Can I Lock My Child’s iPhone Remotely?

Nicholas Russell
By Nicholas Russell 10 Min Read
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Hey there! Today, I want to share some nifty tricks about keeping an eye on your device usage and, more importantly, ensuring your child’s iPhone stays secure.

You might be familiar with the Lost Mode feature, but have you ever thought about using Screen Time to remotely lock your child’s iPhone? Well, buckle up because I’m about to walk you through it.

Picture this: your kid has an iPhone, and you want to establish some boundaries. That’s where Screen Time steps in like a superhero. By setting up a passcode and downtime schedule, you can make sure your child’s iPhone takes a break during specific hours. It’s like a digital curfew!

Now, let me break it down for you. Once you activate Screen Time on your child’s iPhone, it becomes your secret weapon. You get to decide when the phone takes a timeout. It’s like waving a magic wand and saying, “No screen time after 9 PM!”

Now, why should you trust me with these Screen Time secrets? Well, I’m Nicholas, and I’m not just a long-time iPhone user; I’m your go-to guy for all things Screen Time. I use it to keep tabs on my own device usage, and guess what? You can also use it to keep your child’s iPhone in check.

Hold on tight because I’m about to reveal not just one, but two ways to lock down your child’s iPhone from a distance. We’ll explore both Screen Time and Lost Mode, unraveling the mysteries of each. By the end, you’ll be the master of your child’s iPhone security.

Let’s have a friendly face-off between Screen Time and Lost Mode. These are like the superheroes of iPhone security, each with its own unique powers. Screen Time is your reliable sidekick for setting schedules and passcodes, while Lost Mode is the superhero that comes to the rescue when the iPhone goes missing.

In the next part, we’ll dive deeper into the wonders of Screen Time and how you can wield its powers to keep your child’s iPhone safe and sound.

If you’re curious and want to be the hero of iPhone parenting, keep reading. I’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to know!

5 Steps to Set up Screen Time on Your Child’s iPhone

Now that you’re on board with using Screen Time, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of setting it up on your child’s iPhone. Don’t worry; it’s as easy as pie. Just follow these five simple steps, and you’ll be the master of your child’s iPhone destiny!

Step 1: Open Settings and Activate Screen Time

First things first, grab your child’s iPhone (with permission, of course). Open the Settings app, scroll down to find Screen Time, and tap on it. If it’s already on, no problem! Just scroll down, tap Turn Off Screen Time, enter the passcode (ask your child if needed), and confirm. Then, tap Turn On Screen Time.

Step 2: Declare This iPhone Belongs to Your Child

Next, you’ll want to make it official. Choose “This is My Child’s iPhone.” It’s like putting a tiny crown on the device, declaring it under your parental rule.

Step 3: Customize Content Restrictions (Optional)

Now, you have the power to set some rules. You can either set up content restrictions right away or tap “Set Up Later” if you want to skip this part for now. It’s all about making Screen Time work for you.

Step 4: Establish Downtime

Picture this as the bedtime for the iPhone. On the Downtime page, enter the start and end times when you want the iPhone to take a breather. Tap “Turn On Downtime,” and voila! Your child’s iPhone now knows when it’s time to wind down.

Step 5: Manage App and Website Limits (Optional)

Just like setting bedtime, you can decide which apps and websites get a curfew too. Set it up now or tap “Set Up Later” if you’re in a hurry. Flexibility is the key to parenting in the digital age.

Bonus Round: Adding the Screen Time Passcode

To add an extra layer of security, set up a unique Screen Time passcode. Make sure it’s a secret that even Sherlock Holmes couldn’t crack. You can also link your Apple ID to reset the passcode if needed. Safety first!

Now, here’s the magic trick. Tap on Downtime in the Screen Time settings, enter your passcode, and toggle on “Block at Downtime.” If your child tries to unlock the iPhone during Downtime, they’ll see a message reminding them it’s time to give the screen a break.

Parent Pro Tip: No Need to Borrow! Family Sharing to the Rescue

What if you don’t want to bother your child for their iPhone? No worries! You can add their account to Family Sharing and set up Screen Time right from your own iPhone. Check out this Support page for a step-by-step guide on how to set up Family Sharing for your child.

Congratulations! You’ve just unlocked the secrets of Screen Time, and now you’re the captain of your child’s iPhone ship. If you’re hungry for more tech-savvy parenting tips, keep reading for the next level of iPhone mastery


There you have it – the ultimate guide to keeping your child’s iPhone on lockdown from miles away. By activating the superhero powers of Screen Time, setting up a downtime schedule, and crafting an unbeatable passcode, you’ve become the guardian of their digital world.

But wait, there’s more. Lost Mode might be like a trusty sidekick in iCloud, but remember, your child holds the ultimate key – their passcode. It’s like having a secret handshake only they know.

As a parent, knowing how to pull the strings of remote iPhone control can be a game-changer. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Use these methods thoughtfully, and if you find yourself sailing uncharted waters of concern about your child’s phone use, consider reaching out to a counselor or therapist for guidance.

Now, dear reader, the stage is yours. Have burning questions about the mystical realm of locking your child’s iPhone remotely? Drop them in the comments below, and let’s keep this digital parenting conversation going! Your curiosity might just spark the next chapter in our tech-savvy journey. Until then, happy parenting in the digital age!


How does Screen Time help in locking my child’s iPhone remotely?

Screen Time allows you to set a passcode and downtime schedule, effectively putting your child’s iPhone on lockdown during specified periods.

Can I use Lost Mode as an alternative to Screen Time for remote iPhone locking?

Yes, you can use Lost Mode in iCloud, but keep in mind that your child can still unlock their iPhone using their passcode.

Why should I trust Screen Time as a tool for managing my child’s device usage?

Screen Time not only helps you track your own device usage but also serves as a powerful tool for parents to monitor and control their child’s iPhone remotely.

What if I don’t want to borrow my child’s iPhone to set up Screen Time?

You can add your child’s account to Family Sharing and set up Screen Time right from your own iPhone. Check out the Support page for a step-by-step guide.

How can I add an extra layer of security to Screen Time?

You can set up a unique Screen Time passcode to ensure that the settings remain secure. Additionally, linking your Apple ID allows you to reset the passcode if needed.

Is it essential to consult with a counselor or therapist about my child’s phone use?

While knowing how to lock your child’s iPhone remotely is valuable, it’s crucial to use these methods mindfully. If you have concerns about your child’s phone use, reaching out to a counselor or therapist for guidance is a wise step.

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