How to Use Parental Control For Apple Arcade on iPhone and iPad

As parents, our responsibility does not end at buying an Apple Arcade subscription; It extends to setting up Parental Control For Apple Arcade to monitor their screen-time and the games they play. Here's how

While I was young, parental control was like a set of verbal commands. If you obeyed said commands, great or else I was grounded for weeks to come. As time progressed into the digital age, parental control has also become a digital thing. After all the easiest way to punish your child now, is to change the Wi-Fi Password.

Understanding the need, Apple has incorporated some intrusive parental control settings in its devices. Notably, you can also use parental control for Apple Arcade on iPhone and iPad as well. From restricting multiplayer games to stopping them from adding a friend; you can use the screen time feature to safeguard them or to punish them.

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How to Set up and Use Parental Control on iOS and iPadOS

Being a parent, I understand the need for exercising parental control on your child’s device. The content they view, the games they play, and for how long they play/surf are some of my primary concerns. Thankfully, Screen Time can handle all this worry and more.

You can either directly set up Parental Control on your child’s device, or you can remotely control some features. The latter is only possible if your child is added to your Family Sharing group. To know more about enabling Family Sharing For Apple Arcade, check out our post.

Note: The methods mentioned in the post are for your child’s device. If you want to remotely use parental control from your iPhone or iPad, almost the same steps are employed. The only change is that when you open Setting → Screen Time, tap the family member’s name under the Family section. After that follow the steps as mentioned in the tutorial.

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How to Restrict Apple Arcade Games on iPhone or iPad

Screen Times gives you the liberty to block your child’s access to Apple Arcade games in several ways. You can select an option from the following:-

How to Block Apple Arcade Games as per Age

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Open Settings app on iPhone running iOS 13

Step #2. Scroll down and select Screen Time. Next, Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions.

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Step #3. Now, select Content Restrictions. And, Enter the Screen Time Passcode. Next, Tap on Apps.

Select Content Restriction and Tap on Apps to Block Apple Arcade Games as per Age

Step #4. Depending upon the age of your child, you can select an appropriate option.

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Choose Preferred to Option to Set up Parental Control on iPhone

After this, your child will not be able to download or open any Apple Arcade game that is not age-appropriate. For instance, you select 17+, then your child can not access to any game that is rated 17+.

Restrict Your Child from Accessing 17+ Rated Games in Apple Arcase

How to Block Multiplayer Games in Game Centre on iPhone and iPad

If you don’t mind your child playing games, but don’t have an inclination towards multi-player games; then you can just block them. Notably, this will stop the child from accessing the game’s multiplayer feature, he/she can play the said game in singular mode.

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Step #1. Open the SettingsScreen Time  Content & Privacy Restrictions → Content Restrictions.

Open Screen Time in iOS Settings App and goto Content Restriction on iPhone

Step #2. Enter the Passcode for Screen Time. Next, Scroll down and select on Multiplayer Games in the Game Centre section.

Choose Multiplayer Games Option in Screen Time on iPhone

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Step #3. Tap on Don’t Allow, to block your child’s access to multiplayer games.

Select Don't Allow to Stop Accessing Multiplayer Games on iPhone

While your child might hate me for suggesting this, blocking multiplayer mode could be a wonderful punishment; especially when they love competing against their friends.

How to Stop Your Child from Adding Friends in Game Center

Your child might meet some amazing players online and immediately want to add them as a friend, so they can play together again. However, you may know nothing about these players; whether they have the right intent for befriending your child or not.

I know this is a bit of a stretch, but you have to do what you have to do, to keep your children safe from wrong influences or people with malicious intent.

Step #1. Open the Settings → Screen Time  Content & Privacy Restrictions → Content Restrictions.

Open Screen Time in iOS Settings App and goto Content Restriction on iPhone

Step #2. Enter the Passcode for Screen Time. Go to Game Center section, select Adding Friends.

Select Adding Friends in Game Center in iOS Screen Time App on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Don’t Allow.

Tap on Don't Allow to Stop Your Child from Adding Friends in Game Center on iPhone

How to Block Screen Recording in Apple Arcade Games

A good option for professional gamers, as they can make tutorials for their followers or can record a particular section to understand the game better. Though it might not be that useful for your child, thus you can block the feature as per your convenience.

Step #1. Open the Settings → Screen Time  Content & Privacy Restrictions → Content Restrictions.

Open Screen Time in iOS Settings App and goto Content Restriction on iPhone

Step #2. Enter the Passcode for Screen Time. And, Scroll down and select on Screen Recording in the Game Centre section.

Select Screen Recording in Game Center in Screen Time App on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Don’t Allow.

Choose Don't Allow and Block Screen Recording in Apple Arcade Games on iPhone

That all for today Parents!!!

Whether your parenting is helicopter-style or the exact opposite, some amount of parental control is always advisory. Especially when the devices in your kid’s palm can expose them to unsuitable content. This inappropriate content can negatively affect their psychology. Apart from in-built parental control features in iOS and iPadOS, there are a few parental control apps that can help you monitor and safeguard your children.

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Suraj Padmasalihttps://www.igeeksblog.com/
Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.
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