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Is there a way to disable/lock the Wi-Fi network access on an iPhone 4S? Crazy question, I know. But I got my son an iPhone and do not want him to have an Internet access. I disabled his data through my account with Sprint. But with Wi-Fi he can still get on the Internet when he is within reach of open hotspots (we do not have open Wi-Fi at home).

I want to be able to disable the Wi-Fi capabilities of his iPhone so that he cannot access the Internet. Any suggestions?

  • This question is worrying a lot of parents :(. – dan Jun 18 '15 at 7:31
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There isn't a way to do this directly on iOS. What you can do that is the closest thing to what you want to achieve is to follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions and create a passcode that only you will know (and it should be different from the passcode that has been set on your son's iPhone, if there is one).
  • Then deselect the following items: Safari, iTunes Store, iBookstore, Installing Apps, Deleting Apps, in-App Purchases, Siri, and FaceTime (of course, deselect whatever you see fit, but my example is an extreme example).

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  • On the same Restrictions menu, go to Accounts and tap "Don't Allow Changes".

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  • Go to Restrictions once again, and go to Cellular Data Use and tap "Don't Allow Changes".

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  • Finally, go back to Restrictions, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and tap the following switches under Game Center: "Multiplayer Games" and "Adding Friends."

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I'm assuming that you don't want your son to use any form of Internet on the iPhone AT ALL. This will limit the iPhone to the most limited form as possible. I can't guarantee that your son will not be able to use the Internet in some way, shape, or form, but at least you have now severely limited the chances.

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