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iOS 6: Have You Turned on Guided Access Yet?

Published September 26, 2012 8:31 AM by Jeremy Legaspi
Hopefully by now you have downloaded iOS 6 but have you turned on Guided Access on your iPad yet?  Keep in mind that Guided Access is for 2nd generation iPads and up, so sorry all you iPad 1 owners

To turn on Guided Access is pretty simple and straight forward. First go to your settings and tap on the General option. Once in the General Settings you will scroll down to the bottom where you will see Guided Access. Tap on it to access the Guided Access settings menu.


Once you are in the Guided Access settings menu slide the off switch to on to activate it. I highly recommend setting a password.  After you have turned Guided Access you can now activate it by going to your favorite app and triple tapping the home button.


After you triple tapped the home button you will see the image of the app you are working. You will simply draw on the areas of the screen you want to restrict access to. In this example I opened Touch Chat restricted access to the menu bar.

You also have the option of completely deactivating any touch feature on the screen, turning all the hardware buttons off (i.e., volume, home button, etc...), and turning motion sensing off. You also have the ability to select multiple sites on the screen to restrict access to and it does not only need to be one area.


If it freezes, hold the power and home button at the same time for 15 seconds to reset your phone.

Isabel May 6, 2013 6:23 PM

I had the same problem with it locking up...hoping that when it dies will reset.  think next time I'll enable the power button since my son doesnt even know it exists lol

Joy October 6, 2012 6:50 PM

I've been having a fair bit of trouble with this feature.  I've had quite a few occasions (since the release of iOS 6) with this feature getting me stuck within an app.  The premise is great, but I think it may take a little bit of time for all the bugs/glitches to be worked out.  Looking forward to the day when I can use guided access without any hassle.

Renena , S-LP(C); Autism Specialist October 2, 2012 11:35 PM

Awesome to know!!  Thanks!!!

Nicole , CCC-SLP October 2, 2012 2:42 PM

They skipped a step.  Go to Settings, General, then to ACCESSIBILITY, then you will see "Guided Access" near the bottom of the list.

Pretty great feature!

Debra, SLP September 28, 2012 2:49 PM

Kathy the post relates back to my previous post a few months back on Guided access.

Jeremy Legaspi September 26, 2012 6:24 PM

Am I the only one who doesn't get this?

Kathie Harrington, ADVANCE blogger September 26, 2012 5:12 PM
Las Vegas NV

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