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How to Block Porn on iOS 7 for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

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Parents and users looking to block porn on the iPhone and iPad should be first in line to update to iOS 7.

Apple includes enhanced parental controls on iOS 7 including an iPad and iPhone porn block feature that can restrict the ability of users to access websites with adult material.

Like any internet filter, this iPhone porn block feature isn’t going to be perfect, but in our tests the iOS 7 porn filter did a good job of preventing access to questionable websites.

Read: 25 Hidden iOS 7 Features

This is a free feature in iOS 7 and it is at the system level so it can block porn and other adult themed websites throughout the device without requiring the user to use a specific browser.

The iPhone porn block feature is new in iOS 7.

The iPhone porn block feature is new in iOS 7.

In our testing, the iPhone porn block mode even carries over to Google Chrome on the iPhone, so kids and users can’t just download a new browser to get around this.

How to Block Porn on the iPhone, iPod & iPad

First off you will need to update to iOS 7 to use the Adult Web Filtering feature. This is a new feature in iOS 7, and it is a fre update.

When you have iOS 7 installed the following taps will get you to the point where you can block porn on the iPhone and iPad.

Settings -> General -> Enable Restrictions -> Websites -> Limit Adult Content

This will prompt you to enter a pass code, and you should make it one that is different from the user’s unlock code, or they can turn it on and off at will. When prompted create a secret code that the user will not know.

Parental controls in iOS 7 let users block porn on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Parental controls in iOS 7 let users block porn on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

To turn off the iPhone porn blocking feature in iOS 7, enter the pass code and turn restrictions off. If the pass code is locked you may need to reset the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Because no Internet filter is perfect, the parent or administrator can manually block and allow certain websites always. Enter these in the settings menu, or enter the pass code when browsing to add an attempted address to the list.

Read: iOS 7 How to Guides: Get the Most Out of iOS 7

In addition to a tool like this, parents may want to look at tools that limit access on a laptop or other devices. The iPhone can act as a personal hotspot which could get a game system, laptop or other device online without connecting to the home internet, which may be where another filter is in place.

It is also a good idea to talk about proper use of the internet and age-appropriate materials in addition to any blocking efforts.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

4 Comments

  1. kaplanron

    09/24/2013 at 2:28 pm

    Will this work for all web-kits or just Safari?

  2. McGruff SafeGuard (@GoMcGruffSafety)

    09/25/2013 at 1:42 pm

    Just SAFARI. For more comprehensive filtering & tracking, check out McGruff SafeGuard in the app store (for free).

  3. Dave

    10/07/2013 at 5:43 pm

    If you want to filter ALL your apps (any webbrowser, twitter app, snapchat, tumblr, etc), you need a filter service like http://www.pageclean.com

    It works by filtering the internet before it gets to your iPhone / iPad, so you can use any apps you want and still get a clean experience.

    And it can be locked in place with a passcode, just like the Safari only filter described in this post.

  4. Chris

    10/12/2013 at 2:18 am

    On my iPad this carries over to Chrome as well. Very impressed, good feature by Apple.

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