Trump's iPhone doesn't have a web browser

President Donald Trump likes to use Twitter, but that doesn't mean he surfs the internet. 

Trump's phone doesn't even have a web browser on it, the New York Times reported on Friday: 

Mr. Kelly cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the president’s primary source of information gathering. But Mr. Trump does not have a web browser on his phone, and does not use a laptop, so he was dependent on aides like Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist, to hand-deliver printouts of articles from conservative media outlets.

Earlier this year, White House officials said that Trump had started using an iPhone, a change from his previous Samsung Galaxy S3. 

But the presidential iPhone isn't configured like most people's phones. In fact, it only has one app on it: Twitter, according to Axios

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump

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Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa

 REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ivanka Trump

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 Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump

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Tiffany Trump

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The Trump Organization and several of his hotels and golf courses

1. Trump Los Angeles
2. Trump Washington D.C.
3. Trump Hotel Chicago
4. Trump Vegas Hotel
5. Trump Charlotte
6. Trump National Doral
7. Trump Waikiki
8. Trump Golf

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

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Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen

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White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway

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Dan Scavino White House Social Media Manager & Trump's assistant 

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski

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Former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson 

REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Executive producer/Actress Roma Downey and her husband producer Mark Burnett

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon

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Golf legend Gary Player

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 Author and television host Bill O'Reilly

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham

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Fox News Host Eric Bolling

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Fox News host Sean Hannity

(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Fox & Friends' talk show

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Opinion site Fox Nation

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"The Celebrity Apprentice" Participant and Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson 

MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren

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Political commentator & author Ann Coulter

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson 

The Drudge Report - a heavily conservative news aggregation website

(pictured: the site's owner Matt Drudge)

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British journalist and television personality Piers Morgan

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Team Trump the official Trump news account for supporters 

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Youtube stars "Diamond & Silk"

 REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Former 'Apprentice' cast member Katrina Campins

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The official White House account

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You may be wondering how you could configure your phone like Trump's. You can't delete the Safari web browser app like most apps, by holding down on it until it wiggles and clicking the "x" on its upper-left corner.

It turns out that it's fairly straightforward to turn an iPhone into a limited device: You can add restrictions to your phone in Settings > General > Restrictions.

It will ask you to enter a passcode, because the intended use of the feature is for parents and IT managers. 

After that, you can turn off the Safari, Camera, FaceTime apps, which will hide their icons and prevent them from launching. You can also turn off Siri, AirDrop, and CarPlay. After that, you can uninstall all other apps and you have a phone that only sends tweets. 

Trump's iPhone could be configured remotely by a White House staffer through software called MDM, Apple blogger and podcaster John Gruber wrote on Sunday.

Aside from Trump's lack of familiarity with computers, the most likely reason for the restriction is security — the president's phone is a target for hackers around the world, so it needs to be completely locked-down to make it harder to hack. 

"This is a great phone, state of the art, but it doesn't take pictures, you can't text, the phone doesn't work, and you can't play your music on it,” President Barack Obama joked last year.

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