About Restrictions (parental controls) on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

You can turn on Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on your iOS device to prevent access to specific apps and features. Learn about the types of Restrictions and how to turn them on and off on your device.

Turn on Restrictions

  1. Tap Settings > General.
  2. Tap Restrictions.
  3. Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. You'll need this passcode to change your settings or turn off Restrictions.

    If you lose or forget your Restrictions passcode, you'll need to erase your device and then set it up as a new device to remove the passcode. Restoring the device won't remove the passcode.

See what you can restrict

When an option is on, or you see a checkmark next to an item, that means you're allowing access to that item. Turn options off to restrict access.

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. Contact your administrator or the person who installed the profile for more information.

Apps and features

  • Safari
  • Camera (also disables FaceTime)
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes Store
  • iBooks Store
  • In-App Purchases
  • Siri
  • AirDrop
  • CarPlay (available only with iPhone 5 or later)
  • Installing apps
  • Deleting apps

You can restrict access to YouTube in iOS 5 and earlier.

Types of content

  • 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
  • Apps
  • Siri
  • Websites
  • If you don’t use Touch ID for paid and in-app purchases, you can choose between two options for how often you need to enter your password for these purchases.

Changes to privacy settings

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

Changes to settings and accounts

  • Accounts (you can prevent changes to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime)
  • Background app refresh
  • Find My Friends (available when you install the Find My Friends app)
  • Volume limit
  • Cellular data use (available only on cellular-enabled iOS devices)

Features within Game Center

  • Multiplayer games
  • Adding friends

Get help

When you have Restrictions on, you might notice that you're missing a particular app or feature:

  • You don't see an app on the Home screen (like Safari, Camera, or FaceTime).
  • You can't use a certain feature or service (like Siri or Location Services).
  • You see that a setting is missing or dimmed (like Mail, Contacts, and Calendar; iCloud; Twitter; FaceTime).

If you're missing an app or feature, try turning Restrictions off.

Learn more

Learn how to use Restrictions (or parental controls) in iTunes or prevent In-App Purchases.

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