Internet, Networking, & Security Family Tech How to Set up and Use Restrictions on an iPhone Set age-appropriate restrictions on your child's iPhone by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on March 27, 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 Tweet Share Email Don't peer over your child's shoulder to monitor their activities on an iOS device. Instead, use tools included in iOS to control the content, apps, and other features your child accesses. These tools—formerly called iPhone Restrictions and now part of the Screen Time tool—cover a comprehensive set of Apple services and apps. These instructions work for all currently supported versions of iOS. How to Enable iPhone Restrictions To enable and configure these controls, follow these steps: Tap Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions so that the toggle switch shows green/on. From that screen, configure specific preferences as you need. Optionally, go to the Screen Time settings screen and tap Use Screen Time Passcode to set a four-digit PIN. This PIN is not the same as your device passcode. When the Screen Time Passcode is activated, use this four-digit PIN to override restrictions or to change settings. Use the Set Up Screen Time for Family tool to link your child's iOS device based on Apple IDs. With it activated, you can set permissions remotely and view screen-time reports for each connected device. Fine-Tuning Restrictions The Content & Privacy Restrictions screen offers three groups. The first group opens a set of menus: iTunes & App Store Purchases: Configures purchases and downloads.Allowed Apps: Sets which apps are allowed to launch.Content Restrictions: Puts ratings (for example, for movies and music) into effect on the device. The next section, for privacy settings, authorizes changes to privacy configurations. The final section, called Allow Changes, sets limits on what the device can do to change its own settings. If you decide to turn off parental controls on an iPhone, by the way, it's pretty easy to do. The privacy and allow-changes screens don't configure the device. Rather, these groups fine-tune which system-level settings may be changed by a normal user of the device when Content & Privacy restrictions are active. For example, setting the Share My Location option to Don't Allow means that any changes to location-sharing must be confirmed by the four-digit PIN. These settings are useful to stop a child from changing critical configuration.