How to Turn Off Screen Time for Child on iPhone or iPad


Setting up screen time to limit how much time your child spends on their iPhone or iPad can be a great way to force them to do other things, like go outside or do homework. But, there are some situations, like winter break or a long trip or if they are sick, where you may want to remove the screen time restriction so they can play as much as they want. Thankfully, Apple makes it easy to turn off screen time for your child’s Apple account. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video and inline images below.

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Steps to Turn Off Screen Time for Child on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad, and then tap the section at the top of the menu featuring your profile picture and Apple ID name.
  2. Tap “Family Sharing.” The Family screen is shown, displaying a list of all of the child accounts associated with your Apple ID.

  1. Tap “Screen Time.”

  1. Tap the name of the child account you want to turn off screen time for. The Screen Time information for that child is displayed.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of this screen, and then tap “Turn Off Screen Time.” You’ll be prompted to enter your screen time passcode.

  1. Enter your screen time passcode. You’ll return to the Screen Time screen where a menu pops up on the bottom of the screen, letting you know that screen time data will no longer be reported, and all limits, downtime settings, and content and privacy restrictions will be removed.
  2. Tap “Turn Off Screen Time” again. Screen time will now be disabled for your child on any devices they use.

Reasons to Turn Off Screen Time for Child on iPhone or iPad

1. Allow for Educational or Necessary Usage of the Device

Do you want your child to use technology for educational purposes? Or is there a specific app or feature that you want them to have access to for a specific reason? Turning off the Screen Time limit for a limited period can allow for educational or necessary usage of the device. However, be sure to monitor and limit the time spent on non-educational activities. Encourage your child to use technology as a tool for learning and not just for entertainment.

2. Accommodate for a Special Circumstance or Event

Is your child preparing for an online exam or competition? Or do they need access to a device for a specific project or event? In these cases, turning off the Screen Time limit on an iPhone or iPad can provide the necessary time for your child to complete their work or participate in the event. Make sure to set the limit again after the event is over.

3. Provide Temporary Access During a Family Trip or Special Occasion

Going on a family trip or attending a special event? Your child may need access to the device for navigation, entertainment, or communication. In such cases, turning off the Screen Time limit for a limited period can provide the necessary access to the device.

4. Allow for Use of the Device for an Emergency Situation

In an emergency situation, having access to a device can be critical. Turning off the Screen Time limit on an iPhone or iPad can allow your child to use the device for emergencies such as contacting family or first responders.

5. Provide an Opportunity for the Child to Demonstrate Responsible Device Usage

Do you want your child to learn how to use technology responsibly? Turning off the Screen Time limit for a limited period can provide an opportunity for your child to demonstrate responsible usage of the device. Encourage them to balance screen time with other activities, and to limit usage to necessary or educational purposes.

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