How to lock iPhone or iPad to a Specific App Using Guided Access

Guided Access is an Accessibility feature that helps you stay focused on a task and locks the iPhone or iPad to a single app. When the Guided Access feature is enabled, user will only be able to access that one specific app without having any option to go back to home screen, close that app, or switch to another app. Guided access restrict your device to a single app and also lets you control which app feature are available.

Guided access can be an extremely useful feature in education settings, to help kids stay focus for learning language, Math, and other skills. Whether its a drawing app, Math app, a story, a writing, or a reading app, Guided Access will make sure that all attention remains on that app.

There’s a list of scenarios where one can use Guided Access such as restaurants and stores can use the feature to create a dedicated information, the feature can also be used to create a guest mode that’ll be of great use when someone wants to use Safari, iBooks, or play a game on your device and you can handover it to them without worrying about them snooping through your personal stuff.

Using Guided Access, you can:

  • Restrict your iPhone, or iPad to a specific app.
  • Disable hardware buttons such as Volume controllers.
  • Disable a specific area of the screen.

How to enable Guided Access on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Now go to General > Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Guided Access under the Learning section.
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  4. Switch the Guided Access toggle On.
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  5. Now tap on Set Passcode and then set up a Passcode.
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  6. Hit the Time Limits button. Here you can set Sound and set the Guided access to time spoken before time ends.
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  7. Toggle Accessibility Shortcut to On. This will allow you to quickly switch to Guided Access by triple-clicking the Home button.
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How to use Guided Access

  1. Launch an app you would like your device lock to.
  2. Triple-press the Home button to launch guided Access.
  3. You’ll a preview of the app and you can circle any area on the screen you don’t want to be accessible.
  4. By tapping on the Options button at the bottom-left you can choose to enable or disable an assortment of features while in Guided Access mode, such as Sleep/Wake, Volume buttons, Touch, Keyboards, and Time Limit Motion. Then tap Done.
  5.  Now tap on Start at top of the screen to begin the Guided Access mode.

Once you’re in the Guided Access mode, the only way to exit from it is to Triple-Tap the Home button and then enter the Passcode you set for the Guided Access. If the user don’t know the Passcode, he/she won’t be able to exit Guided Access.

Let us know if you liked the Guided Access and for what purpose you would use it?

 

1 comment… add one
M October 17, 2015, 3:03 am

I love the guided access for my son talking device. I like how it shuts down when it’s on standby and sleeps so it’s doesn’t drain the battery. The new iOS 9.0.2 changed it and it’s on constantly and drains the battery. This is a bad problem. I hate it. I hope they fix this fast or else I have have to charge the iPad during the day. Terrible

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