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How to Block Apps on Your Child’s iPhone or Android

Do you want to protect your child from using age-inappropriate apps? You may be worried about social media and messaging apps like TikTok or Yik Yak - or addictive games like Roblox. Worry no more, we’ve got your back. Here’s how you can block apps with Ohana.

Stefanie Parth
11/11/2022 • 3 min
Child holding smartphone, screen depicts that Ohana has blocked all apps

First, with Ohana, it doesn’t matter if your child has an Android or iOS device. You can seamlessly activate settings across platforms.

How to prevent your child from downloading apps

With Ohana, you can choose whether your child can download apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

  1. Open Ohana on your device.
  2. Go to your child’s profile in the Parenting tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Settings and tap on Apps.
  4. Toggle to disable Allow app installs.
  5. That’s it, your child won’t be able to download apps now.
Screenshot of Ohana app showing app is blocked on child's device

This will pop up when your child is trying to access a blocked app.

How to restrict apps by age

If you allow your child to download apps, you can set an age restriction in Ohana so they can only use age-appropriate apps. For example, you can restrict apps for your 9-year-old child. If they have the game app Roblox installed, they won’t be able to open it since the age restriction for this app is 10+ years.

So, here’s how you can automatically block all the apps installed on your child’s device that are above the age restriction:

  1. Open Ohana on your device.
  2. Go to your child’s profile in the Parenting tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Settings and tap on Apps.
  4. Toggle to enable Restrict apps by age.
  5. Tap on Activate in the popup.
  6. Specify the Maximum age rating.
  7. Now your child can only access age-appropriate apps!
Screenshot of Ohana app showing app is blocked on child's device because it's above the age restriction

This will pop up when your child is trying to access an app above the age restriction.

If you want to know more about age-appropriate apps, we suggest you take a look at Common Sense Media. They write detailed reviews about apps and give age recommendations.

How to block apps on your child’s device with Ohana

Follow these steps to block an app on your child’s device:

  1. Open Ohana on your device.
  2. Go to your child’s profile in the Parenting tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Settings and tap on Apps.
  4. Choose your child’s device.
  5. Look for the app you want to block in the relevant category.
  6. Select the app and tap on Done in the top right corner.
  7. You’re all set!
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