Guided Access: Top iOS Feature for Parents and Children

Guided Access: Top iOS Feature for Parents and Children

For those of us who often find ourselves supervising a toddler with a penchant for Angry Birds, it’s common knowledge how quickly those little hands can navigate to unintended areas of an iPad or iPhone. While you could disable WiFi or cellular data to block unsolicited web access, this approach is cumbersome and not always effective in preventing access to other device areas.

This is where “Guided Access” comes into play, transforming your iPhone into a single-app machine.

Guided Access: Top iOS Feature for Parents and Children

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how it functions:

  • Navigate to the Settings menu on your iPhone, then proceed to the Accessibility section.

  • Activate Guided Access.

  • Select the app you wish to use and triple-click the Home button.

  • Specify which screen areas to deactivate, if desired, and press start.

Once activated, if the young user tries to exit the app, either intentionally or accidentally, they will be unable to do so. Exiting Guided Access requires a triple-click of the Home button followed by entering a four-digit code.

This feature is particularly useful with apps that have the capability to open web pages internally, like the “Toon TV” feature in Angry Birds games.

Any attempt to access these links will result in a blank screen, effectively blocking access to the internet.

Guided Access also allows you to disable the volume and lock buttons, as well as screen orientation. It’s a comprehensive lockdown feature for your iPhone or iPad, already included in your device.

John Devis

John is a passionate tech enthusiast with a deep love for all things Apple. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for uncovering the latest trends and innovations, John brings a fresh perspective to the world of Apple products.

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