How to set up the iPhone for a child step by step

A complete guide to setting up your iPhone correctly so that it can be used by a child in complete safety.

Children every time have a mobile before, and an iPhone is a perfect device for them thanks to the important parental controls that comes standard without having to install anything. Whether your child has inherited an old iPhone or you have decided to buy a new one, first of all you must configure it correctly.

Here you will find the detailed steps to set a child’s new iPhone to be safe. A complete guide on iPhone parental control and how to manage it from our iPhone.

Step by step: set up an iPhone for your child

If you have bought an iPhone for a child, this is the perfect guide to set it up correctly and manage all the parental controls that the iPhone allows to activate.

kids with iPhone

It is important to configure the iPhone correctly for a child

1. Create an Apple ID for your child

The first step before turning on the new iPhone is create an Apple ID or iCloud account for kids. An Apple ID is a personal account, used with Messages, the App Store, and other Apple services. It is important that each person has their own Apple ID and that it is not shared with that of your son or daughter. If you do, you will have access to all personal content, including text messages and photos.

The children under 14 years of age in Spain cannot create an Apple ID on their ownBut if you are the father, mother, or legal guardian of the family, you can create an Apple ID for your child. The simplest thing is that you do it from your own iPhone:

  1. Enter the Settings and touch up on your name.
  2. Click on the section In family and then in Add member.
  3. Now tap on Create an account for children and then click Continue.
  4. Follow the instructions. You can use a child’s email account for the Apple ID and remember to correctly enter the date of birth that you will not be able to change later.
Apple Id niño

Create an Apple ID for a child easily

The Minimum age to have an Apple ID changes depending on the country:

  • Less than 14 years: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Lithuania.
  • Less than 15 years: France, Greece and the Czech Republic.
  • Less than 16 years: Germany, Brazil, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Singapore.
  • Less than 13 years in the other countries.

2. Set up Family Sharing on the iPhone

As a family it allows us up to six family members share different Apple services such as music, movies, apps, books, an iCloud storage plan and other subscriptions without having to use the same Apple ID.

You must add all your children to Family Sharing, so that you can control many privacy options from there, and that you can share certain data with them. For example, you can activate shared purchases so that when your child wants to compare an app, you must authorize it from your iPhone. You can configure In Family from Settings> Your name> In family> Set up your family and following the instructions.

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3. Set up parental controls

The application Use time included in the iPhone allows us block or limit apps, websites and specific functions of your son or daughter’s device. We can restrict many options such as explicit content, purchases and downloads of certain apps and other privacy features.

On your child’s iPhone, go to Settings and press Use time. Now click on Continue and on “This is the [iPhone] of the child”, follow the instructions until you reach Parent code and enter a code that only you know. Tap on Content and privacy restrictions, enter the code and turn on Content and privacy.

Prevent App Store purchases on a child’s iPhone

By activating this option you can prevent your children from installing or removing apps, make purchases within the apps and much more, follow these steps:

  1. Go into Settings and press Use time.
  2. Tap on Restrictions and enter your access code.
  3. Activate restrictions.
  4. Tap on ITunes and App Store purchases.
  5. Select the setting you want to lock and choose Do not allow.
Block iPhone app purchases

You can block purchases or prevent them from removing an app

Block apps and system services on a child’s iPhone

We can restrict system apps and services, which will still be installed but cannot be used, following these steps:

  1. Go into Settings and tap on Use time.
  2. Now click on Restrictions and enter your access code.
  3. Activate restrictions.
  4. Tap on Apps permitidas.
  5. Block the apps and system services you want.
Block iPhone apps and services

Any app or system service can be blocked

Restrict explicit or rated content on iPhone

The iPhone also allows you to block the explicit content playback or tagged for certain ages, be it music, television shows, series, movies or apps with a minimum age. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go into Settings and tap on Use time.
  2. Now click on Restrictions and enter your access code.
  3. Activate restrictions.
  4. Choose Content restrictions.
  5. Select the category, music, movies, apps … and choose the minimum age of the restrictions.
Restrict explicit content iPhone

You can configure the iPhone so that they can only view content for minors

Block adult websites on iPhone

Another very important option of iPhone parental permissions is the blocking of certain adult websites. We can block adult websites, add websites where we do not want our child to enter or enter a list of allowed websites, the rest cannot be consulted. Follow these steps to block websites on an iPhone:

  1. Go into Settings and tap on Use time.
  2. Now click on Restrictions and enter your access code.
  3. Activate restrictions.
  4. Go into Content restrictions.
  5. Click on Web content.
  6. By selecting Limit access to adult websites, most of these websites will be blocked automatically, and we can add more websites that are blocked or add some exceptions.
  7. Selecting Only websites allowed, we must add the websites that our children could consult.
block iphone websites

Block websites for adults or select the websites that they can consult

4. Activate Request the purchase

This option allows minors to buy applications, but when doing so, a notification will appear so that we accept or not this purchase on our devices. This is how it is activated:

  1. Open the app Settings on your iPhone and press up on your name.
  2. Credit In family.
  3. Now tap on Request the purchase.
  4. Click on the your son’s name.
  5. Use the switch to activate or deactivate Request the purchase.
request purchase iPhone

You will see a notification to accept or reject that purchase

Tips for a child to use the iPhone safely

Put time limits on iPhone apps

A very important option when it comes to controlling the use that a child makes of the iPhone. We can restrict how long an app like TikTok or a game can be used throughout the day. We can even limit certain categories, for example they can only be 30 minutes playing a day, regardless of the game. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Go into Settings and in Use time.
  2. Now tap on App usage limits.
  3. Tap on Add limit.
  4. You will see the apps organized by categories, you can select the entire category, or one or more apps from each category.
  5. Select the category, app or game and tap Next.
  6. Now choose the maximum time that that category, app or game may be open every day.
Put a time limit on iPhone apps

You can set time limits so that your children don’t waste too much time

Make sure Search is on

The Search option is one of the best on the iPhone, allows you to locate it at any timeeven if you don’t have an internet connection or it’s turned off. It is an essential option that you must activate on your child’s iPhone:

  1. Click on the app Settings> Name> Search.
  2. Active Share my location.
  3. Credit Search my Iphone and then activate Search my Iphone.
  4. To view the device even when it is offline, turn on the Search Network as well as Send last location.
Settings find my iPhone

A setting that must be activated yes or yes on any iPhone

Control the contacts who can communicate with him

Another important tip is to block certain contacts your child can communicate with, either calling or sending messages or receiving them. To manage the contacts a child can communicate with on iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Go into Settings and in Use time.
  2. Now select Communication limits.
  3. Choose During downtime.
  4. Select the contacts with whom you will be able to communicate.
IPhone communication limits

Select the contacts that can communicate with your child

Check which apps have access to the photos

Another interesting tip is to see that apps have access to the photos your child has taken with the iPhone. You can block access to any app’s photos easily from your child’s iPhone settings:

  1. Go into Settings> Privacy.
  2. Now tap on the section Photos.
  3. Select the apps that can or cannot access photos of the iPhone.
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With these tips and adjustments, you can set up the iPhone for a child and make it completely safe. Parental settings are essential, and with these tricks the iPhone will be perfectly configured for a child.

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