My iPhone for Seniors, Second Edition (2016)

4. Configuring an iPhone to Suit Your Preferences


In this chapter, you learn how to make an iPhone into your iPhone. Topics include the following:

Image Getting started

Image Setting Passcode, Touch ID, and Auto-Lock preferences

Image Setting keyboard, language, and format options

Image Configuring the Control Center

Image Setting Do Not Disturb preferences

Image Setting accessibility options

Image Setting Restrictions for Content and Apps

The iPhone can be configured to make it look and work how you want it to. Taking the time to tailor your iPhone to your personal preferences and how you want to use it makes the iPhone easier, better, and more fun to use.

Getting Started

As you’ve seen in previous chapters, the Settings app enables you to configure various aspects of your iPhone, such as connecting your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network and configuring iCloud. The Settings app provides many other configuration tools that you can use to tailor how your iPhone works to suit your preferences. Perhaps the most important of these is the security of your iPhone that you can configure by setting a passcode and fingerprint recognition using Touch ID. You can also configure the keyboards available, language and region format options, the Control Center, Do Not Disturb hours, accessibility options, and how content on your phone can be accessed. You use the Settings app to customize the iPhone in all of these areas as you see throughout this chapter.

Using the Settings App on Any iPhone

You can work with the Settings app on any iPhone as follows:

Image On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings app opens. The app is organized in sections starting at the top with Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular.


Image Swipe up or down the screen to get to the settings area you want to use.


Image Tap the area you want to configure, such as Sounds.


Image Use the resulting controls to configure that area. The changes you make take effect immediately.

Image When you’re done, you can leave the Settings app where it is or tap the back button, which is always located in the upper-left corner of the screen, until you get back to the main Settings screen to go into other Settings areas.


Searching for Settings

New! You can quickly find settings you need by searching for them:

Image Move into the Settings app.

Image Tap in the Search bar; if you don’t see the Search bar, swipe down from the top of the Settings screen until it appears.


Image Type the setting for which you want to search. As you type, potential matches are shown on the list of results. Matches can include a settings area, such as Sounds, and specific settings, such as the ringtone and vibrations used when you receive a call.

Image Tap the setting you want to use.


Image Configure the setting you selected in the previous step.


Using the Settings App on an iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus

When you hold an iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus in the horizontal orientation and use the Settings app, you can take advantage of the iPhone 6 Plus’ or 6s Plus’ split-screen feature as follows:


Image Hold the iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus so it is horizontal.

Image Tap the Settings app to open it. In the left pane, you see the areas of the Settings app that you can configure. In the right pane, you see tools you can use to configure the selected function. The two panes are independent, making navigation easier than with other iPhones.


Image Swipe up or down on the left pane until you see the function, feature, or app you want to configure.


Image Tap the function, feature, or app you want to configure, such as Sounds. Its controls appear in the right pane.

Image Swipe up or down on the right pane until you see the specific setting you want to change.

Image Tap the setting you want to configure, such as Ringtone. Its controls appear in the right pane.


Image Use the tools in the right pane to configure the setting you selected in step 6. These work just as described in the previous task and throughout this chapter except that you move within the right pane instead of changing the entire screen.

Image To move back through the screens in the right pane, use the back button, which is labeled with the name of the screen you came from.

Image Tap another area in the left pane to configure it. As you can see, the split screen makes it very easy to quickly switch between areas in the Settings app.

Setting Passcode, Touch ID, and Auto-Lock Preferences

Your iPhone contains data you probably don’t want others to access. You can (and should) require a passcode so your iPhone can’t be unlocked without the proper passcode being entered. This gives you a measure of protection should you lose control of your phone. If you have an iPhone 5s or later, you can record your fingerprints so that you can unlock your phone (by automatically entering the passcode for you) and enter your Apple ID password by touching the Touch ID/Home button. The capability can also be used in other apps and services that require confirmation, such as Apple Pay.

