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How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

You can download the iPadOS15 to give that old tablet new life. Here’s how it may come in handy for your family.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

You can turn your old iPad into a smart home hub that works like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

It’s official: Two new iPads are hitting the stores this Friday, Sept. 24.

Apple announced the iPad Mini and the 10.2-inch iPad at its big event last week . Both iPads come with a new high-resolution camera that includes Center Stage (a new digital zoom feature) and a few big upgrades that we’ve been anticipating. The iPad Mini comes in four new colors, has a True Tone display and supports 5G connectivity. On the other hand, the ninth-generation iPad works with the first-gen Apple pencil and other wireless keyboards. It favors the eighth-gen a lot but comes with a faster, A13 bionic chip.

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If you’re shopping for a new iPad, there’s no better time. But what does that mean for your old one? Maybe sell it for some extra cash to cover the cost of the shiny, new iPad? Or you can keep it around for your kids and download iPadOS15 to give them a few of the new iPad perks for free. Even though the new iPad sounds way better, the old one can still come in handy. You can use it as a smart hub that’s similar to an Echo Show or Google Nest Hub . Or you can turn it into a new baby monitor (more below). Interested? We’ll show you how.

We also have ideas for what you can do with your old Android phone (maybe turn it into a security camera ). And here’s what else was unveiled at the Apple event . There’s a new Apple Watch and the iPhone 13 is finally here with two new colors.

Turn it into a smart hub and use Apple’s HomeKit

You don’t need to buy Apple’s HomePod or HomePod Mini to put an Apple smarter speaker in your kids’ room.

You can turn your old iPad into a smart home hub that lets your kids play music, turn the lights on and off, and even control the temperature in their room with the tablet.

To turn your iPad into a smart home hub for your kids’ room:

1. On your iPad, go to Settings.

2. Scroll down, tap Home and then toggle on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

If you want to give your kids control just over the smart-home devices in their room and not everywhere in the house, you can set limits on what they have access to in the Home app.

A smart baby monitor for much cheaper

Most baby monitors make it easy to check on your little one from your phone or computer. But they aren’t cheap. Turning your old iPad into a baby monitor can be a more affordable way to keep track of your baby.

Baby monitor apps like Cloud Baby Monitor can let you check in on your kid. You can also get motion and noise alerts, just like from popular baby monitors — the Owlet Smart Sock Plus is a popular one. Note that if you’re looking for a monitor that keeps an eye on your baby’s oxygen levels, temperature and sleep quality, an iPad won’t do that for you.

A soothing night light and sound machine

If your kids are starting to sleep on their own and you want to create a serene sleep haven for them, your old iPad is up to the task. With an app like Baby Night Lite, you can set up a night light for the kids’ room with a variety of small animals and colors along with a sound machine that comes with a variety of songs and white noise and ambient background sounds. And you can set a timer and create a playlist of peaceful, soothing music or lullabies. For older kids who are beyond lullabies and dancing sheep, an app like Night Light Lite lets you pick from a variety of sounds, such as beach waves and running water, and night light colors to help them get to sleep.

A new gaming console and features with iPadOS 15

Sony’s PS5 or the Nintendo Switch might be on your kids’ shortlist for holiday gifts. But the iPadOS15 has a few new widgets to improve gaming, including a Continue Playing feature to pick up where you left off and a widget that lets you see what games your friends are playing.

And for fun and variety, it’s hard to beat an iPad paired with Apple Arcade games, such as NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition or The Oregon Trail. And if you have more kids in the home than gaming devices, converting that old iPad into a gaming device may be just the ticket.

Plus, the iPad gives your kids a bigger screen to play multiplayer games on. And you can even add a PlayStation or Xbox wireless controller to the iPad for your kids to play without hogging the TV or your phone.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

You can download learning apps for your kid to use your old tablet as an educational tool.

