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How to Block Adult Websites on an iPad

Want the quick answer? Here's the best way to block porn on an iPad

Covenant Eyes Software: Covenant Eyes uses the buddy system to help you stay accountable to someone (or multiple people) by sending them reports of your internet use. On an iPad, this works using a VPN and a browser app. It's the most effective way to block porn on an iPad. You can try Covenant Eyes here.

Blocking porn websites on an iPad is essentially the same as blocking them on an iPhone.

We'd recommend utilizing two tools, one free and one paid:

  1. Content and Privacy restrictions (screen time) on the iPad OS
  2. Covenant Eyes accountability software

Let's start with what you can do from the iPad itself, without making any purchases.

1. Set up Content and Privacy restrictions on your iPad

First, go to settings and click on Screen Time.

Go to Screen Time and then the Content & Privacy Restrictions

Go to Screen Time and then the Content & Privacy Restrictions

From there, you'll click on Content & Privacy Restrictions, which brings up the following screen:

Content filtering options in Screen Time

Content filtering options in Screen Time

From here, you can make changes as you see fit, but the first thing you need to do is click on Web Content:

Make sure Limit Adult Websites is checked, then add other websites you want to avoid under NEVER ALLOW (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Make sure Limit Adult Websites is checked, then add other websites you want to avoid under NEVER ALLOW (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Here, make sure Limit Adult Websites is checked, like in the screenshot above. Then, under NEVER ALLOW, list websites that you struggle with that the built-in adult website filter might not catch. For example, I have Instagram and Flickr blocked. Here are some additional non-adult websites that you could consider blocking.

Setting the Passcode

You can add app limits if you'd like and disable the ability to install and/or delete apps, but all that is optional and up to your discretion. The filters we're setting up will work based on URL, so most apps should be covered.

But once you have everything configured, you'll need to set up a passcode. Assuming this is your phone, you don't want to be able to just change the settings on your own, which would defeat the purpose entirely.

Go back to Screen Time and click Use Screen Time Passcode, which will bring up the following dialogue box:

Have a trusted friend or family member establish a passcode for you.

Have a trusted friend or family member establish a passcode for you.

This is where you'll need to hand the iPad off to someone you trust, and have them establish a passcode for you. Once they've chose one and turned it on, the iPad goes back to you, without you knowing the passcode.

Now, for the content restrictions to change, you'll need that passcode entered. 

Keep in mind, this is a similar process for blocking porn on an iPhone and Mac desktop/laptop.

2. Use Covenant Eyes

You can either add Covenant Eyes as added protection, or use it as a standalone solution for blocking porn on an iPad. 

It's a yearly cost, but it's worth it for those who are struggling to quit porn.

When you have a membership, you'll download the Covenant Eyes app on your iPad and go through the setup process. I won't get into the details here because the app walks you through the process and it's pretty easy.

The app is a browser, which you'll use in place of Safari or other downloaded browsers on your iPad.

First, it will connect a VPN, which you can see here.

Check your VPN settings to make sure the Covenant Eyes connection is running.

Check your VPN & Device Management settings to make sure the Covenant Eyes connection is running.

In this screenshot, you can see that the Covenant Eyes VPN is on and connected.

This has to be on for Covenant Eyes to work.

Then you'll use the browser, which you can see is the blue/white eye icon here on the right side:

How to Block Adult Websites on an iPad (banner photo)

The CE browser is the blue and white one to the right of the screen. And this is my Fallout 4 iPad background, for those who were curious.

Now, once the CE browser has been installed and the VPN turned on, you'll need to disable the following:

  • The Safari browser
  • The App Store

The Covenant Eyes browser only tracks sites you visit from within the browser itself. It does not track other browsers or other apps. This means that you need to disable the Safari app and your ability to download apps, using the same process we talked about in step one with Content and Privacy restrictions.

From there, you can disable Safari and the app store so you can't just download another browser.

Again, this will require turning on the passcode, and allowing a trusted family member or friend set it up for you.

If you need the app store to download something or update existing apps, you'll just need to have that person put the code in for you. It's inconvenient, but it's worth the effort.

This is why it's best to have that be a person in your home. In most cases, it will be your spouse, if you are married.

Wrap Up

Either of these two options can work on their own. Covenant Eyes is a bit more thorough, and sends regular reports to your accountability partner. It also has screen accountability and can recognize adult images and not just text.

But either way, it's very doable to block porn on an iPad, just like you would a phone or computer.

If you have questions, want to share your story, or just need support, reach out via the comments section below.

Don't give up. Keep fighting.

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  • Adam Grainger

    Adam is a software engineer with experience in blocker software and VPNs. He has helped produce software and written content for a number of churches and organizations to help people stay focused and have a better experience online.

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