New to Apple TV? How to set up content restrictions

Apple TV Restrict Movies

If you own an Apple TV, then it’s likely you share it with others in your home. And if you have children, it’s essential that you make sure they cannot see inappropriate content on the device.

For those who are new to Apple TV or simply haven’t taken time to set up restrictions yet, this tutorial is for you. Here are the content restrictions available on your Apple TV and how to set them up.

Enable restrictions on Apple TV

To get started setting up restrictions on your Apple TV, open the Settings and click General. Go down to Restrictions, which should display as Off and click it.

At the top of the Restrictions screen, click Restrictions. You’ll then be asked to create and verify a four-digit passcode. When you finish, click OK and make sure you keep that passcode in a spot you’ll remember.

Apple TV Set Restrictions Passcode

Once you set this up along with the restrictions below, any changes will require that passcode.

Allowed content

The Allowed Content section of the Restrictions screen is where you’ll want to spend a little time.

Apple TV Restrictions Allowed Content

Music and Podcasts: Clean or Explicit.

Music Profiles: Show or Hide. This is for viewing other people’s profiles so you can see what your friends are listening to or share music.

Ratings For: Select your country. This will determine the available ratings for Movies and TV Shows that you’ll set next.

Movies: Choose a rating; only those movies within that rating or below can be viewed. You can also disallow all movies.

TV Shows: Choose a rating; only those shows within that rating or below can be viewed. You can also disallow all TV shows.

Apps: Choose an age range; only those apps intended for that age and below can be used. You can also disallow all apps.

Siri Explicit Language: Show or Hide.

Other restrictions

You’ll notice other sections in the Restrictions area for iTunes Store, Game Center, and Allow Changes. Each of these sections is pretty self-explanatory and offers either a Yes or No or Allow or Restrict setting.

Apple TV Restrictions Allow Changes

So if you’re concerned about someone renting or purchasing items from the store or messing with settings for your TV provider, as examples, you’ll want to take a minute to review these areas too.

Wrapping it up

Setting up content restrictions on Apple TV is easy and necessary if you have children in your home. So take just a few moments to make sure your little ones don’t see something they shouldn’t.

Are you going to set up some restrictions on your Apple TV now? Or maybe you already have and appreciate the options? Let us know!