How to Child Lock iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Childproofing your iPhone is an important step in ensuring the safety and security of your child while using the device. Fortunately, Apple provides built-in features that allow you to easily set up a child lock on your iPhone. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up a child lock on your iPhone using various settings and restrictions.

Step 1: Accessing Settings
To begin, unlock your iPhone and locate the Settings app on your home screen. Tap on the Settings app to open it.

Step 2: Enabling Restrictions
Once you are in the Settings app, scroll down and tap on “Screen Time”. If you have already set up Screen Time, skip to Step 3. Otherwise, tap on “Turn On Screen Time” and follow the instructions to set it up.

Step 3: Setting a Passcode
After enabling Screen Time, tap on “Use Screen Time Passcode”. This passcode will be required whenever you want to make changes to your restrictions settings or disable them entirely. Choose a memorable passcode that is different from your device’s unlock passcode and confirm it.

Step 4: Setting Up Content & Privacy Restrictions
Now that you have enabled Screen Time and set a passcode, go back to the main Screen Time menu by tapping on “Screen Time” at the top-left corner of the screen. Next, tap on “Content & Privacy Restrictions”.

Step 5: Allowing/Restricting Apps & Features
In this section, you can choose which apps and features are accessible while in child lock mode. Tap on “Allowed Apps” to see a list of all installed apps on your device. Toggle off any apps that you want to restrict access to.

For example, if you want to prevent access to social media apps like Facebook or Instagram, simply toggle them off in the list. This will hide the app icons from the home screen when in child lock mode.

Step 6: Setting Age Restrictions for Content
To further restrict content based on age appropriateness, tap on “Content Restrictions”. Here, you can set limits on explicit content, movies, music, books, and more. You can choose from various age categories or customize the restrictions according to your preference.

Step 7: Restricting Web Content
To restrict web content and prevent your child from accessing inappropriate websites, tap on “Web Content”. Choose between “Limit Adult Websites” or “Allowed Websites Only” to apply the desired level of restriction.

Step 8: Additional Options
Under the “Privacy” section, you can restrict access to various privacy settings such as location services, contacts, photos, microphone access, etc. Toggle off any options that you want to restrict access to while in child lock mode.

Step 9: Testing Child Lock Mode
After setting up all the necessary restrictions and limitations, exit the Settings app and return to your home screen. Double-press the home button (or swipe up from the bottom if you have an iPhone X or newer model) to access the App Switcher. Swipe right until you find the Screen Time icon and tap on it.

If everything is set up correctly, you should now see a locked device with restricted access to apps and features based on your settings. To exit child lock mode and regain full access to your device, enter your Screen Time passcode when prompted.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up a child lock on your iPhone using Screen Time restrictions. Feel free to customize these settings as per your requirements at any time by revisiting the Settings app.

– Remember to keep your Screen Time passcode secret and separate from your device unlock passcode.
– Regularly review and update your restrictions settings to ensure they are appropriate for your child’s age and needs.
– You can also set up Downtime in the Screen Time settings to schedule specific times when certain apps or device features are restricted.

  • Make sure to communicate with your child about the importance of responsible and safe use of technology.
  • Consider using additional parental control apps or services for more comprehensive monitoring and management of your child’s device usage.


Setting up a child lock on your iPhone is a crucial step in ensuring a safe and secure digital environment for your child. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily configure various restrictions and limitations using Screen Time. Remember to regularly review and update these settings as your child grows and their needs change.

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