Samsung TV Parental Controls: How to Block Apps for Childproof Viewing

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What To Know

  • Samsung TV’s parental controls enable the blocking of movies, TV shows, and apps based on their ratings to ensure content appropriateness for different audiences.
  • Setting a personal PIN on Samsung TVs is a prerequisite to utilizing parental controls and app-locking features.
  • Along with locking individual apps, Samsung smart TVs offer a Program Rating Lock to restrict content by specific ratings like PG-13, R, and NC-17.

In this article, I’ll quickly show you how to use Samsung TV parental controls to block apps, making sure your kids only access age-appropriate content.

Let’s get started!

Use Parental Controls

Parental control settings allow parents to block certain movies, TV shows, or channels according to their ratings. On smart TVs, parental controls also allow parents to lock apps that have mature content.

These ratings describe how appropriate the content is for different audiences. For instance, the rating PG-13 means that it’s recommended for children under the age of 13 to have parental guidance while watching this particular TV program. To learn more about the film rating system, check out this informative article.

However, before parents can enable any parental controls, they need to set a PIN on their TV.

Let’s learn how!

Set a PIN on Samsung TV

Step 1: Head to Settings.

a samsung tv's settings is highlighted

Step 2: Go to General, and navigate to System Manager.

system manager is highlighted on a samsung tv

Step 3: Click on Change PIN.

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Step 4: Enter the default PIN 0000.

enter an old pin to a new pin

Step 5: Set your Samsung TV’s PIN.

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How to Lock Apps on Samsung TV?

Follow the steps below to lock apps on your TV, making them inaccessible to anyone without the PIN. 

Step 1: Press your remote’s Home button, and head to Apps.

apps is highlighed on a samsung tv

Step 2: Then, go to the top right corner of your screen and click on Settings.

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Step 3: From here, highlight the app you want to lock and select the Lock option. You can only lock one app at a time, so you will need to repeat the following steps for each app you’d like to lock.

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Step 4: When prompted, enter your PIN to lock the app. Now you will have to enter your PIN every time you want to launch this app.

enter pin to lock the netflix app on a samsung tv

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enter pin to lauch a locked app

Step 5: If you want to remove the lock, repeat this process but choose Unlock instead of Lock.

unlock netflix app option is highlighted on a samsung tv

How to Block Programs By Rating?

Samsung smart TVs allow parents to set a Program Rating Lock. When enabled, this setting will only allow users to view content rated G and PG without the PIN. 

Step 1: Press the Home button, and open your TV’s Settings menu.

a samsung tv's settings is highlighted

Step 2: Navigate to Broadcasting, and select Program Rating Lock.

programme rating lock option is highlighted on a samsung tv

Step 3: When asked, enter your PIN.

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Step 4: Lastly, select the appropriate age range, from 3 to 18, to tailor the content that can be viewed without entering the PIN.

18 rating block option is highlighted

2022 B Model TVs

Step 1: Head to All Settings

Step 2: Go to General & Privacy

Step 3: Open Parental Settings

Step 4: Select Program Rating Lock Settings

Step 5: Enter the PIN you set earlier. 

Step 6: Turn on the Program Rating Lock. You’ll know this feature is enabled when the indicator turns blue. 

Step 7: Click on TV Rating and/or Movie Rating

Step 8: Check the rating category (PG-13, R, NC-17) you want to lock. 

Can I Lock My Samsung TV Entirely?

While it is possible to lock your Samsung TV’s control panel, you cannot lock it entirely. This means that when the lock is enabled, users can still control the TV with the remote. 

However, locking your TV is a good way to ensure that your little ones don’t randomly turn it on or adjust the volume or input by pressing the TV’s buttons. 

The process of locking your Samsung TV will vary depending on which series you own. If you don’t know which series your TV is, consult its user manual or check its model number found on a sticker on the back of the unit. 

E, F, H, and J Series

Step 1: Press your remote’s Menu button. 

Step 2: Go to System

Step 3: Click on General

Step 4: Select Panel Lock

Step 5: Click On to enable Panel Lock. Follow these steps again to disable this feature. 

Watch the video below to see how to lock your Samsung series E, F, H, and J TV. 

SAMSUNG TV Buttons Enable, Disable / Child Lock

K Series

Step 1: Head to the Settings

Step 2: Navigate to System

Step 3: Open Expert Settings

Step 4: Click on the TV Control Button Lock to enable this feature. You can always disable this function in the future by following these steps again. 

Wrapping Things Up

Samsung smart TVs have built-in parental control settings that allow parents to manage what their children watch. Parents can lock entire apps or block shows by their rating. 

However, before doing any of this, you must set a PIN. This PIN will control all of your TV’s parental control settings, so keep it in a safe place and don’t lose it!

Alternatively, you can research an app with parental control features, since many streaming platforms offer kid-friendly experiences. 

If your children love to repeatedly press your TV’s control panel buttons, consider enabling Panel Lock or TV Control Button Lock. This function will only lock your TV’s buttons, so you’ll still be able to control the TV with its remote. 

How do you ensure your kids stay safe when using your Samsung smart TV? 

Let us know in the comments below!

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