The Auto-Lock feature automatically locks your phone after a specific period of time. This is useful because your iPhone automatically locks and, assuming you require a passcode, the passcode or fingerprint must be provided to be able to unlock your phone.

Securing Your iPhone with Auto-Lock

To configure your phone so it locks automatically, perform the following steps:

Image On the Settings screen, tap General.


Image Swipe up the screen until you see Auto-Lock.

Image Tap Auto-Lock.


Image Tap the amount of idle time you want to pass before the iPhone automatically locks and goes to sleep. You can choose from 1 to 5 minutes; choose Never if you only want to manually lock your iPhone. I recommend that you keep Auto-Lock set to a relatively small value to conserve your iPhone’s battery and to make it more secure. Of course, the shorter you set this time to be, the more frequently you have to unlock your iPhone.

Image Tap General. You’re ready to configure your passcode and fingerprints (iPhone 5s and later).


Configuring Your Passcode and Fingerprints (iPhone 5s and later)

To configure the passcode you have to enter to unlock your iPhone, perform the following steps (note these steps show an iPhone that has Touch ID; if your model doesn’t have this, the steps will be slightly different as you will only be configuring a passcode):

Image On the Settings screen, tap Touch ID & Passcode.


Already Have a Passcode?

When you first turned your iPhone on, you were prompted to enter a passcode and to record a fingerprint for Touch ID. If your iPhone already has a passcode set, when you perform step 1, you’re prompted to enter your current passcode. When you enter it correctly, you move to the Touch ID & Passcode (iPhone 5s and later) or Passcode (other models) screen and you can make changes to the current passcode, add new fingerprints, and so on. In this case, you can skip directly to step 5. If you want to change your current passcode, tap Change Passcode and follow steps 3 and 4 to change it. Then continue with step 5.

Image Tap Turn Passcode On.


Image Enter a six-digit passcode.


Image Reenter the passcode. If the two passcodes match, the passcode is set.


Image Tap Require Passcode; when you use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone, you don’t have an option for when the passcode is required and can skip to step 8.


Image Tap the amount of time the iPhone is locked before the passcode takes effect. The shorter this time is, the more secure your iPhone is, but also the more times you’ll have to enter the passcode if your iPhone locks frequently.

Image Tap Touch ID & Passcode.


Image If you have an iPhone 5s or later, tap Add a Fingerprint and continue to step 9; if you have a model that doesn’t support Touch ID, skip to step 17.


Image Touch the finger you want to be able to use to unlock your phone and enter your Apple ID password to the Touch ID/Home button, but don’t press it. An image of a fingerprint appears.

Image Leave your finger on the Touch ID/Home button until you feel the phone vibrate, which indicates part of your fingerprint has been recorded and you see some segments turn red. The parts of your fingerprint that are recorded are indicated by the red segments, gray segments are not recorded yet.


Image Take your finger off the Touch ID/Home button and touch the button again, adjusting your finger on the button to record other parts that currently show gray lines instead of red ones. Other segments of your fingerprint are recorded.

Image Repeat step 11 until all the segments are red. You are prompted to change your grip so you can record more of your fingerprint.

Image Tap Continue.


Image Repeat step 11, again placing other areas of your finger to fill in more gray lines with red ones. When the entire fingerprint is covered in red lines, you see the Complete screen.


Image Tap Continue. The fingerprint is recorded and you move back to the Touch ID & Passcode screen. You see the fingerprint that has been recorded.


Image Repeat steps 8 through 15 to record up to five fingerprints. These can be yours or someone else’s if you want to allow another person to access your iPhone.

Image To be able to use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone, ensure the iPhone Unlock switch is set to on (green).

Image To use your fingerprint to make Apple Pay payments, set the Apple Pay switch to on (green).

Image If you want to also be able to enter your Apple ID password by touching your finger to the Touch ID/Home button, set the App and iTunes Stores switch to on (green).


Image Enter your Apple ID password and tap OK.


Image Swipe up the screen until you see the Voice Dial switch.

