How to Set Restrictions on an iPod Touch

Are you lending your iPod touch to a youngster (or an adult who acts like one)? If so, you may want to set restrictions that

  • Prevent access to explicit music, podcasts, and videos according to ratings

  • Prevent the use of apps such as FaceTime and Safari

  • Prevent installation of new apps

  • Restrict use of the Camera app

  • Disallow in-app purchases

  • Stop access to the iTunes Store, iBookstore, or App Store

Choose Settings→General→ Restrictions from the Home screen to see the Restrictions screen. Tap Enable Restrictions and set up a restrictions passcode (which is separate from your Passcode Lock passcode). Enter a four-number passcode. (If you change your mind, tap the Cancel button to cancel the operation.) Then enter the same passcode number again to confirm the passcode; the restrictions are enabled and ready for you to change.

Set the restrictions you want by tapping each control’s On switch to turn it off. By default, all controls are on, which means that usage is allowed (not restricted). Turn off a control to restrict its use.

If you restrict access to Safari, the Camera, the iTunes Store, and/or the App Store (for installing apps), those icons are removed from the Home screen so that they can’t be accessed. If you turn off Location Services, location data is no longer provided to applications. Restricted content does not appear when accessing the iTunes Store.

To access the icons and the restricted content, you need to turn off the restrictions first (or turn off all restrictions).

You can turn In-App Purchases on or off, choose a ratings system based on your country, and set restrictions based on the chosen ratings system for music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and apps.

For example, tap Music & Podcasts and turn Explicit on (to allow explicit material) or off (to keep it clean). To allow movies rated PG-13 and lower (PG, G) but not R or NC-17, tap Movies and then tap PG-13 to set the limit. For TV shows, you can set the limit based on their ratings (TV-G, TV-MA, and so on).

For Apps, you can set the age limit, such as 4+ (essentially anyone), 9+ (must be at least nine), 12+ (must be 12 or older), and 17+ (must be 17 or older).

To turn off all restrictions, choose Settings→General→Restrictions and enter the passcode. Tap Disable Restrictions and reenter the passcode. Your iPod touch is now free.

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