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- How Covenant Eyes Works for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®
- Installing the App
- Setting Restrictions
- Using the App
- Frequently Asked Questions
How Covenant Eyes works for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®
Covenant Eyes for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch monitors and reports Highly Mature top-level domains accessed across all apps, and enforces Safe Search through Google and Bing across all apps. Filter Guardians also have the option to enable restricted mode for YouTube across all browsers and the YouTube App.
We include an Internet browser that is designed to replace Safari. This app is free to subscribers of Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability and Filtering and allows us to monitor and filter all Internet activity that is done through the Covenant Eyes application. This creates three different levels of protection available to iOS users:
All levels: Use the Covenant Eyes browser as your default browser, since it will give you the most clarity on your Accountability Reports.
Good: At this level, users can keep Safari toggled on for use of Siri and to more easily open links through email and other apps. Only top level domains rated Highly Mature will be monitored through Safari.
Better: At this level, users can keep Safari toggled on for use of Siri and to more easily open links through email and other apps. In addition, enable restrictions (under Settings/General) to “limit adult content” in Safari, and turn off the App Store to limit access to browsers that may allow circumvention.
Best: At this level, users will browse exclusively through the Covenant Eyes browser and continue to lock down the Safari browser as they had in previous versions of Covenant Eyes for iOS. In addition, full restrictions should be set to block Safari and the App store. This will result in all Internet activity being monitored and, if the user’s settings require it, filtered. This option provides the most comprehensive protection.
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.
7 Easy Steps to Setting Restrictions
If you choose to solely use the Covenant Eyes Browser, it is designed to work hand-in-hand with your device’s built-in restrictions.
- Launch the “Settings” app and then select the icon labeled “General.”
- Select “Restrictions” and tap the button labeled “Enable Restrictions.”
- You will be asked for a four-digit passcode. We recommend having the person who holds you accountable set this passcode for you.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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 works in the background, monitoring the web domains you visit, but it is a web browser, designed to replace Safari or other browsers on your device. To use the browser, 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.
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 web pages, 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 built-in browser 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. Full Filtering is only available through the Covenant Eyes browser, but restricted mode in the YouTube app can be enabled via My Account for Filter users.
I need Safari for work! How do I open email links in the Covenant Eyes browser?
If you’re choosing to use the Covenant Eyes web browser only, we highly recommend disabling Safari. You can still view these links by copying and pasting them individually into the Covenant Eyes browser window. Or if you must, you can re-enable Safari and use it to open links from your email and use the Covenant Eyes web browser for all of your other browsing activity.
First, tap and hold the link you wish to open and select “copy.” Then open the Covenant Eyes browser.
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.
If you have any questions or comments regarding Covenant Eyes for iPhone, please let us know in our help forum.