Image To prevent Voice Dial from working, set the Voice Dial switch to off (white). (Voice Dial enables you to make calls by speaking even if you don’t use Siri.)

Image Use the switches in the ALLOW ACCESS WHEN LOCKED: section to enable or disable the related functions when your iPhone is locked. The options are Today (the Today tab on the Notification Center), Notifications View (the Notifications tab of the Notification Center), Siri, Reply with Message, and Wallet. If you set a switch to off (white), you won’t be able to access the corresponding function when your iPhone is locked.

Image If you don’t want the iPhone to automatically erase all your data after an incorrect passcode has been entered 10 times, set the Erase Data switch to off (white).


Automatic Erase

When you have enabled the Erase Data function and you enter an incorrect passcode when unlocking your iPhone, you see a counter showing the number of unsuccessful attempts. When this reaches 10, all the data on your iPhone will be erased on the next unsuccessful attempt.

Making Changes

Any time you want to make changes to your passcode and/or fingerprint settings, go to the Touch ID & Passcode (iPhone 5s or later) or Passcode (other models) Settings screen. Before you can move to this screen, you must enter your current passcode at the prompt. After you enter your current passcode, you move to the Touch ID & Passcode or Passcode screen. To disable the passcode, tap Turn Passcode Off, tap Turn Off, and enter the passcode. To change your passcode, tap Change Passcode. Enter your current passcode, and then enter your new passcode twice. You return to the Passcode Lock screen, and the new passcode takes effect. You can change the other settings similar to how you set them initially as described in the “Setting Passcode, Touch ID, and Auto-Lock Preferences” task. For example, you can add or remove fingerprints. To remove a fingerprint, move to the Fingerprints screen, swipe to the left on the fingerprint you want to remove, and tap Delete. You can rename a fingerprint by tapping it, editing its name on the resulting screen, and tapping Done (for example, you might want to name the fingerprints so you recognize them, such as My Right Thumb or Jim’s Left Thumb).

Setting Keyboard, Language, and Format Options

You’ll be working with text in many apps on your iPhone. You can customize a number of keyboard- and format-related options so text appears and behaves the way you want it to.

Setting Keyboard Preferences

You use the iPhone’s keyboard to input text in many apps, including Mail, Messages, and so on. A number of settings determine how the keyboard works.

Image On the Settings screen, tap General.


Image Swipe up the screen.

Image Tap Keyboard.


Image Tap Keyboards. This enables you to activate more keyboards so that you can choose a specific language’s keyboard when you are entering text. At the top of the screen, you see the keyboards that are available to you.


Image Tap Add New Keyboard.


Fun in Text

The Emoji keyboard allows you to include a huge variety of smiley faces, symbols, and other icons whenever you type. The Emoji keyboard is active by default; however, if you don’t see it on the list of active keyboards, you can use these steps to activate it.

Image Swipe up and down the screen to browse the available keyboards.

Image Tap the keyboard you want to add.


Image Tap the keyboard you added in step 7.


Image Tap the keyboard layout you want to use.

Image Tap Keyboards.


Image Repeat steps 5–10 to add and configure additional keyboards.

Image Tap Keyboards. (Note that the Text Replacement option is explained in the next task.)


>>>Go Further: Third-Party Keyboards

You can install and use keyboards that third parties provide (meaning not Apple) on your iPhone. To do this, open the App Store app and search for “keyboards for iPhone” or you can search for a specific keyboard by name if you know of one you want to try. (See Chapter 6, “Downloading Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, and More onto Your iPhone,” for help using the App Store app.) After you have downloaded the keyboard you want to use, use steps 1 through 5 to move back to the Keyboards Settings screen. When you open the Add New Keyboard screen, you see a section called THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS in which you see the additional keyboards you have installed. Tap a keyboard in this section to activate it as you do with the default keyboards. When you move back to the Keyboards screen, you see the keyboard you just activated. Tap it to configure its additional options. Then you can use the new keyboard just like the others you have activated. Make sure you check out the documentation for any keyboards you download so you take advantage of all of their features.

