Do you know how to safely hand off your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to your child? In today’s episode we will cover how to use the Guided Access feature on iOS to limit what your kids can do on your device.
Today, we’re going to look at how you can safely hand off your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your kids using a feature called Guided Access. Let’s dive in.
Guided Access is controlled with the settings app. Once you launch the settings app, you will need to turn on Guided Access. To do this, go under general, and then accessibility. Next scroll to the bottom to find Guided Access. The one thing you have to do here is be sure that it’s set to on. To start Guided Access, you first launch an application. In this example, I’m using Hopscotch, a creative app that can help kids learn to code.
After launching the app, I triple trap the home button. At this point, if you haven’t set a passcode for Guided Access, you’ll be asked to do that when you launch it for the first time. You can optionally enable the fingerprint sensor called Touch ID to be used to exit Guided Access if your phone supports it.
Now you can hand your child the device and know that they will stay within that one application. They won’t be able to exit the application without the passcode or your fingerprint. Once you’re ready to exit Guided Access, simply triple tap the home button again. You will need to provide either the passcode or your fingerprint and then the device is back in its normal mode.
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