How to stop iOS explorers

20140614-142034-51634606.jpgWe’ve all been there, found some amazing content you just to show the other people in the room.. But how many of us sit there an think “for god sake, don’t swipe left, don’t swipe right, don’t exit the application, don’t nosey else where.. Just look and hand back the phone!?”

Well – there’s a little hidden gem of a feature called Guided access, and it’s buried inside the accessibility settings menu.

With this feature switched on, you can actually “lock” your device inside an application, and what’s more, using simple drawing techniques you can disable buttons, menus or features.

Only users with the pass code are able to exit the guided access mode, making it perfect for handing your phone over to your more inquisitive friends.

To switch on guided access on your iOS device, goto Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access

Once there, be sure to set a passcode you’ll remember!

Now, to activate the guided mode head to any application, and triple tap the “home” button. Draw round any controls you want to disable, then hand your phone to your friend. Simple!

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Infrastructure Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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