Apple makes it easier to use parental controls and Screen Time with iOS 16

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Apple is updating its suite of features aimed at families with the release of iOS 16, due out later this year. The company says it will now make it easier for parents to set up Apple devices with age-appropriate parental controls and features, and it’s updating Screen Time with several improvements, such as the ability to respond to requests for extra time from Messages, among other things.

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Today, the company already offers parental controls that allow parents to customize what kids can and can’t do on their devices, what content they can view, and when they can use their device’s apps and features. With Family Sharing, users can also share their purchases and subscriptions with up to five other family members.

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Now, Apple is adding a new Quickstart feature that it says will make it easier to set age restrictions for apps, movies, books, and music, as well as the ability to quickly set up other important parental controls. This feature, which resembles a customization option available to iPhone users, will allow you to touch the child’s device to the parent’s device to set up the child with all parent controls already selected and configured.

In addition, Apple is making it easy for parents to respond to their children’s requests for screen time. Previously, you had to go to settings to approve extra time. With the update, parents can reply directly from Messages, according to Apple.

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Another new feature is the Family Checklist, which will include helpful tips like how to update your child’s settings when they get older, how to turn on location sharing, and information on how to share your iCloud Plus subscription with everyone.

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