You can turn on Restrictions, also known as parental controls, on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can use Restrictions to prevent access to specific apps and features. Learn about the types of Restrictions and how to turn them on and off on your device.

Turn on Restrictions

You can turn on and adjust Restrictions on your device by following these steps.

  1. Tap Settings > General.
  2. Tap Restrictions.
  3. Tap Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. You’ll need the passcode to change your settings or turn off Restrictions.

    If you lose or forget your Restrictions passcode, you’ll need to perform a factory restore to remove it.


See what you can restrict

You can restrict access to these apps and features1 on the device:

  • Safari
  • Camera (also disables FaceTime)
  • FaceTime
  • iTunes Store
  • iBooks Store2
  • In-App Purchases
  • Siri
  • AirDrop
  • CarPlay3
  • Installing apps
  • Deleting apps

You can prevent access to specific content types, such as these:

  • Ratings (select the country in the ratings section to automatically apply the appropriate content ratings for that region)
  • Music and podcasts
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Books2
  • Apps
  • Siri
  • Websites
  • You can also adjust the time necessary before a password is required to purchase content

You can prevent changes to privacy settings, including these:

  • Location Services
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
  • Reminders
  • Photos
  • Bluetooth sharing
  • Microphone
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Advertising

You can prevent changes to these settings and accounts:

  • Accounts4
  • Find My Friends5
  • Cellular data use6
  • Background app refresh
  • Volume limit

You can restrict features within Game Center:

  • Multiplayer games
  • Adding friends

You can also turn on or enforce Restrictions using a profile (typically installed when using the device for business or education purposes). Check for installed profiles in Settings > General > Profiles. For additional information, contact the administrator or the person who installed the profile. To learn more about iOS software, see the user manual.

Get help

If your iOS device is missing a particular app or a certain feature isn’t available, make sure that Restrictions are off. Symptoms can include:

  • App missing from the Home screen (such as Safari, Camera, or FaceTime)
  • Feature or service unavailable (such as Siri or Location Services)
  • Setting missing or dimmed (such as Mail, Contacts, and Calendar; iCloud; Twitter; FaceTime)

Learn how to use Restrictions (or parental controls) in iTunes and how to prevent In-App Purchases.

  1. You can restrict access to YouTube in iOS 5 and earlier.
  2. Learn more about iBooks and iBooks Store Restrictions.
  3. CarPlay is available only on iPhone 5 or later.
  4. You can prevent changes to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, iCloud, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr, iTunes, App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime.
  5. This is available only when you install the Find My Friends app.
  6. This is available only on cellular-enabled iOS devices.

Use restrictions to prevent purchasing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use restrictions to protect your iTunes Store account from unintentional or unauthorized purchases. After you enable restrictions on your device, you can require a password for purchases, prevent certain types of purchases, or disable purchasing completely.

Enable restrictions

  1. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
  2. Tap Enable Restrictions.
  3. Choose a restrictions passcode that you’ll remember and confirm your passcode. Make sure to choose a passcode that’s different from the passcode you use to unlock your device.

Prevent in-app purchases or disable purchasing

After you enable restrictions, you’ll see what’s allowed on your device. To prevent only in-app purchases, turn off In-App Purchases. If you want to disable purchasing completely, turn off iTunes Store, iBooks Store, Installing Apps, and In-App Purchases.

You can also prevent purchases by removing your payment method from your account.

Require a password for each download

If you don’t want to prevent in-app purchases or disable purchasing completely, you can require a password for downloads on your device. After you enable restrictions, Tap Require Password, then choose an option.

  • Immediately: If you choose this option, you’ll have to enter your Apple ID password each time you make a purchase or download a free item.
  • 15 minutes: If you choose this option, you’ll enter your Apple ID password once, and you won’t have to enter it again for any other purchases (except in-app purchases) you make in the next 15 minutes.

Manage your child’s account

If your child is over 13 or has an account through the Apple ID for Students program, you might want to let them make purchases from iTunes using iTunes Gifts or a monthly allowance. If you use Family Sharing, you can let your child initiate purchases with Ask to Buy.

The iTunes Service is only available for individuals aged 13 years or older or children under 13 who have received an Apple ID through the Apple ID for Students program. If your child is under the age of 13 and isn’t an educational Apple ID holder, Apple must close and delete all information associated with their account, and you can’t use the monthly allowance program.

Learn more

Using restrictions, you can also control access to certain applications, features, and content types.