An educational tool with learning games and apps

If your kids are going to start needing the home computer for their schoolwork, turning an iPad into a dedicated educational tool may be the perfect use for your older Apple tablet. You can even pair it up with a keyboard and a mouse to make the iPad feel more like a computer. Plus, the new iPad update comes with a Split View so you can take notes and watch a video or use an app, making that old iPad even more useful.

If you’re worried about your kid becoming distracted by messages, games, alerts and social media, you can use Apple’s parental controls to set limits and what they can and can’t do on the device. You can also use Focus mode to silence any notifications, distractions and create a screen that only shows the apps you choose.

To stay ahead this school year, here are a few apps that can help your kids study, keep track of their day and take notes.

If you’re still leaning toward getting a new iPad, here’s our guide to the best iPads available right now and the big differences between them. And here are the big differences between the two new iPads if you’re debating which one to get.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

Turning an Old iPad into an Ultimate Tablet for kids

A while back I got a new iPad & my old iPad 4 was just gathering dust. Selling this iPad in India would give me barely any money. So I decided to convert it into an ultimate tablet for my son. There were a few things that I had my mind on, locking it down from the open web, installing kid friendly apps & limiting usage during the day.

So I followed a few steps and decided to write about it here, Just incase anyone else wanted to do the same.

Step 1

Cover, Safety and Usability.

My first concern with my kid was keeping the iPad safe, knowing he is not so careful and gentle. So I decided to get a simple cover that had 360 degree protection, it had a stand and it had portrait orientation option too.

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Step 2 Limiting the Volume

My son has no control over volume and like any parent it becomes difficult to keep it in check. Whether on the iPad speakers or the headphones there should be a limit to the volume so it does not damage his eardrums.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

Step 3 Limit Usage of apps.

The most important concern of giving a child the iPad was access to open internet. I wanted to make sure he could use limited apps, not install new ones and definitely not browse the Internet. So in SETTINGS – GENERAL – RESTRICTIONS, I restricted the use of Safari, Siri, Airdrop, iTunes Store, Apple Music, installing apps, deleting apps, in-app purchases and store. In the same settings I put all allowed content to PG and 9+.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

Step 4 Limiting Usage of iPad

A very important aspect of giving the iPad to my on was not getting him addicted to it, his usage limit was 2hrs a day. This from SETTINGS – GENERAL – ACCESSIBILITY – GUIDED ACCESS. Through this I could lock the iPad with one app(I used clock) for the remaining part of the day. This also has a separate lock code.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

Step 5 Loading Kids safe apps

The idea of letting my son use the iPad for not using it to see cartoons or movies, it was for him to play games or learn new things. So I added these apps for him to use –

  1. ABC Keyboard – To learn typing on qwerty.
  2. Archeologist – A good game with a combination of learning options
  3. Superhero HD – make comic strips and stories
  4. Chess – playing chess with a computer or us.
  5. Photo Booth(inbuilt) – He loves clicking photos
  6. FaceTime – he can call me(cannot add contacts)
  7. Google Calendar – shows him his schedule set by us.
  8. Messages – he can iMessage us.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

In a day I have an amazing tablet for my son, he can use it for gaming, learning and a lot more. Giving him limited access makes sure he is safe and not exposed to anything harmful.

Your old iPad might be worth selling, but it might also be worth keeping.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

No, giant selfies aren’t one of them.

Current-generation iPads ($249 at Amazon) have been on sale a lot lately — right now the 2018 iPad 9.7 costs just $250 at Amazon, in fact — so it’s a good bet lots of folks are upgrading. If you’re one of them, you might find yourself debating the fate of your old iPad: keep it or sell it? The latter can net you some funds to help defray the cost of the new tablet; here are some tips on selling used iPads for maximum profit .

But there are plenty of reasons to keep that old iPad around. The most obvious, at least for parents: Fill it up with educational games, e-books and the like, then give it to the kids.