Image To prevent your iPhone from automatically capitalizing as you type, set Auto-Capitalization to off (white). The iPhone no longer changes the case of letters as you type them.

Image To disable the automatic spell checking/correction, set Auto-Correction to off (white). Your iPhone no longer automatically suggests corrections to what you type.

Image To disable the Caps Lock function, set the Enable Caps Lock to off (white). The Caps Lock function won’t be available to you when you tap the Shift key twice.

Image To prevent the character you type from being shown in a magnified pop-up as you type it, set the Character Preview switch to off (white). You won’t see a bubble quote with the character you type as you type it.

Image To disable the shortcut that types a period followed by a space when you tap the spacebar twice, set the “.” Shortcut switch to off (white). You must tap a period and the spacebar to type these characters when you end a sentence.


Image To disable the iPhone’s Spell Checker, set the Check Spelling switch to off (white). You’ll be on your own spelling-wise.

Image To disable the iPhone’s Predictive Text feature (see Chapter 1, “Getting Started with Your iPhone”), set the Predictive switch to off (white). You won’t be able to use the predictive text bar to enter text.

Image To disable the iPhone’s dictation feature, set the Enable Dictation switch to off (white). The microphone key won’t appear on the keyboard and you won’t be able to dictate text.


Changing Keyboards

To delete a keyboard, move to the Keyboards Settings screen and swipe to the left on the keyboard you want to remove. Tap Delete. The keyboard is removed from the list of activated keyboards and is no longer available to you when you type. (You can always activate it again later.) To change the order in which keyboards appear, move to the Keyboards screen, tap Edit, and drag the keyboards up and down the screen. When you’ve finished, tap Done.

Creating and Working with Text Replacements

Text replacements are useful because you can use just a few letters to type a series of words. You type the replacement, and it is replaced by the phrase with which it is associated. To configure your text replacements, do the following:

Image Move to the Keyboards screen as described in steps 1–3 in the previous task.

Image Tap Text Replacement.


Image Swipe up and down to review the current replacements.

Image To add a replacement, tap Add (+).


Image Type the phrase for which you want to create a replacement.

Image Type the shortcut you want to be replaced by the phrase you created in step 5.

Image Tap Save. If the replacement doesn’t contain any disallowed characters, it is created and you move back to the Text Replacement screen where you see your new text replacement. If there is an error, you see an explanation of the error; you must correct it before you can create the replacement.


Image Repeat steps 4–7 to create other text replacements.

Image When you’ve created all the replacements you want, tap Keyboards.


Shortcuts to Replacements

To change a replacement, tap it. Use the resulting screen to change the phrase or shortcut, and tap Save to update the replacement. To remove a replacement, swipe to the left on it and tap Delete. To search for a replacement, tap in the Search bar at the top of the screen and type the replacements you want to see; you can also use the index along the right side of the screen to find replacements. You can also tap Edit on the Shortcuts screen to change your replacements.

Setting Language and Region Preferences

There are a number of formatting preferences you can set that determine how information is formatted in various apps. For example, you can choose how addresses are formatted by default by choosing the region whose format you want to follow.

Image On the Settings screen, tap General.


Image Swipe up the screen.

Image Tap Language & Region.


Image Tap iPhone Language.


Image Swipe up and down the screen to view the languages with which your iPhone can work or tap in the Search bar and type a language you want to use to find it. The current language is marked with a check mark.

Image Tap the language you want to use.

Image Tap Done.


Image Tap to confirm the change in language you indicated. Your iPhone screen goes dark while the iPhone switches to the new language. When it comes back, you return to the Language & Region screen, and the language you selected starts being used.


Image Tap Add Language.


Image Using steps 5 through 7, find and tap a secondary language. This language is used when your primary language can’t be, such as on websites that don’t support your primary language.

Image Tap Done.


Image Tap the language you want to be primary to confirm it. The language you selected is configured and you move back to the Language & Region screen. The new language is shown on the list in the center of the screen.


