Guided Access: Lock your iPhone while a video is playing.
Have you ever given your iPhone or iPad to a child so they can watch a video and they end up emailing nonsense to your boss? Do you let your toddler watch Wiggles while waiting at the doctor’s office and they keep clicking out of the video, causing a scream-fest? Did you know that you can lock apple devices into certain apps (video players, educational games, etc) so that the child can only use that one app? And even better, you can lock that one app so that children can’t access all of the controls in it. Its done through the Guided Access function and here’s a brief how-to guide.
First you will spend a few minutes setting up Guided Access, and then you can turn it on or off with the click (well triple-click) of a button.
To set up guided access, tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn Guided Access “on.” Enter a passcode for Guided Access. There are a few additional options under this menu as well.
To start using Guided Access, open the app you want to use. Triple-click the Home button to open Guided Access. You can then choose from several options to disable, but to simply lock out a video screen, turn off the “Touch” and “Motion” options. Then tap Start. You're all set! The screen is now locked and will not respond to touching, clicks or change orientation if turned upside down.
To end Guided Access, triple-click the Home button and tap “End.”
Note about frozen screens: I have been using Guided Access on multiple devices with only one problem thus far. Once, on an older iPhone, the screen froze in Guided Access. The video continued to play, but the iPhone was unresponsive to the triple-click. The only way I’ve found out of this situation is to reset the device by holding the Home button and the On/Off button together for 10 seconds.
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