If you're the parent of a toddler who just loves to get his grubby little paws on your iPad, Guided Access can become one of your best friends. Let's find out why. Let's pretend your family is on a roadtrip, and your toddler needs some entertainment on that long trip. He just loves to watch his favorite movie. You've purchased several movies from iTunes and have loaded them on your iPad for him to enjoy. But toddlers love to press buttons to see what they do.
How can you keep him from getting access to everything, all you really need is for him to enjoy the movie. Enter Guided Access! Tweak a few settings, and you can set up your iPad so that the only thing he can do is watch his favorite movie!
To activate Guided Access, navigate to: Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access
Flip the switch to 'On' and then tap on Set Passcode. This will be a secret, 4-digit code that you'll use to disable Guided Access when it's in use. Pick something you can remember, but don't let your toddler see.
Now that it is set up, it's time to put it to use. Here's what to do: get a video started, then triple-click on the home button. This activates Guided Access for the application. (note: you can use this on any application, and draw "circles" around which part of the screen you don't want them to touch)
From here, there are a couple of settings that are available to choose... the hardware buttons are set to Always OFF. You can turn off Touch and leave Motion ON. Turning off Touch disables the entire touch screen, which prevents your little guy from ending his video to early.
Another option is to turn Touch on, and then select areas of the screen that you'd like to be disabled. Leaving Motion turned on still allows for the screen to orient itself based on how the iPad is being held. Once you're happy with the settings you've chosen, tap on Start in the upper right corner.
To exit out of Guided Access, triple-click the home button, and then tap in your secret 4-digit passcode. You'll be taken back to the Guided Access settings screen, where you can tap on the End button in the upper left corner, or you can tap on Resume in the upper right corner.
Now you can safely hand your iPad over to your child, and he's off and running, without being able to access anything else on the iPad.