How to use the Block by Category feature in Linksys Shield

Linksys Shield is being discontinued. Current  subscribers can continue to use the service until July 31st 2024. New subscriptions or renewals will no longer be available.

Using Linksys Shield’s Block by Category feature is pretty simple – just pick a device, select an age-appropriate preset filter or customize a filter, save your settings and you're all set! Below are the detailed instructions. 

1. Go to the Parental Controls section of your Linksys app and tap on Control a Device
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If you have already set up Parental Controls on a device, tap on the device's icon. You can also tap on Add a device to select a new device.
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2. Select a device from the list.
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3. Tap on Block by Category.
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4. Select a filter by swiping through the options or by tapping on the left or right arrows.

Preset filters:
a.  Child - recommended for ages 8 and under
b.  Pre-Teen - recommended for ages 9-12
c.  Teen - recommended for ages 13-17
d.  Adult - recommended for ages 18+

Filters are disabled by default.
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Each filter displays which category is blocked or allowed. Below are the category icons:
  • User-added image Red circle with an x – All subcategories are blocked.
  • User-added image Orange circle – Some subcategories are allowed.
  • User-added image Green circle with check mark – All subcategories are allowed. 

You can also customize each category. All categories have a number of subcategories. Check this list of all categories, subcategories, and how they work.


5. Make sure to tap Save once you are satisfied with your settings.

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