How to Set Up and Use Guided Access on iPhone and iPad

Do you often get distracted while creating a masterpiece or drawing images? I would suggest you to use Guided Access on your iOS device to have perfect control over an app. Moreover, it also allows you to turn off the certain part of the screen or even hardware buttons!

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.

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How to Use Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad

Set up Guided Access on iOS Device

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General → Tap Accessibility.

Tap on Settings then General then Accessibility on iPhone or iPadStep #2. Scroll down and tap on Guided AccessTurn on the switch next to Guided Access.

Enable Guided Access on iPhone or iPad

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.

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Tap on Set Guided Access Passcode on iPhone or iPadSet Passcode for Guide Access on iPhone or iPad

Use Touch ID/Face ID to end Guided Access: To do so, turn on the switch for it.

Enable Face ID or Touch ID for Guide Access on iDevice

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.

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Tap on Time Limits then Tap on Sound in Guide Access

Set Sound for Guide Access on iPhone or iPad

Toggle on the switch next to Speak as well.

Turn On Speak Button in Guide Access

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Turn on Accessibility Shortcut: If you want to access Accessibility Shortcut while using Guided Access, turn on the switch.

Enable Accessibility Shortcut for Guided Access on iPhone or iPad

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.

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Turn On Guided Access on iPhone or iPad

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.

Use Guided Access on iPhone or iPad

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.

That’s all!

Wrapping up

I adore this highly productive feature. What’s your take on it?

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Rajesh Mishra
Tracking down the trending stories that are making headlines on the Internet and exploring Apple devices are what appeal Mr. Mishra the most. Aside from catching up with the fun-loving videos and FPS, he likes playing badminton and composing poems!


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