How do I use Covenant Eyes for iPhone®?

To use our app on your iPhone® or iPad®, you must have a Covenant Eyes subscription. Here are the basics:


How the iPhone®/iPad® App Works

The app works in three ways:

    1. Inside our browser, your activity will be randomly screen-captured and scanned for mature content.
    2. Inside all other apps and browsers, we cannot capture screenshots, so we’ll monitor your website activity.
    3. Our filtering service blocks explicit websites across your whole device.

Install the App

Open the App Store® and search for “Covenant Eyes.” Then tap the “Get” button to start the download. For detailed instructions, read How do I install Covenant Eyes on an iPhone® or iPad®?


Make Covenant Eyes Your Default Browser

By default, an iPhone® or iPad® will use Safari to open links. If you switch your default browser to Covenant Eyes, links in text messages and email will automatically be opened in the Covenant Eyes app! To set Covenant Eyes as the default browser:

  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Scroll down until you find Covenant Eyes, and then tap it.
  3. Tap Default Browser App and select Covenant Eyes. Now Covenant Eyes is your default browser!

Set Up Screen Time (Apple Parental Controls)

Apple provides free parental controls, called Screen Time, for iPhone® and iPad®! Some of these features pair well with the Covenant Eyes app and help boost accountability and device safety.

Screen Time varies slightly, per operating system! If you’re not sure which Apple operating system (iOS) version is on your device, check out How do I find the Operating System I have on my device?

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Use the Browser

The Covenant Eyes app works in the background, monitoring the web domains you visit, but it’s also a web browser! Here are the ways you can customize and streamline your browsing experience:

The Covenant Eyes app uses Google as the default search engine but also 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 until you find Covenant Eyes, and tap on it.
  3. Under the General section, tap Search Engine, then choose your preferred search engine.

Create Bookmarks

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

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

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 “AutoFill Passwords.”
  3. Turn the toggle switch for “AutoFill Passwords” on (green) and verify that Keychain is selected under “AutoFill Passwords.”
  4. To use a password that’s saved in Keychain, select “Passwords” from the bottom of the screen when you’re on the site in the Covenant Eyes browser.

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 switch what username is signed in:

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes app and select the menu icon (the person silhouette).
  2. From the app menu, tap “Switch User.”

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. Open the Covenant Eyes app and tap the “Bookmarks” icon (the open book icon).
  2. Tap “History” at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap “Clear” in the bottom, right-hand corner.
  4. To confirm you want to clear history, tap “Clear.” After, you’ll see an empty History page.

Clear Browsing Data

If you clear browsing data, your cached pages, and cookies will be deleted. This can help speed up browsing! All your activity will still be reported to your ally. To clear browsing data:

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes app and select the menu icon (the person silhouette).
  2. Next, tap “Settings” and then “Clear Browsing Data.”
  3. Then tap the “Clear Browsing Data” button.

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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. Covenant Eyes requires access to Background App Refresh in order to run smoothly across your device. But you don’t need to enable Background App Refresh for all your apps.

If you have additional questions, please contact us!

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