How to Set Up and Use Guided Access on iPhone and iPad?

by: - Last updated on: July 22nd, 2019

Guided Access has to be one of the best features of iOS in a while. In case you are unaware, the feature allows you to limit your iOS device to a single app and also gives you the ability to control which features are available on your device at a given moment. Of the many use case scenarios, the one that you could benefit from would be when, say, you want to control the apps and services that your kid has access to on the device. In which case, you can do it conveniently with the help of Guided Access.

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The feature can also come in handy when you have to hand your device to someone, to show something on the device. But, you do not want them to access certain apps or fiddle around with your device. In such a scenario, using Guided Access can turn out to be a game-changer. So, here’s a quick guide on how to set up and use the Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Set Up Guided Access

1. Open the Settings app.
2. Go to General > Accessibility.
3. Under Learning, tap Guided Access and flip the switch ON.

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4. Now, tap on Passcode Settings > Set Guided Access Passcode and set a password.

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If you have an iPhone or iPad that supports TouchID or FaceID, you can enable it for faster and easier access, by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access > Passcode Settings and flipping the switch next to TouchID/FaceID.

How to Use Guided Access

1. Launch the app that you want to allow access for, to the other user.
2. For iPhones/iPads with Home button, triple-click the Home button to launch Guided Access. For ones with FaceID, triple-click the Side button to do the same.

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3. Now, if you want specific parts of your screen to stop responding to touches, you can circle such areas on the screen. Additionally, you can also move or resize this circle.

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4. If you wish to restrict the person from accessing other apps and are fine with allowing them full access to a single app, you can tap on Start to enable the feature.

Apart from restricting certain parts of the screen, you can also enable or disable other settings for Guided Access. For this, you need to tap on Options, where, you will be presented with a bunch of settings with toggle ON and OFF switch. From here, you can modify the options accordingly and hit the Resume button to continue.

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If you want to save the hassle of triple-clicking the Home or Side button every time you want to enable the feature, you can do it more easily, with the help of the Control Centre. For this, you need to first add Guided Access to the list of controls in the Control Centre. To do this, go into Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls. Here, scroll down until you find Guided Access, and then, tap the plus sign next to it. Now, to use it in an app, you can swipe up from the bottom (for iPhones with Home button) or the top-right corner (iPhones X or later) to access the Control Centre. From here, you can tap on the control for Guided Access, within the app you want to start the session, and it’s enabled.

How to End a Guided Access session?

When you are done and want to end a Guided Access session, you can do so by triple-clicking the Home button or Side button. After which, you can enter the passcode you set earlier and hit the End button. Or, if you have TouchID or FaceID enabled, you can double-click the Home or the Side button to end the session. A thing to keep in mind, here, is that you need to remember the passcode that you used to set up the feature earlier. If you don’t, things can get tricky.

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