How to Use Parental Control in iTunes on Mac and Windows PC

Don't want your child to bump into offensive content in iTunes? Read on to enable parental control in iTunes on your Mac or PC to restrict the explicit movies, TV programs, and music!

iTunes comes with robust parental control so that you can restrict the offensive content. If you are using Apple’s media library at home, you may want to put a restriction on explicit TV programs, movies or music to prevent your child from bumping into them.

Apple lets you set up iTunes parental control on your computer with ease. Hence, you can completely disable many things like Shared libraries, podcasts, Internet radio and more.

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Moreover, you will customize the restrictions to stop your kid from watching derogatory movies, TV shows with specific ratings and reading books with explicit content. Follow along to find out how to keep abusive stuff away from this media library!

How to Enable Restrictions/Parental Control in iTunes on Mac and Windows PC

Step #1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

Launch iTunes on your Mac

Step #2. Now, click on iTunes menu at the top left corner and choose Preferences.

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Click on Preferences in Mac iTunes Settings

Step #3. Next, click on the Restrictions tab.

Click on Restrictions tab in iTunes Preference Settings

Step #4. Next up, restrict the access to the content depending on your need.

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For instance, you can completely disable many things like the podcast, Internet radio, Apple Music and more. To do so, just check the respective box.

Restrict the access to the content in iTunes depending on your need

Check out the option to show ratings for the particular country. By default, the United States is selected, to choose another country. Click on the drop-down button next to Ratings for and select the country.

Change Country Specific Content Ratings in iTunes

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Similarly, you can click on the drop-down button next to TV shows and select the preferred rating.

Change TV shows Content Ratings in iTunes

You will also be able to restrict music and books with explicit content. So, fine-tune the entire settings based on your demand.

Restrict music and books with explicit content in iTunes

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Step #5. Once you have adjusted everything, make sure to click on the lock icon at the bottom left of the screen → enter your administrator password and then hit OK. It will prevent anyone from making any changes without your permission.

Enable iTunes Parental Control on Mac and Windows PC

Sticky note:  You might not see Restrictions if you had downloaded iTunes from the Microsoft Store. If this is the case, open Windows menu and then go to all apps. Then, you need to Right-click iTunes → More and select Run as administrator. On the next screen, tweak the settings as desired.

How to Disable Restrictions in iTunes

Later if you change your mind, go back to the same settings to disable Restrictions in iTunes.

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Step #1. Open iTunes on your computer → Click on iTunes menu → select Preferences → Restrictions.

Step #2. Now, click on the lock icon → enter your administrator password and then click on OK.

Access the iTunes Parental Control Settings on Mac

Step #3. Next, uncheck the box for each item and then click on OK.

Disable Parental Control in iTunes from MacThere you go!

Wrapping up:

That’s how you can stop your kids from watching or listening offensive stuff. Apple makes sure you have the needed control over everything. So, putting the entire media library under control should be hassle-free.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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