How do I use the iPhone browser app?

 

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How Covenant Eyes works for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®

Covenant Eyes offers an Internet browser for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is designed to replace Safari. This app is free to subscribers to Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability and Filtering.

Because of the way Apple designed its operating system, this app does not work like the desktop versions of our software. It cannot run in the background, monitoring your Internet activity and filtering content generated through other browsers and apps. Only Internet activity logged through the Covenant Eyes browser is filtered and recorded in the Accountability Report.


Installing the Browser App

The Covenant Eyes browser app is available as “Covenant Eyes” on the App Store. In order to use this app, you must have a Covenant Eyes username with Internet Accountability and/or Filtering. Sign up today!

Once you have installed the app, simply sign in using your username and password. You will remain signed in under this account. If you need to switch users, you may do so through the “Settings” app.

(Read: How do I install Covenant Eyes on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad?)


7 Easy Steps to Setting Restrictions

The Covenant Eyes browser app is designed to work hand-in-hand with your device’s built-in restrictions. Because Covenant Eyes only monitors and blocks web pages visited through this browser app, you should adjust your device’s settings and block access to certain apps.

  1. Launch the “Settings” app and then select the icon labeled “General.”

    iOS Restrictions

    Under the Restrictions menu, you may disable certain apps and content.

  2. Select “Restrictions” and tap the button labeled “Enable Restrictions.”
  3. You will be asked for a four-digit passcode. We recommend having the person who holds you accountable set this passcode for you.
  4. Next, turn off Safari, AirDrop, and other apps that might allow objectionable material. Toggle “Installing Apps” to “Off” as well. Note that many apps have built-in browsers used for ads, contact, or comments, which Covenant Eyes does not monitor.
  5. Many apps, such as the YouTube app, cannot be disabled as in step 4. You will need to uninstall the app (if it is already installed), then disable “Installing Apps” to prevent reinstallation.
  6. Under “Allowed Content,” toggle off the ability to listen to explicit music and podcasts, and disallow movies and TV shows at inappropriate levels (e.g. NC-17 for movies and TV-MA for TV shows).
  7. DO NOT disable apps rated 17+. Because Covenant Eyes offers Internet access that can be unfiltered, Apple rates it 17+. By disabling 17+ apps, you will be disabling Covenant Eyes.

Using the App

The Covenant Eyes app is a web browser, designed to replace Safari or other browsers on your device. To use the app, click on the Covenant Eyes icon. Once you have signed in, use it to browse the web. Standard features include bookmarks and tabbed browsing. You may also choose Google, Bing, or Yahoo as your default search engine through the “Settings” app.

Opening links from e-mails or other apps

Currently, Apple does not allow users to choose a default browser other than Safari. In order to open links from e-mail in the Covenant Eyes browser, you will have to copy and paste them individually.

First, tap and hold the link you wish to open, and select “copy.” Then open the Covenant Eyes browser.

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If this is the first time you have opened the browser, or if you open a new tab, you will see a dialog box asking if you would like to open the copied link. Otherwise, paste the copied URL into the address bar.

Importing bookmarks

At this time, the Covenant Eyes browser is unable to import bookmarks from other browsers. You can still create bookmarks for the Covenant Eyes browser by navigating to your favorite webpages, clicking on the bottom center icon of the browser (the square with the arrow pointing up out of it) then choosing “add bookmark.” This will take you to the “Edit Bookmark” screen. After you click “save,” it will be accessible in the Covenant Eyes browser by clicking on the icon on the bottom bar that looks like a book.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does Covenant Eyes Filtering work on this browser?

Our browser app includes Filtering in addition to Accountability. This means that websites visited through this app will be blocked based on your Filter Sensitivity Level and block/allow list—no extra configuration necessary. However, we don’t have time controls for our browser app…yet.

How does the iOS Filter work with Covenant Eyes?

The iOS Filter is designed to block private browsing and inappropriate content in Safari, but it also adds an extra layer of filtering across all apps, including the Covenant Eyes browser app.

Some users who have used both the iOS Filter and Covenant Eyes Filter have reported over-blocking and confusion over which Filter blocked which site. For this reason, we recommend disabling Safari, and only using Covenant Eyes Filtering.


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