Guided Access: The Basics

With Apple‘s recent update to iOS 6, Guided Access is one of the new features for accessibility and learning on iDevices.

iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.

Here is a brief overview of how to use Guided Access:

  1. Close all other applications by double clicking the home button. Hold down on an app until it starts to jiggle. Then select the red button.
  2. Settings – General – Accessibility
  3. Guided Access – on
  4. Set Passcode. This 4-digit code will be used for turning Guided Access on/off once you are in the app.
  5. To start Guided Access: Go the app that you only want the user to have access to.
  6. Triple click the home button. Select Start on the right hand corner. Enter passcode.
  7. To end Guided Access: Triple click the home button again and re-enter the password you previously entered.

TouchChat also has a blog post about how to use Guided Access for their communication app: “Lock” users into TouchChat using Apple’s new Guided Access 

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