Contrary to popular belief and contrary to my previous version of this article, you CAN restrict iMessage on an iPod touch or iPad, if you think your kids are too young for texting. Here are step-by-step video instructions.
iOS Devices - iPhone, iPod and iPad
Here you'll find instructions and guidance for your iOS devices. Learn about restrictions, location settings, iMessage and more.
Here’s the scenario – you’re sitting in the bleachers at your daughter’s basketball game. Her younger sister is sitting next to you and says “Mommy, I’m bored. Can I play a game on your phone?” You hand over your iPhone and the little one starts happily playing Angry Birds. You go back to watching the game. Next thing you know, she’s closed out of Angry Birds and all your apps are rearranged. Argh! Here’s how to use Guided Access in iOS to lock down a device to one app.
Now that I’ve been using iOS family sharing features for a few months, I’m finding it isn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be. I wrote earlier this year about the “Pros and Cons” of iOS Family Sharing. This post builds upon that one, but focuses on one feature in particular that I’ve found useful: location sharing. With location sharing, you can check in on the location of family members, without the need for an additional app on your device or theirs.
There is a feature in iOS that lets you share photos with other Apple users nearby. This feature is called AirDrop. It can be a convenient way to quickly share content with friends and family members from one device to another. But it can also be used for more nefarious purposes. Learn how to prevent AirDrop from being used by strangers to send (icky) photos to your device!
When iOS 8 was announced, I was pleased to see the new Family Sharing features. Family sharing allows you to share purchases among family members, use a shared photo library and family calendar, and easily share your location so you can find each other on a map. Family sharing also allows for the creation of Apple ID’s for those under age thirteen. These all seem like great features in theory. But how do they actually work in practice? Here are some of the pros and cons of Apple Family Sharing.
Last week I talked about using Safety Mode in YouTube. But what if you want to block YouTube completely on your child’s iPod touch or iPad? Here are updated instructions for restricting YouTube (both the YouTube app and the YouTube website) in iOS version 6 or above.
Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8. This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about. At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage! And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.
Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you’ve visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.
Recently I received a question from two different readers about restriction and lock screen passcodes on Apple devices. It is recommended to use a different passcode for restrictions than the one used on the lock screen. So here are step-by-step instructions for how to change the restrictions setting to make it different than the lock screen passcode. This example assumes that you’ve already set restrictions, but you now want to change the Restrictions passcode.