Sign Up
Home > Parental Control > How to Use iOS 12 Parental Controls on iPhone/iPad

How to Use iOS 12 Parental Controls on iPhone/iPad

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Feb 21, 2020 05:23 pm

Everything has its pros and cons and the same can be said about the internet. Kids can use the internet to find educational materials, e-books, and funny videos etc, but it can make them addicted to their devices. Also, there's a chance that they might be seeing inappropriate content on the internet like pornography, violence, nudity, etc. Keeping these in mind, Apple has introduced a new iOS parental controls feature called Screen Time in 2018. This feature helps parents monitor and restrict their kid's online activities and help nurture healthy screen time habits in their kids. In this article, we will tell you how to use the iPhone or iPad parental control on iOS 12.

iOS 12 screen time

Does iPhone have Parental Controls?

Yes, without the use of any iOS parental control app, there is free feature called Screen Time. It comes with iOS 12 and allows parents to set content, apps, games, screen time, purchases, downloads and other restrictions on their kid's devices. If the kids use their parent's device, then parents can set up Apple parental controls easily, but if the device belongs to kids, then they will need to ask for their child's permission and passcode to enable this feature. After that, they can use Family sharing to configure their child's device from their own device.

How to Enable Parental Controls on iOS 12 iPhone/iPad

Step 1: First, open Settings on your device and tap on Screen time option.

Step 2: Tap on "Turn on Screen Time"; and then "Continue";.

Step 3: Then, select whether the device is yours or your child's and apply content restrictions on the device.

enable screen time

Step 4: Tap on Use Screen Time Passcode link to secure screen time settings.

Step 5: Enter the screen time passcode twice and screen time will turn on and start monitoring the device activity.

What You can do with iOS Parental Controls

The iOS 12 parental controls allow parents to control and manage the type of content their child can access on their iOS devices. Parents can restrict websites, limit screen time, restrict certain apps, filter or block App Store/iTunes content based on types or ratings, privacy settings, data usage, block iTunes/App Store purchases, Game Center etc. Though, all of these restrictions are placed under 4 major settings which are discussed below:

Downtime - This allows you to limit the screen time of the device so that your kids don't spend too much time on their iPhone/iPad. You set a start and end time for the downtime and your kids won't be able to use their device during that period.

set downtime

App Limits - In this section, you can limit the app usage throughout the day. You can block apps based on their category like games, entertainment, social networking, productivity, etc or block app apps on the device. Just click on the Add limit option in App Limits section and then, you can set the time limit for the apps. It is also possible to set different limits for different categories of apps and days of the week.

app limit

Always Allowed - This section allows you to select apps which you might want to use even during downtime or when you have chosen the All Apps & Categories app limit. Messages, Maps, FaceTime and Phone apps are all included by default in the Always Allowed section but can be removed as per your preferences.

allowed apps

Content & Privacy Restrictions - This section is where majority of the restriction settings are placed. Here, you can select what type of content can be accessed on the device based on age ratings like TV shows, podcasts, movies, books, apps, etc. You can also block adult websites on the device or only allow specific websites in Allowed Websites the Only list. GameCenter and Siri search features can also be blocked using these iOS parental controls. iTunes and App Store purchases can also be blocked through this section.

content privacy

Don't Miss: Best Parental Control App for Android

No doubt, Screen Time is a great alternative feature if you are looking for the best parental control app for iPad/iPhone. As it is an iOS feature, it cannot be used on Android devices. And since Android doesn't have any parental control feature like iOS screen time, you will need to use third-party parental control to keep an eye on your kid's device activities and keep them safe from any type of online threats.

KidsGuard Pro can be a great choice in this regard! It is specifically designed for this job! It is a parental control app which runs on the background anonymously. Here are some stellar features of KidsGuard Pro:

Features of KidsGuard Pro

  • It allows parents to check their child's Android device activities including browsing history, call logs, contacts, notes, calendar, messages, WhatsApp, Line, Kik, Viber keystrokes etc.

  • Parents can also view media files like photos and videos stored on their kid's device.

  • It also allows parents to track the real-time location of their kids and view all location history.

  • Real time screenshots are also available.

  • An activity report is directly sent to your online dashboard using the internet in real time.

Try It NowView Demo

kidsguard pro dashboard

KidsGuard Pro is available for a 3 –day free trial period with all the listed features above. After that there is a nominal subscription fee if you want to continue the services. Go for it right away!


By Cody Walsh

Posted on Mar 11, 2019 ( Updated: Feb 21, 2020 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

Generally rated 4.7 (122 participated)


Rated successfully!


You have already rated this article!