Have you ever given your iPhone or iPad to your child to play with only to find out that they’ve sent a few iMessages to random friends, emailed your boss and even changed a few settings on your phone!? Yes I have too! Apple have a solution with Guided Access
Wouldn’t it be great if you could lock apps down on your device so the little terrors can’t mess with your settings? Well it’s been built into iOS for years! If you’ve not used it yet you’re probably just not aware of it. Here’s step by step guide on How to use Guided Access on iPhone and iPad.
How to set up Guided Access
1. Open the Settings App on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Go to General
3. Click on Accessibility
4. You’ll see a Learning section, Click on Guided Access.
5. Toggle the switch to turn on Guided Access
6. Click Passcode Settings
7. Click Guided Access Passcode
8. Set a passcode
9. Finally toggle the Accessibility Shortcut to On. Now you can triple click the home button when you’re in an app to enable Guided Access.
How to use Guided Access
1. Open the app you want to use. In this case we’re using Multiplication with Ibbleobble
2. Triple click the home button and select Guided Access from the Accessibility Shortcuts.
3. You’ll see your app shrink with Guided Access options at both the top and bottom.
1. You can also select areas to disable within the application. Simply draw with your finger a circle on the screen you would like to disable. This is very useful in apps that offer in app purchases.
2. Select Options in the bottom left corner to choose whether or not you want to grant access to the Sleep/Wake button, Volume buttons, touch screen, and motion. Tap Done when you’ve finished selecting.
3. And finally simply select the Start button and you’re done!
Now you can give your child your iPhone or iPad with peace of mind that they can focus on their homework and not snoop around on your device or mess with other apps. Try it now with one of our apps and turn on Guided Access.
Author: Mike Kidd
Director of KidDotCo and Co-Creator of Ibbleobble’s educational games for kids. Previously a Senior Web & Mobile Development Designer at MTV.