Enable Guided Access in iOS for kid-friendly use

Posted on May 12, 2013

Ever loan your iOS device to a son, daughter, niece, nephew, or another child? If you have you probably watch them ever-so-carefully to make sure they don’t buy something or change your settings. Fortunately, Apple added a feature in iOS 6 called Guided Access to give you some extra protection.

Guided Access settings in iOS 6 - image provided by Apple
Guided Access in iOS 6 — credit to [Apple.com](http://apple.com) for image

Guided Access will do a couple things for you:

  1. Keep the user in the app that Guided Access was activated in
  2. Allow you to create restricted areas on the screen the user cannot access

How to enable Guided Access

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Navigate to General > Accessibility > Guided Access
  3. Turn Guided Access on

How to use Guided Access in an app

  1. Open the app you want to apply Guided Access
  2. Triple tap the home button
  3. Draw the areas you’d like to restrict access to (such as ads, menu buttons, etc)
  4. Tap “Start” and put in a passcode to “lock” the user into the app

Guided Access will now keep the user in the app until the home button is triple tapped again. Once the home button has been triple tapped you can enter your passcode to end Guided Access.

Enjoy the extra protection on your iOS device! Now, protecting the hardware is a completely different issue.