How to Restrict Certain Apps on iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps on how to restrict certain apps on your iPhone. Whether you want to limit the usage of specific apps for yourself or restrict access for someone else, iOS provides a built-in feature that allows you to easily control app usage.

Step 1: Open the Settings App

To get started, unlock your iPhone and locate the “Settings” app. It can usually be found on your home screen or in a folder labeled “Utilities”.

Tap on the app icon to launch it.

Step 2: Navigate to Screen Time

Once you are in the Settings app, scroll down until you find “Screen Time”. Tap on it to access the Screen Time settings.

Step 3: Enable Screen Time

If you haven’t used Screen Time before, you will need to enable it first. Tap on “Turn On Screen Time” and follow the on-screen instructions to set up a passcode.

This passcode will be required whenever you want to make changes to your app restrictions.

Step 4: Tap on App Limits

After enabling Screen Time, go back to the main Screen Time settings page. From there, tap on “App Limits”.

Step 5: Add an App Limit

On the App Limits page, tap on “Add Limit”. You will now have two options: “Categories” and “Specific Apps”. Let’s explore both options.

Option A: Restrict by Categories

If you want to restrict apps based on categories such as Social Networking or Games, tap on “Categories”. You can then select one or multiple categories by tapping on their names.

Once you’ve made your selections, tap on “Add” in the top-right corner to apply the restriction.

Option B: Restrict Specific Apps

If you want to restrict specific apps individually, tap on “Specific Apps”. You will see a list of all the installed apps on your iPhone. Tap on the apps that you want to restrict.

A checkmark will appear next to each selected app. Once you’re done selecting apps, tap on “Add” in the top-right corner to apply the restriction.

Step 6: Set a Time Limit

After adding app restrictions, you can set a time limit for how long these apps can be used each day. By default, iOS sets a limit of one hour for all app categories combined.

To customize this limit, tap on “App Limits” at the top-left corner of the screen and then tap on the category or specific apps that you want to modify. From there, adjust the time limit according to your preference and tap on “Add” to save your changes.

Step 7: Downtime and Always Allowed Apps

Additionally, iOS offers two more features within Screen Time – Downtime and Always Allowed Apps.

Downtime allows you to schedule specific hours during which only phone calls and selected apps will be accessible. To enable Downtime, go back to the main Screen Time settings page and tap on “Downtime”. Set up your preferred schedule and select which apps should be allowed during this period.

Always Allowed Apps lets you choose certain apps that will always be accessible regardless of any restrictions or limits you’ve set up. To manage Always Allowed Apps, go back to the main Screen Time settings page and tap on “Always Allowed”. From there, select the apps that you want to have unrestricted access to.


By following these simple steps, you can easily restrict certain apps on your iPhone using the built-in Screen Time feature. Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, this powerful tool provides you with the ability to manage app usage and promote healthy device habits.

So go ahead and take control of your iPhone apps now!

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