How does the Covenant Eyes app for iPhone® work?

Covenant Eyes provides thorough accountability for iPhone®/iPad® with: Screen Accountability within the Covenant Eyes browser app, domain (website) monitoring across the rest of the device, and filtering across all apps and browsers. This article will cover:


The Covenant Eyes Browser App

Inside our iPhone® browser app, our monitoring service, Screen Accountability, randomly screen-captures and scans your screen for mature content. This is the only place we can take screenshots on iPhone®.

Any concerning screenshots from our browser app will appear in the Screenshots to Review section of the report. Non-explicit screenshots captured in the Covenant Eyes browser app may appear in the Recap of Activity section of the report for general review.


Domain Monitoring

Apple has guidelines for what apps can and cannot do on an iPhone® and iPad®.  One guideline applies to Covenant Eyes: we cannot take screenshots inside other apps. To comply with Apple, instead of taking screenshots inside of all apps on iPhone®/iPad, we monitor all the domains across the device.

What is a domain?

A domain is a website, like ad.google.com or nike.com. On iPhone® and iPad®, Covenant Eyes reports the root of the domain. This means that instead of reporting the entire website (i.e. facebook.com-userprofile-john-doe) we report the heart of the website (i.e. facebook.com).

How does domain monitoring work?

Our app sees all your domain/website activity by using a VPN-like process that runs in the background of your iPhone®/iPad®. We’ll list any explicit domains in the Mobile Background Data section of the report. If you use our filter, you will see “blocked” next to any explicit domains. For more information, read about Mobile Background Data.


Filtering 

The filter runs in the background of your iPhone®/iPad® and blocks explicit websites across your entire device. This means that the filter works in all browsers on your device.

What filter options are available?

We have two filter options:

    • Standard (default): Blocks access to all adult, pornographic and explicit sites. Malicious and phishing domains are blocked. This level does not block proxy or VPNs, or mixed-content sites; sites like Reddit are allowed. Google and Bing are set to SafeSearch.
    • Strong: All Standard Level Blocking plus proxies, VPN domains, and some mixed-content sites (like Reddit) are blocked. Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo are set to SafeSearchYouTube is set at Restricted.

Additionally, you and/or your Filter Guardian can personalize your filter by blocking and allowing specific websites with the Custom Website List. To learn more, read Understanding Filtering for Screen Accountability.


FAQs

How can I have more protection on my iPhone®?

For best protection, we recommend using Screen Time (Apple Parental Controls) on your iPhone®/iPad®. With Screen Time, you can:

How do I set Covenant Eyes as the default browser on my iPhone®?

Previously, Safari was the designated default browser for Apple mobile devices. But now, in the Settings app on your iPhone® or iPad®, you can set Covenant Eyes as your default browser! This means you can “set a default web browser and email app that launch when you tap a link or want to compose a new mail message.”

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

Covenant Eyes only takes screenshots inside of our browser app on iPhone®/iPad®. So if you’re not using the Covenant Eyes app as your default browser, there won’t be any screenshots from your iPhone®/iPad® on your report.

We suggest you disable Safari via Apple’s parental controls, called Screen Time. Then set Covenant Eyes as your default browser!