How to use Guided Access on iPhone – XDA Developers
Guided Access for iPhone is a useful tool for those who want to focus on the task at hand, as well as for parents.
These days, it’s easy to get distracted by the various bleeps, bloops, dings, and swooshes 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, the Guided Access feature on iPhone can help. It’s also a good parental control tool if you ever decide to hand your phone off to a child.
This feature, put simply, restricts the phone to only a single app, and even lets you decide which features of said app will work while you have Guided Access actively running. It’s sort of like a customized 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 the Instagram follows and likes when you should be working or studying. With Guided Access, parents can prevent young kids from accessing anything on their personal devices but the app they are permitted to use for screen time. You can set up a Guided Access profile ahead of time and then start a session whenever desired.
Using Guided Access is simple with any of the best iPhones from iPhone X and later, including the iPhone 14. It requires just a few steps.
Why would you use Guided Access? First, Guided Access is a good way to help you focus on a task at hand. If you’re working on a document or reading an eBook on the iPhone, for example, and don’t want to be disturbed, you can turn on Guided Access. The phone then effectively becomes an e-reader. You won’t learn of any incoming social media tags or notifications, e-mails, mobile game app rewards, phone calls, or other distractions.
Second, as noted, Guided Access is useful for parents who hand their iPhone over to a child from time to time to keep them occupied for a short period. This way, they can’t dig around and access private information. Young children could easily (and accidentally) send a message, view inappropriate content, or even delete important information from your device. This is one reason why it’s a good idea to always back up your iPhone to iTunes or another source. But Guided Access can help prevent this from happening in the first place.
In my screenshot above, I ran Guided Access in the Netflix app and circled the Profile icon at the top, right. This would allow a child to choose and watch an approved movie from their kid profile while you tend to an important phone call, for example, but not allow them to switch to your adult profiles to access content that isn’t age appropriate.
Guided Access is handy in many ways, and with some set-up and a few clicks, you can easily turn it on and off with ease.
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