It’s frightening how easy it is for children to stumble upon inappropriate content, whether they’re using your iPhone for just a few minutes or their own device. While the latest versions of iOS includes app restriction features and marketplace filtering, that’s not enough for many parents. You can turn on Restrictions, also known as parental controls for iPhone and other Apple’s products such as iPad, and iPod touch. You can use Restrictions to prevent access to specific apps and features. Learn about the types of Restrictions and how to turn them on and off on your device.
See what you can restrict:
You can restrict access to these apps and features1 on the device:
Safari, Camera (also disables FaceTime), FaceTime, iTunes Store, iBooks Store2, In-App Purchases, Siri, AirDrop, CarPlay3, Installing apps, Deleting apps
You can prevent access to specific content types, such as these:
Ratings (select the country in the ratings section to automatically apply the appropriate content ratings for that region), Music and podcasts, Movies, TV shows, Books2, Apps, Siri, Websites
You can also adjust the time necessary before a password is required to purchase content
You can prevent changes to privacy settings, including these:
Location Services, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Photos, Bluetooth sharing, Microphone, Twitter, Facebook, Advertising
You can prevent changes to these settings and accounts:
Accounts4, Find My Friends5, Cellular data use6, Background app refresh, Volume limit
You can restrict features within Game Center:
Multiplayer games, Adding friends
You can also turn on or enforce Restrictions using a profile (typically installed when using the device for business or education purposes). Check for installed profiles in Settings > General > Profiles. For additional information, contact the administrator or the person who installed the profile. To learn more about iOS software, see the user manual.
If your iOS device is missing a particular app or a certain feature isn’t available, make sure that Restrictions are off. Symptoms can include:
App missing from the Home screen (such as Safari, Camera, or FaceTime)
Feature or service unavailable (such as Siri or Location Services)
Setting missing or dimmed (such as Mail, Contacts, and Calendar; iCloud; Twitter; FaceTime)
Learn how to use Restrictions (or parental controls) in iTunes and how to prevent In-App Purchases.
You can restrict access to YouTube in iOS 5 and earlier.
Learn more about iBooks and iBooks Store Restrictions.
CarPlay is available only on iPhone 5 or later.
You can prevent changes to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime.
This is available only when you install the Find My Friends app.
This is available only on cellular-enabled iOS devices.
Technically, you need to follow steps as below:
If you lose or forget your Restrictions passcode, you’ll need to perform a factory restore to remove it.