How do I set up Screen Time with iOS 12, 13, or 14 on my iPhone®?

Apple provides free device controls, called Screen Time, for iPhone® and iPad®. This article highlights the Screen Time features on iOS (Apple’s mobile operating system) 12, 13, and 14 that work well with the Covenant Eyes app.

Screen Time & iOS

If you are using an iPhone 6S or higher, we encourage you to update to iOS 15, so we can screen-capture your activity in the Safari app!

Turn on Screen Time

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Tap “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Turn on Screen Time.”
  4. Tap “Continue.”
  5. Tap “This is my iPhone.”
  6. Tap “Use Screen Time Passcode.”
  7. Enter a 4-digit passcode (the Covenant Eyes member should not know this code). Re-enter the code for verification.
  8. In March 2020, Apple released a new feature for iOS 13 and above called Screen Time Passcode Recovery. This feature allows you to reset the Screen Time Passcode via an Apple ID.
    SUGGESTION 1: The ally can enter in his/her own Apple ID. The passcode can then be reset using the ally’s Apple ID. Allies can create a free Apple ID on Apple’s website, even if they don’t have an Apple device.
    SUGGESTION 2: The ally can change the member’s Apple ID password before setting up the Screen Time Passcode. This way the struggling member will be less able to “recover the passcode” and access the Screen Time settings.
    SUGGESTION 3: You can select “Cancel” and opt out of Screen Time Passcode Recovery. The ally or whoever entered the code is then responsible for remembering it. Please note Covenant Eyes does not see or know your Screen Time Passcode, so if it’s lost or forgotten, you must contact Apple Support.
  9. Whether you skipped Passcode Recovery or not, Use Screen Time Passcode should change to Change Screen Time Passcode!

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Disable Safari

For the best accountability experience, use Screen Time to disable Safari and make Covenant Eyes your only browser.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Tap “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Content and Privacy Restrictions.”
  4. Tap “Allowed Apps” and enter your Screen Time Passcode.
  5. On the Allowed Apps screen, tap the switch to the right of Safari. This will disable Safari for this device.
  6. Now set Covenant Eyes as your default browser so that links automatically open in the Covenant Eyes browser app!

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Disable Installing/Deleting Apps

To prevent the member from installing inappropriate apps and/or browsers via the App Store, we recommend disabling the option to install apps. If you want to safeguard Covenant Eyes from being uninstalled, you can also disable the ability to delete apps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Tap “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Content & Privacy Restrictions.”
  4. Now, tap “iTunes & App Store Purchases” and enter your Screen Time passcode.
  5. Select “Installing Apps” and then select “Don’t Allow” to disable the ability to install apps. If you want to safeguard the Covenant Eyes app from being uninstalled, you can disable the ability to delete apps by selecting “Deleting Apps” and then “Don’t Allow.
  6. Select the “<Back” option in the upper left-hand corner.
  7. You’ll return to the iTunes & App Store Purchases screen and be able to view the changed setting.

Disable Siri

Siri is Apple’s built-in voice assistant! You can ask Siri about the weather, search the web, send texts, make phone calls, and more. Since you can use Siri to search the web, some members find it helpful to disable Siri.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Tap “Screen Time.”
  3. Now tap “Content and Privacy Restrictions.”
  4. Tap “Content Restrictions.”
  5. Next, tap “Web Search Content.”
  6. Tap “Don’t Allow” to disable searching the web via Siri.
  7. Tap the “< Back” option to return to the previous screen.
  8. Tap “Explicit Language.”
  9. Tap “Don’t Allow” to disable the use of inappropriate language with Siri.
  10. Tap the “< Back” option to return to the previous screen.
  11. You’ll return to the Content Restrictions screen and be able to view the changed setting.

Limit Adult Content

The Limit Adult Content setting helps filter and block explicit websites.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone® or iPad®.
  2. Tap “Screen Time.”
  3. Tap “Content and Privacy Restrictions.”
  4. Tap “Content Restrictions.”
  5. Tap “Web Content.”
  6. Tap “Limit Adult Websites.”
  7. Due to adult themes, the Limit Adult Websites option will block covenanteyes.com. Under ALWAYS ALLOWED, tap “Add Website” and add these websites (you can only add one at a time):

    covenanteyes.com
    cvnt.net

  8. After you add the other website to the ALWAYS ALLOW list, tap the “< Back” option to return to the previous screen.
  9. You’ll return to the Content Restrictions screen and be able to view the changed setting.

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