The App Store provides access to a huge selection of very useful apps that can enhance your experience with your iPhone. But you can also spend money in the App Store, and you can find a lot of different apps that might be inappropriate for small children.
If your child has an iPhone and you want to be able to block them from downloading anything from the App Store, then you can take advantage of a feature on the iPhone called Restrictions. This allows you to prevent a lot of different types of activities on the iPhone, including the installation of apps from the App Store.
Block the App Store on an iPhone
The steps below are going to completely remove the App Store icon from the device until you return to the Restrictions menu and re-enable the App Store. Note that you are going to need to remember a 4-digit passcode to make changes to your restrictions, so make sure to pick a code that you can easily remember.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and touch the Restrictions option.
Step 4: Select the Enable Restrictions button at the top of the window.
Step 5: Enter the passcode that you will use to access this menu again in the future.
Step 6: Re-enter the passcode to confirm it.
Step 7: Touch the button to the right of Installing Apps to turn it off. There should not be any green shading around the button when it is turned off.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.