Internet, Networking, & Security Family Tech 54 54 people found this article helpful How to Set up Parental Controls on iOS Sharing your iPhone or iPad with a child? You need to know about restrictions By Andy O'Donnell Writer Andy O'Donnell, MA, is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a senior security engineer who is active in internet and network security. our editorial process Andy O'Donnell Updated March 26, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls The Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls Introduction Set Boundaries for Gaming How to Use Fortnite Parental Controls (Subtitle: Make the popular game Fortnite safe for kids) How to Set up the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls How to Use PS4 Parental Controls How to Use Xbox One Parental Controls How to Set Up Nintendo 3DS Parental Controls How to Turn Off Parental Controls on Nintendo 3DS How to Use Roblox Parental Controls Control Internet & Social Media Activities How to Set Up Internet Parental Controls Instagram Safety Tips for Parents How to Make Google Safer for Your Kids The Best Parental Control Apps to Try How to Use YouTube's Parental Controls How to Configure Parental Controls in Google Chrome How to Use Safari Parental Controls How to Use Amazon Parental Controls Limit Computer & Phone Use How to Use Mac Parental Controls How to Set Up and Use iOS Screen Time How to Set up Parental Controls on iOS How to Set up and Use Restrictions on an iPhone How to Childproof Your Android How to Turn on iPad Restrictions How to Set up Parental Controls in Windows 10 How to Set Up and Use Parental Controls on your Router How to Use Samsung Parental Controls Manage Movies and Music How to Use Netflix Parental Controls How to Set Up and Use Apple TV Parental Controls How to Set Parental Controls on Fire TV, Roku, & Chromecast How to Use Spotify Parental Controls How to Block Explicit Songs on Apple Music Westend61 / Getty Images Tweet Share Email Even if your kids don't have an iPod Touch, iPad, or iPhone, there's a good chance they borrow yours every chance they get. To keep them safe, it's a good idea to learn how to use the parental controls (called restrictions by Apple) on those devices. Here's a quick look at how to set up parental controls on an iPhone or iPad. As of iOS 12, iOS devices have a feature called Screen Time, which allows parents to set up content restrictions. Enter Restrictions in iOS 12 Beginning with iOS 12, you restrict access using the new Screen Time feature and make all your restriction decisions from inside Screen Time. Tap the Settings icon on your iOS device home screen.Select Screen Time.Tap Turn On Screen Time at the bottom of the screen if it isn't already turned on.Select Content & Privacy Restrictions.Enter a four-digit passcode.Re-enter the same four-digit passcode.Select all the types of content you want to block, including in-app purchases, adult websites, explicit language, location sharing and much more from inside the Screen Time screen. Having all the options in one location is incredibly convenient, and the huge range of options makes it possible to fine-tune the restrictions for your child. Don't leave Screen Time until you've looked at all the possible restrictions. You may discover restrictions you didn't realize you needed. Enable Restrictions in iOS 11 and Earlier All the parental controls, which Apple calls restrictions, rely on an adult (you) to enable restrictions and enter a PIN number or passcode that you keep secret. Here's how to set up your passcode in iOS 11 and earlier: Tap the Settings icon on your iOS device.Choose General.Select Restrictions.Choose Enable Restrictions.Enter a four-digit passcode that you can remember and keep from your kids.Re-enter the passcode. This passcode must be entered for any future changes you want to make to the restrictions that you set. You need this pin as you visit several areas of the iOS device to set up various parental controls. Consider Disabling Safari and Other Apps Under the Allow section of the Restrictions page (iOS 11 and earlier), you can choose whether you want your child to be able to access certain apps such as the Safari web browser, YouTube, FaceTime (video chat), and several other of Apple's built-in apps. If you don't want your child to have access to these apps, set the switches next to them to the Off positions. You can also disable the location-reporting feature to prevent your child from publishing location information in apps such as Facebook. Set Content Limits Apple allows you to set limits on the type of content you want your child to have access to. You can set the permitted viewable movie ratings by placing a check next to the highest rating level you want them to see — G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17. You can also set levels for TV content (TV-Y, TV-PG, TV-14, for example), and the same goes for apps and music. To change the permitted content levels (in iOS 11 and earlier), select Music & Podcasts > Movies > TV Shows (or Apps) in the Allowed Content section, and choose the levels you want to allow your child to access. Disable Installing Apps Turn off your child's ability to install apps to your iPhone by setting the Installing Apps feature to the Off position in the Restrictions screen (in iOS 11 and earlier). You can still install apps; you just need to enter your passcode before doing so. Disable In-App Purchases Many apps allow in-app purchases where virtual goods can be bought with real-world money. Little Johnny may or may not realize that he's causing your bank account to be charged for the Mighty Eagle he just bought while in the Angry Birds App. If you disable in-app purchasing, you can at least breathe a sigh of relief that your child won't go on a bird-buying shopping spree on your dime. In the Restrictions screen (in iOS 11 and earlier), tap the slider next to In-App Purchases to move it to the Off position. Kids are tech-savvy and may find a way to get around these restrictions. The fact that the restriction passcode is only four digits long doesn't help, but you've done your best to keep them safe. Maybe they'll thank you one day when they have kids of their own.