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How to allow prevent explicit content and content ratings in iOS 16, iPadOS 16

With Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, you can prevent the playback of music with explicit content and movies or TV shows with specific ratings. Apps also have ratings that can be configured using content restrictions.

To restrict explicit content and content ratings:

° Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.

° Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions, then tap Content Restrictions.

° Choose the settings that you want for each feature or setting under Allowed Store Content.

Here are the types of content that you can restrict:

  • Music, Podcasts, News, Fitness: Prevent the playback of music, music videos, podcasts, news, and workouts containing explicit content
  • Music Videos: Prevent finding and viewing music videos
  • Music Profiles: Prevent sharing what you’re listening to with friends and seeing what they’re listening to
  • Movies: Prevent movies with specific ratings
  • TV Shows: Prevent TV shows with specific ratings
  • Books: Prevent content with specific ratings
  • Apps: Prevent apps with specific ratings
  • App Clips: Prevent app clips with specific ratings

iOS and iPadOS can also automatically filter website content to limit access to adult content in Safari and other apps on your device. You can also add specific websites to an approved or blocked list, or you can limit access to only approved websites. Follow these steps:

° Go to Settings and tap Screen Time.

° Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter your Screen Time passcode. 

° Tap Content Restrictions, then tap Web Content.

° Choose Unrestricted Access, Limit Adult Websites, or Allowed Websites. 

Depending on the access you allow, you might need to add information, like the website that you want to restrict.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.