iPads: Guided Access

Increasing Time on Task with Guided Access

Sometimes you want your students to have free run of the iPad; sometimes you want them to focus. Guided Access can help you keep your students focused on the task at hand. Simply put, Guided Access limits an i0S device to a single app and lets you control which app features are available.

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set things up

From there you can:

  • Turn Guided Access on or off
  • Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

Start a Guided Access session:

  • Open the app you want to run.
  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Adjust settings for the session, then click Start.

Disable app controls and areas of the app screen:

  • Circle any part of the screen you want to disable.
  • Use the handles to adjust the area.

Ignore all screen touches:

  • Turn off Touch.

Keep iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to any other motions:

  • Turn off Motion.

End a Guided Access session:

  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Enter the Guided Access passcode.

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