If I let her, my toddler would play on my iPhone 24/7. We obviously don’t allow that, but there are certain circumstances that we do let her play with some educational apps or kids youtube. For the longest time I had to sit with her and help her play because she was constantly clicking on ads that would take her to the app store or pressing the home button and posting gibberish on Facebook. Until I had a friend message me on Facebook and tell me about this way to toddler proof your iPhone!
Guided Access is a setting on your phone that enables you to lockdown every button except the touch screen on any app. So now you can keep your toddler from turning up the volume and switching between apps until you type in the passcode to unlock it!
Once you do the steps below to ensure Guided Access is turned on you will open any app and triple click the home button to lockdown the phone. In order to get out of Guided Access you will triple click the home button and you will be asked for the passcode you set in the initial steps below.
To control which features are available during Guided Access triple click the home button on any app and select “Options” from there you can choose which buttons (like volume) can be used when Guided Access is turned on. You can also select certain areas of the touch screen to be disabled by triple clicking the home button on an app and drawing a circle around the areas on the touch screen that you would like to be disabled. This is a great feature for ads or the “home” button of an app to keep your toddler from exiting the game they are playing.
This all sounds super complicated to do, but bear with me and just try it out because once you see it you’ll realize it’s super easy and WAY worth it.
Below are the steps to enable Guided Access on your iPhone:
Step 1: Open the iPhone settings app and select “General”.
Step 2: Select “Accessibility”.
Step 3: Select “Guided Access”. Mine is already turned “On”, but yours will most likely say “Off”.
Step 4: Turn the “Guided Access” switch to “on”. I boxed in the description of what guided access means. Then select “Passcode Settings” to set your passcode for guided access.
I also highly recommend a Lifeproof case! I have had the same case since my daughter was born and my iPhone looks brand new underneath. No scratches, cracks, and the case is waterproof (which translates to baby slobber proof for me)! 😉