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How to Use Parental Controls on Android and Apple Phones

Phones operating on both the Android operating system (OS) and Apple OS (iOS) have native parental controls that can be activated prior to turning the phone over to your child.

To enable parental controls on your iOS device, take the following steps:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Select General.

  3. Select Restrictions and then tap Enable Restrictions.

  4. Create a Restrictions Passcode.

    You’re asked to re-enter your passcode before accessing the Restrictions area.

After you enable parental controls and create a passcode, you can control content, access to apps, privacy settings, and so on, including the following:

  • Restrict access to applications and features on the phone including web browsing, installation of apps, and the phone’s camera.

  • Prevent specific content types including by rating.

  • Block changes to the phone’s privacy settings, including contacts, calendars, and location services.

  • Prevent changes to account settings, such as contacts and volume limit.

  • Restrict Game Center features, such as access to multiplayer games.


Android devices aren’t equipped with full system restrictions, but they do allow parents to set limits on app purchases. To enable these controls, take the following steps:

  1. Choose the Google Play Store icon.

    The Play Store Settings page appears.

  2. Scroll down to User Controls.

  3. Select Set or Change PIN, and then create a PIN.

  4. Press OK.

  5. Activate the PIN by selecting Use PIN for Purchases.

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