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How to block iPhone Settings while in strict mode?

Looking to restrict access to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad? We've got you covered with two different solutions, each of which relies on the Shortcuts app provided by Apple.

🔒 1. Block access to the entire Settings app

This first method will show you how to lock your device or be redirected to Jomo whenever you open the Settings app while strict mode (or a rule) is active on Jomo.

🎛️ 2. Prevent disabling screen time permissions

This second method will show you how to specifically remove the ability to disable screen time permissions for Jomo. With this method, the Settings app remains accessible. However, you might need to disable Face ID (and use only a passcode) to make it foolproof. Learn more in the video.

Please note that ALL screen time apps relying on the Screen Time API are subject to the same limitations. Simply go to Settings > Screen Time > Apps with Screen Time Access; you will see that all apps are treated equally.
We sincerely hope that Apple will improve this in the future for those of you who are looking for tighter restrictions! You can help make this happen by upvoting this thread and submitting a feedback report to Apple.

😈 Adjusting the punishment level

You can add other actions besides the redirection to make it more "punitive" to open Settings.

For example, you can automatically send a message to a friend or a family member if you open the Settings app while in Strict Mode.

You can also wrap the "Open Jomo" action within a "Repeat" block. This way, you'll continue to be redirected to Jomo for a variable delay, depending on the repeat count you set, after the initial redirection.

Updated on: 29/04/2024

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