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How To Limit Your Kid's Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

Moly Swift
Moly Swift Originally published Jun 16, 23, updated Nov 10, 23

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In today's digital age, it's becoming increasingly challenging for parents to limit their children's screen time on iPhones and iPad. With the spread of technology and the ever-growing number of apps and games available, children are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to their devices.

As a result, it's crucial for parents to take control of their children's screen time on mobile devices to prevent them from becoming overly reliant on them. This article will provide practical tips and strategies to limit your kid's screen time on iPhone and iPad, ensuring they lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

In this article
  1. Part 1. Why Parents Should Limit Their Kid's iPhone Screen Time
  2. Part 2. How To Set Screen Time on iPhone & iPad
  3. Part 3. How To Set Screen Time on a Specific App on iPhone Using Guided Access
  4. Part 4. How To Limit Screen Time iPhone Using a Third-Party App

Part 1. Why Parents Should Limit Their Kid's iPhone Screen Time

With the rapid advancement of technology, it's become routine for children to spend countless hours on their iPhone and iPad devices. While these devices provide children with various educational and entertainment options, too much screen time can harm their development. Parents can help their children improve their well-being by setting screen time limits.

Here are some reasons why parents should limit their kid's iPhone screen time:

  • Physical Health: Excessive screen time can lead to physical health problems, such as eye strain, poor posture, and obesity due to inactivity.
  • Mental Health: Overuse of screens can lead to anxiety, depression, and lack of sleep in children, negatively impacting their mental health.
  • Socialization: Spending too much time on screens can lead to isolation and reduced opportunities for peer interaction, leading to poor social skills.
  • Addiction: Children are at a higher risk of becoming addicted to screens, leading to behavioral issues, difficulty focusing, and poor academic performance.
  • Academic Performance: Too much screen time can impact a child's ability to learn, leading to a decline in academic performance.

Part 2. How To Set Screen Time on iPhone & iPad

Recent iOS devices include options that limit how much time you spend using the device. With this handy parental control function, you can restrict your kids' time on their devices. But there's no reason you can't use this function to find equilibrium and purpose in your life.

Setting a screen time limit on an iPhone or an iPad is an effective way for parents to manage their child's screen time and ensure a healthy balance between device usage and other activities. The steps on how to set screen time on iPad and iPhone devices are basically the same. They are provided in the step-by-step guide below:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iOS devices, then tap on Screen Time. If Screen Time is not enabled, tap Turn On Screen Time.

 setting screen time on ipad

Step 2: Tap Set Up as a Parent or Set Up Screen Time for Family, then tap Continue and select your child's name.

Step 3: Set a passcode that only you know. This passcode will be required to change the Screen Time settings or to turn off Screen Time altogether.

Step 4: Choose the content and privacy restrictions you want to enforce. Tap on App Limits and select Add Limit. Choose the app categories you want to limit, such as Games or Entertainment, and set a daily time limit.

Step 5: Tap Back and select Downtime. Set a schedule for when your child's device will be restricted to only allow phone calls and other specified apps.

 setting downtime on ipad

Part 3. How To Set Screen Time on a Specific App on iPhone Using Guided Access

Apple recognizes the need to manage screen time by providing a helpful feature called "Guided Access" on iPhones, which allows you to set screen time limits on specific apps. This feature is particularly beneficial for parents who want to regulate their children's app usage or for individuals who wish to limit their time spent on certain apps.

This section will guide you through setting screen time limits on a specific app using Guided Access on an iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone's home screen, then scroll down and tap on Accessibility. Tap on Guided Access and toggle the switch to enable it. If it's already enabled, you can skip this step. This process ensures Guided Access is enabled on your iPhone.

 guided access on iphone

Step 2: Launch the app for which you want to set screen time limits and activate Guided Access. Triple-click the side button (on iPhone X or newer models) or the home button (on older iPhone models). This will activate Guided Access.

Step 3: Customize Guided Access Settings:

Once Guided Access is activated, you can customize its settings and set time limits for the app. Here's how:

You'll find various options at the bottom of the screen in the Guided Access interface.

Tap on Options at the bottom left corner. Here, you can enable or disable specific features like the Sleep/Wake button, volume buttons, touch input, and motion sensing according to your preference.

 options button in guided access

To set a time limit, tap on Time Limit and select the desired duration from the available options. This will automatically restrict app usage to the specified time limit.

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Tap on Start at the top right corner of the screen. The app will now be in Guided Access mode, and the set time limit will be in effect.

Step 4: Exiting Guided Access:

Once the time limit is reached, or if you want to exit Guided Access before the limit is up, follow these steps:

Triple-click the side button (on iPhone X or newer models) or the home button (on older iPhone models).

Enter your passcode or use Touch ID/Face ID to authenticate.

Tap on End at the top left corner of the screen to exit Guided Access.

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Part 4. How To Limit Screen Time Using a Third-Party App

Third-party apps can be an excellent solution for parents looking to effectively manage their child's screen time on Apple products. One such app that stands out is Wondershare FamiSafe. It is a comprehensive parental control app with numerous features to help parents monitor and manage their child's device usage. One of its key features is its ability to set screen time limits on Apple products.

Using FamiSafe to limit screen time on Apple products is simple and effective, making it an excellent tool for parents. It provides parents with the necessary controls to monitor their child's device usage and ensure they lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Here's how FamiSafe can help parents limit screen time on Apple products:

  • Set Time Limits: Parents can set daily screen time limits for their child's iPhone or iPad, ensuring they don't spend too much time on their device.
  • Schedule Downtime: Parents can schedule specific times when their child's device is locked, allowing only emergency calls and some particular apps to be used during those hours.
  • Block Inappropriate Content: FamiSafe allows parents to block inappropriate content on their child's device, such as adult websites, explicit videos, or social media platforms.
  • App Usage Monitoring: With FamiSafe, parents can monitor their child's app usage and see how much time they spend on different apps.
  • Instant Alerts: Parents can receive instant alerts whenever their child exceeds their screen time limit, tries to access restricted apps, or tries to install a new app.

FamiSafe has also introduced a lot of enhancements to its Screen Time function to improve it. FamiSafe's Screen Time feature is now more helpful than ever in assisting parents in monitoring their children's device use, thanks to these enhancements. Some of how FamiSafe's Screen Time function was enhanced are detailed below.

Previous Version Optimized Version
Effective Immediately
Allows kids to start and pause the limit within the time limit X
Allows parents to set daily timers X
Enables parents to set weekly timers X

How to limit screen time on iPhone using FamiSafe?

Step 1: Launch FamiSafe on your iOS device. Tap the Set Rules icon on the main screen, then choose the Screen Time Rules option.

 famisafe screen time rules

Step 2: Tap the App Limit button, then configure the time limit for specific apps or app categories.

 famisafe app limit feature

Step 3: For your child's iOS device, install the iOS profile by following the app's tutorial.

famisafe to install ios profile

Step 4: Enable Screen Time Limit by tapping it. You may now set a timer to limit your child's device usage.

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Parents need to take control and prevent their children from becoming addicted to their devices by limiting their screen time on iPhone and iPad devices. The steps to set screen time for iPhone or iPad are relatively easy and can be done using the device's built-in screen time features or third-party parental control apps like FamiSafe.

FamiSafe is an excellent option for parents looking for a comprehensive solution to limit their child's screen time on Apple products. With FamiSafe, parents can set daily screen time limits, schedule downtime, block inappropriate content, monitor app usage, and receive instant alerts.

Moly Swift
Moly Swift Nov 10, 23
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