To access the restrictions we will be discussing in this article, please navigate to Settings > General > Restrictions and proceed to the Allowed Changes area. If you have never turned on iOS restrictions before, we recommend you familiarize yourself with “Parental Restrictions In iOS 7 – Part 1 (Enable Restrictions & Allow Apps)” before proceeding. You may also be interested in Part 2 and Part 3 of our Parental Restrictions guide that looks at the content that end users are allowed to access along with setting privacy restrictions.

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Figure 25: iOS Restrictions Settings Allow Changes Area

Accounts

The first option within the Allow Changes area, titled Accounts, directly relates to the end user being allowed to make changes to, or add, accounts in Mail, Contacts, or Calendar Apps.

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Figure 26: Allow, Or Don’t Allow Changes To Account Settings

By default, this option is set to Allow Changes. We recommend you select Don’t Allow Changes when setting up this device for end users, unless you want them to be able to make changes to the Apps listed above.

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Figure 27: Mail, Calendar, and Contact Settings Disabled.

As you will notice in Figure 27, the Account options, for Mail, Contacts, and Calendars are now grayed out and therefore disabled from changes or additions being made.

It is important to note that this restriction will not have any effect on third party Apps such as Mailbox. Account settings for Apps such as Mailbox, are done from within the app itself and therefore bypasses the master account settings for iOS. Therefore, this restriction only applies when using Apple’s official apps such as Mail, Contacts, and Calendar.

Cellular Data Use

This option contains the same two options of Allow, and Don’t Allow Changes, as shown in the Accounts Settings. The Cellular Data option applies only to Apps that will use Cellular Data when the end user is not connected to the Internet via a Wi-Fi connection.

Should you proceed to Settings > Cellular, you will notice the area Use Cellular Data For. By default, you will be able to turn off individual Apps so they don’t access Cellular Data when in use. Please remember that some apps need access to the Internet in order to perform their intended tasks correctly. That being said, when you select Don’t Allow Changes, these options will be disabled as shown in Figure 28.

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Figure 28: Restricting Changes To Apps That Can Use Cellular Data

We advise you carefully consider which Apps can have access to Cellular Data to ensure that the end user doesn’t have problems when using particular Apps and functionality on their device.

It is important to note that the Cellular Data options are only available on the iOS devices that have Cellular Data built-in. This option will not be shown if your device does not support Cellular Data.

Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh relates to any App that updates information in the background whilst being connected to either Wi-Fi, or Cellular networks.

Whilst it allows Apps, such as Pacer, to update the number of steps you have walked in a day, it can have an adverse effect on battery life. The Background App Refresh may also consume a small amount of data each time a refresh is undertaken if the App updates information from the Internet. There is no exact figure as to how much data is used as each app performs, and accepts new information, differently.

We recommend that it is safe to leave Allow Changes turned On, but if you have made modifications in the Settings > General > Background App Refresh area and don’t wish for the end user to alter them, then we suggest you set this option to Don’t Allow Changes.

Volume Limit

Limiting the volume for the end user, especially a child, is something that we strongly recommend you do. When you navigate to Settings > Music, you will notice an option for Volume Limit as shown in Figure 29.

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Figure 29: Volume Limit Setting In iOS

We suggest you test the volume yourself and decide which volume limit suits the end user best. Once set, return to the Restrictions Settings and select Don’t Allow Changes.

Should the end user then attempt to modify the Volume Limit, from the Settings > Music area, they will be unable to move the slider and subsequently the settings you have put in place are then protected via this Restriction.

Game Center (Multiplayer Games & Adding Friends)

The final Restrictions Settings are related to Game Center, Apple’s online gaming App and service that allows you to connect and compare your gaming success with friends anywhere in the world.

Whilst Game Center does allow you to compare and compete against other iOS game players, there is no chat or information sharing functions between other users besides game data; although chat options may be available from within some games.

That being said, you may wish to disable the end user from playing multiplayer games, or adding new friends. By default, these options are both active, simply turn them off if you don’t want the end user to have this functionality.

Whilst these two settings are useful, many of you may wish to simply deactivate Game Center completely. To do this, simply proceed to Settings > Game Center, click on the Apple ID and select Sign Out.

It is important to note that end users will still be able to play games that support Game Center, even when this feature is turned off. A game may ask the end user to login to your Game Center account, upon launch, but simply tap Cancel and the end user will be able to commence playing the game without additional complications.

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