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How to Hack Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

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This is how kids can hack Screen Time to get around parental controls in iOS 12, and what parents can do about it.

This is how kids can hack Screen Time to get around parental controls in iOS 12, and what parents can do about it.

  • Kids can get around Screen Time restrictions easily.
  • Parents can take some steps to limit this.
  • Apple may need to upgrade this in iOS 12.1 to upgrade parental controls.

Kids can get around Screen Time on the iPhone and iPad using a few easy tricks to hack Screen Time limitations on iOS 12. This is what kids need to know to get around Screen Time limits, and what parents can do to stop them.

One of the most exciting new iOS 12 features for parents is the ability to control how long kids use apps on the iPhone or iPad and when they can use apps or visit websites. This is a major step up in iPad parental controls, but kids are already finding ways to get around the restrictions.

How to Hack Screen Time

There are two ways that kids are hacking Screen Time on the iPhone and iPad to play more or to get around time restrictions. Here’s what kids are doing to get past iPad parental controls. Kids don’t need the Screen Time Passcode and these even work when Screen Time is applied with the Family Sharing feature.

Get Rid of Screen Time App Time Limits by Uninstalling and Reinstalling Apps

If parents lock down an app to a specific time limit kids can get around this by uninstalling the app and then reinstalling the app. Since it is an app that isn’t being purchased it is easy to install it again.

Once this happens the timer isn’t reset, it simply doesn’t carry back over to the new game. Do this once and specific app time limits disappear. This is an easy way to get around a time limit, but it’s not the only Screen Time hack.

Bypass Screen Time Limits by Changing The Time

Another way to limit kids is to set time limits that they can play during. Kids quickly discovered that they can change the date and time settings on the iPhone or iPad and play outside of designated times.

This will also allow kids to change the day to a weekend when they may have unrestricted or longer time periods.

What Parents Can Do About Screen Time Hacks

There is still something that parents can do to stop kids from getting around Screen Time limits and parental controls on the iPad and iPhone.

Here’s what you can do to prevent some of these Screen Time hacks and cheats.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on Screen Time
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Toggle On.
  5. Tap on iTunes & App Store Purchases
  6. Turn off Installing and or Deleting Apps

This will stop kids from uninstalling and reinstalling an app to get around Screen Time time limits.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a great way to stop kids from being able to change the time and date. This isn’t a setting we’ve found a way to lock down using the traditional parental controls.

Apple may need to add this to make Screen Time a more useful tool for parents.

iOS 12 vs iOS 11: What’s New in iOS 12.2

Apple News+

Apple News+

Apple announced a collection of new features today, including Apple News+, apple Arcade and Apple TV+. With iOS 12.2, you can start using Apple News+ on your iPhone and iPad right now. This is a subscription service with access to over 300 magazines and an array of newspapers for $9.99 a month. 

  • Apple News+ is a new subscription service that extends the Apple News experience with hundreds of magazines and top newspapers
  • Our editors handpick top articles and magazine issues, and you also get personalized recommendations on the topics most interesting to you
  • Automatic downloads make it easy to read magazine issues offline
  • Apple News is now available in Canada, with a free experience that includes handpicked Top Stories, a personalized Today feed, and support for both English and French
  • Apple News+ is available in the U.S. and in Canada, with dozens of additional Canadian magazines

You can also use Apple News+ on your Mac with a macOS update that arrives today as well.  

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