Guided Access: the awesome iPhone tool you should be using

Picture this: you give your toddler your iPhone. Maybe this is something you do all the time. Maybe it’s a move borne out of desperation at the doctor’s office, at the grocery store, or at the {insert public place here}. You get your phone back, only to discover half a dozen toddler self-portraits, an inexplicably missing email app, and a group text consisting of a winking face and two beer mug emoticons.

Sound familiar?  You need to turn on guided access. Maybe you already know about this little gem and have been using it forever. If so, why didn’t you tell me about it? But maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about. Listen up. It’s about to get real.

From the home screen, go to settings and select “General”:


Scroll to the bottom and choose “Accessibility”:


Select “Guided Access”:


From there, turn on Guided Access and set your passcode.

Here’s how it works: after opening an app, you triple-click the home button to turn on Guided Access. While it’s turned on, the user can’t close the app or click on and view any incoming text messages. To turn Guided Access off, one must triple-click the home button again and successfully enter the passcode. If the passcode is entered incorrectly, you must wait ten seconds before trying again.

In other words, this solves your I-need-ten-minutes-of-peace-but-I-can’t-afford-to-pay-for-any-more-international-calls quandary.

You’re welcome.

I want to know: what brilliant iPhone apps or tools have you discovered?


About Abby

I'm a wife, a mom of two, and a high school teacher who loves to read, bake, cook, and be with my family.
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2 Responses to Guided Access: the awesome iPhone tool you should be using

  1. Kirstin says:

    Wish I had known about this a long time ago. My kids have accidentally dialed so many people. Pinning!

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