restrictions.’ Devon Delphino.

4. Select. Content Restrictions.

5. Select the settings of your choice.

Screenshot of content restriction page in settings.

Choose which content you want to restrict or allow. Devon Delphino.

From this screen, you can limit:

  • Ability to play music, music videos, podcasts, and news with clear content.
  • Ability to search and view music videos.
  • Ability to share with friends what they are listening to, and see what their friends are listening to.
  • Movies, TV shows, book content, and specially rated apps.

Disable built-in apps.

1. Go to your Settings app and tap. Screen time.

2. Select. Content and privacy restrictions.

3. Enter your screen time pass code as instructed.

4. Select. Allowed apps..

Screenshot of the Allowed Apps button in Settings.

From the Content and Privacy Restrictions page, go to ‘Allowed Apps’. Devon Delphino.

5. Toggle the apps you want to deactivate.

Note: Deactivating these apps doesn’t delete them, it just hides them from your child’s home screen.

Restrict Siri web searches.

1. Go in Setting App

2. Faucet Screen time.

3. Select. Content and privacy restrictions.

4. Faucet Content Restrictions.

5. Scroll down. سری, Then choose your settings. When you ask a question, you can prevent Siri from being found on the web, and prevent Siri from showing any clear language within that setting.

Screenshot of the Siri Restrictions section in Settings.

In the Siri section, select what kind of content you want to allow. Devon Delphino.

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