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Changing App Permissions on Android and iPhone

app permissionsHave you started realizing that your children are spending too much time on their phones? Do you know who they’re talking to? Do you know which sites have your children glued to their monitors? Is it starting to affect their homework or test grades?

If you’ve even contemplated some of these questions, then you’re worried. At this juncture, you’re probably searching for ways to limit what they can do on their phones, their chatting time, or what they share with the dark wilderness of the web. To answer all of your questions about particular functions, yes, you can block photo sharing, location sharing, and even the microphone. You can even customize such limits for specific apps. All of this can be done with parental controls.

What can you restrict?

Before we get into the details, we’ll clue you in on what types of functions a parental control app monitors or changes.

  • Camera – taking pictures with other applications
  • Photos – sending or sharing photos
  • Microphone – sending voice messages or any type of recording
  • Videos – sending video recordings
  • File Sharing – sending files to other phones using an application or wireless connection
  • Location services – sharing location with other individuals

How do you access these restrictions?

As you might have imagined, iOS and Android will both have different ways to limit functionality.

How to Set Parental Controls on iPhone

What makes blocking or turning off functions on the iPhone so simple is that it can all be done from the settings page.

  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Tap “General”
  3. Tap “Restrictions”
  4. Tap “Turn on Restrictions”
  5. Enter a Restrictions Password
  6. Choose any function you wish you to turn off by tapping on the switch icons
How to Change Permissions on Android

Android’s process is a bit longer. Before you can restrict your child’s phone, you’ll need to make a “Kid Account”, which takes about 15 minutes. This type of account is created by a parent through the app Family Link, which allows you to remotely monitor and limit certain functions on your kid’s phone. Just like the iPhone, it allows you to restrict functions for individual apps as well.

  1. First Create an account on the Family Link App.
    1. Open Family Link
    2. In the top right corner of the first screen, press the + button
    3. Input all of the requested information to make an account
    4. You should see a confirmation after this part is complete
  2. Add a new account to your child’s new Android Device.
    1. Turn on the device and follow all of the instructions to set up the device
    2. When asked to sign in with your Google Account, tap Create Account; If you can’t see this button, tap More Options
    3. Enter your child’s personal information and password
    4. Follow the instructions to sign in with your own Google Account, give parental consent, and then choose the settings that you know will make your child safe
  3. Access all of the functions through the Family Link app.
    1. Open the app “Family Link”
    2. Select your child’s account
    3. On the “Apps” section, tap “More”
    4. On the “Allowed” list, choose “Facebook”, or any app
    5. Tap “App Permissions”
    6. Turn the switch off

Although Family Link takes a bit of time to set up, it may be a very useful platform to stop your kids from carelessly browsing around on the internet.


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