Tips on how to Handle Parental Controls on Apple TV+

Want to make sure your kids are watching kid-friendly shows on Apple TV +? Fortunately, you can; here is how.

Are you a parent and worried about what your child sees? You're not alone. Many video streaming services have parental content controls, including Apple TV +.

But how do you manage parental controls on Apple TV + across different devices? Let's find out.

What parental controls does Apple TV + have?

There is some debate about whether or not to subscribe to Apple TV +, but at least it's easy to set parental controls. The simple Apple TV + parental controls don't come with a lot of bells and whistles. Your options include:

  • Locking an Account with a Restrictions Passcode.

  • Change restrictions passcode.

  • Selection of the national rating system of your country.

  • Change your movie rating restrictions.

  • Change your rating restrictions for TV shows.

The displayed settings may vary depending on the device or browser used. You can access Settings on your Mac, iOS device, web browser, or while watching Apple TV + on your Smart TV.

Apple TV + only streams content up to and including your selected rating. So your children can stick to age-appropriate content.

Here's how to set Apple TV + parental controls on the web

Go to using a web browser on your Mac or PC.


  1. In the upper right, click log in and enter the Apple ID for the account your kids use to watch Apple TV +.

  2. Press the Account icon top right, then settings.

  3. Scroll down to Parental controls.

  4. Under Content restrictions, click the slider to Switch.

  5. Enter a four-digit passcode of your choice and click Keep going. Enter the passcode again and click Keep going again.

  6. Enter the email address you want Apple to contact if you forget your passcode and click Keep going, then complete.

  7. Press the Television shows or Movies Drop-down menu and select a rating.

Your settings apply to Apple TV + content that you or your children watch in this web browser, but not to other devices. For example, if you set the restriction in your browser, it won't change parental controls when viewing Apple TV + content on your iOS device.

Note that NR can contain more explicit content than G, although this is the first option in the drop-down menu.

How to set Apple TV + Parental Controls on Mac

You can change your restriction settings through your Mac's Screen Time settings.

  1. Press the Apple symbol top left.

  2. click System settings.

  3. click Screen time (it has an hourglass icon). If your Screen Time option is enabled, go to step five.

  4. If your Screen Time setting is off, select Options in the left column and in the upper right corner of the field To turn on.

  5. Choose Content & data protection.

  6. In the upper right, click To turn on.

  7. Select the Shops Tab.

  8. Press the Movies or Television shows Drop down menu and choose your rating selection.

Now, if someone uses Apple TV + on your Mac, they won't be able to watch content with a higher rating than your chosen rating.

Changing your Mac's content restriction settings applies to that device only. For example, changing the settings on your Mac will not change the restrictions on your iPad.

How to set Apple TV + parental controls on iOS

You can easily change the rating restrictions for movies or TV shows on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. On your home screen, tap the settings App.

  2. Tap Screen time.

  3. If you haven't already, tap Enable screen time. If it's already on, go to step six.

  4. Tap Keep going.

  5. In the Is this iOS device for you or your child? Screen, choose your option.

  6. Scroll down and tap Content and privacy restrictions.

  7. Tap to turn on Content and privacy restrictions.

  8. Tap Content restrictions.

  9. Tap Movies or Television shows and choose your rating option.

Changing the settings on your iOS device applies to all of your iOS devices under this account. For example, if you change the settings on your iPhone, you will also change the settings for viewing content on your iPad.

Here's how to set Apple TV + parental controls on your Apple TV + Box or Smart TV

If you have an Apple TV + Box, use the remote control to change these settings. Some smart TVs have an Apple TV + app and you can change the settings using your TV's remote control.

  1. Select the with your remote control Settings gear in the upper right corner.

  2. Under GENERAL, scroll down and select limitations.

  3. In the limitations Screen, choose limitations to turn it on.

  4. Enter the new four-digit passcode of your choice twice for confirmation.

  5. You will see, Password created Confirmation.

  6. Choose Reviews forand select your country.

  7. Choose either Movies or Television shows.

  8. Choose your Assessment selection, Don't allow movies, or Allow everything (Originally).

selection Do not allow for movies or television does not allow streaming of content in this category regardless of rating. For example, you might want to allow TV shows but not movies, even G-rated movies.

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That's it. You have set the restrictions. As a parent, you'll be happy to know that your kids aren't seeing anything they shouldn't (at least not on Apple TV +).

Instead of worrying about what your kids are seeing, you and your kids can spend time at home enjoying your Apple products.

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Josh Dollaghan
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Josh Dollaghan is passionate about home improvement, especially when it comes to learning about and setting up next-generation smart home products. He often spends time with his family and explores the great outdoors. He is also an avid reader, film enthusiast, and musician.

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