Guided Access is one of my favorite iOS 6 features. I can disable the home button and restrict touch input on certain areas on the screen when my 2-year-old plays on the iPad.
This is part of the Accessibility option and just one of the many new features I’ve been looking forward to seeing on the iPad since iOS 6 was previewed during the 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
To see my insights on this conference read:OS X Mountain Lion Is A Social Cat, How Apple Is Using Social Media
In the following post I’ll explain why I see the advantage to disable the Home button on the iPad… as a good thing. And then proceed by walking you through a step-by-step guide showing how it’s done.
Why disable the Home button on iPad?
Let’s look at a few examples showing the benefit of disabling the Home button on the iPad, (or iPhone). But first, let me give you a short explanation of what is Guided Access.
- Guided Access – allows any iOS device to be locked into one app until a preset Passcode is used to escape.
- Touch access can also be restrict to certain areas of the screen.
From the above description it’s without a doubt that other parents like myself will find this new feature most helpful, but I also see this new addition to iOS 6 a plus for sales and marketing professionals who work at trade shows, conferences, fairs and department stores and use the iPad to promote their products and services to potential customers.
Plus it should also be beneficial to iPad presenters who use instructional media (such as video, audio and visual images) and want to lock their presentations.
And in the classroom, the impact will be greatly appreciated by both students and teachers.
When you disable the Home button and limit access to areas on the screen teachers can reduce distractions in the classroom. Keeping students engaged in their current activity until they-are ready to move on to the next lesson. A tool I see not only helping students to stay focus, but also preventing them from easily getting distracted.
An illustrated example of how Guided Access works.
To give you one more example: why disabling the Home button on the iPad can be useful here’s a simple way how my wife and I use Guided Access in our home with our two-year-old.
Let’s look at this by using the example below.
By enabling Guided Access you can see (via the image on the right) that the rewind, pause and fast-forward controls outlined inside the box are disabled on the app, along with the Home button on the iPad. This prevents our little one from wandering off to other apps and accidentally touching the controls on the screen. Reassuring that her experience will be uninterrupted and rewarding mom and dad with a smile.
How to disable the Home button on the iPad and restrict touch input on the screen
Below are the steps you’ll need to disable the Home button on the iPad, and for setting-up limited access to certain areas on the screen.
Please know that these instruction work on all iOS devices updated with iOS 6 and later. Older versions of iOS do not support Guided Access.
Step 1: Find and open the Settings app
Step 2: Then under Settings select General
Step 3: Under General find and open Accessibility
Step 4: Under Accessibility select Guided Access
Step 5: Turn on Guided Access by swiping OFF, to the right
Step 6: After Guided Access is ON, select Set Passcode
Step 7: In Set Passcode—enter a 4-digit password
Then re-enter your Passcode a second time.
Step 8: Return to the home screen and open your app.
Step 9: To turn ON Guided Access within the app quickly tap the Home button 3 times.
Note: At the bottom of the screen you’ll now see the option to turn Touch or Motion ON/OFF. By default Touch is turned ON, enabling the option to restrict Touch input on one or more areas on the screen—this is done by taking your finger and outlining around the target area. Turning Touch OFF restricts all Touch input on the screen.
Step 10: Once you’re done, select start (on the top right) to return to your app.
Step 11: To deactivate and END Guided Access: Tap the Home button 3 times again and input your 4-digit Passcode and then select end (on the top left).
I made this video to help you follow steps 8 – 11
That’s it! You have now successfully disable the Home button and restrict Touch input on the screen by turning ON Guided Access on your iPad.
If you have questions about Accessibility and Apple products please visit the Accessibility Support page.
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*Photo credit: Brad Flickinger (CC BY 2.0)