You can also devote an old iPad to a specific task or set of tasks. Let’s take a look at some practical ways to wring more life from that aging tablet. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.

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How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

1. Full-time photo frame

An app like LiveFrame can turn your old iPad into an excellent digital photo frame.

Photo by Rick Broida/CNET

The digital photo frames of yesteryear were small, low-resolution and a pain in the neck. But your iPad can deliver an excellent photo-frame experience, revolving through hundreds or even thousands of photos in a never-ending slideshow.

Unfortunately, Apple removed the iOS Picture Frame mode years ago, which was designed expressly for this purpose. But you can accomplish more or less the same thing by setting up a dedicated iCloud photo album, then tweaking your iPad’s settings so it continues to display a slideshow of that album.

That’s one option; you may also want to consider a few apps. LiveFrame, for example, displays photos from not just your photo library, but also your Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other accounts. It’s free, but if you want to remove ads, it’ll cost you $2.99.

I also like Framee, a $2 app that really was designed for repurposing old iPads into photo frames . (It’s also available for Android, not just iOS.)

It works like this: You install the app on both your phone and your tablet. (This can be a relative’s tablet, too — a nice option if you want to share photos with, say, tablet-owning grandparents.) The phone supplies the photos: Just select one from within the Framee app and presto, it gets delivered to the tablet. Bam. Done.

All these options require little more than a good iPad stand (or even a wall mount if you want to go that route) and a nearby outlet so it has full-time power. Trust me: Once you start using a photo frame, you’ll never want to live without it.

2. Dedicated music server

You may not think of your iPad as a music machine, as that big screen would seem to lend itself more to books, movies, games and the like. But let’s not forget it’s an iOS device, and therefore capable of providing infinite music options.

Your own library, yes, but also Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and lots of other great music apps.

Just pair your iPad with a wireless speaker (here are some of the best speakers you can get), then tap to queue up some tunes. And if you leave it on a side table sitting in a stand, you can enjoy some nice cover art while you listen. (It also saves you having to run and find your phone whenever you want some music.)

3. Dedicated e-book and magazine reader

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Not saying you should keep your old iPad in the bathroom, merely that you can use it as a dedicated magazine-reader.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

For hard-core readers, it’s hard to beat an iPad — especially the easier-to-hold iPad Mini ($389 at eBay) . It gives you access to just about every e-book reading app (and ecosystem) under the sun, from Kindle to Kobo to Nook to iBooks. Stock your old iPad with books and keep it at your bedside for an endless supply of nighttime reading.

And don’t forget magazines. The Mini feels a little small for them, but a full-size iPad works beautifully.

Many print subscriptions come with digital editions you can access via their respective apps. There’s also Apple News Plus , which for $9.99 per month offers unlimited magazine reading.

Finally, don’t forget digital magazines you can check out from the library . They’re free, meaning you can turn your iPad into a full-blown magazine rack.

4. Kitchen helper

iPads and cooking go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or maybe that should be olive oil and balsamic. Either way, an iPad makes a great kitchen companion — not just for searching and viewing recipes, but also for watching demonstration videos (like this one for a simple oven-baked chicken parmesan, a favorite in my house).

In fact, you could install an under-cabinet tablet mount (like this one for about $25) and keep your iPad at eye level, at the same time protecting it from cooking splatter.

And don’t forget all the great cooking apps, like How to Cook Everything , Butterball Cookbook Plus (essential around Thanksgiving), and the ever-popular Epicurious .

5. Secondary monitor

A dual-monitor setup can be a huge boon to your productivity, but if you work with a laptop, it’s not exactly convenient to schlep an extra LCD everywhere you go.

Ah, but guess what? Your iPad can pull monitor duty. Just install an app like Air Display, then use the tablet as a second screen alongside your PC. Put your mail client in there, or a stock ticker, or anything else you like to refer to throughout the day.

The desktop client is available for Windows and Mac; the iOS app will cost you $10.

