How to enable restrictions or parental controls in iOS 12

Restrictions or Parental Controls lets you manage contents, applications and features you want your kids to access. In iOS 11, Restrictions can be found immediately under General settings but when iOS 12 arrived, the option was gone. Many users thought it as a bug but in reality, it’s transferred to another menu.

Continue reading as I will walk you through in enabling Restrictions or parental controls on your iPhone that’s already running the iOS 12.

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Here are the steps on how to enable restrictions or parental controls on your iPhone with iOS 12…

  1. From the Home screen, find and tap Settings.
  2. Touch Screen Time. It’s disabled by default so if you haven’t set it up before, you will have to turn it on to be able to use the service.
  3. Tap ‘Turn On Screen Time’. The next screen will show you things you can do if it’s enabled.
  4. Tap Continue. You will then be asked if it’s your phone or child’s. Choose the appropriate answer but in this guide, let’s choose ‘This is My iPhone’.
  5. Touch ‘This is My iPhone’.
  6. Screen Time is now enabled. With this you can schedule time away from the screen, set time limits for apps, disable apps you don’t want your kids or other users to use and block inappropriate contents.

With Downtime, you can set a schedule for time away from the screen. During this time, only apps that you choose to allow and phone calls will be available. You may set the start time at 10:00 PM and end time at 7:00 AM.

You can also set daily time limits for app categories you want to manage with App Limits. Tap Add Limit to choose apps you want to manage. You may choose to limit your child’s use of social networking apps as well as games.

Next is you can choose apps to be allowed to work at all times with Always Allowed option. you just have to tap on the Plus sign to add the app to the list.

Then, you have the Content & Privacy Restrictions which allows you to block inappropriate contents. You need to toggle the switch above to enable this and then, you can choose apps you won’t allow changes to be done. In this guide, let’s choose Location Services as an example. If other people use your iPhone often, you may choose to always require a password once purchases are made.

The ‘Use Screen Time Passcode’ option will require the user to key in the passcode if he or she wants to extend the time limit. For this, you just have to create a passcode that only you knew about.

Lastly, you can turn this service off by tapping ‘Turn Off Screen Time’ which requires you to enter your passcode. After which tap ‘Turn Off Screen Time’ to confirm.

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