How to set parental control on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime Video, like Netflix, is a streaming service that offers a variety of movies and TV series that you can watch from your device. Read this blog to learn the ways to set up parental control on Amazon Prime Video.
With more than 200 million global subscribers, Amazon Prime is one of the most popular streaming services. It has got the most popular shows and movies like The Wheel Of Time, Them, The Last Post, Hunters, Modern Love, The Tomorrow War, and so on.
However, Amazon Prime Video also consists of R-rated content on its streaming service. Such content is not appropriate for kids and teens as like can contain scenes related to nudity, pornography, drugs and alcohol use, child abuse, and more.
Hence to protect your kids from encountering such content, you need to set up parental control on Amazon Prime.
Ways to Set Up InBuilt Parental Control on Amazon Prime
Luckily Amazon Prime comes with its own parental control features that you can activate from your Amazon Prime account to restrict inappropriate content and set up a PIN to deny access to kids.
You can set restrictions on the video content that one can view or purchase on their device with Prime Video parental controls. How Prime Video parental controls works is, it requires you to enter your PIN. So without the correct PIN, no one can bypass any purchase or viewing restrictions you’ve set.
Set Up Restrictions On Amazon Prime Video
On Prime Video devices, you can set up restrictions to limit the content you can watch. Since the contents are based on Rating, setting up age restrictions allows you to access content as per the age group.
To assist in setting viewing restrictions on devices, ratings are combined into audiences with recommended viewing levels – General, Family, Teen, and Mature.
For setting up parental controls on these ratings, Amazon Prime Video follows the same guidelines as the Motion Picture Association of America and TV Parental Guidelines.
To set up those restrictions, first, you need to find the parental controls setting. The steps to reach parental control settings are different for a PC or a MAC and an Android or an iOS.
To set up parental control restrictions on a PC or a MAC, follow the steps below:
- Open your Amazon Account.
- Click on “Hello ‘your name’ Account & Lists.”
- Click on “Your Prime Video.”
- Then click on your “Settings.”
- Then click on the “Parental Controls” tab.
To set up restrictions on an Android or an iOS, follow the steps below:
- Open your Prime Videos app.
- Select “My Stuff,” located in the bottom right corner.
- Then click on the Settings icon located in the top right corner.
- Select “Parental Controls.”
After you have selected the Parental Controls settings, the remaining steps are the same for PC, MAC, iOS, and Android devices, which are mentioned below:
- Select the “Viewing Restrictions.“
- Select an age restriction. There are basically four: G, 7, 16, and 18. When you select a particular age restriction, Amazon Prime Video shows only the content appropriate for that age group and restricts the rest.
- Then select the devices that you want the restrictions to apply to.
- Finally, click on “Save” for the restriction setting to apply.
Note: Restrictions only apply to the devices they were set up for.
Set up a PIN on Amazon Prime Video
There is also a PIN feature with Prime Video that restricts the ability to watch or purchase content from an individual device. To set up a PIN on any device, you must first reach the Parental Controls setting, which I have already mentioned above.
Once you have reached the Parental Controls setting, follow the steps mentioned below to set up a PIN on Amazon Prime Video:
- Select the “Change Prime Video PIN” option.
- Enter a PIN of your desire.
- Finally, click on “Save“.
Note: Prime Video PIN only applies to the devices they were set up for.
The devices mentioned below have their own Parental Control settings, and you cannot set up parental controls for them from your Amazon Prime account.
- Fire Phones
- Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles
- Fire Tablets running FireOS 5.0 or older
- Fire TV devices
Use of Third-Party Parental Control apps
You can use parental control apps like Net Nanny, Qustodio, Net Sanity, etc. These apps keep you updated about what your kids do on their devices. These apps also allow you to block apps like Amazon Prime if you find out that your kid is accessing inappropriate content on it.
However, Amazon Prime comes with its own parental controls. So, it would be better not to spend your money buying third-party apps.
So if you want to prevent your kids from accessing inappropriate content on Prime Video, you can use Amazon’s inbuilt parental control feature like setting up age restrictions or adding a PIN to deny access.