Restrictions

How to prevent apps on your iPhone and iPad from being installed or deleted

With iOS's built-in Restrictions control, parents can impose limits on what their kids can do with their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It's also a great place to restrict certain features on your own device.

For instance, after setting up my nephew's  iPad with his favorite apps I then disabled the ability for him to delete or download them from the App Store.

Our tutorial will teach you how you to do just that on your own iOS device in order to prevent accidental app deletions and stop your kids, or other people using your device, from downloading apps.

How to prevent kids from sharing their location from iPhone

iOS has unassuming little switches in Messages and Find My Friends for permitting friends and family to see your current geographical location or receive continually updated location as you move about with an iPhone in your pocket.

It's a really great feature for power users but also a privacy nightmare for parents. You don't want your kids to walk around with a probe in their pocket, no?

Responsible parents will weigh pros and cons of location sharing and restrict the feature so that kids cannot share their location with a stranger, intentionally or not.

This tutorial will teach you how to leverage restricted features and other switches in iOS to stop built-in location sharing in Messages and Find My Friends, and disallow apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Viber to access iOS's Location Services.

How to prevent people from making In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

Every time you buy a rare sword for your hero, a full app unlock, content subscription or other intangibles in apps and games, you're interacting with Apple's In-App Purchase system. The beauty of this feature lies in its deep integration with Apple's ecosystem and the iTunes billing mechanism.

It can also pose a hazard for it's easy to get carried away and ring up a big bill for purchases made within apps. To save us from racking up lots of in-app purchases, Apple's provided a way to restrict them.

In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to disable or restrict the In-App Purchase mechanism on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV to prevent unintentional or unauthorized purchases.

How to prevent kids from sharing photos and videos to specific apps on iPhone and iPad

Are you a parent to a kid who just can't get enough of that iPhone? If so, you're probably concerned that the junior might post candid shots from your photo library to social media, be it by accident or intentionally.

Your photos are your business and iOS lets you determine which apps are allowed to access your Photos library. As you know, this can be set on a per-app basis in Settings → Privacy → Photos.

This tutorial goes one step further, leveraging parental controls to lock down Photos privacy settings for apps. This should be enough to prevent your kids from re-enabling apps to access media in Photos without your restrictions passcode.

How to prevent apps from being deleted on iPhone and iPad

Suppose you're a parent to a little monster who just wouldn't stop relentlessly exploring the world around them. Or, maybe you own a cat that likes to play games on your iPad. No cat? Well, how about a naughty little nephew who would tap-tap-tap on your unattended iPhone like there's no tomorrow?

TL;DR: let others use your device and risk accidental app deletions lest you do something about it.

In this tutorial, you're going to learn how to set up an iOS device so that no one will be able to delete apps from it without knowing your restrictions passcode.

How to lock down maximum headphone volume on iPhone and iPad

If you don't want to blow out your eardrums by playing music at the full volume of your iPhone's EarPods, wireless headset, in-ear buds or other accessory, you're wholeheartedly recommended to limit the maximum headphone volume in Settings to safe levels that won't damage your hearing.

That still won't be enough to prevent your kids, oneself or anyone in possession of your device from using the same setting to crank the maximum volume back up to unsafe levels. Wouldn't it be great if you could actually lock down your maximum audio level?

In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to leverage restricted volume control access in iOS to lock the current audio limit level in place using a password of your choosing.

How to allow access only to specific websites on iPhone and iPad

If you're a parent whose kids frequently play with your iPhone, or your iOS device is used by other people in your household, you might want to restrict certain websites in order to increase your privacy.

Allowing access only to certain websites on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad isn't as user-facing a feature as it should have been. Regardless, you can make it work like a charm assuming you don't mind poking around in the options within the stock Settings app.

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to restrict Safari and other WebKit-based browser in a way that will prohibit anyone from visiting websites on your device that you haven't whitelisted specifically.

How to filter mature language for Siri and Dictation

Sometimes when you use the dictation feature on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad—or just converse with Siri and it misunderstands you—you might be in for a surprise seeing explicit language that you don't really want others to see, especially if you talk to Siri on your new Apple TV and kids are present.

Fortunately, both iOS and tvOS give you all the controls you need to prevent profanities from showing up when you use speech-to-text or Siri. In this post, you'll learn how to disable explicit language for Siri and Dictation on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and filter out explicit language for Siri on your Apple TV.

How to disable explicit music and podcasts on your Apple TV

Among other enhancements, a software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV has brought out podcasts to your living room experience via Apple's Podcasts app.

If you have kids and everyone in your household is using the same Apple TV, it might be a good idea to prevent explicit content in Apple Music and Podcasts.

In this quick tutorial, we're going to show you how to disable mature language for music and podcasts on the Apple TV by flipping a switch in Settings.

How to disable and prevent access to FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad

If you want to temporarily disable FaceTime on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without signing out in Settings → FaceTime and having to manually log back in with your Apple ID to re-enable it, you've come to the right place.

This tutorial will show you how to temporarily disable FaceTime on your iOS device and teach you to quickly re-enable it, without having to jump through hoops.

How to set content restrictions on iPhone

In April of 2014, 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, right next to 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 parental controls, or content restrictions, as Apple calls it.

Setting parental controls can be done with a few simple steps. These instructions on how to set content restrictions work for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

How to turn off in-app purchases

Back in 2013, Apple agreed to settle a two year-old lawsuit with a group of parents over unauthorized in-app purchases made by their kids. The parents claimed that their kids had completed in-app purchases without their knowledge because of an oversight in the way in-app purchases actually work.

Of course, all this could have been prevented if parents had restricted the usage of in-app purchases in the first place, but admittedly, not everyone knows you can make in-app purchases, and more importantly, I don't think anyone (especially parents) knows that you can turn off in-app purchases in iOS.