How to Set up Parental Controls on iPhone and Other Restrictions

With the accessibility of the internet and the inventions of internet devices, the whole world has become a global village. But yet, there are certain restrictions that need to be set for children handling such devices. In this post, I will be showing you how to set up parental controls on iPhone. This will be useful if you intend to get one for your kid or maybe they can easily lay hand on yours.

In case you do not know, Apple has one of the best parental controls on iPhone settings in the technology industry. The parental controls they designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are all top-notch. In case you are eager to learn how to set up parental controls on your iPhone, and other iOS devices, then this post is made just for you.

Also read: iPhone Volume Settings – How to Control Volumes on iPhone or iPad

Apart from showing you how to set up parental controls on iPhone, I will also introduce you to some other in-depth tips that will allow you to customize your children’s iPhone experience to the peak. This knowledge will also give you complete control over the apps they use, the content they have access to, and also what they are downloading and installing on their iPhone.

How to Setup Parental Controls on iPhone and Other Restrictions

How to Enable Parental Controls on iPhone

Enabling parental controls on your iPhone is not as difficult as you think, just follow the steps outlined below:

  • Launch the “Settings” app
  • Select “Screen Time”
  • Make sure to enable Screen Time
  • Tap “Continue” after carefully reading what this feature allows you to do.
  • Select “This Is My Child’s iPhone” if that is the case
  • Configure the Downtime settings for your child’s iPhone. You can select the time when they will be unable to use Facebook, play videogames, etc. They will still be able to receive calls and texts from you and others, though. You can choose to allow other apps as well, but that is up to you.
  • Next, you want to configure the “App Limit settings”. You can set individual app limits, which is neat. For example, you can give them one hour a day on social media app, and one hour in Candy Crush or other games. Finally, select “Set App Limit”
  • Under the “Content and Privacy” settings, you can set up a passcode. Select Continue and introduce a passcode (four digits) so that only you can meddle with the settings. We highly recommend enabling this option.

Also read: What is Screen Time on iPhone? Learn How to turn it Off and On

How to Setup In-App Purchase Restriction on iPhone

In case you do not know, Screen Time does not only allow you to set up parental controls. It can also allow you to control all the in-app purchases made on the App Store, iTunes, and so on. Follow the steps outlined below to change in-app purchases and other app control settings.

  • Open the “Settings” app
  • Select “Screen Time”
  • Then Select “Content and Privacy Restrictions”. Enter the passcode if asked.
  • Enable “Content and Privacy Restrictions” by moving the slider to the right.
  • Choose” iTunes and App Store Purchases”
  • Here, you will see “Installing Apps”, “Deleting Apps”, and “In-app Purchase” options. Tap on the selection next to them (Don’t Allow or Allow). It is probably best to block all of these options, but you can also lock them behind a password

How to Control Internet browsing on an iPhone

There are also parental controls on iPhone that allow you to set an internet browsing limit for your child. Just follow the steps outlined below to achieve that:

  • Tap on the Settings app and select Screen Time.
  • Choose Content and Privacy Restrictions and enable it. Enter your passcode if asked.
  • Select Content Restrictions.
  • Scroll down until you find Web Content. Select this option.
  • Choose Limit Adult Websites if you prefer this method. You can also select Allowed Websites Only and specify which sites your child can access. You need to add websites one by one, both the ones you want to allow and those that you don’t.

How to Setup App Limits on iPhone

You can also set up app limits according to your preferences. You can make a list of apps that are always enabled. These will neglect the Downtime and App Limits. Follow the steps below if you want to allow only some useful apps on your child’s iPhone.

  • Go to Settings and select “Screen Time”
  • Choose “Always Allowed” and go through the list of apps
  • Choose the installed apps that you will like always to be accessible. Facetime, Maps, Messages, and Phone apps are allowed by default. You can even disable most of them except for the Phone app.

The best apps you should make accessible for your children are communication and educational apps. This will help them to become better people in society.


Before you leave, I will like to make this clear, all children hate parental controls. They simply believe they know what is best for them, but at a very young age, they should not be allowed to make all decisions for themselves. Restricting their phone time, in-app purchases, and browsing seems the best at the moment.

What are your thoughts about parental controls on iPhone and its usage so far? Kindly share it with us in the comment section on this page.

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About Chibuzor Aguwa 346 Articles
Chibuzor Aguwa is an Article Writer, ICT Specialist and an Online Entrepreneur. Like the saying does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", some of my hobbies are listening to inspirational songs and watching football. A big fan of Manchester United Football Club.

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