Screen Accountability on iPhone®

Apple has guidelines for what apps can and cannot do on an iPhone® or iPad®.  One guideline in particular applies to Covenant Eyes: we cannot take screenshots inside other apps. We provide thorough accountability for the whole device by combining two items: 1) Screen Accountability within the Covenant Eyes app and 2) domain monitoring across the rest of the device.

Covenant Eyes App = Screen Accountability

You can use the Covenant Eyes browser the same way you use Safari—surf the web, watch videos, or do some online shopping! What makes our app unique is that all activity within our app is monitored by Screen Accountability. On an iOS device, this is the only place we can take screenshots. In general, any screenshots captured in the Covenant Eyes web browser will appear in  the “Recap of Activity” section of the report. If any of the screenshots are concerning, then they will appear in the “Screenshots to Review” section.

All Other Apps = Domain Monitoring

To capture activity in all apps besides our own, we use domain monitoring. Any highly mature domain activity captured outside of our app will be reported under the “Mobile Background Data” section of our report (see image below). Additionally, if you use the filtering service, you will see a “blocked” note next to any explicit domains. It’s helpful! But when compared to Screen Accountability, this isn’t the best or most effective form of accountability. For more information about the Mobile Background Data section and domain monitoring, read the Mobile Background Data article.


How does filtering work on my iPhone®?

Our filter will block known pornography sites in all apps/browsers and enforce SafeSearch for all major search engines across your iPhone®/iPad®. Additionally, you and/or your designated Filter Guardian can personalize your filter experience by using the Custom Website List. To learn more, read Understanding Filtering for Screen Accountability.

How can I have more protection on my iPhone®?

For best protection, we recommend setting up Screen Time (Apple Parental Controls) on your iPhone®/iPad®. With Screen Time, you can set up the following safety limits:

    • Disable Safari
    • Disable the option to install/delete apps
    • Limit Adult Content

Why are there no screenshots from my iPhone® on my report?

Covenant Eyes only takes screenshots inside of our browser on iPhone®/iPad®. So if you’re not using the Covenant Eyes app as your browser, there won’t be any screenshots from your iPhone®/iPad® on your report. We highly suggest that you disable Safari (the built-in browser for iPhone®/iPad) using Apple’s parental controls, called Screen Time.