How to Set Up Parental Controls on Your Kid's iPhone?

By Zack Morris | Jun 27, 2018 10:05 am

Technology is supposed to enrich our lives. However, when underage kids are left to use their iPhone without any control, it might cause more harm than benefit. Parents are already aware that their kids may be affected by harmful information online, get involved in frauds, or get addicted to mobile games. In order to eliminate the possibility of any of these things happening to their kids, parents would need to know how to set up parental controls on iPhone. This article will focus on how iPhone parental control can be achieved.

Part 1: How to Set Up Parental Control on Your Kid's iPhone?

Using Screen Time Control (iOS 12)

If your kid owns an iPhone that runs on iOS 12 and you are wondering how to set up parental controls on iPhone, you will be happy to know that you can use an official Apple service. The Apple service we are talking about here is known as Screen Time.

Screen Time lets you manage how your kid is using his or her iPhone. You will get to set App Limits, Downtime, and more using Screen Time. You can check Screen Time to see how your kid has been using his or her device on that particular day or in the past one week. To set iPhone parental control using Screen Time, follow the simple steps outlined below:

Step 1: Launch Settings on your kids iPhone.

Step 2: Locate Screen Time under Settings and Click it.

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Now, you can choose to view the app usage data for the current day or the past 7 days. Also, you can set the Downtime, App Limits, etc.

Using Restrictions

Another iPhone feature that provides an answer to the question of how to set up parental controls on iPhone is Restrictions. You can use Restrictions to control the content your kid can access on his or her iPhone. To learn how to use Restrictions, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open iPhone Settings and then click General.

Step 2: Click Restrictions under General and tap Enable Restrictions to toggle it on.

Step 3: You will need to create a passcode. Make sure that you can remember the passcode you enter since you will need it in the future to change the restrictions you set.

Step 4: To restrict an app, you will just need to toggle it off under Restrictions.

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To restrict harmful media content, turn off Music & Podcasts. You can restrict the movies, TV Shows, and Apps your kid can access using their rating.  Under books, you can toggle off Explicit Sexual Content to block books with explicit content. To keep Siri from searching content which can be harmful to your kid, you need to tap Siri and then toggle off Explicit Language and Web Search Content. Under Websites, you can restrict the content your kid can browse.

Using Guided Access

Guided Access affects iPhone parental control by allowing you to set a specific amount of screen time for any app. "Screen time" is the amount of time your kid is allowed to use an app. This feature will prevent your kid from addicted to an app or an iPhone game. To learn how to set up parental controls on iPhone using Guided Access, follow the steps we have outlined below:

Enabling Guided Access

Step 1: Open Settings, tap General and then click Accessibility.

Step 2: Tap Guided Access under Learning. Toggle on Guided Access.

Step 3: Set your passcode by clicking Passcode Settings. If you prefer using your fingerprint to unlock Guided Access, you can toggle on Touch ID.

Step 4: To set the sound to be played when screen time is almost finished, tap Time Limits and either toggle on Speak or select a custom sound.

Using Guided Access to Set Screen Time

Step 1: Open the app you would like to set Screen Time.

Step 2: Tap the Home Button and then tap Options in the bottom-left corner. This opens Guided Access Menu.

Step 3: Toggle on Time Limit. Enter the time limit for the app and then tap Done.

Step 4: For the time limit to apply, click Start.

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Set Up Geofence on iPhone

The majority of smartphones available in the market already have GPS on them, including iOS devices. This means that setting up mobile geofencing is not as complicated as you might have thought at first.  If your kid owns an iPhone, the only thing you will need is the geofencing software. You can easily download the Find My Friends App from the App Store. After downloading this app and installing it on both your iPhone and your kid's iPhone, follow the steps below to learn how to set up a geofence.

Step 1: On your iPhone, launch Find My Friends and send your kid an invitation by entering their contact. Accept the invitation you sent on the kid's iPhone. To ensure that your kid may not change the Find My Friends tracking settings, set a passcode.

Step 2: Launch Settings and then turn on notifications.

Launch Settings and then turn on notifications

Step 3: On the Find My Friends app available on your iPhone, click the name of your kid from the available list and then choose the Notify Me option. Choose whether you wish the Find My Friends to notify you when your kid enters or leaves the geofence area. To choose the location, select Others.

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Part 2: Best Parental Control Tool to Monitor Kids' iPhone

All the iPhone parental control methods we have looked at so far will require you to touch the kid's iPhone. Sometimes, you may want to track the device secretly. The only way this can be done is via a tool that allows you to track the iPhone remotely. The best remote iPhone parental control tool you can get is MoniMaster, previously named Spymer.

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MoniMaster will allow you to track all iOS devices. This tool will work on both Windows PC and Mac. The features you will get in MoniMaster include:

  • It will allow you to have remote access to up to 20 apps. The tool can access both third-party apps and official Apple apps. The official Apple apps you can monitor include contacts, reminders, notes, voice notes, browsing history, bookmarks, and more. The third-party apps you can access include WhatsApp, WeChat, QQ, Line, and More.

  • Irrespective of whether data is currently available on the iPhone or it has been deleted, MoniMaster can access it.

  • You will be able to see the current location of the device and its location history.

  • You can view the frequently contacted list.

To know how to setup parental controls on iPhone using MoniMaster, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install a MoniMaster trial version on your computer.

Step 2: Launch MoniMaster. Enter the name and age of the kid whose iPhone you wish to monitor. Tap Next.

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Step 3: Enter the Kid's Apple ID and Password. Tap Verify.

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Step 4: Select a device to monitor and click Next to initiate device scanning.

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Step 5: After the scan, preview the data and select the data you would like to save. Click Export to Computer to save the data.

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Note: The tools introduced in this post shall be used only with the aim of parental control. Please read the End User License Agreement (EULA) carefully before downloading or installing the software. MoniMaster takes no responsibility for any illegal use of this tool.