What Are Restrictions on an iPhone?

There are an awful lot of things that you can do with an iPhone. But all of the features and access that the device provides can make it a scary prospect to hand an iPhone over to a child or teenager. If you are worried about the ways that your child can contact others, be contacted by others, or browse the Internet, then there are steps you can take that will make the iPhone a little less dangerous.

You can take advantage of a feature called Restrictions on the iPhone which can disable certain features, block certain websites, and prevent certain purchases from being made. Access to the Restrictions menu can even be protected with a passcode, thereby helping to ensure that you are the only one that make changes to the Restrictions settings.


Using Restrictions on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. The exact steps and screens may vary slightly for earlier versions of iOS.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open settings



Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

select general



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Restrictions option.

select restrictions



Step 4: Touch the blue Enable Restrictions button at the top of the screen.

enable restrictions



Step 5: Create a passcode. Note that this can be different than the passcode that you use to unlock your device.

create passcode



Step 6: Re-enter the passcode that you just created.

confirm passcode



Step 7: Tap the green button to the right of a feature that you want to disable. You will know that a feature has been disabled when there is not any green shading around the button. For example, FaceTime is disabled in the image below.

disable a feature



If you scroll further down this page, you will see that there are a lot of different items that you can disable on the device.

restrictions screen 1

restrictions screen 2

restrictions screen 3

restrictions screen 4



Do you have the Find My iPhone feature turned on for your device? This article will show you how to set it up.

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