How to Set Up Screen Time on iOS

Set up app blocking on your kid's iPhone or iPad

Watch this video to learn how to enable app and site blocking on iOS devices. If you'd like some additional tips, follow the step-by-step instructions.

  1. On your kid's iPhone or iPad, open the App Store.
  2. Install the Bark Kids app.
  3. Set aside your kid's device for now.
  4. Open up your parent app / dashboard.
  5. Tap on the More menu (mobile) or v menu (desktop).
  6. Tap Get a device code.
  7. On your kid's device, enter in the device code. bark kids app device code login.png
  8. When asked about location, tap Always Allow or Allow While Using App. access_location_ios.PNG
  9. When asked about a VPN, tap Allow. You may be asked to enter your child's lockscreen passcode.
  10. (recommended) Use Apple's Screen Time to prevent the app from being deleted.
  11. (recommended) Set up location alerts and tracking.
  12. When you're done, open up your parent app/dashboard and tap Screen Time to set routines and block / allow apps during different times of day.

How do I know app blocking is working?

  1. Open up your parent app / dashboard.
  2. Tap on Screen Time under your kid.
  3. Tap Devices at the top.

How do I monitor iMessages, text messages, photos, and videos?

You'll need the help of the Bark Desktop App or Bark Home to monitor iPhones and iPads. Learn more and get set up with this guide:

Monitor an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Need help blocking apps?

Check out our screen time troubleshooting guide. Our customer support team is also here for you! Please reach out to us if you need additional assistance.