Apple's Guided Access

Limit distractions with this clever accessibility tool!

What does Guided Access do?

"Guided Access helps you to stay focused on a task while using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available" ("Use Guided Access," 2016).

In educational settings with BYOD and 1:1 technology, students are becoming easily and uncontrollably distracted by their devices. Students' have become obsessed with gaming, social media, or virtual browsing while they're in class. It becomes a nightmare for teachers! However, the Guided Access tool can help put a stop to easily distracted users. With a Guided Access passcode, teachers can lock their students in a certain app or website to eliminate other iPad/iPhone temptations.

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Setting It Up

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access.

From there, you can turn Guided Access on or off. The teacher can set a Guided Access passcode (different than the regular passcode) that controls the use of Guided Access. It locks a user or student in the app so they cannot use other applications, play games, or search the web.

Start a Guided Access Session

  1. Open the app you want to use.
  2. Triple-click the Home button.
  3. Adjust settings for the session, and then tap Start.

End a Guided Access Session

  1. Press the Home button once.
  2. Use Touch ID.

If you're not using Touch ID, follow these steps to end a Guided Access session:

  1. Triple-click the Home button.
  2. Enter the Guided Access passcode.
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Control Apps, Screen Sensitivity, and Motion Sensitivity

Use Guided Access to turn off app controls, parts of the screen, and motion sensing. Follow these steps:

To disable app controls and areas of the app screen::

  1. Circle any part of the screen you want to disable.
  2. Use the handles to adjust the area.

To ignore all screen touches, turn off Touch. To keep the device from switching from portrait to landscape, or from responding to any other motions, turn off Motion.

Apple iPad Guided Access Tutorial

Forgot your Guided Access passcode?

If you forgot the Guided Access passcode, restart the device by holding the home button and lock button at the same time.


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