6. The ultimate AV remote

If you’ve ever tried using your phone to control your TV, you know it’s not typically a great experience. Know why? The tiny screen.

An iPad, though, is pure home-theater luxury. You can use it with dedicated apps for your Apple TV ($130 at Best Buy) , Amazon Fire TV ($40 at Amazon) , Chromecast, Roku and/or Logitech Harmony Hub system. That big screen makes it so much easier to navigate program guides, menus, virtual buttons and other items that feel extra-cramped on a phone.

OK, those are my picks for repurposing an iPad. Let’s hear yours! Or tell me if you think the smarter move is to sell it for cash.

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Dust off your old tablet and turn it into a one-stop control center for all your smart home devices.

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Have you upgraded your tablet and your old one is languishing in a drawer? Or maybe you tossed your tablet to the side in favor of a big-screened phone.

It’s time to give your old tablet a new life by making into a mega remote that controls all of the smart devices in your home.

Besides using it to control your streaming box or stick (like the Chromecast or Apple TV), your tablet is an ideal option for managing the many smart devices in your home.

With the right setup (more on that later), you can streamline your tablet to easily control your smart bulbs, thermostat, security camera, locks, and other Web-connected devices.

For example, my mega tablet remote runs my SHIELD Android TV, Playbulb Color light and speaker, Xbox One, SmartChef Wifi-enabled smoker, D-Link Wi-Fi security camera and all of the other devices I have all over my home. I’m so glad I have a place for all of those apps, so they’re not clogging up my phone.

Building your universal tablet remote

Now’s the time to determine the most streamlined approach to controlling your many devices. Depending on the devices you own, you may be able to control them from one central app. The more likely scenario, however, is that you’ll need to continue using each device’s dedicated app.

Scenario: You have a hub

If you have a hub like SmartThings, WigWag Relay or Logitech Harmony Home Hub, then setting up your universal remote will be easily, since you only need one app. Still, you may want to install each device’s dedicated app to have access to granular or app-specific settings as needed.

Scenario: Your devices are on the same platform, like HomeKit

If all (or many) of your devices are HomeKit-compatible, or in the Samsung Smart Home Service family, consider using an app that controls all your products. Ry Crist tested a handful of HomeKit apps to find his favorite of the bunch.

Scenario: No hub, no common platform

Many of us bought into smart home devices before standards like Works with Nest or HomeKit were a thing. If you also have many devices that don’t necessarily work together, you’ll have to control them separately.

The other option is to add a hub or get a master app like iRule or OnHome. These apps use a home’s Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth to send commands to any device linked to the network. There are other master apps like this one, but most of them need hubs to access your various smart devices. Some apps that require a hub are Logitech Harmony and L5 Remote.

Make your remote easier to access

Get rid of the lock screen

Now that your apps are streamlined, let’s make the tablet even easier to use. When you grab your remote, you want it to be easy to access your app controls, so the lock screen on your tablet needs to go.

  1. Go to the tablet’s Settings screen.
  2. Tap on the Lock Screen option.
  3. This step may vary a bit, depending on what type of tablet you have. Generally, you should see an options that says something like “Lock Screen Type.”
  4. Choose “none.”

Remove extra home screens (Android)

Most tablets also have more than one home screen. Chances are you don’t have enough apps to fill up more than one screen, so let’s get rid of the extra screens to streamline your remote. This step is even easier than removing the lock screen. Simply go to your home screen, press your finger to the screen and wait for the screen options to pop up. Swipe to your unused screen and drag it to the trashcan or tap on remove.

Get a third-party launcher (Android)

Another way to simplify and customize your home screen is by using a third-party launcher app like Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher. With these types of apps you can customize your icons and folders to make searching for just the app you need intuitive to the way you search for things. So, say the device’s launch icon on your tablet’s home screen doesn’t make any sense to you or you would like an icon that’s easier to spot, these launchers can help you customize the icon to your liking.

