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iOS 6 Tip: How To Use Guided Access, Great Feature for Parents

Previously, we showed you how to use Panorama mode in iOS 6. Today, we’ll cover another new iOS 6 feature – Guided Access.

Guided Access is a new feature in iOS 6 that allows parents or teachers to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. Let’s say you only want your kid to use the Calculator app or read a book using the iBook app. In order to prevent your kids from accessing other apps (like games) on iPhone, you can make use of Guided Access to ensure they focus on a single app.

Limit to One App

To enable Guided Access, go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility. Scroll down and tap on the “Guided Access” option. Flip the “Guided Access” switch to ON to enable the feature.

iOS 6 - Enable Guided Access

Next, click the home button to go back to the home screen. Open the app for your kid. In this example, we use the Calculator app. Once the app is launched, triple click the home button to activate “Guided Access”. For first time use, you’ll need to key in a passcode.

iOS 6 - Guided Access Screen

You can simply tap the “Start” button on the top right-hand corner of the screen to initiate the feature. While the app is put into “Guided Access” mode, your kid can’t quit the app. The home button is disabled.

To return to the normal usage, triple click the home button and key in the correct passcode. This will exit the “Guided Access” mode.

Block Certain Areas of the Screen

You can even use “Guided Access” to block certain areas of the screen. While using any app, triple click to bring up “Guided Access”. Use your finger and circle areas on the screen you would like to disable.

iOS 6 - Guided Access Circle Area

Once done, tap the “Start” button to activate “Guided Access” mode. You’ll see that your chosen area is now blocked. The app will not response when user touches the disabled area.

iOS 6 - Guided Access with Block Area

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