Apple TV is a set-top box that connects to your TV with an HDMI cable. It connects to your home Wi-Fi network to bring the internet to your TV, and it also allows you to stream movies and music. Mac users can use AirPlay to display your Mac screen on your TV, as long as you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You do not need an iPhone to use an Apple TV device, but you must have an iTunes account.
Setting Parental Controls on Apple TV
Before you can set the Apple TV parental controls, also known as restrictions, you must first create a PIN. The PIN is required for future access to Restrictions in the Settings menu. Depending on your restriction settings, you may also need to use this PIN to rent or purchase content.
To turn on Restrictions:
- Using the Apple TV remote, select the Settings app at the bottom of the Home Screen.
- Then select General > Restrictions.
- Enter a 4-digit number to create your passcode, also known as your PIN. Enter them again to confirm, and select OK to continue.
Once Restrictions are turned on, you can customize the parental control settings however you deem appropriate. To begin, select Restrictions again to open the menu. Options vary depending on which generation of Apple TV you have, but this menu will include:
- Allow: Select this option when you don’t want to password-protect o restrict an app or feature.
- Restrict: Choose this setting for a four-digit passcode requirement for purchases, rentals, or app usage.
- Block or No: These options let you block content or features.
- Show or Yes: Choose these options when you don’t want to restrict an app or feature.
- Hide: Select this option to hide an app or feature.