Another customization option available on your iPhone or iPod touch is the Restrictions area located in Settings>General. To enable Restrictions, you must first enter a four digit Passcode. This can and probably should be a Passcode different than your Passcode to unlock the phone if you've set one of those up. Once you've selected your Passcode, you can decide what your iPhone or iPod touch can be used for. You can turn off Safari, the Camera, FaceTime, iTunes, the iBookstore as well as the ability to install or uninstall apps.
If you're using a Siri capable device, you can turn off Siri or even turn off Explicit Language. That basically means that Siri won't interpret or convert to text any explicit words you might purposely or accidentally dictate into it. With Safari, the Camera, iTunes and the iBookstore, disabling them will make their icons disappear from your home screens and the apps will be completely unavailable until you turn them back on. If you disable FaceTime, you won't see its button during calls. This section of the Restrictions panel is mostly targeted for parents, but it may also be useful for businesses that don't want their employees using their company issued iPhones to surf the web or install apps from Apps Store.
Besides turning off functions, you can also specify what content you allow on your iPhone under the Allowed Contents section. You can turn off In-App Purchases. Some apps allow you to purchase additional content from within the app itself. For example, your child could buy an additional level to the game he or she is currently playing. You can turn off In-App Purchases to disallow it. You can also select Ratings For particular countries. Different countries have different ratings for movies and music. For example, a Rated R movie in the U.S. might be rated as 18 in England. The choice you make under Ratings For will be reflected in the Movies and TV Show Options below.
Under Music & Podcasts, you can decide what content to allow for that type of programming. That way, you can leave the iTunes option turned on, but block any items in the iTunes Store listed as containing Explicit content. Under Movies, you can decide what movies can be allowed by selecting Ratings. In the United States, you can specify Movies rated G, PG, PG-13 and so on. Again, if you've chosen a different country, you'll see different ratings here. Similarly, you can set rating restrictions in the TV and Apps tab as well. Now I'm going to talk about Privacy Settings in their own movie, so I'm going to skip that that section for now.
Under that, we have the Allowed Changes section. These settings basically just have an Allow or Don't Allow setting. So for example, if you don't want to allow Mail Accounts, Contacts or Calendar Events to be added to your device, you can tap Accounts and choose Don't Allow Changes. Parents, who don't want their kids accessing email on there iPhone or iPod, might find this setting useful. The Volume Limit setting lets you prevent the volume limit from being changed. If you recall, I showed you how to set a maximum volume limit through the music settings back in Chapter 7. If you want to prevent your kid from turning the Volume Limit back up after you set that limit, you can restrict the changes here.
Under Allow Changes, you may also see a setting for Find My Friends if you have the Find My Friends app installed, and you can use that to prevent friends from being added or removed from the friends list. The last section here just has to do with the Game Center settings. Game Center is a social app where you can compare scores and challenge friends to various games you can get through the Apps Store. These switches allow you to restrict multiplayer games and the adding of more friends without permissions. So those are the Restrictions settings and let me stress again that it's vitally important to remember your password as you'll need it to turn Restrictions on and off.
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