When a young child is using a device like the iPad, there are certain things that you might not want them to do.
Whether that means restricting certain types of songs or movies or preventing the purchase of in-app content, you might want to set up some restrictions on the device.
Our tutorial below will show you how to prevent app installation on the iPad 2 with the help of the Screen Tiem or Restrictions menu, depending on your iOS version.
How to Disable New App Installation on the iPad
- Open Settings.
- Select Screen Time.
- Tap Turn on Screen Time.
- Choose Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Select iTunes & App Store Purchases.
- Choose Installing Apps.
- Tap Don’t Allow.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to prevent app installation on the iPad 2, including pictures of these steps.
While the iPad is an expensive and versatile device, it is also pretty durable, and it has a lot of different games and apps that are meant for children.
As a result, you may find that your child is using it a lot, maybe even more than you.
But the App Store provides access to a wide variety of different apps, some of which you may not want your child exposed to.
If you are worried about potentially troublesome apps and what to keep an eye on how your child is using your iPad, then you can enable restrictions on the device and disable access to the App Store.
This will configure the device so that new apps can only be installed by the person that knows the password for the Restrictions menu.
Old Method – How to Block the App Store on the iPad 2 (Guide with Pictures)
Unless you are using an older iPad, you will probably need to use the Screen Time option above to restrict the App Store.
If you don’t see the Screen time menu, however, then the Restrictions option below is likely the path you need to take.
Note that enabling this setting is going to temporarily remove the App Store for all users, including you.
If you need to access the App Store in order to download or update an app, then you will need to return to the Restrictions menu and re-enable the App Store using the password that you will choose below.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the General option in the column at the left side of the screen.
Step 3: Select the Restrictions option in the column at the right side of the screen.
Step 4: Touch the Enable Restrictions button at the top of the screen.
Step 5: Choose a 4-digit password.
Step 6: Re-enter the password.
Step 7: Move the slider to the right of the Installing Apps option to the Off position.
Make sure to then touch the General button at the top of the screen to exit this menu.
Now that you know how to prevent app installation on the iPad 2, you will be able to control whether or not new apps are added to the device, as well as some other settings that you can find on this menu.
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing an iPad as a gift for a family member or a friend, now is a great time to get one. The iPad Mini is an affordable option, with a form factor that many people find to be more comfortable. Read more about the iPad Mini and check the different available models here.
We have written about how to block access to other parts of the iPad as well, including blocking in-app purchases.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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