Sunday, January 16, 2011

Limit apps (and more) that others can access on your iPhone or iPad

As part of my thirst for techie knowledge, I would estimate that I read about 150 websites (through an RSS reader) a day.

I rarely "unitask".  I really enjoy sitting down after dinner to watch the news and begin to "Read the entire internet so you don't have to.®"  So, I was surprised today when I read about Restrictions on Apple's iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad and had never seen it before.

I have always endeavored to involve my daughters, Paige (7) and Kaitlyn (5), in technology. An example of that is Paige's review of the iPad and an iPad App, Pocket Pond.  Most recently their Angry Birds obsession has been leaving me without my iPad for long periods of time.

Leaving the iPad in the hands of the girls comes with a few risks.  I have a case, so that reduces that concern, but what about content restrictions?  There are some not-so-nice-things on YouTube and the internet they could access if not watched carefully.

Enter iOS's Restrictions setting. Settings -> General -> Restrictions


Here you can restrict (through a 4 digit PIN code) a user's access to Safari, YouTube, iTunes, Installing Apps, Deleting Apps, Location Services, Accounts, In-App Purchases, Select what ratings of movies, TV music, podcasts, and apps they can access, plus Game Center settings (not that anyone uses Game Center).

Click here for the PDF link to Apple's iPad user guide.

You also may be interested in Searching Amazon.com for iPhone or iPad accessories.