How to use Guided Access for iOS

Guided Access is an iOS feature that limits you to the use of a single app and controls which app features are available to use.

Enabling Guided Access on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can be very useful if you have children. Restricting them to just one app means that you won’t have to worry about what your little one is getting up to!

To enable the feature, go to Settings, General, Accessibility and under the Learning section, click on Guided Access.  From here, you can turn the feature on and off, set up a passcode to use when Guided Access is enabled and also turn on a shortcut that allows you to triple-click the Home button to enable the feature.


Guided Access


To start a Guided Access session, simply open the app you’d like to run, triple-click the Home button and adjust your settings. You can turn off the ability to touch the screen, circle areas of the screen that you’d like to disable and even keep your device from responding to motion (like switching from portrait to landscape). Once you’ve adjusted your settings, click Start. Guided Access is enabled, and the Home and Sleep buttons have been disabled, eliminating the ability to exit the app.

If you want to exit the app or disable Guided Access, triple-click the Home button once more and enter the passcode you set in your settings. From here, you can alter your settings again or end the session. Keeping Guided Access turned on means that you can enable the feature whenever you want, just by triple-clicking Home. Handy!

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