iPhone Restrictions allows you to customize how the iPhone can be used.
If you live in a household with more than you and you’ve got an iPhone then it’s obvious that you’ll be spending less time with the phone but everyone else would be spending more time with it. If you have kids in your household you’d obviously be interested to restrict what the kids can do with the iPhone.
Or, if you have bought iPhone to your kids and not sure what they’ll be doing with their iPhone or don’t wanted to get a huge bill from the iTunes AppStore for all your kids’ app-shopping-spree then, of course, you’d want to restrict them from buying apps from AppStore.
iPhone OS 3.0 have you covered. iPhone Restrictions mimics more of a parental control to your iPhone device. It’s a bit involved compared to other customizations but it’s not rocket science. Just follow the steps below and you would be on your way to parental controlling your iPhone and restricting who can use what.
Start by tapping into the “Settings” icon and then to the “General” option.
Locate “Restrictions” at the bottom of the screen and tap into it. By default it would be turned off.
Tap on the “Enable Restrictions” button.
If it’s the first time you are setting the restrictions then iPhone will prompt you to enter a 4-digit Restrictions Passcode. Think of a number that you can remember better and type it in.
Once the 4th digit it typed-in iPhone will ask you to enter the same Restrictions Passcode one more time to make sure.
Once you type-in the same passcode you’ll taken back to the same page where you enabled restrictions. This time, of course, it would read “Disable Restrictions”.
Apple has pre-selected a list of standard applications that would be candidates for restrictions and that includes, Safari, YouTube, iTunes, AppStore, Camera and Location. And all those applications would be turned ON to indicate that they are all allowed to launch these apps.
Slide the control to turn OFF the applications that you don’t want your kids or others to be using. Exercise caution, as turning all these to OFF will turn off some of the users of the phone
If you scroll down you should be able to set restrictions based on the content than type.
Even if you’ve restricted others from launching into AppStore and going on a shopping-spree, the intended user can still stack up your iTunes bill by doing in-app purchases. You can turn that capability off on this page if you want to play it safe.
You can restrict playing back music, music videos and podcasts that contain explicit content.
You can restrict playing back movies completely or by the rating.
You can restrict watching TV Shows completely or based on the rating.
You can also restrict launching iPhone Apps that are rated 4+, 9+, 12+ or 17+. Or you can completely restrict the user from launching third party Apps.
As you must have sensed by now, these ratings are based on United States. If you live in a different country then you can change the ratings to be based on that country by using “Ratings For” option.
Restrictions on iPhone is a fantastic feature that might make you feel comfortable handing over your iPhone to someone else and leave it with them for an extended time. Of course, the restrictions can be improved a lot by going in the User Profiles direction and allowing restrictions on custom third-party applications, but I’m sure we’ll see those on the future iterations of iPhone OS.
If you use it with diligence and keep the passcode safe then I’m sure you’ll find iPhone Restrictions a helpful feature.
Let us know in comments if you find other ways of restricting the usage of iPhone by others.