Tips & Tricks: Guided Access in iOS

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Apple, General, iPad
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Early last year Apple introduced the Guided Access feature into iOS as an accessibility option focused mainly for use in schools and for people with learning difficulties to control the apps being used on the iOS unit.

Have you ever given your iDevice to a younger member of family to play a game and found that they have hit the home button and are now deleting your emails? Or given your device to a friend only to find them snooping through your photos? Well, this tip is for you.

Guided Access allows you to lock down your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to a particular app, rendering the home button useless, keeping the user in the app allowing them to use it without issues. It is very easy to set up and very easy to turn on and off.

Here’s how it’s done;

  • Click on Settings.
  • Click on General.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility and tap on this option.
  • Scroll down to the Learning Section and tap on Guided Access.
  • Toggle Guided Access to ON and set a pass code that only you know (preferably different to your main pass code).
  • Once set up, go into the app that you require to lock down and triple-click the home button – this begins guided access.
  • Click Start in the top right corner to begin.
  • Begin using the app as normal.
  • To disable guided access while in the app, triple-click the home button and input your pass code and click End.


The following Apple products can use Guided Access on iOS 6:

  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch 4th/5th Generation
  • iPad 2, iPad 3



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