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.

How to restrict or only allow certain websites on Mac with Screen Time

Screen Time Allowed Websites List Mac

With the Screen Time feature on Mac, it’s just as easy to set limits and restrictions on your computer as it is on your iPhone or iPad. Whether for yourself or your child, you can minimize the time spent staring at a screen.

And just like Screen Time on iOS, this feature on Mac lets you restrict certain websites or allow only specific ones to keep your child from seeing something they shouldn’t. This is important for children of all ages and is easy to set up.

Here’s how to restrict websites on Mac or only allow access to certain ones with Screen Time.

How to set up restrictions in the Music and TV apps on Mac

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.

How to use Screen Time on Mac

Screen Time on Mac

When Apple introduced the Screen Time feature with iOS 12, it was a nice addition for many. From monitoring your own device screen time to your child’s, the feature has many helpful and useful options.

With the release of macOS Catalina, Apple decided to bring that Screen Time feature to Mac. And it’s just as valuable on your computer screen as your mobile device. This tutorial walks you through how to use Screen Time on Mac.

Safari private browsing button missing on iOS? Here’s the fix

Safari Private Browsing Button Missing iPhone

You decide you want to use private browsing in Safari on your iPhone or iPad. So, you open Safari, tap the button to open a new tab, and the Private button is gone. Where did it go?

If this is happening to you, it’s a simple fix. You made some changes to your settings and probably didn’t realize that it would take that Private button away from Safari. Here’s how to solve the case of the missing Safari Private browsing button.

How to recover a forgotten Restrictions or Screen Time passcode

Enter Screen Time Passcode on iPhone

Using a passcode for restrictions you set up with the Screen Time tool can keep those settings safe. It’s especially useful for parents who don’t want their children to access certain apps or just want to limit their kid’s screen time. So, what happens if you forget that passcode?

Unfortunately, recovering or resetting that passcode isn’t as easy as some might expect. Apple’s solution is to reset the device and set it up as brand new because restoring it from a backup will not reset that passcode. This is certainly not an ideal solution for most people.

Luckily, there is another way. Here’s how to recover a forgotten Restrictions or Screen Time passcode.

How to block access to specific websites on iPhone or iPad

Website Access Restricted on iPhone

If you want to restrict certain websites from being accessed on iPhone or iPad, this is easy to do. Before iOS 12, you could do this in the General area of the Settings app under Restrictions. But with the new Screen Time feature, you’ll need to head to a different spot.

Here’s how to now block access to specific websites on iPhone or iPad.

How to block access to specific websites on Mac

Restrict access to websites on Mac

If you have children using your Mac, you probably don't want them to access websites you deem inappropriate for them. Of course, adult sites come to mind, but there is also a host of other sites that you probably don't want your kids to end up visiting.

How to limit kids’ access to apps and media to only those with age-appropriate ratings

With the handy Restrictions feature on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV (and let's not forget about Parental Controls on the Mac!), blocking or limiting certain capabilities and services on your Apple devices becomes a simple task.

Maybe you're a parent to a kid who extensively uses your iOS hardware and other Apple gear?

Perhaps your colleagues at work, or potentially other people, have access to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If that's the case, you might want to consider restricting apps and media on your devices to only those with appropriate age-based ratings.

As always, iDownloadBlog comes to the rescue: step-by-step instructions in this tutorial will guide you through the process of restricting access to music, movies, television shows, digital books and apps on iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS platforms.