How to Access Your Router’s Parental Controls

Many modern routers have an app you can download, which makes them much more user-friendly and their settings easier to access. Typically, when your router has an app, all you need to do is go to it and tap the settings options. In this case, the feature will usually be labeled as Parental Controls. It should be noted that not all routers have built-in parental controls; Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do except buy a new router. If your budget doesn’t allow it, you can instead try enabling parental control options individually for all your devices. Most devices have robust parental control options, such as the iPhone and iPad, both of which contain Apple’s Screen Time app that offers parental control and content restriction options.

For more traditional or older routers (and sometimes even modern routers), you will need to enter the router’s IP address into your web browser in order to access its settings. This IP address varies by router model, but is usually found on the router itself or on its original box; it is usually a variant of 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1 or 10.0.0.1. From there, you will need to provide your username and password. These should also be printed somewhere on your router, but the information may instead be on the box that comes with it. The default username for most routers is “admin” and the password is usually either “admin” or “password” – although in some cases the password is blank and you can just press the Enter key after entering the default username. Of course, for security reasons, we recommend that you change the default password once you have logged in.

James V. Hayes