NOTE: This article is for subscribers on the Bark Premium plan. To set up an iOS device on the Bark Jr plan, click here instead.
Monitoring Apple / iOS Devices
Because of Apple's security, we can't monitor your child's texts and photos directly from the Bark Kids app.
So, we created a one-of-a-kind solution — the Bark Desktop App.
After the first-time setup, your child's device will send copies of texts and photos several times a day to your computer over Wi-Fi as long as their device is at home and connected to your network.
Bark then scans them for dangers and sends you an alert if we find something that may benefit from a conversation with your child, like bullying, depression, or sexual content. We will also alert you if it's been a while since we've analyzed your child's iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
STEP 1: Navigate to your parent / guardian app or dashboard.
STEP 2: Select Monitoring under your child.
STEP 3: Scroll down to +Add a new device, click on Monitoring, and select Apple/iOS.
STEP 4: Follow the prompts to download the Bark Desktop App onto your home computer (preferably a computer that your child does not use or have access to).
- If you've set up the Bark Desktop App on this computer before, select Already set up before?.
- If you've never set up the Bark Desktop App on this computer before, select Setting up the first time.
When it has paired with your account, the Bark Desktop App will update to look like the image below.
💡 Not showing as paired? Try restarting your computer!
STEP 6: Plug in your child's iOS device into the computer with their USB charging cable.
NOTE: If you have a newer Mac, it may need a USB-A to USB-C adapter before you can plug in the cable. You can find those USB-C adapters at any electronics retailer. They will make using your Mac easier down the line for other things too!
STEP 7: Follow the prompts to detect this child's iOS device and select it from the list when it appears.
STEP 8: Once the device is detected and selected, you will see this page. This means it's starting an analysis of the device's texts, iMessages, photos, videos, notes, Whatsapp messages, and Kik messages. After reviewing this page, select Continue.
STEP 10: Repeat these steps for your other children's iOS devices.
- If your children have a shared iPad, consider creating a child named "Shared Device" (or something similar) to set up that device.
- If your other kids have Android devices, follow this guide instead, since the steps above are just for kids who use iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Leaving your computer on most of the day is recommended
Make sure your computer is on and awake for big chunks of the day while your child is at home. For recommendations on sleep settings adjustments, check out our guide for Windows and Mac.
Scanning will happen automatically over Wi-Fi
Remind your child to always connect to Wi-Fi at home. Bark will analyze their texts, photos, and videos several times a day. You can tell if Bark has detected the child's device over Wi-Fi under your child's iOS device on the dashboard.
- If it's a green Wi-Fi symbol, it means it's currently being detected (see example below).
- If it's a grey Wi-Fi symbol, it means it was detected over Wi-Fi in the past (see example below). If you need help troubleshooting why Bark may not be detecting your child's iOS device over Wi-Fi, check out our frequent solutions here. In the meantime, go ahead and plug in the device via USB to get it analyzed while you troubleshoot the Wi-Fi detection.
Checking the status of Bark in the app
From the device profile on your parent app or dashboard, you'll be able to see when your child's iOS device was last analyzed. If you go a long time without getting the device analyzed, we will alert you.
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