Image To add more languages, tap Add Language and follow steps 10 through 12 to add more languages.

Order, Order!

To change the order of preference for the languages you have configured, tap Edit, drag the languages up or down the screen to set their order, and tap Done to save your changes.

Image Tap Region.


Image Swipe up and down the regions available to you. The current region is marked with a check mark.

Image Tap the region whose formatting you want to use; if there are options within a region, you move to an additional screen and can tap the specific option you want to use.

Image Tap Done. Your iPhone starts using the formatting associated with the region you selected.


Image Tap Calendar.


Image Tap the calendar you want your iPhone to use.

Image Tap Language & Region. You move back to the Language & Region screen. Swipe up until you see the bottom of the screen where there are examples of the format options you have selected, such as the time and date format.


Setting Do Not Disturb Preferences

The Do Not Disturb feature enables you to temporarily silence notifications; you can also configure quiet times during which notifications are automatically silenced.

You can set an automatic Do Not Disturb schedule by performing the following steps:

Image On the Settings screen, tap Do Not Disturb.


Image To activate Do Not Disturb manually, set the Manual switch to on (green). (This does the same thing as activating it from the Control Center.)

Image To configure Do Not Disturb to activate automatically on a schedule, slide the Scheduled switch to on (green).

Image Tap the From and To box.


Image Tap From.

Image Swipe on the time selection wheels to select the hour and minute (AM or PM) when you want the Do Not Disturb period to start.

Image Tap To.


Image Swipe on the time selection wheels to set the hour and minute (AM or PM) when you want the Do Not Disturb period to end.

Image Tap Do Not Disturb.


Image Tap Allow Calls From.


Image Tap the option for whose calls should be allowed during the Do Not Disturb period. The options are Everyone, which doesn’t prevent any calls; No One, which sends all calls to voicemail; Favorites, which allows calls from people on your Favorites lists to come through but all others go to voicemail; or one of your contact groups, which allows calls from anyone in the selected group to come through while all others go to voicemail.

Image Tap Do Not Disturb.


Image Set the Repeated Calls switch to on (green) if you want a second call from the same person within three minutes to be allowed through. This feature is based on the assumption that if a call is really important, someone will try again immediately.

Image If you want notifications to be silenced only when your phone is locked, tap Only while iPhone is locked during the Do Not Disturb period. Tap Always if you want notifications to be silenced regardless of the Lock status.

Image Tap Settings. During the Do Not Disturb period, your iPhone is silent, except for any exceptions you configured. When the scheduled Do Not Disturb period ends, your iPhone resumes its normal notification activity.


Setting Accessibility Options

The iPhone has many features designed to help people who are hearing-impaired, visually-impaired, or who have other physical challenges, to be able to use it effectively.

The Accessibility features can be enabled and configured on the Accessibility Settings screen.


Image On the Settings screen, tap General.


Image Swipe up the screen until you see Accessibility.

Image Tap Accessibility. The Accessibility screen is organized into different sections for different kinds of limitations. The first section is VISION, which includes options to assist people who are visually impaired.


Image Use the controls in the VISION section to change how the iPhone’s screens appear. Some of the options include:

• VoiceOver—The iPhone guides you through screens by speaking their contents. To set this, tap VoiceOver and set the VoiceOver switch to on (green) to turn it on. The rest of the settings configure how VoiceOver works. For example, you can set the rate at which the voice speaks, what kind of feedback you get, and many more options.

• Zoom—This magnifies the entire screen. Tap Zoom and then turn Zoom on. Use the other settings to change how the zoom works, such as whether it follows where you are focused on the screen or remains fixed.

• Invert Colors—This switch changes the screen from dark characters on a light background to light characters on a dark background.

• Grayscale—This option causes the screen to use grayscale instead of color.

• Speech—Under the Speech option, Speak Selection causes a Speak button to appear when you select text, Speak Screen provides the option to have the screen’s content spoken, and Speak Auto-text has the iPhone speak corrections it suggests to you, such as autocapitalizations.

