How to Setup and use Guided Access on iOS Devices?

How to Setup and use Guided Access on iOS Devices?

In this article, I am going to show you how to setup and use guided access on iOS devices to restrict a single app. Guided access: Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation. Or guided access is an accessibility feature that, you can restrict your iDevice to a single app, and lets you control which app features are available. with guided access, you can disable hardware buttons, Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a single app. Guided access is one of the best apple features that created for iOS devices. and is the best way to lock your device to a single app and it’s a the best trick to use it on school iPads or on training centers.

Setup and use Guided Access on iOS Devices

Note: You can enable, setup and use guided access also on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the same like steps below.

Step #1. Go to Settings > General > then tap on Accessibility.

How to Setup and use Guided Access on iOS Devices?

Settings – General – Accessibility

Step #2. Scroll down to Guided Access then taps on it.

How to Setup and use Guided Access on iOS Devices?

Guided Access

Step #3. first, turn on Guided Access and Accessibility Shortcut, to create or enable shortcut for Guided Access.

Setup and use Guided Access on iOS Devices

Guided Access – Accessibility

Step #4. Now tap on Passcode Settings then set a passcode for guided access just by tapping on Set Guided Access Passcode > Enter a Passcode, to use the code when it’s enabled.

guided access Passcode Setings

Passcode Settings

Note: You can enter 4 or 6 Digit numeric code, it depend on you device passcode. If you set your device 6 digits numeric code, so you can only enter 6 digits numeric code to guided access passcode. or if you set device 4 digits numeric code so you can only enter 4 digits numeric code to guided passcode, change you device passcode to change the guided access passcode. If you don’t know to set the code to your device, then check this article how to Set a passcode to your iDevice or android device? only one thing more you need to remember if your device has the Touch ID, so you can set your Touch ID to guided access also if you want. and you can’t set Custom alphanumeric code. only and only you can set 4 or 6 digits numeric codes or Touch ID (if it’s available) to set the guided access passcode.

Step #5. tap on Time Limits then select the Sound and turn on Speak feature to access time spoken before time ends.

guided access Time Limits

Time Limits

How to Use Guided Access to Restrict an App

Step #1. Open or Launch the app you want to be guided.

Use Guided Access to Restrict an App

Safari App

Step #2. Triple-click the Home button, to list the shortcuts then tap on the Guided access from the list.

Use Guided Access Accessibility Shortcuts

Accessibility Shortcuts

Step #3. Now before to Start guided access session, you need to customise your settings on it, so tap on Options.

Use Guided Access to Restrict an App

Tap on Options

Step #4. From here you can access the user deny or access the following features. enable or disable the features as your need, and after choosing which feature get access and which feature get deny when the guided access session starts, tap on Done.

  1. Sleep/Wake Button
  2. Volume Buttons
  3. Motion
  4. Keyboards
  5. Touch
  6. Time Limit
How to Use Guided Access to Restrict an App

Options to Guided

Step #5. If you have chosen touch enabled so from here also you can disable some areas, to do this just Circle areas on the screen you would like to disable, after all, settings and choosing areas to be disabled, tap on Start and from their the guided access session will get started.

How to Use Guided Access to Restrict an App

Start Guided Access

Step #6. Now you can see that guided access session has been started and I am unable to make any changes on the areas and button that are disabled.

How to Use Guided Access to Restrict an App

Unable to Make Any Changes

End Guided access session

Now you are able to Enable and Setup Guided Access on iOS devices but you must know how to end session this also because in the cause if you didn’t limit time for guided access it will not end automatically but if you limited a spastic time for the session it may disable after the time you adjust for it.

Step #1. To end the guided access session triple-click on the home button and tap on Guided Access from the accessibility shortcuts list.

End Guided access session

Accessibility Shortcuts

Step #2. Enter your passcode to get in the dashboard of guided access.

End Guided access session

Enter Passcode

Step #3. Now from here, you can adjust the Options and Resume it again but in the cause, you want to get out of here then tap on End from the left corner.

End Guided access session

End Guided Access

Another Way to End Guided Access Session

If you know the guided access passcode, use the above steps to say the end to it because it’s for those who forgotten their guided access and they are unable to enter the passcode currently and they are unable to end the session also.

Step #1. Press and hold the home and power button for 10 seconds then your device will power off by force. After that turn it on again.

Another Way to End Guided Access Session

Turn Off your Device

Step #2. Wait a little while to turned your device on then slide to the right to unlock and now you can see you’re are free of guided access. don’t show this way to everyone because sometimes you can’t Restrict someone on apps.

enable and setup guided access on ios devices

Free Of Guided Access

Also Read: How to Enable and Use Switch Control On iOS Devices?

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