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How to set screen time on iPhone and iPad for parental control

 Nowadays, children are spending more and more time using iPhones and iPads. iPhones and iPads are also learning and entertainment tools for children, and there are thousands of great apps for children on them. However, it also brings new challenges for parents to manage their children's use of iPhone and iPad and control their time of use. Today let's talk about how to set screen usage time on iPhone and iPad to achieve parental control to manage electronic devices.

How to set screen time on iPhone and iPad for parental control


What is screen time?

Apple has added a new "Screen Time" feature in the iOS 12 update. Screen Time is a feature that allows you to restrict and monitor the use of apps on iPhone and iPad; helps you manage the time your kids spend on iPhone and iPad to prevent them from getting addicted to games and control the length of time you use iPhone and iPad to prevent myopia.

If your iPhone or iPad is still on iOS 11 or earlier, you need to consider upgrading your system because Apple has added the "Screen Time" feature in iOS 12.


Setting a password for screen time

We can turn on the screen time by clicking "Settings" > "Screen Time".

After the screen time is turned on, we can set up the application accordingly. However, if you don't set a password for screen time, your child can cancel the restriction at any time, and we can't manage the length of time your child uses the iPhone or iPad.


  • Click "Settings" > "Screen Time" and slide the screen to the bottom.
  • Click "Set screen time password", and then enter a 4-digit password.
  • Note that the password here is not the iPhone or iPad lock screen password, which is easy to forget and you need to record it.


Set screen time for individual apps

Say your child needs to use the iPad for Internet classes and also for playing games. The "Screen time" allows you to set the time and duration of individual apps.

You can manage learning apps and entertainment apps separately. It does not interfere with your child's use of learning applications, but also allows you to manage your child's use of entertainment applications.


  • Click "Settings" > "Screen time" > "Deactivation time".
  • You can set a deactivation time, or set the deactivation time by a week.
  • Click "Settings" > "Screen time" > "App limit".
  • Click "Add Limit" and enter the screen time password you set in the above step.

In the list, select the category, or click the category, and in the list, select the individual app.


Set the usage time.

Setting the screen usage time for individual apps separately and setting the usage time for individual apps separately brings you trouble in setting, but the one-time setting also makes your management more humanized, more rational, and more technological.


Always need a password

If your child knows about downloading apps and can download apps at any time. You may really need to do the above settings. Because after entering the password once when downloading the app, by default, you need to enter the password every 15 minutes or even without the password to download the app. How to set always need the password?


  • Click "Settings" > "Screen time" > "Content and privacy access restrictions".
  • Open "Content and Privacy Access Restrictions", if it is already on, please
  • Click on "iTunes Store and App Store Purchases"
  • Under the "Require password" option, select "Always require".

This will prevent your child from downloading apps without your knowledge. Of course, you need to keep the password for yourself and not tell your child.


Close the App Store to restrict your child from downloading apps

At the same time, you can also close the App Store to completely restrict your child from downloading and installing apps. Continue with the above steps.


  • Click on "Settings" > "Screen Time" > "Content and Privacy Access Restrictions".
  • Click on "iTunes Store and App Store Purchases".
  • Under "Store Purchases and Redownloaded Items", click "Install App" and select "Do not allow".
  • Then, the App Store on the home screen of your device will disappear, and the App Store will be restored when you select "Allow".
  • You can also set "In-app purchases" and disable in-app purchases by selecting "Disallow".


Set content access restrictions

If your child often uses Safari to search for information or pictures, you need to set "Content Access Restrictions". This is because Apple classifies content.


  • Click "Settings" > "Screen Time" > "Content and Privacy Access Restrictions".
  • Click on "Content Access Restrictions" > "Web Content"
  • Under the "Web Content" option, select the option you want.

Of course, you can also disable safari apps.


Disable Safari apps

If you don't want your children to use the Safari app, you can also disable it. You can disable (delete) and restore Safari by following the steps below.


  • Click on "Settings" > "Screen time" > "Content and privacy access restrictions".
  • Click "Allowed Apps", and the list of apps in it is all Apple's own apps.
  • Select the apps you want to disable.

The above settings are our suggestions, you can set them according to your actual usage. You can also create a child account for your child. Through the "Family Sharing" feature, you can set up your child's Apple ID to make it easier to set screen time on iPhone and iPad and achieve parental control management. If you think the article is helpful, please forward and share it with us.

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