How to set up, use, and remove iPhone Restrictions

Admin, Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Smartphones are capable of doing a lot, but when we hand one over to someone else – like a child – we need to make sure nothing catastrophic will happen. Technology can help us take care of that child, with things like GPS tracking, but it can also wreak havoc if the child decides to go on an App Store buying spree with your credit card. This is why you need to use iPhone Restrictions on your iOS device. This way, you can dictate what the phone user can and cannot do.

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quick answer

To set up iPhone Restrictions, go to Settings -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy Restrictions. toggle on Content and privacy restrictions And set a passcode to prevent others from disabling the feature later. Then dig deeper into the settings to enable or disable what you want.

Go to the main sections

What are the limitations of the iPhone?

iPhone Restrictions is a feature on Apple devices where you can enable or disable many features. Protected with a unique passcode, someone else cannot reverse these changes unless they also know the passcode. So iPhone restrictions are ideal if you want to give your child’s iPhone (for example), but don’t give them access to certain features like purchasing from the App Store or accessing adult websites.

You can also use Restrictions yourself if you want to disable any of the iOS features, such as Safari. Although it should be noted that restrictions do not uninstall the application – they just “hide” it. These system-wide features are built-in and therefore cannot be uninstalled.

How to set up iPhone Restrictions

It’s incredibly easy to set up iPhone Restrictions, and we’ll give you a full try here today. All you have to do is go to Settings-> Screen Time and choose Content and privacy restrictions.

ios ST . content restrictions

On the next page, click the switch to green Content and privacy restrictions. You will be asked to enter a unique passcode to protect this section from being changed later by someone else.

ios enable content restrictions

How to turn off restrictions on iPhone

To turn off Restrictions on your iPhone, simply do exactly the same as the previous section, but toggle the green switch to the off position. You will be asked to enter your unique passcode. Without it, you will not be able to disable iPhone restrictions. So don’t forget the passcode!

What iPhone Restrictions Can Do

Now that we’ve enabled iPhone Restrictions, let’s now take an in-depth look at each section and see what you can and can’t do.

iTunes and App Store purchases

iOS Content Restrictions iTunes App Store

This part was made largely for children. Watching a lot of exciting flashy games in the app store, along with mom and dad credit card number… well, you can also let them lose in the candy store and ask them to buy whatever they want.

This section will determine whether or not they can install or delete apps (free and paid), purchase in-app purchases, and whether or not a password is required.

Hide Apple iOS Built-in Apps

Default ios content restrictions Apple apps

This section covers the various built-in Apple features and whether or not you want to hide them from view. Since it is built into iOS, it cannot be uninstalled. So hiding it is the next best thing. Simply swap out anything you don’t need, or don’t want your child to have access to.

ios content storage restrictions

If you decide to grant access to the App Store, you can select the content you want to view. This is where you can block obscene and violent content in the form of music lyrics, music videos, books, movies, TV shows, and more. If you decide that Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad are not appropriate forms of teaching your child, you can cut that at the knees here.

game center

ios content restrictions game center

Game Center connects to many of the games available on your iOS device. The screenshot above shows the various options open to an iOS user when they sign into Game Center, and some of them have been determined to be completely unnecessary and unwanted. Private messaging is one of those messages you might not want a young child to have access to.


ios siri content restrictions

One area where you might want to limit things is Siri. If you have restricted web access, a user can theoretically get around it by asking Siri to search the web for them. So, you can close this loophole here.

Access to the site

iOS Content Restrictions on the Web

We covered this earlier when discussing blocking content on Safari. If you click Limit adult sitesYou can also enter other blocked websites, or set up a list of allowed websites instead.

web content ios restrictions

Privacy settings

privacy restrictions ios content

This is also very important if you are giving a phone to a minor. You obviously want to enable Location Services and Share My Location, but you won’t want to disable them after that! You may also want to consider disabling the photo album and camera to stop things like sending text messages.

Therefore, it is worth carefully considering each option in this section to avoid any situations that may be annoying later on.

Other iOS Settings

ios content restrictions ios settings

Quite simply, you can’t. You will have to completely wipe the phone using Find My iPhone (to bypass FMI SIM lock) and completely reinstall iOS. Do not restore an existing iCloud backup to the phone because it will contain the restrictions settings, as well as the forgotten passcode! You will get yourself back to where you started.

You can not. There is no function to recover the passcode. If you can’t quite remember it, you should completely wipe the phone using Find My iPhone and completely reinstall iOS. Obviously this will lead to some data loss.

If a passcode is set, you need to know the passcode to stop any restrictions on iPhone. Otherwise it is impossible.

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