If you have got kids in your home and they have access to your iPhone, you better be careful. I mean you should be aware of what content do the kids get to see on the device. As any responsible guardian, you must make sure they don’t visit any kind of adult site or get to see anything obscene. Today with easy internet availability on any smartphone, accessing any type of content is pretty easy. However, if you use an iPhone, controlling the kind of content you allow on your device is very easy.
In this guide, I will tell you how to block websites on Safari browser of iPhones and iPads. This guide is for the Apple devices running on the latest iOS 13. You can control what websites can run on your iPhone and what cannot. Apple always ensures that its users get the most from iOS itself and do not rely on third-party apps.
How to Block Websites in Safari Browser on iOS 13
There is one cool thing about blocking websites on iOS. When you decide the restrictions related to websites and contents, it automatically applies to all the browsers you have. Safari is the default browser for Apple iPhone and iPad. However, users also prefer to install other popular browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, etc. There is no need to separately tweak content restriction and block websites differently for different browsers.
Block Websites from Screen Time
Here are the steps.
- Open Settings app
- Go to Screentime
- Navigate to the Content & Privacy Restrictions tab. Tap on it to access it
- Then turn on the toggle beside Content & Privacy Restrictions.
- Now on the same page, scroll down and tap on Content Restrictions.
- Under that scroll down to Web Content. By default, it is set to unrestricted. This means all types of websites are allowed to run on any browser you may use. Tap on it to open and change.
- You should see two more options Limit Adult Websites and Allowed Websites Only.
Limit Adult Websites
If you select this option, then you should see an additional option that says Never Allow. Here you can add the websites that you do not want your kids to access. It can be any adult websites or social media websites. Tap on Add Websites and you can enter the URL of the sites you do not want to run on your browsers.
Once you block these websites, if you try to access them, you will get a message on a blank page that says it is a restricted website. Though there is an option that can allow access to the site, there is a catch. The concerned person using the iPhone must first put forth the Screen-Time passcode.
I suggest you do this otherwise, tapping Allow can gain instant access to adult websites if no Screen time passcode is used. If your kid is using the device, then with no password, upon tapping Allow your kid will get access to the content of the sites he should not watch.
Allowed Websites Only
This is a stricter mode that allows the iPhone owner to manually curate a list of websites. So, if your children access your iPhone, they can only those websites which are suitable for them. And those sites that you have curated for them. Again, tap on the Add Website option where you can input the websites you wish to allow. Except for the listed websites, nothing else will run on your iPhone.
The process is pretty similar to follow on an iPad as well. If you have an iPad and you allow your kids to use it, then follow this guide set up restrictions.
So, that’s all about how to block websites or allow a limited number of websites on your iPhone/iPad. This will help your kids to stick to good content on the internet and not waste time on social media or crass adult content. I hope that you found this guide informative.