Restricting Video Usage on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you’ve given an iPad to your kid or someone who works for you, you may not want that person spending time watching movies or television. You might want him or her to do something more productive, such as homework or the quarterly budget. That’s where parental restrictions come in. Please note that the use of this iron-fist tool can make you unpopular.

Tap Settings→General→Restrictions→Enable Restrictions. You’re asked to establish or enter a previously established passcode. Twice. Having done so, you can set restrictions based on movie ratings (PG, R, and so on) and regulate access to TV shows, also based on ratings. You can also restrict FaceTime usage or use of the camera (which when turned off also turns off FaceTime).

Video takes up space — lots of space. Another option for restricting access to video is to delete it from your iPad. After the closing credits roll and you no longer want to keep a video on your iPad, here’s what you need to know about deleting it:

  • To remove a downloaded video from the device — the flick remains in iCloud — tap Edit from the main Movies or TV Shows list screen, and tap the x-in-a-circle that appears on top of the movie poster. To confirm your intention, Apple asks whether you’re sure you want to delete the video. If you’re sure, tap Delete. (If you change your mind, tap Cancel.) To delete episodes of a TV series that you’ve watched, swipe from right to left on the episode name and then tap the red Delete button.

  • If you delete a rented movie before watching it on your iPad, it’s gone. You have to spend (more) loot if you hope to watch it in the future on the iPad.