HOW TO: Use Restrictions on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch ?

After Parental Controls on Mac OS X, here we have another interesting feature introduction, and its about iOS which is on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It helps to control other user accounts on your Mac. You can easily restrict or disable certain features and apps on the user accounts you need. For instance, If you wanna make some changes or disable some features on your kid’s user account, parental controls will help you with that. Similar to parental controls on Mac we have Restrictions for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Using Restrictions you can disable some of the apps and functions on your device. This feature will protect your data as well as your privacy.


There are different types of restrictions available for iOS devices. Either you can limit the features or you can disable the app from your device. It will be helpful when you are supposed to give the device to your kid or to a colleague in your office. Restrictions will be enabled along with a passcode. So that expect you nobody can make changes on restrictions. Also you can easily enable and disable restrictions with just a tap on your device.

HOW TO: Use Restrictions On iOS Devices

To enable restrictions go to Settings -> General -> Restrictions. Once you enter into Restrictions, at the top you have an option called “Enable Restrictions”. Tap that option and enter the Passcode to start limiting the features and contents on your device. Once you enable the restrictions you can see a list of Apple’s default features on the screen with an on-off button. You can restrict access towards Safari, YouTube, Camera, Facetime, iTunes, Ping, etc. Also you can restrict others from installing and deleting apps on your device.


If your kid using iPad or iPod Touch on your home and want to stop him from the multi player online games, you have options to do that. You can restrict Multi player games and adding friends on game center through restrictions. Choose the options to prevent making changes on your device. Location services is an important feature in iOS devices. It uses the inbuilt GPS system for applications to locate the device.

If you feel the location services for applications draining your battery too much, you can completely disable that feature in restrictions. Also you can disable making changes on your accounts like Mail, Contacts, Calendars, etc. Not only the applications also you can restrict some of the inbuilt functions on your device. You can take a control over the Music, Movies, Podcasts, etc. Also you can restrict automatically applying ratings from that particular region. In App purchases can also be disabled using restrictions on your iOS device. Also adjust the time necessary to enter password before purchasing the app.

These are the features available on restrictions to take control over the various functions on your iOS device. It’s more over like a plug and play to enable and disable restrictions. Also if any of the above said features are missing on your device first check with the restrictions. So try using restrictions on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and share your experience with us in the comment box. Thanks for reading.

About the Author: Robin C

Security Consultant, Engineer, Technology Enthusiast and Blogger.

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