How do I use the Covenant Eyes browser on my iPhone®?

The Covenant Eyes iPhone® app screen-captures Safari and monitors your domain traffic. But it’s also a browser with Screen Accountability! Here are the ways you can customize your browsing experience in the Covenant Eyes browser:


The Covenant Eyes app automatically sets Google as the default search engine but offers Bing and DuckDuckGo. To change the default search engine in the Covenant Eyes app:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Scroll down and tap “Covenant Eyes.”
  3. Tap “Search Engine” and choose your preferred search engine.
     

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Create Bookmarks

You can’t import bookmarks from other browsers, but you can make your own! To create a bookmark:

  1. On your iPhone®/iPad®, find and open the Covenant Eyes app.
  2. Go to the page you want to bookmark in the Covenant Eyes browser.
  3. Click the share icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the browser.
  4. Tap “Add Bookmark.” From the “Edit Bookmark” screen, you can adjust the title of the bookmark and/or click “Save.”

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Save Passwords

You can use Apple’s built-in password manager, Keychain, to save passwords from your favorite sites. To enable Keychain:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Scroll down and select “Passwords” and tap “Passwords Options.”
     
  3. Turn the toggle switch for “AutoFill Passwords” on (green).
  4. To use a password saved in Keychain, select “Passwords” from the bottom of the screen when you’re on the website in the Covenant Eyes browser. Keychain will then enter your password on the website.

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Switch Users

After you download the app, you’ll be required to sign in before you can install it! We’ll keep that username signed in unless you switch usernames via the app. To change what username is signed in:

  1. On your iPhone®/iPad®, find and open the Covenant Eyes app.
  2. Tap the profile icon (person silhouette) in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Tap “Switch User.”
  4. Enter the username, and password, that you want to switch to. Then tap the blue “Sign In” button.

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Clear History

If you clear history in the Covenant Eyes browser, all of your past history will still be reported to your ally. This will only clear website shortcuts and reset search engine result recommendations. To clear history:

  1. On your iPhone®/iPad®, find and open the Covenant Eyes app.
  2. Tap the “Bookmarks” icon (the open book icon).
  3. Tap “History” at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap “Clear” in the bottom right-hand corner.
  5. To confirm you want to clear history, tap “Clear.” After, you’ll see an empty History page. Tap “Done” to exit the History screen.
     

Clear Browsing Data

Covenant Eyes will delete your cached pages, data, and cookies if you clear your browsing data. Clearing browsing data can help speed up the Covenant Eyes browser! Please note that Covenant Eyes will still report all your activity to your Ally. To clear browsing data:

  1. On your iPhone®/iPad®, find and open the Covenant Eyes app.
  2. Tap the profile icon (person silhouette) in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Next, tap “Settings” and then “Clear Browsing Data.”
     
  4. Tap the “Clear Browsing Data” button. The screen will darken and say Clearing Browsing Data. Your data was cleared, and you can exit the Covenant Eyes app.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does filtering work?

Covenant Eyes offers two filter levels: Standard Blocking and Strong Blocking. Each level is also customizable via the Custom Website List, where you can manually block or allow any site.

Why does it say “VPN” at the top of my iPhone® or iPad®?

Covenant Eyes uses VPN-like capabilities on your device to provide app monitoring and filtering. An iPhone X or newer will display “VPN” in the Control Center; all other models will display the VPN notification in the status bar. To learn more about this technology, read Do VPNs work with Covenant Eyes?

Do I have to enable Background App Refresh?

Apple’s Background App Refresh setting allows apps to continually run in the device’s background to check for new content. Turn off Background App Refresh for most apps to reduce unnecessary website traffic in the background. But leave it on for Covenant Eyes!

Can I set a specific home page for the Covenant Eyes browser?

The Covenant Eyes app automatically opens and loads the last website you visited! However, you can choose your default search engine.

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