Why are we doing this?

In this article, we'll be walking you through setting up an Apple device for monitoring, which due to Apple's stringent security measures, requires us to generate regular backups as blueprints of the device for the analysis of texts, saved photo/video, notes, and web browsing.

To read more about why we need to perform backups to a computer to analyze your child's texts (including most deleted ones!), camera roll, notes, and web browsing on the Apple device, check out this article.

What about my child's email and social media?

Backups do not analyze email and social media. Email and social media are monitored at the account-level.

To set up your child's email and social media for monitoring, check out this article.

Once connected via the Bark parent dashboard, email and social media accounts are scanned constantly regardless of the device the accounts were accessed on
(phone, tablet, or computer). 

What do I need to get started?

You will need the following:

  1. Your child's Apple device(s), like an iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  2. A Mac or Windows computer (preferably your home computer)
    We'll be outlining the steps for a
    Mac computer in this article.
    (Click here to see the steps for Windows)
  3. A USB cable (also known as your charge cable) to plug your child's Apple device into the computer (only for the first time -- backups will occur over WiFi afterwards, but more on this later)
  4. Internet

I'm ready. Let's do this!

Step 1: Download the Bark Desktop App

You can download it here!

Step 2: Open the file to install the application

The file will be found in your Downloads or Desktop and will be named "Bark"
When you see the following window, drag and drop Bark into the Applications folder.

Step 3: Open Bark from your Applications folder

(Not opening? Click here for additional steps)

You can find your Applications folder in Finder, which has this icon:

Step 4: Log In with your parent credentials

Step 5:  Plug your child's iOS device into the computer

You will see the following screen, and you will want to click Check for New Devices.

Step 6: You will need to tap "Trust" on your child's iOS device when prompted

For reference, see the screenshot below:

Step 7: Associate the recognized device to the appropriate child

The backup will begin after selecting your child's name on the drop-down menu. 

After some time, you'll see a percentage indicator in small text below.

Step 8: Wait for Backup and Upload to complete

Please make sure your computer stays ON and connected to the internet until you see "All set!" as seen below:

This one may take the longest out of all the backups you perform.
Subsequent backups will automatically delete the old backup files, saving you storage space.

Run into an error here? This could have happened if your internet cut out during the upload. If the internet is not the issue, try changing your child's iOS device to airplane mode and trying the backup again. If it persists, reach out to Bark Support!

Step 9: Check your Sleep/Wake settings for your Mac

We recommend having the computer on and connected to the internet during a 12 hour window of the day so that you get more frequent analyses of your children's iOS devices.

To do this, go to System Preferences > Energy Saver, and set what works best for you and your family. For more information and suggestions on this, check out this article.

Step 10: All done!

When you see the green check mark, your child's device is now connected to Bark and being monitored whenever your child is home and connected to the same WiFi as the computer. You will begin receiving notifications about potential issues from the Apple device's texts (including most deleted ones!), saved photo/video, notes, and web browsing. 

The program is set to run an automatic backup of the device every 6 hours over WiFi, as long as your child's iOS device is home and connected to the same WiFi as the computer. 

We understand life gets in the way sometimes, so if you miss a day or a few due to a vacation or another busy time, rest assured we'll catch that old activity whenever you run a backup again (up to weeks back!)

You can also 'force a backup' to occur at your convenience! See below for more information.

How do I keep iOS device monitoring up-to-date?

  • Ensure your child is connected to the same WiFi network as the computer whenever they are home. You will see the WiFi logo on the top left indicating it is recognizing the device over WiFi, as seen below:
  • If your Mac is a laptop, make sure the lid is open at some point during the day that your child is home and connected to the same WiFi
  • Have your computer powered on and awake for hours at a time, so that it has the opportunity to run the backups over WiFi when your child is home and connected to the same WiFi. For recommendations on how to do this on Mac, see here!
  • Click "Update" whenever prompted by the Bark Desktop program that a new update is available. Restart your computer to properly apply the update. See here for more information.
  • Force a backup to occur whenever you want!
    To do so, click the Bark dog on your top taskbar, and select Attempt Backup Now
  • Unsure if your backups have been received by Bark?
    Check your parent dashboard! Scroll down to the child's connected accounts/devices and look at the "Last Analyzed" date next to the Apple logo:

Not tech-savvy or run into a weird error and need help?

No worries! Bark Support is committed to helping every step of the way.
Please email help@bark.us or schedule a call with us!


Note If you downloaded the Bark Desktop App, but it will not open, follow the steps in this article.

Note If you see the following message, you can uninstall iMazing and iMazing Mini.

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