Please note: If your Apple ID is China-based, you will not have access to the Covenant Eyes app.
China considers apps with a VPN to be illegal and Apple has removed apps with a VPN from their
Chinese App Store.
Installing the App
On your iPhone or iPad, find and tap your App Store icon.
In the bottom, right-hand corner of the App Store, tap the magnifying glass that says
“Search.” Type “Covenant Eyes” into the search bar at the top of the
screen. In the search results, click “GET” to the right of the Covenant Eyes,
then hit “Install.” You may be asked to enter your iTunes username and password. NOTE: If Covenant Eyes has been installed before, Apple replaces the word
“GET” with a cloud icon that has a downward-pointing arrow in it. You can press
that cloud to start the download.
Once you have downloaded the app, click “Open.” You’ll then be prompted to
sign in with your WebChaver username and password.
On both the “Welcome” screen and the “Setting up
your Protection” screen, swipe left to proceed to the next step.
To ensure protection,we
require VPN access. Press the blue “Allow VPN Configuration” button. A
confirmation pop-up will appear, click “Allow.”
You’ll then be asked to verify with Touch ID or your Passcode.
Once the VPN has finished installing, you will need to allow Covenant Eyes to send
notifications. Press the blue “Enable Notifications” button. A confirmation
pop-up will appear, click “Allow.”
Most of the time, this particular setting is taken care of automatically and
behind-the-scenes. So, if the message to enable “Background App Refresh” does
appear, please swipe with your finger to be redirected to your device’s Settings
In Settings, toggle the switch for “Background App Refresh” on (it will turn
green). Then click “Covenant Eyes” in the top left to be redirected to the
When you press the blue “Finish” button, the installation screen will disappear
and the Covenant Eyes browser will be ready for action!
How WebChaver for iOS works
In order to use the app, you must have a WebChaver username with Screen
Accountability. Sign up today!
For members using the Screen Accountability™ service, random
screenshots will be taken inside the app and top-level domains outside of the app
will be reported as necessary.
For members using the original service, Internet Accountability, all
top-level domains on the device (inside or outside of our app) will be monitored.
In the CE app you have the option to use Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo as your search
engine. Depending on which service you are using and the settings of your Covenant
Eyes username, our app will enforce Google SafeSearch and Bing SafeSearch across all
apps. Filter Guardians have the option to enable Restricted Mode for YouTube within
the YouTube app and across all browsers.
With Apple’s update to iOS 13, Screen Time did not change much. This article,
How do I set up Screen Time on iOS 13, gives
step-by-step directions on how to set up the content restrictions that best pair
with the Covenant Eyes app.
The Covenant Eyes app works in the background, monitoring the web domains you visit,
but it is also a web browser. You can open the Covenant Eyes app and you
are online! Standard features include bookmarks, tabbed browsing, and your choice of
search engine. In the Settings app you can choose Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo as the
default search engine for your Covenant Eyes app.
The Covenant Eyes browser is unable to import bookmarks from other browsers, but you
can make your own. To create one you will 1) navigate to your favorite web page, 2)
click the action icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the browser, and then 3)
choose “Add Bookmark.” This will take you to the “Edit Bookmark”
screen. You can adjust the title of the bookmark and/or click “Save”. By
clicking the open book icon in the toolbar you’ll see your newest
When the Autofill option is turned on the Password section of the Settings App, you
can use saved passwords in the Covenant Eyes browser.
The option to use a saved password will appear like this:
You sign into the app when you install it, and you will remain signed in. But if you
need to switch the username, you can do so. In the Covenant Eyes app press the Menu
button and select “Switch User.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Filtering work inside the app?
When using our app, websites are blocked or allowed, based on your Filter settings.
To adjust those, the Filter Guardian will need to sign in at www.covenanteyes.com
and make the proper selection.
Outside of our app, if the Covenant Eyes username has the Filtering service, we use
CleanBrowsing DNS to automatically block pornographic websites. An additional layer
protection can be used by engaging Apple’s
own Content and Privacy Restrictions.
Why does it say VPN at the top of my iOS device?
The current version of Covenant Eyes engages the VPN capabilities of your iOS device.
That capacity allows us to monitor top-level domains outside of the Covenant Eyes
The VPN letters at the top of your device, in the status bar, are an automatic alert
from the device – “The VPN capabilities are enabled.” There is no
to hide this notification on your iPhone or iPad. An iPhone X will display the
in the Control Center; all other models will display them in the status bar. To
more about this breakthrough technology, please read What is a VPN? How does Covenant
use them on mobile?.
Do I have to enable Background App Refresh for all of my apps, or just Covenant
During the install process, Covenant Eyes requires the member to enable Background
Refresh. This is so you do not experience any connection issues on your device.
Eyes does not require Background App Refresh be enabled for all apps. To disable
Background App Refresh for other apps on the member’s device go to Settings>General>Background
App Refresh, and toggle off all apps, except for Covenant Eyes.