Kids section TV app on Mac

Along with macOS Catalina came a few new apps including Music and TV. If you share a computer with children in your home and don’t have Screen Time set up or limit them as users, your kids could end up seeing something they shouldn’t.

To help, Apple offers restrictions in these apps to prevent inappropriate content from popping up. Here’s how to set up those restrictions in the Music and TV apps on your Mac.

Set up restrictions in the Music app

Open the Music app on Mac and then follow these steps.

1) Click Music > Preferences from the menu bar

2) Choose the Restrictions tab.

3) Click the Lock button on the bottom left and enter your Mac username and password.

4) Start at the top of the Restrictions tab selecting those items you want to Disable.

The Ratings for box should default to your country or region, but if not, you can click to change it.

Under Restrict, mark the boxes for restricted items. For Movies and TV shows, you can choose ratings from the drop-down boxes.

Music app restrictions on Mac

5) Click the Lock button when you finish to prevent any unauthorized changes and then click OK.

Set up restrictions in the TV app

Open the TV app on Mac and then follow these steps.

1) Click TV > Preferences from the menu bar

2) Choose the Restrictions tab.

3) Click the Lock button on the bottom left and enter your Mac username and password.

4) At the top of the Restrictions tab select Purchasing or Subscribing and/or Shared Libraries if you want to Disable those items.

The Ratings for box should default to your country or region, but if not, you can change it.

Under Restrict, Movies and TV shows have drop-down boxes for you to pick the ratings you want.

TV app restrictions on Mac

5) Click the Lock button when you finish to prevent any unauthorized changes and then click OK.

Crossover between Music and TV

You may have noticed that a few items for Restrictions appear in both apps. These include Shared Libraries under Disable and Movies and TV under Restrict.

If you disable Shared Libraries in the Restrictions for one app, it will apply to the other.

If you restrict and set ratings for Movies and TV in one app, it will apply to the other.

This is convenient for those situations where you only want to limit those items. But is also something to keep in mind because the Music app does provide a few more restrictions than the TV app does.

In addition, once you set up restrictions in these apps, you’ll notice only movies and TV shows that apply to your settings will display in the TV app when you open it.

Wrapping it up

If you haven’t yet set up a separate user account with Screen Time limits for your child and they use your Mac, having these restrictions in Music and TV is another way to keep them from inappropriate content. Just keep in mind that it restricts the content you view as well unless you pop back in the Preferences and change it.

What are your thoughts on the new Music and TV apps in macOS Catalina? Let us know in the comments below!