The setting that every parent who has an iPhone needs to know

I discovered this setting while listening to the Mac Power Users podcast. One of the hosts referenced “guided access” in the context of controlling how someone else could use your iPhone. I was intrigued with the concept and looked it up.

BOOM! Exactly what I have been looking for:

Guided Access is a setting that keeps the user (in my case, my 2 1/2 year old son) in one application and one application only. The only way to get out of the application is to triple click the home button and enter a passcode. The effect is when I let my son play Angry Birds, he is only going to play Angry Birds and not change setting or move around or delete applications.

You can use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Set up

The settings trail you need to follow is:

Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access. From there you can:

  • Turn Guided Access on or off
  • Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

Below are screen shots of the settings you need to work through to get to Guided Access.

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Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."