Guided Access on iOS in Education

Since the release of the IOS 6.1 operating system from Apple, I have heard about locking your device with an App open to prevent users from exiting. Over the last few months I had not found out how to do this, until Matt Hulley (@MrHulleyPE) shared this with me.

Through ‘guided access’ on an Apple device you can prevent students/other users from leaving an App and disable specific areas of the screen.

Here is an ‘How to’ guide…

1) Open the ‘Settings’ app, go to ‘General’ and ‘Accessibility’. Under ‘Learning’ you will see you can select ‘Guided Access’ to turn it on.

2) Once in ‘Guided Access’, turn it ‘on’ and set a passcode that you will be required to input to exit guided access (see picture below).

3) When you have an App open that you would like to lock, triple click the ‘Home’ button and you will see this –>


4) Here you can select part of the screen to disable by drawing around the area. The device will then prevent the user from interacting with this area of the screen (see below) – then press ‘Start’ to use the App in guided access mode.


5) To exit ‘guided access’, again triple click the Home button and input the passcode you had created earlier.


This has so many uses in education.

Using the guided access function on the iPad/iPhone I feel much more confident in allowing students to use my personal devices within the classroom. This feature can also ensure students remain on activity and not become distracted by other application on the device.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hakki Ozkarakas says:

    Great info! Such a usefull idea:) thank you so much…

  2. Kristy Burton says:

    Mr. Wickens, thanks so much for all this information. I am currently in school trying to earn my degree to be a physical education teacher. This is definitely something i will use with my students. I have also looked at a lot of your other post your blog seems to be very helpful for future PE teachers like myself. Thanks for taking the time to help share ideas will all of us.

  3. bidninja says:

    Searching for this for some time now – i guess luck is more advanced than research engines 🙂

  4. Cody Shurts says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  5. Monroe says:

    First time visit here and have your fantastic post. May I’ve a copy of the report?

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