Enable voice commands

For added usability, be sure to enable your tablet’s voice command capability so that you can just tell your remote what to launch. Now, not all apps can be controlled with voice commands, but all apps can be opened with voice.

If your tablet didn’t come with voice command and runs Windows, you can download Cortana from Windows for free to control your apps.

If your universal tablet remote is an iPad and you have HomeKit-compatible devices, you can use Siri to open apps, turn on or dim your lights and much more. Another option would be Google OnHub for android devices. It acts as a router that connects all of your devices. With simple commands, OnHub will launch your apps and allow you to run your devices. Here are a bunch of other voice-activated smart home systems like HomeKit and OnHub.

Add gestures (Android)

Another way to improve your remote is by adding gesture commands. What are gesture commands? It’s like when you tap on your phone’s screen to wake it up from sleep mode. A gesture command is using movement from your hand to elicit a certain response from your tablet.

One gesture command that would be particularly helpful for your remote could be a double tap that launches your most used device or a swipe that activates the voice command function.

Don’t know how to add gestures? There’s apps for that! TouchMe Gesture and GMD Gesture Control are some good ones to try.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tabletApple

Apple’s new iPads are faster, slimmer and lighter than the last generation and it’s possible millions of iPad 2 owners will make like iPhone users and choose to upgrade to one of the new models — so what can you do with your old Apple tablet? Here are 12 suggestions:

Sell

Like iPhones, Apple’s tablets hold their value better than most similar products so you should get a good price. Gazelle offers $90 for a second-generation 16GB iPad. Just be sure to follow these tips before you sell.

Radio

Get yourself a good set of Bluetooth speakers and your iPad becomes your dedicated music and radio system, with the added advantage of guests also being able to play their music through your system.

Cookery

iPads make great recipe books and (connected) shopping list managers for the kitchen — just attach them to your wall. (Your iPad could also act as an [expensive] digital photo frame).

Musicianship

With a MIDI interface and your choice of amp emulation app, your old iPad can become your main guitar effects unit, left permanently connected to your rig.

Timepiece

Spend 99cents to turn your iPad into a conversation timepiece using the QLockTwo app, which tells the time in words. Take a look — it’s cool.

Remote control

Most of the big TV firms (Sony, for example) already offer iOS apps that can control their TV sets, so your old iPad could be the household TV remote. Alternatively get an S-video or VGA cable, or Apple TV, and you can watch content from your iPad on your TV. Including games, of course.

Donate

There’s no shortage of organizations seeking iOS devices to use for good causes, for example the HollyRod Foundation which will donate the tablet to special needs children — Macworld has a lengthy list here.

Security

Use your old iPad as a remote video surveillance system for your home, using AtHome Camera Free or an equivalent app. Leave your iPad pointed at a key location (the front door?) and if movement is detected your iPad will spot it and let you know.

Drive

Your older iPad could become your in-car entertainment, messaging and navigation system left permanently in your vehicle so you never go without. Take a look at RAM Mount or ModulR for mounts.

Kids

Pop your old iPad in a heavy-duty case and it could become a perfect entertainment center for your kids — just install a range of fun child-friendly apps and books and set the parental controls to prevent accidental purchases.

iPad

All these examples tell us those old iPads are still pretty good machines. With this in mind it seems a shame that as each iOS version ships third party apps improve until you find perfectly good hardware doesn’t support the apps you need. That’s progress, I suppose, but I think this will encourage many older iPad owners into…

Jailbreaking

It seems inevitable jailbreaking will become popular among those wanting to squeeze more use out of older iOS devices — particularly as newer apps cease to work on older hardware. Some users might install XBMC others may explore the host of available (but inherently less secure — be warned) apps.

So there you have it — a series of fun things you can do with your old iPad (or other iOS device) when the time comes to upgrade.

