Parental Control on Andriod

Android’s parental controls can be found inside the Google Play Store app, so you will need to open that on the device on which you want parental controls to run. Depending on the specific version of Android you have, you will either see the three-line (≡) ‘hamburger’ menu icon in the search bar at the top, or you will have a tappable profile picture as shown here. Tap on it and then on Settings.

Open the App Store


How to use parental controls in Android

Find the Family


How to use parental controls in Android

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You should now see several options in the Settings page. The one we want is Family. Tap on the arrow at the right of the screen. 

Expand the options 


How to use parental controls in Android

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When you tap on the arrow it will expand the section, enabling you to see the available options and the current status of the parental controls. If someone has not already set up parental controls for this device, it should say that parental controls are off. Tap on that option to continue. 

Push the button 


How to use parental controls in Android

Before you can adjust the parental control settings, you need to turn parental controls on. You can do that by tapping the button at the top of this page. As you would  expect, you hit the same button if, for whatever reason, you want to turn parental controls off again. 

Pick a PIN 


How to use parental controls in Android

Of course, there’s no point having a parental control system if the kids can simply swagger into Settings and turn it off. To prevent this, Android will now ask you to create a PIN. Don’t forget it: you won’t be able to turn off parental controls without it. 

Select the content 


How to use parental controls in Android

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You should now be returned to the Settings > Parental Controls page, this time with the message “Parental controls are on” at the top. You can now tap on the kind of content for which you want to add restrictions. In this example, we will adjust the settings for apps and games. 

Set the age limit 


How to use parental controls in Android

As you can see, the limit system could not be simpler: just pick the age rating you want to enforce and Android will do the rest. These ratings are PEGI ratings, which is short for Pan European Game Information. If you restrict games and apps to a particular age, it will also exclude apps that do not have an age rating.

Parental Control on iPhone or iPad

Prevent iTunes & App Store purchases

You can also prevent your child from being able to install or delete apps, make in-app purchases, and more. To prevent iTunes & App Store purchases or downloads:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time. 
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. If asked, enter your passcode.
  3. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  4. Choose a setting and set it to Do not Allow.

You can also change your password settings for additional purchases from the iTunes & App Store or Book Store. Follow steps 1-3, then choose Always Require or Do not Require.

Allow built-in apps and features

You can restrict the use of built-in apps or features. If you turn off an app or feature, the app or feature won’t be deleted, it’s just temporarily hidden from your Home Screen. For example, if you turn off Mail, the Mail app will not appear on your Home Screen until you turn it back on.

To change your Allowed Apps:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Enter your Screen Time passcode. 
  4. Tap Allowed Apps. 
  5. Select the apps that you want to allow.

Prevent web content

iOS and iPadOS can automatically filter website content to limit access to adult content in Safari and other apps on your device. You can also add specific websites to an approved or blocked list, or you can limit access to only approved websites. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter your Screen Time passcode. 
  3. Tap Content Restrictions, then tap Web Content.
  4. Choose Unrestricted Access, Limit Adult Websites, or Allowed Websites Only. 

Depending on the access you allow, you might need to add information, like the website that you want to restrict.

Allow changes to privacy settings

The privacy settings on your device give you control over which apps have access to information stored on your device or the hardware features. For example, you can allow a social-networking app to request access to use the camera, which allows you to take and upload pictures.

To allow changes to privacy settings:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions. If asked, enter your passcode.
  3. Tap Privacy, then choose the settings that you want to restrict.

Here are the things you can restrict:

  • Location Services: Lock the settings to allow apps and websites to use location
  • Contacts: Prevent apps from accessing your Contacts
  • Calendars: Prevent apps from accessing your Calendar
  • Reminders: Prevent apps from accessing your Reminders
  • Photos: Prevent apps from requesting access to your photos
  • Share My Location: Lock the settings for location sharing in Messages and Find My Friends
  • Bluetooth sharing: Prevent devices and apps from sharing data through Bluetooth
  • Microphone: Prevent apps from requesting access to your microphone
  • Speech Recognition: Prevent apps from accessing Speech Recognition or Dictation
  • Advertising: Prevent changes to advertising settings
  • Media & Apple Music: Prevent apps from accessing your photos, videos, or music library

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