How to Monitor iOS Devices with the Bark Desktop App

Quick Detailed


Monitoring iOS Devices

Apple is strict when it comes to security and doesn’t allow third-party solutions (like Bark) direct access to monitor iOS devices.

...So Bark created a one-of-a-kind solution — the Bark Desktop App.

  1. Add an iPhone or iPad for monitoring in your parent app / dashboard.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions, like installing the Bark Desktop App on your home computer.
    💡 Don't have a home computer? Consider purchasing the Bark Home device in place of a computer.
  3. When prompted, plug in your child's device via a USB cable to begin the first-time setup.
  4. After you're done, make sure to set up Safari monitoring in your kid's Settings app.
  5. For step-by-step instructions, follow our detailed video and guide

When your child’s device is home and on the same Wi-Fi as your computer, the Bark Desktop App goes to work scanning it. We'll send you an alert if we find an issue.

Please note alerts for iOS devices aren't in real time. We have to scan back through content while your child was away.

alert_mono.svg If the Bark Desktop App can't find your child's device, we'll let you know.

Best Practices

  • Leave this computer on for most of the day.
    Check out our guide for Windows and Mac sleep settings adjustments.
  • Talk to your child about Bark. 
    Remind your child to always connect to Wi-Fi at home and to enter their lockscreen passcode if prompted. We have tips for that conversation.
  • Check that the device is detected over Wi-Fi.
    Find the device under the Monitoring tile of your parent app / dashboard. 
  • Check the last time we analyzed the device.
    Find the device under the Monitoring tile of your parent app / dashboard. 

Reviewing Alerts

If Bark detects potential bullying, sexual content, depression, self-harm, or other worrisome content on your child's iOS device, we'll send you a notification.

Learn more about what makes Bark's content monitoring unique.

Need to add more?

You can add an unlimited number of email accounts, social media accounts, and devices for monitoring. Follow this guide to connect the rest of your kids' accounts and devices!

Need help?

Check out our iOS troubleshooting guide. The Bark customer support team is also here for you! Please reach out to us if you need additional assistance.