Need help setting some limits on incoming and outgoing communication on your new iPhone? This post highlights step-by-step instructions. Here’s a quick guide to enable communications limits on the Apple iPhone 14 series.
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Later iPhone models including the recently released iPhone 14 series come with a Screen Time feature that allows you to control your family member's and your device usage. With Screen Time, you can set limits to certain apps, communications, web contents and more.
Outlined below is the actual process of activating and setting up communication limits on the new Apple iPhone 14 device. Feel free to refer to this guide if you need some input on how to make use of this Screen Time feature on your recently procured iPhone.
1. Open the iOS Settings app to begin. Just navigate to your iPhone’s Home screen then tap the Settings (gear) icon to launch the app.
You can also access the Settings app shortcut through the App library.
2. In the iOS Settings menu, scroll to find and then tap Screen Time.
The screen time menu opens next. Here, you will see different limit options.
3. Tap Communication Limits to proceed.
On the following menu, you will see different choices on how you would like to set limits based on contacts.
4. To limit who you can communicate with during allowed screen time, tap During Screen Time under Allowed Communication.
Default communication limit settings will load up next.
5. On the succeeding menu, you will see that Allowed Communication is set to Everyone. This means that one-on-one and group conversations with anyone including unknown numbers are allowed. In short, there's no limit set. To change the default setting, change either Contacts Only or Contacts & Groups with at Least One Contact.
Choose Contacts Only to allow one-on-one and group conversations only with people in your contacts.
Choose Contacts & Groups with at Least One Contact to allow one-on-one conversations only with people in your contacts and group conversations including at least one person in your contacts.
6. To set communication limits during downtime, tap During Downtime under Allowed Communication in the Communication Limits main menu.
On the succeeding menu, you will see options and settings that you can manage to limit who you can communicate with during downtime.
7. The default selection is set to Everyone. This means that during downtime, you can have one-on-one and group conversations with anyone including unknown numbers.
To change this, tap Specific Contacts.
8. On the following screen, you will be prompted to choose anyone from your contacts or add new contacts.
Tap Choose From My Contacts to select and allow anyone from your contacts list to communicate with you during downtime.
9. If the desired contact is not in your iPhone contacts, tap Add New Contact then follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to add and save the new contact details.
Communication limits will then be applied to the selected contact(s). This means that these contacts won't be able to communicate with you through Phone, FaceTime, Messages and iCloud.
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iPhone Communication Limits Exception
Communication to known emergency numbers identified by your carrier is always allowed. This means that you’d still be able to make or receive phone calls or text from emergency contacts and/or services via any supported channels.
Available Screen Time options that you can use and manage on the iPhone 14 include Downtime, App Limits, Communication Limits, Always Allowed apps and Content & Privacy Restrictions.
You can also set communication limits on a family member’s iOS device to block specific phone calls, FaceTime calls and messages from specific contacts during a certain period of time or all times.
And that’s all about setting up communication limits on the Apple iPhone 14 smartphone.