“What? My iPhone? No sorry. I don’t let kids play with my phone.” This is an answer I have given several times when I may be in a location with children who are used to playing with iPhones and will ask any random person, “What games do you have on your phone?” Now I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my electronics but I never let kids play with my phone. Not even my own child. It’s not that I’m afraid of the random drops that may occur when being held in those tiny little paws because my phone is well protected by its case. Nope. What I will experience from those tech saavy little buggers is deleted apps, rearranged apps, 100s of pictures of inanimate objects like a table, piece of a chair, a ceiling fan, etc, selfies, deleted pictures, game progress lost, and the list goes on. To show them one thing to do isn’t sufficient. They want to dig around. Grrr.
Well maybe the scales have tipped because today (thank you Yahoo Tech) I read about a hidden feature that will assist us control freaks in appearing a bit more welcoming when you get the random “Do you have Temple Run on your phone?” There is a feature on your phone that will allow you to lock the screen of your iPhone so it functions in one app and one app only. Hallelujah! So take notes. Here we go:
1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
2. Scroll down to the section labeled Learning and select Guided Access.
3. Turn on Guided Access.
4. Select Set Passcode. This is the code that will be required when the little one using your phone attempts to go outside the confines of the app you’ve allowed them to use. It is NOT the same as your Lock Screen Passcode but can be made to be the same if it is easier for you to remember.
5. Turn on Accessibility Shortcut. This basically enables a quick way to activate the protected access by clicking your home button 3 times.
6. After you’ve saved those settings, go to the app that the child has requested to play. Press the Home button three times. Two bars (one on the bottom and one on the top) should appear on your phone.
7. You can start by circling any areas on the screen you want to disable. After you draw a circle, it will become a gray transparent section that you can stretch and move around the screen. Anything that you circle to select will be disabled.
8. After you have successfully adjusted the sections you want to disable, go to Options, where you can turn off features like the volume, sleep/wake button, motion and touch. If that child is anything like mine the volume will be turned all the way up blaring it out loud for all to hear. Once finished (or if you have nothing you want to disable) press Start.
9. Once your iPhone is back in your safe possession you can get out of that mode by triple tapping the Home button again and entering the passcode you selected in step 4.
How easy is that?? To think I’ve been an iPhone user all this time and has NO IDEA that was there. They REALLY DO think of everything. Now will this allow me to start letting kids to use my iPhone??? Eh…….probably not. But having this feature will now allow my own Chicken Noodle to use it from time to time without fear of getting it back having to make all kinds of needed adjustments.
Just another option to make your life easier and secure. *sigh* 🙂