How to Block Porn on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Parents and users looking to block porn on the iPhone and iPad can use built-in tools that allow you to control what kids, teens and other adults see on the iPhone or iPad. This iPhone porn blocker method even works when you are not connected to your home internet.

Apple includes enhanced parental controls on iOS 9 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 iPhone and iPad porn filter did a good job of preventing access to questionable websites.

Learn how to block porn on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as other adult content.
Learn how to block porn on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as other adult content.

This is a free feature in iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9. 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. This makes it harder for a kid or user to turn it off or find a way around it.

Read: Hidden iOS 9 Features

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 be on iOS 7, iOS 8 or iOS 9 to use the Adult Web Filtering feature. This means  you can use this even on older devices.

Use the steps below to get you to the point where you can block porn on the iPhone and iPad.

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

How to block porn on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
How to block porn on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

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.

To turn off the iPhone porn blocking feature, 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.

This is what someone will see when they try to visit a blocked site.
This is what someone will see when they try to visit a blocked site.

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. You can also use these advanced iPhone and iPad parental controls for more control over what someone does on the iPhone or iPad.

10 Comments

  1. kaplanron

    09/24/2013 at 2:28 pm

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

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    • Xavier Fernandes

      06/22/2015 at 1:01 am

      This works for Chrome too on the iOS 8.
      Even if you go via incognito mode !

      Reply

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

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  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.

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

  5. Dan S

    01/14/2015 at 12:36 pm

    This is easy for kids (and adults) to get around. My family is using Pageclean now because it’s locked down tight, unlike the default ios stuff.

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  7. Emma Evans

    08/05/2016 at 12:32 am

    Not only does iKeyMonitor can spy on a mobile phone, now the newest iKeyMonitor can also block any inappropriate Apps and games. It can also stop your children from using apps by limiting the screen time.

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  8. Daphne Stevens

    02/28/2017 at 6:46 am

    Pageclean is an unmonitored website with no tech support, no phone number to call, and no responses to messages left. They had better not charge my credit card. I was unable to install the software after giving them my credit card.

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  9. Donna

    04/13/2017 at 7:07 am

    I was not prompted to create a password, just to enter it when I tried to set up a restriction. It is the same as the log on password. Where can I go to change that?

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