How to Configure Parental Controls on Your iPhone

If your children have access to your iPhone, or if they have iPhones of their own, then you might be a bit worried about some of the content they might be exposed to on the web, on YouTube, or in iTunes. Similarly, you might not want them installing apps or giving away their current location.

For all those and similar parental worries, you can sleep better at night by activating the parental controls on your iPhone. These controls restrict the content and activities that kids can see and do. Here’s how to set them up:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings.

    The Settings app appears.

  2. Tap General.

    The General screen appears.

  3. Tap Restrictions.

    The Restrictions screen appears.

  4. Tap Enable Restrictions.

    iPhone displays the Enable Restrictions screen, which you use to specify a four-digit code that you can use to override the parental controls. (Note that this code is not the same as the passcode lock.)

  5. Tap the four-digit restrictions passcode and then retype the code.

    iPhone returns you to the Restrictions screen and enables all the controls.


  6. In the Allow section, for each app or task, tap the On/Off switch to enable or disable the restriction.

  7. Under Allowed Content, tap Ratings For and then tap the country with the ratings you want to use.

  8. For each of the content controls — Music & Podcasts, Movies, TV Shows, Books, Apps, Siri, and websites — tap the control and then tap the highest rating you want your children to use.

  9. If you don’t want your children to be able to make purchases within apps, tap Require Password and then tap Immediately.

    This ensures that your children must type a password before they can make in-app purchases. If you leave the Require Password setting at 15 minutes, it means your kids can make in-app purchases without a password for up to 15 minutes after the initial purchase of the app.

  10. If you don’t want your children to make changes to certain settings, tap the corresponding setting types in the Privacy section and then tap Don’t Allow Changes.

  11. If you don’t want your children to make changes to the current mail, calendar, or contacts account settings, tap Accounts under Allow Changes, and then tap Don’t Allow Changes.

  12. If you don’t want your children to adjust the maximum volume limit you’ve set, tap Volume Limit, and then tap Don’t Allow Changes.

  13. In the Game Center section, tap the On/Off switches to enable or disable multiplayer games, and to enable or disable adding friends.