Restrictions Disappeared in iOS 13/12? How to Find It?

If your restrictions disappear from iPhone/iPad after updating to new iOS, don’t worry, it has just been moved to somewhere on your iPhone/iPad. If you want to know where it is, just read this guide to get it.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 22, 2020

I just installed the new iOS and checked in the Settings, couldn’t found Restrictions, I don’t know where it is, anybody knows?

If you’ve updated your iPhone to new iOS version, you may meet various problems as the above user mentioned one. Here in this post, we will focus on the Restrictions missing after users have updated to iOS 13/12. It is reported that when users are turning on/off restrictions, it not working, as it has disappeared from iPhone after iOS update. Why does this happen? We know that this case had never happened before. Is there any opportunity to take the Restrictions back if it still on the iPhone? Absolutely there is. In this guide, we will tell you how to find the missing Restrictions.

Why would restriction missing after updating to new iOS

Why would restriction missing after updating to new iOS

What Does Restrictions Mean on iPhone

iPhone Restrictions allows users to block or limit specific apps and features, and you can restrict some settings for app purchases, downloads, and privacy. Here’re some main features of it:

  • iTunes & App Store Purchases: Allows you to disable the function of installing apps, deleting apps, and making purchases within apps.
  • Allowed Apps: Allows you to shut-off certain apps like FaceTime, Wallet, and Safari.
  • Content Restrictions: Allows you to prevent downloads of music, podcast & news, movies, TV shows, and Apps based on the highest rating you wish to allow your device.

For iOS 11 and earlier, iPhone users can access restrictions by: Settings > General > Restrictions. And from iOS 12, Apple moved this feature to another position. Read the next part to find disappearing restrictions.

How to Access the Restrictions on iPhone/iPad iOS

Actually, the Restrictions is not missing, it has just been moved to another place on the iPhone. When you updating your iPhone/iPad to iOS 13 or higher, you will find it in the Screen Time section in the Settings. (Screen Time is a new feature introduced with the release of iOS 12. It is designed to help you manage screen time and limit what you can see. To learn more details about Screen Time, you can read the new iOS features).

Now you can follow the steps below to access the Restrictions in the Settings:

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone/iPad, then tap the Screen Time.

Find Screen Time in Settings

Find Screen Time in Settings

Step 2. If you have previously enabled Screen Time, just move to Step 3. Otherwise, tap Turn on Screen Time, tap Continue on the following screen and then tap This is My Child’s iPhone.

Turn on Screen Time if You Didn't Set it Before

Turn on Screen Time if You Didn’t Set it Before

Then, just follow the onscreen instructions to create your Restrictions passcode before you use the parental controls. After you set the passcode, you are allowed to control the Downtime, App Limits, content and age restrictions and more.

How to Create Restrictions Passcode

How to Create Restrictions Passcode

Step 3. Tap the Content & Privacy Restrictions, then you can slide the switch Content & Privacy Restrictions to the ON state.

Slide the Content & Privacy Restrictions On and Change Some Settings Here

Slide the Content & Privacy Restrictions On and Change Some Settings Here

Now that Content & Privacy has been turned on, you can control what can or cannot be accessed on your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix the “restrictions disappeared” issue, you might have accessed the Restrictions successfully now. If you think it is helpful to you, just share it with your friends who have also meet this issue. If you have other great ideas about this issue, please leave us a comment. We will be appreciated at it.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.