• Larger and Bold Text—These increase the text size and add bold; these are in addition to the Text Size and Bold settings that you learn about in Chapter 5, “Customizing How Your iPhone Looks and Sounds.” You can make the text even larger than with those settings.

• Other options—You can also change button shapes, change contrast, reduce motion, and turn labels on or off.


Image Swipe up to see the INTERACTION section.

Image Use the controls in this section to adjust how you can interact with the iPhone. The controls here include:

• Switch Control—The controls on this screen enable you to configure an iPhone to work with an adaptive device so that you can control the iPhone with that device.

• Assistive Touch—These controls make an iPhone easier to manipulate; if you enable this, a white button appears on the screen at all times. You can tap this to access the Home screen, Notification Center, and other areas. You can also create new gestures to control other functions on the iPhone.

• Touch Accommodations—You can use the Touch Accommodation options to make it easier for you to use the touch screen. For example, you can change the amount of time you must touch the screen before it is recognized as a touch.

• 3D Touch—This setting, which is only available on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, enables you to turn the Touch 3D feature off or on. If 3D Touch is on, you can determine how much pressure you need to apply to the screen to activate it.

• Keyboard—Using these options, you can show or hide lowercase letters and change how the keys react to your touches.

• Shake to Undo—This setting enables you to turn off the shake motion to undo your most recent action.

• Vibration—This setting enables you to enable or disable vibrations.

• Call Audio Routing—Use this to configure where audio is heard during a phone call or FaceTime session, such as headset or speaker.

• Home Button—Use this switch to set the rate at which you press the Home/Touch ID button to register as a double- or triple-press.

• Reachability—When this switch is on, you can press the Home/Touch ID button twice to bring the top of the screen into view.


Image Swipe up to see the HEARING section.

Image Use the controls in this section to configure sounds and to configure the iPhone to work with hearing-impaired people. The controls in this section include:

• Hearing Aids—You can pair an iPhone to work with a Bluetooth-capable hearing aid and put it in hearing aid mode.

• LED Flash for Alerts—When you set this switch to on (green), the flash flashes whenever an alert plays on the phone.

• Mono Audio—This causes the sound output to be in mono instead of stereo.

• Phone Noise Cancellation—This switch turns noise cancellation on and off. Noise cancellation reduces ambient noise when you are using the Phone app.

• Balance—Use this slider to change the balance of stereo sound between left and right.


Image Swipe up to see the MEDIA section.

Image Use the controls in this section to add features to video playback, including:

• Subtitles & Captioning—Use these controls to enable subtitles and captions for video and choose the style of those elements on the screen.

• Audio Descriptions—This causes an audio description of media to be played when available.

Image Use the Guided Access setting if you want to limit the iPhone to using a single app and to further configure the features, such as Passcode Settings and Time Limits.

Image Use the Accessibility Shortcut control to determine what happens when you press the Touch ID/Home button three times.

Setting Restrictions for Content and Apps

You can restrict the access to specific content and apps on your phone. Suppose you let other people borrow your iPhone but don’t want them to use certain apps or to see data you’d rather keep to yourself. You can enable a restriction to prevent someone from accessing these areas without entering the restriction code. You can also restrict the use of apps, movies, music, and other content based on the age rating that the app or other content has.

To restrict access to content or apps, perform the following steps:

Image On the Settings screen, tap General.


Image Swipe up the screen until you see Restrictions.

Image Tap Restrictions.


Image Tap Enable Restrictions.


Image Create a Restrictions Passcode. You have to enter this passcode to change the content restrictions or to be able to access restricted content.


Image Reenter your Restrictions Passcode. You return to the Restrictions screen, and the ALLOW switches are enabled.


