How do I block 17+ App Store downloads on my child's device?

Apple doesn't allow X-rated adult content on the App Store, but it does allow apps with violence, explicit language and other adult themes. Apple has created an app rating system, like the MPAA movie rating system, to help parents monitor their children's App Store downloads.

App Store Ratings

  • 4+ - No objectionable material (G)
  • 9+ - May contain cartoon violence or mild suggestive horror (PG)
  • 12+ - Infrequent mild language, intense cartoon violence or mature themes (PG-13)
  • 17+ - Realistic violence, strong sexual situations or tobacco/alcohol use (R)

You can block your child from downloading apps from the App Store based on Apple's rating system. Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings app on the device you want to restrict.
  2. Navigate to General > Restrictions.
  3. Enter or create a 4-digit password only you will know and remember.
  4. Scroll down to "Allowed Content" then tap Apps.

From here you can tap the checkmark next the rating you want to block from a device. If a rating a has a blue checkmark next to it that means those types of apps will be available in the App Store on that device.

You can also restrict app downloads by setting up a Family Sharing account. This allows parents to personally approve every app a child attempts to download on their iPod touch, iPhone or iPad.