How do I use Guided Access on iPhone? Keeping focused on just one app is easy!

Guided Access is an Accessibility feature that lets you lock your iPhone or iPad to a single app. For as long as guided access is enabled, only that one specific app can be used, and there's no way to exit to the Home screen or any other app. It can be extremely useful in education settings, to help kids focus, and for working with people on the autistic spectrum. Whether it's a writing app, drawing app, music app, math app, or a story, video, or reading app, Guided Access helps make sure that all attention remains on that app. It also prevents you from accidentally exiting to the Home screen or another app when you don't mean to.

Guided access can also be used by kiosks, restaurants, store, and other businesses to create a dedicated information or transaction device, and it can even be used to create a "guest mode" so you can hand your device to someone and let them use Safari, iBooks, Video, or a game without having to worry about them snooping through your personal information.

How to enable Guided Access on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Tap on Guided Access under the Learning section. It's all the way at the bottom.

    Tap General, tap Accessibility, tap Guided Access

  5. Tap the switch to turn on Guided Access.
  6. Tap on Passcode Settings.
  7. Tap Set Guided Access Passcode and set a passcode.

    Tap the switch to turn on Guided Access, tap Passcode Settings, tap Set Guided Access Passcode, set a passcode

You can toggle Accessibility Shortcut to On so you can triple-click the Home button to enter Guided Access from wherever. You only have to complete this step if you choose.

How to use Guided Access

  1. Launch the app you'd like the intended user to have access to. In this case, we used Camera.
  2. Triple click the Home button to launch Guided Access.
  3. Circle any areas of the screen that you would like to make inaccessible.

    Launch an app, circle the areas that you want to make inaccessible

  4. Tap on Options in the bottom left to choose whether or not you want to grant access to the Sleep/Wake button, Volume buttons, touch screen, and motion. Tap Done to save your selections.
  5. Tap on Start at the top of the screen to begin Guided Access.

    Tap Options, make your choices, tap Start

Once Guided Access is enabled, anyone trying to leave the specific app you've locked it to will receive a banner message telling them to triple-click the Home button to exit. If they don't know the passcode, they won't be able to exit Guided Access unless you enter the passcode.


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