Dueling Passcodes

There are two passcodes: the Lock passcode and the Restrictions passcode. Each controls access to its respective functions. Limiting access to content and apps likely means you will be letting someone else use your phone, so the person who will be using your iPhone might need to be able to unlock it unless you want to have to unlock it for them. If you want to allow them to unlock the phone, but want to restrict access to your Apple Pay information or Apple ID, create a fingerprint for that person, but disable Touch ID for Apple Pay and App and iTunes Stores (see the task, “Configuring Your Passcode and Fingerprints (iPhone 5s and later)” earlier in this chapter for details). This enables the person to unlock and use your iPhone, but you can control what they can do by setting a Restrictions passcode and configuring permissions as described in these steps. (You don’t want to give the person the passcode to the phone as that defeats the purpose of configuring restrictions.)

Image In the ALLOW section, set the switch next to each function you want to disable to off (white). For example, to prevent web browsing, set the Safari switch to off (white); the Safari icon is removed from the Home screen and can’t be used. With the other controls, you can prevent access to the Camera, FaceTime, iTunes Store, and so on.


In-app Purchases

Some apps, especially games, allow you to make purchases while you are using the app. For example, you can buy additional levels for a game. To prevent in-app purchases, set the In-App Purchases switch to off (white). This is especially important if you let your phone be used by children or others who might inadvertently make purchases you don’t want made.

Image Swipe up to see the ALLOWED CONTENT section.

Image Tap Ratings For.


Image Tap the country whose rating system you want to use for content on your iPhone.

Whose Ratings?

The country you select in step 10 determines the options you see in the remaining steps because the restrictions available depend on the location you select. These steps show the United States rating systems; if you select a different country, you see rating options for that country instead.

Image Tap Restrictions.


Image Tap Music, Podcasts, News & iTunes U.


Image To prevent content tagged as explicit from being played, set the EXPLICIT switch to off (white). Explicit content will not be available in the associated apps, such as Music or News.

Image Tap Back.


Image Tap Movies.


Image Tap the highest rating of movies that you want to be playable (for example, tap PG-13 to prevent R and NC-17 movies from playing); tap Allow All Movies to allow any movie to be played; or tap Don’t Allow Movies to prevent any movie content from playing. Prevented movie ratings are highlighted in red.

Image Tap Restrictions.


Image Tap TV Shows and use the resulting screen to set the highest rating of TV shows that you want to be playable (for example, tap TV-14 to prevent TV-MA shows from playing); tap Allow All TV Shows to allow any show to be played; or tap Don’t Allow TV Shows to prevent any TV content from playing. Prevented ratings are highlighted in red. Tap Restrictions to return to the Restrictions screen.

Image Use the Books option to enable or disable access to sexually explicit books.

Image Tap Apps and set the highest rating of app that you want to be available (for example, tap 12+ to prevent 17+ applications from working); tap Allow All Apps to allow any application to be used; or tap Don’t Allow Apps to prevent all applications. Tap Restrictions to return to the Restrictions screen.

Image Use the Siri option to restrict explicit language for searching the Web.

Image Use the Websites option to control the websites that can be accessed. The options are to limit sites with adult content or to allow only specific websites to be visited. When you select this option, you can create a list of sites and only those sites can be visited.


Image Swipe up the screen until you see the PRIVACY section.

Image Use the settings in the PRIVACY section to determine whether apps can access information stored in each area and whether they should be locked in their current states. For example, you can prevent apps from accessing your calendars or photos.


Image Swipe up the screen until you see the ALLOW CHANGES section.

Image Tap areas that you want to restrict, such as Cellular Data Use and then tap Don’t Allow Changes to prevent changes to that area.

Image To prevent multiplayer games in the Game Center, set the Multiplayer Games switch to off (white). Users will no longer be able to play games against other people.

Image To prevent new friends from being added in the Game Center, set the Adding Friends switch to off (white). Players will be restricted to the friends already allowed.


Removing Restrictions

To remove all restrictions, move to the Restrictions screen (your Restrictions passcode is required) and tap Disable Restrictions. Enter your Restrictions passcode, and the restrictions are removed.