Whenever kids are playing games or watching the movie on Apple TV, parents have to keep an eye on them as they are under constant fear that their children may be watching adult content or lest they purchase any content, which was beyond their means.
Apart from kids, guests at home or roommates are the ones who are likely to misuse (out of sheer innocence) Apple TV. And this makes anyone apprehensive of handing over the stick to anyone.
Thankfully, you can prevent all from using your Apple TV; you need to set Restrictions on your Apple TV. Unlike restricting content and preventing kids from buying apps on iPhone and iPad, this one is a lengthy process.
How to Set Up Content and Purchase Restrictions on Your Apple TV
You can set restrictions so that people have limited access to some features/content on Apple TV.
Step #1. Launch Settings from the main menu on Apple TV.
Step #2. Go to General.
Step #3. Now select Restrictions.
Step #4. Choose Restrictions to turn on.
You will be prompted to enter a four-digit passcode.
Step #5. Enter the passcode.
Step #6. Enter the passcode again to confirm.
Step #7. Select OK.
How to Restrict Content and Purchases on Apple TV (4th Generation)
There are occasions, when you have to allow your kids to watch some content; in this situation, you can customize or adjust restrictions you have set on your Apple TV. The steps given below are for 4th Generation of Apple TV.
Follow the first three steps as mentioned above.
You will find some options that you can choose to adjust restrictions.
Allow: Choose Allow if you don’t want to protect or restrict certain app/feature or content with a password.
Restrict: This will prevent other users from purchasing any app/content/rentals etc. as you have set the passcode.
Block or No: This will block content or features.
Show or Yes: Select this if you don't want to restrict the app or feature.
Hide: This will hide the app or feature.
How to Restrict Particular Features or Content on Apple TV 4th Generation
Listed below are some standard examples of what you can restrict; also, find what options to select to limit content/feature/app.
#1. Choose Allow, Restrict, or Block to restrict purchases, rentals, or in-app purchases from iTunes Store.
#2. If you want Clean to filter out Explicit content, or Explicit to filter nothing, it will restrict Music and Podcasts.To restrict Movies, TV Shows, and Apps, choose locale and filter or block content based on film or age ratings.
#3. To restrict Movies, TV Shows, and Apps, select locale and filter or block content based on film or age ratings.
#4. To control Siri Explicit Language, go for Hide to filter mature language, or Show to filter nothing.
#5. To stop users from using Multiplayer Games and Adding Friends in Game Center, choose Yes or No.
#6. Allow or Restrict will restrict AirPlay Settings and Location Services.
Above solutions were for 4th Generation of Apple TV. Let's now explore how you can use restrictions for Apple TV 2nd Generation or 3rd Generation.
How to Set Restrictions on the Apple TV – 2nd Generation or 3rd Generation
There are many Apple TV users who are using 2nd Generation of Apple TV, and for such users, using restrictions can be a little different. You can restrict content or features in numerous ways on your Apple TV. We have listed some selections that you can locate in Settings → General → Restrictions.
#1. You can hide apps from the main menu by selecting Hide.
#2. Select Ask to prompt a four-digit passcode for purchases, rentals, or app usage.
#3. Choose Show or Allow if you don't want to protect or restrict a certain app or feature by password.
You can restrict specific features or content on your 2nd Generation Apple TV by below given steps.
#1. Select Allow, Hide, or Ask to restrict Purchases & Rentals.
#2. For Movies & Shows, choose locale and filter or block content based on ratings.
#3. Select Allow or Ask to restrict explicit music or podcasts.
#4. To restrict Airplay Settings, choose Allow, Hide, or Ask.
#5. Choose Allow, Hide, or Ask to use restrictions on conference room display settings.
#6. If you want to restrict anyone from using Apps, open Settings and then go to Main Menu. From there, select the app you wish to set restrictions for. Finally, choose Hide or Ask. With the proliferation of social media, kids have started consuming all sorts of content online. Though parents control their screen time at home, it is equally important to keep a check on devices like Apple TV. Moreover,
With the proliferation of social media, kids have started consuming all sorts of content online. Though parents control their screen time at home, it is equally important to keep a check on devices like Apple TV. Moreover, deleting Apple TV apps may not be a solution as this will prevent adult to watch some content.