Most of you know how to enable a locking feature on your IOS device, but did you know you can childproof it as well?
How many times has this happened to you?
You’ve sat your little one down with the iPad and a movie playing while you wait at the Doctors Office, or any number of scenarios where you just need to keep the little squirt occupied while you talk to someone. Ten seconds later, your child is fussing because they closed the app, or pressed stop and can’t get it to play anymore.
Well, there’s good news!
Here’s a simple step by step guide to solving your problem once and for all.
The SUPER SMART designers over there at apple have created an AMAZING feature called
Guided access allows you to do a variety of things to your device.
- Disabling the HOME Button
- Disable Sleep and Wake Functions
- Disabling the Volume Controls
- Disabling Motion Controls
- Disabling the Touch Screen of Parts of it.
- Disable Keyboard Access
- and Set a Time Limit
These features make this the PERFECT option to granting your toddler some “Tablet Time”.
I like to disable all the buttons except Volume Control when allowing my son to watch a movie on the iPad. When he gets game time, I enable Motion and Touch as well leaving only the HOME Button disabled. This prevents him from leaving the app without my assistance.
So how do you set this thing up?
Follow these easy steps to enabling “Guided Access”.
- Launch the Settings App on your device.
- Tap on the General Tab in the sidebar.
- Locate the Accessibility option and Tap that.
- Scroll down to the “Learning” section and Tap Guided Access.
- Enable Guided Access by Taping the little slider switch.
- A new option should appear below called Passcode. You know what to do.
- Enter in a Passcode to use for unlocking Guided Access by clicking Set Guided Access Passcode. Pretty obvious huh?
- Enable Accessibility Shortcut.
There you go! You’re all set!
Now simply Launch whatever app you want your toddler to use and TRIPLE-CLICK that HOME Button.
The app will shrink down granted you access to all sorts of options which allow you to Enable and Disable many of the functions listed above.
You’ll also have the option to “Block Out” sections of the Touch Screen by circling portions of the screen with your finger.
Once you have everything set up the way you like, click on the START option to the upper right of the screen and you’re good to go.
Now your child can watch that movie with no fear of touching the screen or play that fun game without accidentally clicking the HOME Button and ending his or her fun.
To EXIT Guided Access, simply TRIPLE-CLICK the HOME Button and it will ask for the Passcode you entered during setup. You did write that down right?
After entering the correct code, you’ll return to the Guided Access Options menu where you can click on the END option located to the upper left of the screen.
I FORGOT MY PASSCODE AND NOW MY DEVICE IS STUCK ON GUIDED ACCESS MODE!!!
To get unstuck from Guided Access if you have forgotten your Passcode can be tricky, but easily doable.
First off, did you have Lock Code enabled on your phone?
If so you can skip this section…
LOCK CODE SETUP
- Go to www.iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID and Password.
- Click on FIND MY PHONE and select the “Locked Device”.
- Tap on LOST MODE and set up a Passcode. Don’t forget this one!
- Click DONE
Now that you’ve set up a LOCK CODE, it’s time to unlock that device and create a new Guided Access Passcode.
From this point turning on your device “Should” bring you to the Enter Lock Code screen. Just enter the code and you’re in!
Head back into Settings>General>Accessibility>Guided Access to create a NEW PASSCODE and you’re problems are solved.
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