How to Monitor iOS Devices with the Bark Home

Quick Detailed


Monitoring iPhones and iPads

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 Home device.

  1. Add an iPhone or iPad for monitoring in your parent app / dashboard.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions — you’ll need to plug in your child's iPhone or iPad to the Bark Home via a USB cable — to begin the first-time setup.
  3. After you're done, make sure to set up Safari monitoring in your kid's Settings app.
  4. For step-by-step instructions, follow our detailed guide.

When your child’s device is home and connected to the Wi-Fi, the Bark Home 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 from when your child was away.

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

Best Practices

  • Make sure your Bark Home remains plugged in and online.
    Check the status of the Bark Home on your parent app / dashboard.
  • 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. 
    • If it's a greenwifi.png green Wi-Fi symbol, it means it's currently being detected.
    • If it's a graywifi.png grey Wi-Fi symbol, it means it was detected over Wi-Fi in the past.
  • 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.