Guided Access: iPhone/iPad usage by kids or for single app

If you want to restrict an iPhone, an iPad touch or an iPad to the use of a single app and disable certain functions, then the "Guided Access" function will help you. With this you can leave the device to a child without leaving the selected app. You can also use it to prepare an Apple smartphone or tablet for the use of a single app. This is useful if you z. B. want to attach an iPad with a permanently open Home app to the wall as a SmartHome control center. The iPhone can also be limited to use as a monitor for the surveillance camera. And much more!

Should only one app be able to be used on the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad without being able to close it or access anything else? The guided access / kiosk mode helps with this. You can find the instructions for setting up the function here.
Should only one app be able to be used on the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad without being able to close it or access anything else? The guided access / kiosk mode helps with this. You can find the instructions for setting up the function here.

Set up Guided Access or "Kiosk Mode": Here's how!

Guided access on the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad is also known as kiosk mode, especially in English-speaking countries. The function originally developed for parents and teachers for the distraction-free use of individual Apps by children can also be used in shops, kiosks, restaurants and the like to only display the billing, ordering or other app. The employees or customers can then only use the intended functions and cannot access the operating system, its settings or other apps. 

If you want to set up guided access under iOS or iPadOS, you can do this in the system settings. It is important to know that you can only exit kiosk mode by entering a code, using Touch ID or Face ID. So you should make sure that you can remember the code or that the biometric unlock functions can be used to exit the mode. When that's done, follow these steps to enable Guided Access on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. On iOS or iPadOS, opens the Settings
  2. Type in the Accessibility an
  3. Scroll down and select under "General". Guided Access from
  4. Activate the function by clicking on the slider is typing
  5. puts under code settings the desired unlock option (to activate the mode, a code must be used and therefore set beforehand)

Additional settings for guided access on the Apple device

Besides enabling and disabling the feature, as well as passcode and other unlock settings, as you can see from the screenshots, there are other options in this part of the device settings. This is how the announcement of time limits can be defined more precisely: In addition to a tone that can indicate a time limit, there is also the option of having the remaining time for guided access announced. There is also the Shortcut slider: this should be left disabled when the Accessibility Shortcuts should not be made accessible via the side button. Finally, you can set whether and when the display should be locked automatically.

Enabling Guided Access for an app: How it works!

With the settings mentioned so far, you have now activated the option of using guided access or kiosk mode on the Apple device. Now all you have to do is select the app for which it is to be used and select the setting. This is also fairly easy once you know how to do it. This is how you do it:

  1. Opens the Appthat you want to restrict access to
  2. Press the three times Side button (iPhone X or newer) or three times the Home Button (iPhone 8 or older)
  3. You can then use your finger to circle areas of the app that should not react to input (e.g. the address bar of a Browsers, advertising banners in a game, etc.) and resize (corner points), reposition or remove (X symbol) these areas
  4. The measured values can be transferred to a PC via the Options (bottom left) you can individually enable or disable the use of the side button, volume buttons, motion controls, software keyboard, touch, and timeout
  5. If everything is set to your satisfaction, then tap on the top right starten
After pressing the side button three times, "Guided Access" can be selected. Subtleties can then be set, but you cannot take screenshots of them.
After pressing the side button three times, “Guided Access” can be selected. Subtleties can then be set, but you cannot take screenshots of them.

I would have liked to have provided you with more screenshots for the visualization of these instructions. However, screenshots cannot be taken either when starting Guided Access in an app or when using the app under this mode and exiting it. In any case, the first thing you notice is the absence of the white bar at the bottom of the screen, which you can usually slide up to get to the app overview. This does not exist in kiosk mode. By the way, to end the same with a code, you press the side or home button three times. To use Touch or Face ID, just press the side or home button twice.

iPhone and iPad kiosk mode: practical usage examples

  • The billing software in the store runs on the iPad or iPhone
  • Orders in the restaurant are taken via iPad
  • Deliveries (post, parcel service, etc.) are managed via the iPhone
  • Children should only be able to use one app/game on the Apple device
  • The device should only serve one purpose at a fixed location (use the Home app, display the calendar, Sir Apfelot app use, play music, etc.)

More information, hints and pictures can be found in Apple's support document HT202612.

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