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How to use Guided Access on iPhone

These days, it’s easy to get distracted by the different beeps, dings, dings, and bumps that come from your phone. When you’re trying to stick to the task at hand, or simply want to watch a movie without interruption, Guided Access on iPhone can help. It’s also a good parental control tool if you decide to hand your phone over to a child.

This feature, simply put, restricts the phone to just one app and even lets you select which features of said app will work while Guided Access is actively running. It’s kind of like a dedicated Do Not Disturb mode that helps you focus on what you’re doing without being tempted to play your mobile game because you just earned some coins or check your Instagram following and likes when you should be working or studying. With Guided Access, parents can prevent young children from accessing anything on their personal device but the app they’re allowed to use for screen time. You can set up a Guided Access profile in advance and then start a session whenever you want.

Using Guided Access is simple with any of the best iPhones from the iPhone X and later, including the iPhone 14. It only takes a few steps.

  1. go to the settingsAnd Accessibilityand then scroll down to Guided access.
  2. Turn on Guided Access with Move the slider to the right until it turns green.
  3. Designation Guided access passcode. You can use your iPhone passcode if you want something easy to remember, or even use Face ID.
  4. Designation time limit If desired, choose the desired sound to be played and an audible indication of the time remaining in the session.
  5. You can choose to play a file Access shortcut On or off while a Guided Access session is in progress. When it’s on, a triple tap of the side button will show you the Accessibility shortcut.
  6. You can also set a file Show auto lock To change the time before your iPhone automatically locks while you’re in the middle of a Guided Access session from 30 seconds to 15 minutes, or never.
  7. Once these parameters are created, Open the app You want to use it during a Guided Access session.
  8. Triple tap on the button to the right of the phone and in the pop-up window choose Guided access.
  9. Could you I draw a circle around the areas of the app you want to disable, then select start at the top right and those areas will be shaded and unusable.
    Block Guided Access on iPhone
  10. Under Optionsaccessible at the bottom, left, you can also do things like lock the volume button and set time limits from 1 minute to up to a full 24 hours.
    Guided access options on iphone
  11. The app will now be the only one accessible until you do so Turn off Guided Access or timeout. If you select a section to disable it (for example, the upper-right corner where you can switch profiles on the Netflix app), that particular functionality won’t be accessible within the selected app either.
  12. To turn off Guided Access, Triple click on the right side button Again, uncheck Guided Access, and enter the six-digit passcode.

Why would you use Guided Access? First, Guided Access is a good way to help you focus on the task at hand. If you’re working on a document or reading an e-book on your iPhone, for example, and don’t want to be disturbed, you can turn on Guided Access. Then the phone effectively becomes an e-reader. You will not learn any incoming social media flags or notifications, emails, mobile game app rewards, phone calls, or other distractions.

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Secondly, as mentioned, Guided Access is useful for parents who hand their iPhone to a child from time to time to keep them busy for a little while. In this way, they cannot search and access private information. Young children can easily (and by mistake) send a message, view inappropriate content, or even delete important information from your device. This is one of the reasons why it’s a good idea to always back up your iPhone to iTunes or another source. But Guided Access can help prevent that from happening in the first place.

In the screenshot above, I turned on Guided Access in the Netflix app and circled the profile icon in the upper right. This will allow a child to choose and watch an approved movie from their child profile while you tend to an important phone call, for example, but not allow them to switch to adult profiles to access age-inappropriate content.

Guided Access is useful in many ways, and with some setup and a few clicks, you can easily turn it on and off with ease.

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