How to set up Screen Time on an iPhone to manage your child's phone usage

  • Step
    1

    Open the Settings app

    We’ll be demonstrating with an iPhone but the steps are exactly the same with an iPad.iPhone Home Screen with Settings App highlighted

  • Step
    2

    Select Family

    This option will be at the top of the Settings page, under your Apple ID profile.Settings app on iPhone with Family option highlighted

  • Step
    3

    Tap the Add icon

    This is in the top right corner of the screen, as shown below.Add new family member on iPhone icon

  • Step
    4

    Choose Create Child Account

    A Child Account can be created for children under the age of 12.Create Child Account option on Invite Family page on iPhone

  • Step
    5

    Fill in the information

    Here you’ll be prompted to create an account for your child, which will require you to set up an email (or use one they already have) and a password. 

    You may also need to enter your Apple ID password and any other passwords associated with your Apple account.
    Create a Child Account information page

  • Step
    6

    Set up Screen Time

    After you set up your child’s account, you’ll be instantly prompted to establish their screen time preferences. Select Continue.Set up Screen Time option on iPhone

  • Step
    7

    Turn on Age Restrictions

    The first prompt doesn’t actually involve screen time but rather the content your child will be allowed to access. Here you can adjust the ratings across Web Content, Apps, Movies and more.Age restrictions page for setting up child profile on iPhone

  • Step
    8

    Turn on App and Website Activity

    You’ll now be prompted to turn on Screen Time tracking for your child’s account, allowing you to receive weekly reports about their screen time, schedule downtime and set daily limits for app usage.Turn on App ad Activity Activity on child account on iPhone

  • Step
    9

    Turn on Downtime

    Downtime allows you to set a schedule for time away from the screen. During this time period, you’ll need to give your child permission to use their phone. Simply tap on the start time to set when you’d like this to begin (for example, before their bedtime) and choose the end time (which can be the next morning.)

    You can also opt to skip this entirely by choosing Set Up Later.
    Downtime option on iPhone

  • Step
    10

    Set up a Parental Controls Lock

    To make future changes to Screen Time settings, you’ll need to set up a child lock. Make sure it’s something you can remember but isn’t guessable by your child.

    Once this is set up you’ll be given a few optional extras to tweak, including location tracking.Parental Controls Child Lock set up on iPhone

  • Step
    11

    Tap Done

    Once you’ve gone through all the steps, select Done.Finished setting up child profile on iPhone

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