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Setting Restrictions

Parental controls on an iOS Device (iPad / iPhone)

You can enable Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Restrictions stop you from using specific features and applications.

If you are going to apply restrictions to an iPad that is used in school, please make sure to do the following;

  • Install ALL apps on the PHGS App List
  • DO NOT disable location services
  • DO NOT disable Camera
  • DO NOT disable AirDrop

Using Restrictions

You can enable and adjust Restrictions on your device to prevent access to specific features or content on the device.

  1. Tap Settings > General.
    iPad Settings
  2. Tap Restrictions.
    iPad Settings
  3. Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. This does not need to be the same passcode as is used to unlock the iPad.
    You can use the passcode to change your settings or turn off Restrictions. 
  4. Important: If you lose or forget your Restrictions passcode, you'll need to perform a factory restore to remove it.
    iPad Settings

You can restrict access to these applications and features on the device

  • Safari
  • Camera (also disables FaceTime)
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes Store
  • iBooks Store (See note 1 below)
  • In-App Purchases
  • Siri
  • AirDrop
  • Installing apps
  • Deleting apps

You can prevent access to specific content types

  • Ratings (select the country in the ratings section to automatically apply the appropriate content ratings for that region)
  • Music and podcasts
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Books (See note 1 below)
  • Apps
  • Siri
  • Websites
  • You can also adjust the time necessary before a password is required to purchase content

You can prevent changes to privacy settings, including

  • Location Services
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
  • Reminders
  • Photos
  • Bluetooth sharing
  • Microphone
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Advertising

You can prevent changes to these settings and accounts

  • Accounts (See note 2 below)
  • Find My Friends (See note 3 below)
  • Background app refresh
  • Volume limit

You can restrict features within Game Center:

  • Multiplayer games
  • Adding friends

You can also turn on or enforce Restrictions using a profile (typically installed when using the device for business or education purposes). Check for installed profiles in Settings > General > Profiles. For additional information, contact the administrator or the person who installed the profile. To learn more about iOS software, see the user manual.


  1. Learn more about iBooks and iBooks Store Restrictions.
  2. You can prevent changes to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime.
  3. This is available only when you install the Find My Friends app.