How to Set Up Screen Time on iOS


To learn more about Bark's Screen Time & Web Filtering see here.

Watch this video to learn set up Bark's Screen Time on an iOS device. If you'd like some additional tips — or if the video doesn't play — follow the step-by-step instructions written below.

NOTE: For iOS device monitoring, you still need the Bark Desktop App.

STEP 1: Install the Bark Kids app on your child's iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It looks like this:

NOTE: If you're on a subscription plan that includes content monitoring, you need to install the Bark Desktop App to monitor your child's iOS device texts, photos, videos, and more.


STEP 2: Open the Bark Kids app.
On the login screen, you will enter your Bark parent credentials to associate your child's device with your account:


STEP 3: Select the child that uses this device. 

NOTE: If it's a shared device, consider adding a child to your account named "Family iPad", for example.


STEP 4: When asked about installing a VPN, review the prompt carefully, and when ready, tap Allow.

  • A second window will open to confirm you'd like to add Bark's VPN, and you will tap Allow when ready.
  • After you do so, your child will see that a VPN is installed at the top right of their device.

STEP 5: Tap on the Check-In button. 

  • When asked about enabling Location Services, tap Allow.
  • Then, tap the Check-In button again, and this time, it will actually be able to send you your child's location via email, text, and/or app notification.

This will help you request Check-Ins from your child. For more information on the Check-Ins feature, see here.


Last step: Set your Time Zone in your Parent Dashboard

Now you can tap the Home button on your child's device and set it aside.
Navigate to your dashboard, select Account Settings from the dropdown menu on the top right, and set/verify your time zone:


Now you're done!

NOTE: For iOS device monitoring, you still need the Bark Desktop App.


Best Practices

Consider talking to your child about Bark and why the Bark Kids app needs to remain installed. 

Don't worry, if somehow the app stops working or is deleted, we'll notify you via email, text, and/or the parent app.

If you'd like to be proactive and prevent the Bark Kids app from being uninstalled, consider using iOS Screen Time to do the following:

  • Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > iTunes and App Store Purchases > Deleting Apps > Don’t Allow
    NOTE: If you haven’t set up iOS Screen Time, see here for instructions. 


Managing Screen Time & Web Filtering Rules

Manage web filters, block apps, and more from your Bark parent dashboard. Click here for more information: Set Rules & Limits


How do I monitor the texts, photos, videos for worrisome content?

If you have content monitoring included in your Bark subscription, then you will follow some additional steps to get your child's iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch monitored. Click the button below for a guide and help video: Set Up Content Monitoring on Child's iOS Device


Need additional assistance?

Bark Support is here to help! Reach out to us and we'll be happy to assist.