Kids find a way to defeat Screen Time app limits

Kids find a way to defeat Screen Time app limits
You have to hand it to the kids. They are much more technologically advanced at their age than ever before. So advanced in fact, that there are already two workarounds for the time limits that their parents can place on app usage using iOS 12's Screen Time feature. Screen Time is designed to give parents control over their children's iPhone usage, allowing them to set a cap on how long Junior can use certain apps.

One way to break the cap is to turn the time and date back on an iPhone, giving the user extra time on an app. This can be done even if the phone is already in "down time." The other way is a bit more complex, but a 7 year old happened to figure it out. When this kid runs out of screen time and his apps are locked, he goes to the App Store and downloads a previously installed (but later removed) game using the cloud icon. And the game works without any issues!

Parents can put the kibosh on the latter "hack" by going into restrictions on Screen Time and turn off Install Apps. This will remove the App Store icon from the device. It also will prevent any updates from coming through since that does count as an installation, so keep that in mind.


Now that these workarounds have been made public, we could see Apple come up with a fix for both Screen Time cheats.

FEATURED VIDEO

17 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 791; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

The best Cheap quality hardware and software combination.....at sky high price.

3. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Yeah, I love the Pixel, too!

4. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’m jealous of androids parental and screen time restrictions... oh wait....

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Google's family link exist.. (and there are tons of 3rd party options)

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple's never been good at software. Guess they need to hire more 12 and 13 year olds. Marvzisfallen is looking for work I'm sure.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Have you seen the android UI and apps on Play Store? Google has all the 12 and 13 year olds working for them.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hahahaha nice try moron

8. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Already name calling? You sound mad, bro. You mad? I would be mad too.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You should be. Apple can't get it right. You deserve to be mad muffin.

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Speaking android software is ridiculous. The same with their mobiles profit. Such a moron for you to state that. Your s**tty android OS is not even listed in the most difficult to hack and not even optimized. No wonder why they have a second rated apps. And i guess its your fault coz you love ads and free apps. Get a work and buy iphone instead. Idiot!

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A child stole a TB of data by hacking Apple. iCloud has been hacked mutliple times and originally was due to poor protection on apples side. Meanwhile you say android is insecure yet nobody ever gets affected by mobile security issues on any platform. I'll remind you again pay more to get the latest Samsung device than you do on your annual itoy. Plus I can walk into a store now and get an excess Maxipad for zero down. It doesn't get cheaper than that.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Samsung with it's 1 or 2 year late OS updates before they kick you to the curb and it loses over half value. Still have to access Play Store . Not a very wise investment.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Is updates bring very little to Samsung phones. Plus many core updates are updated via play services. I upgrade my phone every 6 months so all of your whining means nothing to me. Doesn't affect me at all. Not sure why accessing play store is an issue? Please explain that one.

13. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

But there isn’t news about hacking android which means government doesn’t need to hire and pay 3rd party to get access. Also no incident of theif coz theives knew how cheap android is. A $$$$ phone is not a toy. Most people have ipad to get multitasking, pic-pic, split screen and stylus support.  will eventually put them in time and i dunno if there’s one more thing you can brag anout your sammy.

14. mootu

Posts: 1408; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Most people have ipad to get multitasking, pic-pic, split screen and stylus support.  will eventually put them in time" So you need to buy (and carry) 2 Apple devices to do what one Android device can do,. Wow! innovation.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I bought a Samsung in 2012 for those reasons. Apple was nearly 5 years late to that party.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Duplicate. Sorry PA must hire Apple software engineers for their forums.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.