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How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

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How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

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Kids Tablets are great for keeping children entertained for hours, but you can’t simply hand your new iPad off to Junior and hope for the best. If not monitored properly, your little one could accidentally skyrocket your iTunes bill, or stumble upon a minefield of inappropriate online content. So why not get them a cheaper InnoTab MAX to watch videos.

InnoTab MAX kids tablets have 7″ multi-touch screens with high-resolution display that is HDMI ready; web surf with kid-safe Wi-Fi and customizable parental controls. If you have some movies on hard drive for kids, like Inside Out, Cinderella, you can put these local videos to InnoTab MAX, then you can get a peaceful afternoon without kids shouting. So how to put your local video to InnoTab MAX? Now, you can do it step by step as below:

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Step 1: Head to www.android.com/filetransfer and download the Android File Transfer software and install it.

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1. For videos and photos, choose the “Import” option and for music in Windows Media Play pick the “Sync”. Otherwise we suggest the “Open device to view files” option; this will make the device show up in the Windows file explorer as a removable storage drive.

2. We recommend this last option, as long as you know where the files are located on your machine. It makes the Android smartphone or tablet act like any USB memory stick or external hard drive.

Note. If you’re phone doesn’t show up properly, go to the settings and select “Connect as media device (MTP)” or similar. This is normally accessible from the drop down notification menu if the device is plugged into a PC.

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Tip: Android devices have specified folders for music, movies and pictures so it’s advisable to place the content in the corresponding folder.

InnoTab MAX supports Motion JPEG and H.264 baseline profile formatted video playback. So when your local videos are H.265 video or some Blu-ray/DVD ISO images, their video formats can be converted to these supported H.264 formats using third party video coverter software.

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How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

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We’ve covered configuring an old iPad for a child in print and podcast form. To make sure we’ve touched every base, we round out our look at the kid-safe iPad with this week’s Macworld Video.

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• Length: 4 minutes, 27 seconds

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Want to know more about setting up an iPad for a child in your life? Read my Configuring an Old iPad for a Child and Embracing the Educational iOS Device. If even that’s not enough, tune into The Pass-Along iPad podcast.

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Show transcript (approximate)

Now that Apple has produced its third-iteration of the iPad, older iPads are being passed along to kids. When they’re given to younger children it’s important that their parents understand how to configure these devices so that kids view content appropriate for their age. In the next couple of minutes I’ll show you how to do just that.

Start by configuring your old iPad as a new one. You do this by plugging in the iPad to your Mac, selecting it in iTunes, and then clicking the Restore button. When the restore is complete, choose to set the iPad up as a new device rather than restoring it from a backup. This ensures the iPad is configured as it came out of the box.

Now fire up the iPad, tap Settings on the Home screen, and then tap Restrictions. In Restrictions tap the Enable Restrictions button and enter and confirm a four-digit passcode. When you do this you then have the option to broadly choose what your child can and can’t do with their iPad.

In the top portion of the window you see options for switching off those apps that communicate with the outside world—Safari, YouTube, and FaceTime, for example. Regrettably there’s no fine-tuning these apps—they’re either completely on or completely off so you don’t have the option to filter the content you see or the other people you interact with.

A little farther down are options for installing and deleting apps. For a younger child you want to disable both as you’ll be the one populating the iPad with apps. If you allow an older child to install apps via their iTunes account, you’ll want to switch these on.

Take a close look at the Location entry as it’s not a good idea to let young children broadcast where they live. You can disable location completely by switching off Location Services or you can configure individual apps to allow or deny location. A good rule of thumb is to turn this option off for any app that will tell the world where the iPad is (other than Find My iPad) but leave it on for apps that can tell you what’s around you—Yelp or Maps, for example. Using the Account entry you can choose whether the user can add or modify any accounts settings. If you don’t want your kid to use email on the iPad, select Don’t Allow Changes.

Finally, scroll down to Allowed Content. This is where you allow or deny music, video, and apps based on their rating. Tap each entry and you’ll find that you can limit each category by rating—so, for example, limit movies to PG and TV shows to TV-G.

