Want to protect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod device from pornography and other harmful online content? You’re in the right place! This guide will efficiently walk you through how to do so with Safe Surfer.

Step 1: Download the Safe Surfer app

Unlock the Apple device you would like to protect. Tap the App Store app.

After opening the App Store, tap the Search menu on the bottom bar. Tap the search bar at the top, type “safe surfer”, then tap the search button on the keyboard. Our app listing will appear at the top of the search results. Tap the Get (or cloud download) button.



Step 2: Open the Safe Surfer app

Once the Safe Surfer app has finished downloading, it will appear on the home screen. If multiple home pages are present, you can browse them by swiping horizontally. Tap the Safe Surfer app to open it.



Step 3: Install protection


Once you have opened the app, tap the Allow button. Acknowledge the presented information by tapping the I agree checkbox. Tap the Get started button. Sign in with your Safe Surfer account (as a parent or accountability partner), then tap the right arrow button. Set a PIN code for the app, then tap the right arrow button.




The next time you open the Safe Surfer app, it will be protected by the PIN you previously set.



Tap the Get protected button. Tap the Allow button. Enter the passcode of the device (that is, the one used to unlock it) to install the protection system.

This device is now protected, but there’s still a little more we need to do for the best experience.



Tap the three bar menu icon at the upper left. Tap the Blocked sites menu. Toggle the switch found next to Override defaults. From this menu, you can scroll through the list of categories to select for blocking on this device. A category is blocked if the switch next to it is coloured red (as opposed to a grey switch, signifying a category that is not blocked). If you would like to read details regarding what kind of content falls under a category, tap the three dots menu at the upper right corner, then tap Show descriptions. Once you have finished selecting categories, tap the Save button.



Step 4: Finalise protection

Prevent uninstallation

Go to the device home screen and tap the Settings app. Tap the Screen Time menu. Tap the Continue button. Tap the option labelled “This is My Child’s iPhone”. Tap the Not Now option for the Downtime feature. Tap the Not Now option for the App Limits feature. Tap the Continue button.

Enter a passcode, but make sure to not use the passcode that unlocks the device. The passcode you use can be the same as the PIN you set for the Safe Surfer app. If you decide to use an Apple ID account for Screen Time passcode recovery, it must be unrelated to any Apple ID currently signed in to this device. Otherwise, tap the Cancel option and then the Skip button.



If you skip adding an Apple ID account for passcode recovery, the setup process could be cancelled and you might need to tap the option labelled “Use Screen Time Passcode” on the Screen Time menu. Set a passcode (just as before). Tap the Cancel option, then tap the Skip button.

On the Screen Time menu, tap the Content & Privacy Restrictions menu. Toggle on the switch found next to Content & Privacy Restrictions, then enter the passcode you set. Tap the iTunes and App Store Purchases menu. Under the Store Purchases & Redownloads section, tap the Deleting Apps menu. Tap the Don’t Allow option.



Navigate back twice to go back to the Content & Privacy Restrictions menu. Tap the Content Restrictions menu. Set the options within the submenus to your preference. We recommend setting at least the following options:

  • Under the Allowed Store Content section, tap the Books menu. Tap the Clean option.
  • Back on the Content Restrictions menu, under the Web Content section, tap the Web Content menu. Tap the Limit Adult Websites option.

Go back to the Screen Time menu. You can now safely close the Settings app.

Verify the protection installation by visiting ExampleAdultSite.com inside a web browser. This is a safe website designated for testing if pornographic websites are being blocked. This site should be blocked.



Protection complete

Nice one—this device is now protected! To start monitoring protected devices, visit our easy-to-use online dashboard.

If you have any other iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices you would like to protect, simply start again from the top of this guide. If you would like to protect a different kind of device, visit our Guides page.