How To Set Up Apple TV Parental Controls

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:

  1. Using the Apple TV remote, select the Settings app at the bottom of the Home Screen.
  2. Then select General > Restrictions.
  3. Enter a 4-digit number to create your passcode, also known as your PIN. Enter them again to confirm, and select OK to continue.

Customizing restrictions

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.

Restricting specific content

You can also restrict specific features or content, including:

  • iTunes Store: Allow, Restrict, or Block. This applies to purchases, in-app purchases, and rentals.
  • Music and Podcasts: Filter out explicit content with the “Clean” option. Filter nothing with the “Explicit” option.
  • Siri Explicit Language: Select “Hide” to filter mature language. Select “Show” to filter nothing.
  • Movies, TV Shows, and Apps: Select your location and filter or block content based on content or age ratings.
  • Multiplayer Games and Screen Recording: Yes or No.
  • AirPlay Settings, Conference Room Display, TV Provider, Background App Refresh, Remote App Pairing, and Location Services: Allow or Restrict.

It’s also possible to customize your iTunes Store and App Store password preferences, so that users must enter your password to complete any purchases from either the iTunes store or the App Store.

Third-party channels, such as YouTube, Amazon Video, Hulu, and Netflix that are viewed through Apple TV have their own parental controls that you’ll need to set independently of the controls set on the Apple TV.

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