How to set content restrictions on your iPhone

By , Apr 20, 2013

Enter a restrictions passcode

Earlier this month, Apple made some minor adjustments to the way app information is displayed on the App Store. In an effort to help parents clearly understand what their child is downloading, an app’s age restriction has been moved to the top of the summary page, just below its name.

This doesn’t always keep kids from sneaking a download or two when you aren’t watching. In addition to securing your iPhone from unwanted in-app purchases, you can also keep your iPhone from unwanted subject matter downloads by setting content restrictions.

Setting content restricts can be done with a few simple steps. These instructions work for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch…

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Restrictions. If you have not previously set restrictions, you will need to “Enable Restrictions.”

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Step 2: You will have to create a four-number password that will have to be entered every time you want to make changes to restrictions in the future. This will ensure that your youngster doesn’t make changes to your settings without your permission. Enter the password a second time to confirm it.

Step 3: Set content restrictions based on your personal preference.

You can allow or restrict the use of the Safari browser, the native camera app, FaceTime, iTunes, and iBookstore by toggling the on/off switch to “Off.” This is a nice feature for keeping your five year old nephew, who likes to take close-up pictures of his nose, from accessing apps that you just don’t want him using at all.

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You can also adjust your device so that no apps can be installed or deleted, and turn off Siri and text-to-voice explicit language.

You can fine-tune your content restrictions based on the country of origin for app age ratings. To do this, tap the “Ratings For” tab and select the country you want to use. Obviously, it makes sense to choose the country you currently reside in.

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If you want to let your little one listen to your music, but don’t want them accidentally listening to your collection of DMX albums, you can turn off the ability to play back music or podcasts that have explicit content. Select the “Music & Podcast” tab and toggle the “Explicit Language” feature to “Off.”

You can further adjust app download restrictions by selecting what age limit you will or won’t allow. You can chose between 4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+ years of age. You can also restrict all app downloads entirely. Tap the “Apps” tab and select the highest-level rating you want to allow downloads for. All others below it will be automatically restricted.

When it comes to movies and television shows, you can set age restrictions based on MPAA and your country’s television content rating systems. Tap the “movies” or “TV Shows” tab and select the highest-level rating you want to allow downloads for. All others below it will be automatically restricted.

You can turn off the ability to download books with adult content by tapping the “Books” tab and toggling the “Explicit Sexual Content” switch to “Off.”

Now, your device should be kid-proofed so that no one sees anything they shouldn’t or downloads any inappropriate movies or books.

Don’t forget to check out our tutorial on how to turn off in-app purchases.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/abdullah.alhealal Abdullah Al Healal

    this news is old !!

    • Parth Patel

      This is not a news !!

    • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

      Its just to inform and remind

    • Bob

      This isn’t news. What is news is that the first ever call recorder for iPhone has been released in Cydia.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        ….As-in Local call recorder, there have been several unreliable online solutions.

        BTW, it’s Audio Recorder and it’s not in the BigBoss repo for some odd reason.

      • Bob

        It got removed because the developer got scared. He changed the name of it. When I downloaded it, it said call recorder but the app said audio recorder.

        He said he’s bringing it back though, he said the main repos don’t want to host it.

  • Bob

    Everyone knows this stuff. I use this this and lock locations and accounts. If my phone is stolen, icloud can’t be deleted.

    • RarestName

      Not everyone. Didn’t you read about the recent news about some kid who spent a few thousand dollars on iAP?

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Uhm, how do you use this to stop iCloud from being deleted? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s just security by obscurity, ’cause the first thing they’re likely to do is turn your iPhone off.

      • Bob

        Yup, that’s what they would do. That’s why I installed NoPowerDown which means they can’t turn it off. They can’t turn on airplane mode either as my settings app is also locked. They can’t take out the simcard either because it’s protected by a steel case which has custom screws. By the time they open the screws, I would of found them. I think of every possible scenario and outcome of every possible situation. I have throwing knives in every room of my house, just incase someone breaks in. I have escape plans mapped out in my head. Call me paranoid, call me crazy but I’m a very logical thinker and whilst I can’t control the outcome of every possible scenario, the odds will however always be on my side.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Awesome, if you’re not aware of it, you should check out iCaughtU Pro; it’s the best digital anti-theft security for your iDevices. One of it’s top features is SMS/iMessage commands; allows you control your iPhone’s alarm/cameras/location sensors from another iPhone/SmartPhone or any dumb cellphone via pre-defined text commands.

      • Bob

        Already got it installed :D

        It’s pretty good isn’t it.

        I usto use iGotYa but iCaughtU Pro is a lot better.

        The custom commands are awesome.

  • Manuel Angel

    Give them a break. We all know Friday, Saturday and Sunday are slow days. At least they’re writing something unlike other sites that break the whole weekend.

  • http://twitter.com/wamid Em Oh Shi-Habi

    It’s also a good idea to write the restriction code somewhere just in case. I’ve had many people asking me what to do ’cause they forgot the code and it will not go away without an clean update.

  • Brian

    Why is your wifi blacked out? What harm could come from showing the name of the network that you connect to? It looks like its ATT and 3 numbers. I’ll even share mine, NETGEAR25.

    • RarestName

      Don’t look behind you :)

    • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

      NETFEAR 5.0GHz. Come at me bruh. :)

      • Ahmadjoon

        Mine:ahmadjoon77

    • CPDigitalDarkroom

      ATT666 lol

    • http://twitter.com/arthurgeron Arthur Geron

      Maybe he worsk at ATT and don’t want us to know that, also it’s odd to exemplify restriction on iphones using an ipad’s screenshot

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gregory.Gonsalves10 Gregory Smiley

    Do you ever get so bored that you start to make tutorials on things that people knew since that something was announced?

  • Fizzy

    Who really cares? This is only an apple website and everyone can figure out how to use this

  • http://twitter.com/PrsnSingh Prasoon

    Instead of posting stuff we all ready know, why not post stuff about iPads? Like themes and tweaks. Cause all you just post are about iPhone stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004341793101 Stephen Miller

    His Wifi is ATT000 ;D

  • Guest

    Why do people download Youtube videos on their phones?

    This is not a rhetorical question.

  • Dreamchaser1416_

    Great post Lory if u ppl knew about idb u wud know the new is about all apple products and not just about tweaks and themes smh

  • princess

    how do i change the password i entered. I didn’t forget it i just want to make a new one.