Disable iphone Wifi through public internet access

BorjeSalming

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I need help disabling internet access on an iphone 6 (ios 8). I have disabled Safari in "restrictions". However, it is easy to access the internet by clicking on any link on the homepage of a public wifi host (for instance - target or kohls). Suggestions?
 

Ambush083

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Sounds to me more like parental controls. That way the user cannot just turn it back on, but is required to authenticate.
 

BorjeSalming

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Sounds to me more like parental controls. That way the user cannot just turn it back on, but is required to authenticate.
I am trying to restrict internet access on a child's phone. I have disabled safari under "restrictions". However, if you go to a public place (for instance Target or Kohls) and connect to their public wifi, their homepage automatically opens up. If you click a link on that page, you now have unrestricted internet access independent of Safari "restrictions".

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Not really sure what you're trying to do.
If you want to disable wifi then go to settings and turn wifi off.
You want to disable carrier data on safari?
I am trying to restrict internet access on a child's phone. I have disabled safari under "restrictions". However, if you go to a public place (for instance Target or Kohls) and connect to their public wifi, their homepage automatically opens up. If you click a link on that page, you now have unrestricted internet access independent of Safari "restrictions".
 

KUguardgrl13

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I am trying to restrict internet access on a child's phone. I have disabled safari under "restrictions". However, if you go to a public place (for instance Target or Kohls) and connect to their public wifi, their homepage automatically opens up. If you click a link on that page, you now have unrestricted internet access independent of Safari "restrictions".
You could try blocking the websites, but those public wifi access windows usually have a separate URL. Wifi is free so it can't be cost that you're worried about. If you want to block the Internet, then a smartphone is not the best choice. Depending on how old the child is, it might be better to teach him or her how to use the Internet responsibly and block inappropriate websites.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
I don't think there's a way to block those pages from loading when joining certain hotspots.
You could just take the phone away and punish them.
What is the point of giving them a device and putting all these restrictions on it so they cant use it?
Technology cant always do the parenting and limitation controls for you. You gotta step in. If you find that they're getting around your rules then no phone that's all.
 

C DM

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I believe you can do website restrictions and set it so that let's say one specific site (some empty one or something like that) is allowed and that's it. Not sure if that would do the trick, but perhaps worth a try.
 

geoff5093

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Do you want to have them use cellular data and not allow Wi-Fi access? Or block internet all together? If you want to block everything, why did you get them an iPhone?
 

C DM

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Do you want to have them use cellular data and not allow Wi-Fi access? Or block internet all together? If you want to block everything, why did you get them an iPhone?
Because an iPhone can't still be useful for many things without the Internet?
 

nathan.kindle

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Disable iphone Wifi through public internet access

Appstore apps are sandboxed and are not allowed to perform such changes or restrictions on the device. Only parental controls and restrictions are the ones built into the iOS.

Well maybe I'm not clear on the App Store polices or have the insight you do but just on a lark I thought I would google parenting control apps on iPhone and this is some of the things I found.
http://www.pcmag.com/media/ads/pcmde-interstitial/pcmde.html?referrer=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391535,00.asp
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/596-best-parental-control-apps.html
Also found these in the App Store
 
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Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
Well maybe I'm not clear on the App Store polices or have the insight you do but just on a lark I thought I would google parenting control apps on iPhone and this is some of the things I found.
http://www.pcmag.com/media/ads/pcmde-interstitial/pcmde.html?referrer=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391535,00.asp
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/596-best-parental-control-apps.html
Also found these in the App StoreImage
If you install any of them you'll find that they are useless and easily circumvented and don't do much. Some of them you posted are just different browsers.
Regular iPhone apps don't have deep access to restrict much of anything.
 

C DM

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Remove the question mark, and you are correct. It's a waste of money if they are paying for a smartphone plan and disabling the data feature.
Perhaps for some people. Others have other needs and wants that work for them, and it really makes no difference as to whether or not someone else might agree with any of it or even understand it.
 

yjchua95

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Perhaps for some people. Others have other needs and wants that work for them, and it really makes no difference as to whether or not someone else might agree with any of it or even understand it.
Well to be honest, an iPhone that cannot connect to the internet can only do the things regular phones do, which are:

1. Texting
2. Calling
3. Camera/video functions
4. Playing music stored inside
5. Notes and reminders (plus calendar)
6. Calculator app
7. Games stored locally

Honestly, it's useless without Internet. If the OP only wants his child to use a phone without Internet, the OP should not consider an iPhone in the first place. Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose of an iPhone. The 'i' is there for a reason.
 

C DM

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Well to be honest, an iPhone that cannot connect to the internet can only do the things regular phones do, which are:

1. Texting
2. Calling
3. Camera/video functions
4. Playing music stored inside
5. Notes and reminders (plus calendar)
6. Calculator app
7. Games stored locally

Honestly, it's useless without Internet. If the OP only wants his child to use a phone without Internet, the OP should not consider an iPhone in the first place. Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose of an iPhone. The 'i' is there for a reason.
So listing out 7 rather useful things to many people makes it useless. Talk about a total logical disconnect. Even half of those things make it useful to many people who don't even really use much beyond that.

And beyond that, it seems that the main thing that was being asked about is essentially being able to just browse the Internet and go to different sites, rather than complete lack of data.