Along with Continuity, Accessibility remains my favorite iOS suite. Whenever I’m making a certain project or creating a nice presentation, I prefer using “Guided Access” on my iOS device to carry out my task without any disturbance.
To be able to control an app with more precision, you can disable certain areas of the screen, which seems to distract you. Even better, iOS allows you to turn off hardware buttons on your device as well. Willing to get started with this highly productive feature? Let me walk you through.
How to Use Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad
- How to Set up Guided Access on iOS Device
- How to Start Guided Access on iPhone or iPad
- End Guided Access Session
Set up Guided Access on iOS Device
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General → Tap Accessibility.
Set guided access passcode: Simply tap on Passcode Settings to set a passcode. It will let you control Guided Access and stop others someone from leaving a session.
Use Touch ID/Face ID to end Guided Access: To do so, turn on the switch for it.
Set Time Limits: You can also set Time Limits to set a sound or make your device speak the remaining Guided Access time before the time ends. To do so, tap on Time Limits → tap on Sound and then select the preferred sound.
Toggle on the switch next to Speak as well.
Turn on Accessibility Shortcut: If you want to access Accessibility Shortcut while using Guided Access, turn on the switch.
Use Guided Access on iPhone or iPad
Step #1. Open any app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, invoke Siri and ask it to Turn on Guided Access.
Alternately, triple-click the Home/double-click side button and then select Guided Access.
To disable app controls and areas of the app screen: To do so, you need to draw a circle or rectangle around any part of the screen you wish to disable.
Then, you have to drag the mask into position. You can also use the handles to adjust its size perfectly.
Now, tap on Options at the bottom left corner of the screen and then choose to allow or disallow the following options:
- To Enable the Sleep/Wake or volume buttons: Turn on the switch for it. Toggle off the switch, if you wish to disable the buttons.
- To Stop your device from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to other motions, turn off the switch next to Motion.
- To Stop typing: turn off Keyboards.
- Ignore all screen touches: you need to turn off Touch.
- To set a session time limit: Turn on Time Limit and then set the time.
Tap on Done at the bottom to confirm the change.
Step #3. Finally, tap on Start to begin your session.
After you have kickstarted you session, anyone who tries to leave that particular app will have to enter the passcode.
End Guided Access Session
Once you have completed your task, you can simply triple-click the Home button and then enter the Guided Access passcode to end the session.
On your iPhone X, you have to double-click the side button and then enter a passcode or use Face ID to end the session.
I adore this highly productive feature. What’s your take on it?
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- How to Use Accessibility Shortcuts in iOS 11
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