How does the Covenant Eyes app work on an iPhone®?

Sydney W.
Sydney W.
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On iPhones and iPads with iOS (operating system) 15.1 or higher, Covenant Eyes uses Screen Accountability in Safari, device-wide domain (website) monitoring, and filtering.

Screen Accountability in Safari

If your iPhone® or iPad® has iOS 15.1 or higher, Screen Accountability (our monitoring service) screen-captures your activity in Safari!


Domain Monitoring

Covenant Eyes cannot screenshot your apps’ activity on iPhones and iPads. So instead of taking screenshots of your apps, we monitor all your domains (web traffic) with a VPN-like background process.


  • In the Victory app's Activity Feed, we'll list explicit domains as Explicit DNS Connections. If you use our filter, you will see "blocked" for any explicit domains.

  • We created and patented a process that works similarly to a VPN. We call this process our Tunneled Monitoring Service (TMS). TMS makes a secure tunnel in the background of your device that lets us monitor your activity.

  • A traditional VPN allows your device to connect securely to an external source or a server. Our TMS runs on your device but doesn’t connect to an external source.

  • TMS monitors your domain activity. A domain is a website, like or Covenant Eyes reports the root of the domain (i.e., instead of the entire website URL (i.e.,

Website Filtering & Blocking

The filter is an optional service that runs in the background of your iPhone®/iPad® and blocks explicit websites across all browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, etc.) and apps on your device.

Add More Protection

  • With Screen Time (Apple's device controls), you can:

    • Disable Safari
    • Disable the ability to install and delete apps
    • Use Downtime to set a time limit for the device

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