Until now Disney Plus has made sure all of its content was family friendly. But things have changed with the launch of the Disney Plus Star channel, and that means parents are going to have to learn how to set up Disney Plus parental controls.
Star is a new channel that’s hitting Disney Plus in certain international markets, including the UK and Canada. It’s set to be the home of content that’s geared more at adults, and isn’t suitable for a young audience. The Die Hard movies, Deadpool, 24, and everything else Disney owns but couldn’t put onto its streaming service until now.
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But Disney Plus is primarily a family-friendly service, and that means measures have been taken to prevent younger viewers from seeing something they shouldn’t. That means parental controls have been added to make sure kids only get to see the right stuff.
Parental controls appear to be available worldwide, include countries where Star isn't launching like the U.S. Meaning everyone can keep their kids from watching things they're not old enough to see.
So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about how to enable parental controls on Disney Plus.
1. Login to Disney Plus
As part of the Disney Star rollout, Disney is prompting every profile to set up parental controls as soon as they log in. So select your profile and the above screen will pop up. Click “Continue” to get started.
If Star isn't available in your region, this prompt won't show up. If you want to tinker with the parental controls you'll need to skip ahead to part three of this guide.
2. Grant access to full or partial catalog
Disney Plus has two age ratings available at this point, so you have to choose which one you want. Choosing "Full catalog" gives you access to everything added to the service via the Star channel, plus all the usual Disney Plus content that was around before today.
Selecting “Not Now” sticks you on the service's default age setting, which is 14+. That means you still get access to all existing Disney Plus content, including WandaVision and The Mandalorian, as well as a limited amount of Star content.
But there's a lot more to it than that, because the setup only offers a fraction of what Disney Plus’s parental controls have to offer. You can leave it all as it if you choose, but you can also fine tune the whole process in the settings menu.
You'll definitely want to do this if 14+ content is not suitable for your own kids.
3. Edit specific profiles
Select your account icon. It’s in the top right on your desktop, and the bottom right on the mobile app. Then select “Edit Profiles” and select the profile you want to change.
Make sure to do this on a desktop or mobile device, because it currently can’t be done on the Disney Plus TV app.
4. Change the profile's content rating
Click “Content Rating” at the bottom of your screen, and input your password when prompted.
You’ll then be transferred to a screen that gives you much finer control over what content your profile can see. So select the most appropriate age rating for your own kids, so you can be sure they’re not watching something inappropriate.
After all something like Family Guy may not be an 18+ title, but it definitely isn’t suitable for a six year old.
5. PIN protect your other profiles
Setting strict age ratings on a profile is worthless if your kid can access restricted content on a different account. So there’s PIN protection to keep them out of places they shouldn’t be in.
On the Edit Profile screen, click Profile PIN at the very bottom of the page and enter your password when prompted.
Once you reach this screen you’ll want to tick the box that says “Limit access to this profile with a 4-digit PIN”. That will prevent anyone else getting into your profile without permission.
Then enter a four digit code in the field provided, and hit save. Your profile will then be locked, and Disney will send an email notification informing you of what’s happened.
Head back to the home screen and you’ll see that the newly-protected profile has a lock underneath.
Trying to access it brings up this screen, asking for extra verification before you can watch anything. So now you know everything is set up properly, and keeps your curious kids away from the likes of Kingsman or Borat.
6. Resetting your PIN
If you forgot your PIN, or someone changed it after guessing the completely obvious “1234” , you can reset it from the PIN entry screen. Start by hitting “Forgot your PIN?” at the bottom of the screen.
You’ll then need to enter your password again, before being brought back to the PIN setup screen.
Your current PIN will be on show so you know what it is, and you can change it right there to something more memorable, or more difficult to guess.
With that you are good to go, no matter whether your local version of Disney Plus has the Star channel or not. So if you have kids who love watching what the House of mouse has to offer, you now have even better control over what series they get to see.
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