How do I set up Screen Time and content restrictions with iOS 12?

With Apple’s most recent operating system, iOS 12, restrictions were revamped and renamed Screen Time. Screen Time now allows a parent to set time limits on a child’s device. Screen Time also still provides previous content restrictions, like “Limit Explicit Content” and disabling a user’s ability to install or delete apps. 

Apple has provided many new features within Screen Time. This article will highlight the Screen Time features that work well with the Covenant Eyes app.

Enabling Screen Time and creating a Passcode

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®.
  2. Once in Settings, select Screen Time and tap on Turn On Screen Time.
  3. A brief description of what Screen Time does will appear. Tap Continue.
  4. You will be asked whether you are setting the device up for yourself or your child. For the sake of focusing on the content restrictions best paired with Covenant Eyes,  select ‘This is My iPad/iPhone.” (If you select “This is My Child’s iPad/iPhone,” you’ll first be directed through setting up Downtime and App Limit restrictions.)
  5. You’ll be directed to the Screen Time settings. On this screen, select Use Screen Time Passcode.
  6. Then enter in a 4-digit passcode (the Covenant Eyes user should not know this code.). You will be asked to re-enter in the code for verification. Please note: This is an Apple operating system passcode. Once the passcode is set, there is no way to reset or retrieve it if forgotten.

Disabling Installing/Deleting Apps and Safari

In order for Covenant Eyes to provide the best protection, you’ll be walked through disabling both installing and deleting apps, as well as Safari.

  1. Within Screen Time, select Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  2. At the top of next screen, tap on the switch to enable the Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  3. Now tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases.
  4. Select Installing Apps and then select Don’t Allow to disable.
  5. Repeat the same steps for Deleting Apps.
  6. Back in Content & Privacy Restrictions, select Allowed Apps.
  7. In the Allowed Apps screen, tap on the switch to the right of Safari. This will disable Safari for this device. You will instead use the Covenant Eyes app to do all of your online browsing.

If you would like to enable other content restrictions and features available in Screen Time, feel free to do so. One of our partners, Protect Young Eyes, has very detailed instructions about setting up the other features in Screen Time.