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How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Posted April 5, 2015 at 9:36pm by iClarified · 35756 views
These are instructions on how to lock your iPhone to a single app using Guided Access mode. You may want to do this for privacy reasons, to use it as a demo station, to set limits on the usage of your device by a child, or for other accessibility reasons.



Step One
Tap to launch Settings from your SpringBoard.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Two
Choose General from the Settings menu.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Three
Select Accessibility from the General menu.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Four
Tap Guided Access from the Accessibility menu.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Five
Toggle the Guided Access switch to the ON position.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Six
Tapping the Passcode Settings button lets you choose to set a passcode to use when Guided Access is enabled. If you don't set one now you'll be prompted to set one when enabling Guided Access for the first time. You can also toggle a switch to use Touch ID to end Guided Access.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Tap the button at the top left to return to the Guided Access menu.

Step Seven
Hit the Time Limits button. From here we can choose to set a sound and have the Guided Access time spoken before time ends.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Tap the button at the top left to return to the Guided Access menu.

Step Eight
Finally we have an Accessibility Shortcut toggle. If enabled it will display your Accessibility Shortcut settings when the Home button is Triple-Clicked while Guided Access is enabled. If you don't have any accessibility features enabled, you can leave the switch in the OFF position.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Nine
Press the Home button and launch an app you would like to lock your device to.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Ten
Triple-Click the Home button to activate Guided Access. You will see a preview of the app that your device will be locked to. You can draw circle areas on the screen and drag them out to mark areas and controls you would like to disable.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Eleven
Tap the Options button at the bottom left to bring up an assortment of features that can be enabled or disabled while in Guided Access mode. These include the Sleep/Wake button, Volume Buttons, Motion, Keyboards, and Touch.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

You can also set a Time Limit for the Guided Access session. Once you've chosen your desired settings, tap the Done button.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Twelve
Tap the Start button at the top right to begin.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

You will be asked to set a passcode, then confirm it.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Thirteen
While in Guided Access mode the user will not be able to exit out of the application or use any of the features you've disabled unless the passcode is entered.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Fourteen
The user will be alerted when the time limit is nearing its end and once the time limit has been reached.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

Step Fifteen
To exit Guided Access mode you will need to triple-click the Home button and enter the passcode to use the device again.
How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]How to Lock Your iPhone to a Single App Using Guided Access [Video]

If you have additional questions about using Guided Access, you may ask them here.
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turn on
turn on - April 6, 2015 at 5:50pm
just turn off and on, the lock goes away
Ellen
Ellen - April 6, 2015 at 2:07pm
Is it possible to lock an entire app instead of the whole phone? Seems like a lot of steps to remember for some of us older folks!
Dev Patel
Dev Patel - April 6, 2015 at 5:57am
Really a Great Post....I Appreciate with your Idea...And also Its very Necessary for security Purpose Also...
HfyDom
HfyDom - April 5, 2015 at 11:34pm
It's not just circles you can deactivate the whole screen or rectangles , I don't know about triangles I used to use this to annoy my sister she still don't know the code
 Nat
Nat - April 5, 2015 at 9:54pm
I remember finding this on my own once and couldn't understand what all this cropping meant until now. Thank you iClarified.
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