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Published on Aug 26, 2022
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Sophia Clark

How to Set Parental control on iPhone or iPad? Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Parental Controls are also termed Content & Privacy Restrictions in IOS devices. Setting Parental Controls is a piece of cake for parents. Don't worry if you aren't good with techs and don't understand much about them.

We will help you go through this guide to know about parental control and enabling settings for parental control on iPhone or iPad.

What is Parental Controls and Why is Parental Controls Useful?

Parental Controls software helps parents to put restrictions on kids' devices. This will limit kids from viewing content improperly to their age and maturity level.

You cannot rest easy thinking your kids are safe as they are inside your house. They may be watching irrelevant content under your nose without your knowledge. If your kids are watching many videos and playing online games, they are likely to expose to adult content. How? The answer is Google ads. Therefore, I suggest using parental controls for your family.

If your kids don't have their phones and use their phones, they are less safe. Your age is already 21+, so you can view any content without restrictions. But your kids who are ten or below can access what you can access too.

Free games get income from running ads which we all know. There are ads targeted by Google ad sense for your age in those ads. Some ads are game-related, whereas some are 18+ apps and websites, including dating apps, R-rated videos, games, violence. They tap those ads on random to exit, and they get redirected to those sites or Appstore.

Thus, to get them away from these internet's undesirable and inappropriate content, you need to put parental control on their devices.

How to Set Parental Control on iPhone or iPad?

Turning on parental controls will help you restrict particular apps and content. Device functions like; deleting apps, purchasing in-games, turning on cellular data, and more. If your child uses iPhone or iPad, then it's easy to set up parental control in it.

Follow the below steps to set parental control on iPhone and IPad:

  • Go to Settings and Click on Screen Time Passcode.

  • You will see your screen usage history, Downtime, etc. Then, click on Use Screen Time Passcode.
  • Set a Screen Time Passcode.

  • Then, tap on Content and Privacy Restrictions. Inside it, there you will see another Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  • Tap on it to make the bar green. If you followed the instruction and made it this far, then your screen should be looking like this now:


The Must 'Turn On' Restrictions in your iPhone and iPad.

In this list, number 1 is to disable in-app purchases. Most parents link their card and bank details in apple id and let their kid use their phones. Kids press the buy button without reading and make in-app purchases without knowing. To prevent that:

  • Go to Content & Privacy Restrictions. Below you can see iTunes & App Store Purchases; tap on it.
  • Next, tap on In-app Purchases; there, you will see Allow, tap it, and set to Don't Allow.


While playing free games, kids see a lot of photo ads and video ads. They tap on them and download them without reading and understanding. Some are good games some are adult-rated.

Ad blockers can block them, but everyone doesn't want to buy ad blockers for $5 to $10 monthly expenses. So to your concern, iPhone and iPad comes with options to auto-filter website content.

It will help you lower access to adult content in Safari and other apps on your children's devices. It cannot wholly block ads, though. To prevent adult sites from popping on your kid's phone,

  • Go to Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  • Now, tap on Content Restrictions, then 'Web Content.'
  • You can set it to Limit Adult Websites. But I recommend choosing Allowed Websites Only for your kids' safety.


Setting Downtime:

This is the most lovable feature on this list. You, as a parent, will feel your money was worth buying an iPhone or iPad after setting this feature. To your surprise, this feature allows you to lock your kids' iPhone or iPad without you even touching it.

If your kid sleeps alone and watches phones till late at night, then you won't have to wake up worrying at midnight from now on. You also won't need to nag at them to sleep on time. This feature closes your kids' phones and makes all apps unusable except phone calls and texts.

This feature helps you set a screen lock and unlocks it at the time of your choice, which is why it's a good fit for kids whose parents work till late at night. You can come home without any hurry knowing your kids have slept already. You can set this feature from

  • Go to Settings. Then tap Screen Time, and below you will see Downtime.
  • Enable Downtime and make its bar green.
  • Then,two green choices will pop up. One is Every Day; another is Customize Days. You can set, same time every day if you want or customize the set if you want to be lenient on weekends.



Likewise, you can set your own restrictions as you like.

Note: Don't forget the password, or else you will have to reset your phone for it. Keep your password to yourself else your kids may disable restrictions by sneaking on your password. There are 'Oh! So smart.' Type kids and your kid may be one of them.

These kids are way ahead in the matter of technologies and gadgets. They can know your passcode by looking at it once only or guess where you could have hidden the passcodes. Be smart. Don't lose to your kids and show them who's the boss.


With growing technology, updates on devices are also growing. And one of the major updates needed these days is inbuilt parental control features on all devices. So, luckily if you are iPhone or iPad user or your kids use iPhone then, IOS updates have brought parental control on iPhones.

Above we have mentioned how you can set up parental control on iPhone or iPad to control your kid's screen time and access inappropriate content. However, if you are an Android user or Windows user, there are also parental feature updates on it. You can go through these blogs to set parental controls and keep your kids safe: How To Set Parental Controls for Windows 10? and How to Check Screen Time on Android?

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