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How to Make Your iPad and iPhone Safer for the Little Ones - Part 2: Guided Access

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018


Parents play a pivotal role in a child's learning experience. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle of everyday life make it hard for parents to be around their kids 24/7. Continuing from last weeks article, here is another trick that can aid parents to further ensure their children's learning efficiency when it comes to the iPad.  Guided Access is a feature that allows you to “lock” your kids in a single app, therefore they’re not allowed to exit the app. You can set a timer for how long the app can be accessed, control the hardware buttons, and even disable touch completely.


Photo: Without proper guidance, it would be very easy for kids to stumble into uncharted territory with their devices. Their innate intense curiousness could turn the tides against them as curiosity did kill the cat.

Steps to enable Guided Access:


Step 1 : Go to Settings app > tap on General > tap on Accessibility



Step 2 : Scroll down to Learning > tap on Guided Access. It is right above the Accessibility Shortcut tab.



Step 3 : Enable Guided Access by making the toggle label green. 



SEE ALSO: How to Make Your iPad and iPhone Safer for the Little Ones - Part 1: Restricted Access


Activating Guided Access:


Now that you have enabled guided access, you can activate the feature at any time. As long as guided access is enabled, there is no need to go back to the settings to toggle it every time guided access is needed, even if you turn off or restart your iPad. Tap the home-button 3 times in an app that you want to "lock" your child in and the Guided Access feature will be activated.



When an app is in guided access mode, it is possible to further restrict what can be accessed within the app through the guided access menu bar. To access the guided access settings page, triple click the home button within an app that is under a guided access session.



The Hardware Buttons option allows you to make several changes within a guided access session

  • Disabling Volume Buttons to protect your child’s little ears from loud noises.

  • Touch can be disabled, a useful function on video-watching websites.

  • Time Limit puts a limit on how long your child can use the app for.

  • Draw circles or squares on the screen on areas you would like to disable, the highlighted areas will now become inaccessible to tap when Guided Access is on.

When you’re satisfied with the settings, tap Start on the top right of the screen to activate Guided Access. Your child would not be able to leave the app from now on!



Turning off a guided access session:


Do remember that as long as guided access is activated and in session, it is not possible for your child to exit the app. There are two ways to turn off guided access once your child has finished using the iPad.


Option 1: Touch ID (using fingerprint scanner)

Just click the home button once, and use the Touch ID



Option 2: Set up a passcode


To turn it off this way, triple-click the home button during a guided access session

Key in the password you’ve set up and this will bring you to the Guided Access menu.



Technology is a double-edged sword and in this current epoch of the Digital Revolution, it is a facet of our lives that is deemed inevitable to avoid.  Apple understands our struggles and these built-in safety features on the iPad and iPhone are aimed to maximise the iPad’s capabilities while reducing any unnecessary hassles.

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