How to Get Warnings About Sensitive Content on iPhone


iPhone users can enable warnings for sensitive content to limit exposure to explicit or potentially disturbing images or videos. This feature can be particularly useful for parents or those who prefer to filter out certain types of content on their devices. Here’s a detailed guide on how to set up and use warnings for sensitive content on iPhone:

Step 1: Update to iOS 15 or Later

To access the sensitive content warnings feature, you need to ensure that your iPhone is running iOS 15 or a later version. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for and install any available updates.

Step 2: Enable Content Restrictions

Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to Screen Time. Tap on Content & Privacy Restrictions and then turn on the switch for Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Step 3: Configure App Limits

Scroll down to the App Limits section and select the Message app. Tap on the blue Time Limit button and then choose Custom Limit.

Step 4: Set Communication Limits

Under Communication Limits, you will find the option for Sensitive Content. Tap on it and choose Limit Sensitive Content.

Step 5: Confirm Warning Settings

A message will appear, explaining that your child will receive a warning before being able to access sensitive content. Choose Allow to confirm the settings.

How it Works

When an image or video containing sensitive content is detected in the Messages app, a warning will be displayed before the recipient can view it. The warning will include the sender’s name and an indication that the content is sensitive. The recipient can choose to view the content or decline.

Additional Notes

  • The sensitive content warnings feature is only available for the Messages app.
  • It’s important to note that the feature is not 100% effective and some sensitive content may still slip through.
  • Parents and users should consider using additional parental control apps or filters for a more comprehensive protection solution.
  • The settings for sensitive content warnings can be adjusted at any time by following the steps outlined in this guide.