Uploading app with Family Controls to TestFlight?

Hello,

does anyone have any info/insight when we will be able to test app version that contains the Family Controls entitlement to TestFlight? iOS 16 is getting really close..

When we try to upload the build, Xcode shows the entitlements error and the Apple Developer portal shows that Family Controls is still available only for Development profile.

Thanks!

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Try this:

  1. Go to Developer > Account > Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles > Profiles.

  2. Create a new Development > iOS App Development profile.

  3. Select your app’s App ID.

  4. Run through the rest of the workflow and, at the end, download the profile.

  5. Dump the profile using the command in TN3125 Inside Code Signing: Provisioning Profiles.

The entitlement allowlist in the profile should include com.apple.developer.family-controls. Confirm that’s the case.

Now repeat the process except, in step 2, create a Distribution > App Store profile. Does that profile include com.apple.developer.family-controls?

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Quinn “The Eskimo!” @ Developer Technical Support @ Apple
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When we try to upload the build, Xcode shows the entitlements error and the Apple Developer portal shows that Family Controls is still available only for Development profile.

Yeah, that matches my recollection of how this works. You can use this entitlement for development but, for distribution, you’ll need to apply for access to it. Follow the instructions on this page.

Share and Enjoy

Quinn “The Eskimo!” @ Developer Technical Support @ Apple
let myEmail = "eskimo" + "1" + "@" + "apple.com"

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Thanks @eskimo!

We inspected the form yesterday but it looked to us as something from iOS 15, when Screen Time was strictly for parental control apps and could be used only in Parent/Guardian - Child setup. Whereas with iOS 16, Screen Time API can be used for individual devices.

I’m not familiar with the Family Controls entitlement approval process, so I can’t offer definitive answers here. However, reading through the form myself, I don’t see any obstacles to you using it for this. I recommend that you give it a whirl.

Share and Enjoy

Quinn “The Eskimo!” @ Developer Technical Support @ Apple
let myEmail = "eskimo" + "1" + "@" + "apple.com"

So we got the entitlement for distribution but I still have the same problem:

I tried removing the developer capability in Apple Developer portal and keeping just the Distribution one but did not help.

Try this:

  1. Go to Developer > Account > Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles > Profiles.

  2. Create a new Development > iOS App Development profile.

  3. Select your app’s App ID.

  4. Run through the rest of the workflow and, at the end, download the profile.

  5. Dump the profile using the command in TN3125 Inside Code Signing: Provisioning Profiles.

The entitlement allowlist in the profile should include com.apple.developer.family-controls. Confirm that’s the case.

Now repeat the process except, in step 2, create a Distribution > App Store profile. Does that profile include com.apple.developer.family-controls?

Share and Enjoy

Quinn “The Eskimo!” @ Developer Technical Support @ Apple
let myEmail = "eskimo" + "1" + "@" + "apple.com"

Thanks!

In the end it looks like the issue was entitlement for one of the app's extensions. We tried various things and finally got it to upload.

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