If you’ve created an Apple ID for your child you may want to switch off the ability to make In-App Purchases. A lot of games for kids regrettably include tempting options for making purchases, which can ring up quite a bill.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

If you have an old iPhone lying around, chances are you’re not getting much use out of it. I still have my iPhone kicking around here somewhere, but does it ever get turned on anymore? Not when I’ve my trusty iPhone 7 close at hand. But if you have kids, there’s really no need to let a perfectly good device go to waste. They’re probably bugging you to play with your newer iPhone anyway, so give them a device of their own.

Just kid it up first. Here’s how.

Erase it

First things first: Completely erase your older iPhone before handing it off to a child. You may still have sensitive information on there that you wouldn’t want accidentally posted to Facebook or something.

Here’s how to erase and reset your iPhone:

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset at the bottom.

Tap Erase All Content & Settings.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

Tap Erase.

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

You’ll also want to double-check that you’ve removed any old SIM cards from the iPhone. They’re likely not active, especially if you’ve activated a new one for your new phone, but hey — you never know.

Grab a case for it

How to turn an old ipad into the ultimate kid’s tablet

This may not seem like one of the first things you’d do, but it should be. Why leave it until later? If you have an older iPhone like a 4s or 5, then chances are you get a case on Amazon for dirt cheap. Protect it so that your kid knows it’s valuable and not just another toy.

We recommend cases by Spigen, Caseology, and Supcase(for the rougher kids).

Load it with games

Now that your older iPhone is erased, load it up with games. There are tons of kid-friendly games available for tiny tots right up to preteens, so download a bunch of them and rotate them after a while. If the phone’s getting full, sit down with your kid and decide which games can go, and then download a few more.

If you’re looking for recommendations:

Organize the Home screen for a kid

What’s on your initial iPhone Home screen now? It’s probably Messages, Settings, maybe a weather app or something — all the stuff you use on a daily basis. That stuff means nothing to your kid, and it’ll probably be confusing for them. Organize each Home screen so that it make sense for your child.

Thanks to iOS 10, you can “delete” some extraneous apps from your iPhone, like Maps, Mail, Calendar, Voice Memos, and more — so get rid of ’em. When you’ve whittled things down to the native apps that you can’t get rid of, toss them into a folder and put them on the very last Home screen. This will keep everything out of your kid’s sight and hopefully out of mind.

Next, lay out all the games Home screen by Home screen. If you know which games your child likes to play the most, then put those on the main Home screen. Better yet, start teaching them to order things and put them in alphabetical order or order them by color.

Enable Restrictions

Restrictions are there to let you essentially disable certain apps on your iPhone. You have to create a passcode, and then you can shut apps off at will. Don’t want your kids messing with the camera or making inadvertent purchases from the iTunes Store? You can just shut each app off with the flick of a switch.

Create a child Apple ID

With Family Sharing, you can share all of your iTunes and App Store purchases among members in the group, but you can also create child Apple ID, which can be used to limit spending (especially since all transactions made while Family Sharing come from the organizer’s credit card).

A child Apple ID lets you enable “Ask to Buy”. Rather than just letting your kid go buckwild, spending your money on apps, you can force them to ask to buy content first. You’ll get a notification when the request is sent through and you can either approve or deny it. It’s the best way to make sure the little ones aren’t accidentally buying things they shouldn’t.

Set up FaceTime

If your child’s grandparents have iPhones or Macs, then giving your kid your old iPhone is a great way to help them stay in touch. Once you restart the phone and set it up again, set up FaceTime, but let your kid know that it’s only to be used when approved (otherwise they might just ring up Gran-Gran at 3 a.m… though she’s probably up and has had lunch by then…).

What do you think?

Got an older iPhone that you’re thinking of turning into a kid’s device? Sound off in the comments and let us know. Already did it? Let us know what you did to “kidify” your iPhone.