Disable App Installations with Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

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Use Screen Time to disable app installs on your iPhone or iPad temporarily. Because deleting or removing the App Store is impossible (for obvious reasons), Screen Time offers an excellent solution when you don't want new applications installing on your device.

Why Would Need to Disable App Installs?

If you find yourself installing too many applications, you could find yourself getting distracted for a bit too long. Screen Time's primary purpose was to limit and control device usage; disabling app installations is one of the many ways it does. Another instance this feature could prove useful is when a child is using the device. Many free apps display ads, and often those ads are for other apps available in the App Store. Using Screen Time in this situation will eliminate those ghost-installations to which you have no recollection.

In the following Visi guide, we're going to cover disabling app installations using Screen Time. For this tutorial, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 14.

***PLEASE NOTE*** Screen Time is available on devices running iOS/iPadOS 12 or higher.

Disable App Installs in Screen Time on iPhone and iPad

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  1. 1
    Tap the Settings app.
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  2. 2
    Tap Screen Time.
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  3. 3
    Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions.
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  4. 4
    Tap the toggle switch to turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions (if not enabled).
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  5. 5
    Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases.
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  6. 6
    Tap Installing Apps.
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  7. 7
    Tap Don't Allow.
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  8. 8
    When you return to your home screen, the App Store Shortcut will be temporarily gone
    To enable access, follow the above steps, but select Allow in step 7.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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Categories : IPhone | Use iOS 13 | Use iOS 14

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