How to Set iPad Air 2 into Kid Mode to Avoid Buying Unwanted Apps

Guided Access
// January 19, 2017

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iPads are now becoming important to all of us and most parents would find it useful if iPhone, iPad and other devices are able to shift to Kid Mode. If you have essential apps and important files saved in your iDevice, you do not want your kids to accidentally delete them. Most parents allow their toddlers to play with iPad Air 2 and watch videos for kids. However, there are instances that toddlers press the Home button or Sleep/Wake button. The next thing you know, one app or two has already been deleted.

Why Set iPad into Kid Mode?

Almost every family has iPad Air 2. These devices are not only handy but also useful for browsing the internet, playing games, watching videos and movies, drawing, reading e-books and more. Kids can also use iPads for watching videos, listen to educational songs and play interactive games. However, they can also close the current application and open another one. They may also accidentally delete important apps or photos.

Fortunately, you can use Guided Access to keep the screen on just one app. This feature, which was added since the update of iOS 6, aims to focus on a single app and locks the iPad. It can also disable the Home button as well as the Sleep/Wake button. It is also easy to turn it on and off.

Enabling Kid Mode or Guided Access lets your kid watch, listen, learn, draw and just be creative without escaping the current application. This prevents your kids from messing with your emails and other apps essential for work. When the kids are done playing or watching, you can easily turn off Kids mode so you can use it again normally.

Guided Access Feature

The Guided Access feature allows your child or anyone to stay on just one app when using your iDevice. This limits your iPhone, iPad air or iPod touch to just one app. You also have the control to switch which apps should be available for use. You can keep your kids focused on a storybook, drawing app or videos without escaping from there.

Guided Access feature is not only for kids. It can also be used in many settings such as:

  • Training and Education purposes
  • Work purposes
  • Rehabilitation purposes
  • Kiosks
  • For guests

How to Set-Up Guided Access on iPad Air 2

When Guided Access feature is enabled, your kids can only use the app that is currently open. This feature keeps parents from worrying about other apps, emails, messages and other files. To set up Guided Access feature, follow these simple steps:

  1. From Home screen, open Settings
  2. Go to General and tap Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down and select Guided Access.
  4. Toggle on Guided Access feature.
  5. Set Passcode and make sure to remember it. This passcode will be used for turning off Guided Access.

Now that Guided Access is enabled, you can lock one task or app for your kid. To start Guided Access:

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  1. Open the app that you wish to lock.
  2. Triple-click the Home If you are using Assistive Touch, it is also available in one of the options.
  3. Tap Guided Access and you can make your rules.

You can disable hardware buttons as well as Motion and Keyboard. You can also turn off Touch if you want your kid to watch a movie or video. At the right bottom of the screen, you can set Time Limit.

  1. Simply tap the Start button to begin Guided Access.

After tapping the Start button, your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch will be locked into the open app. Even if the kids press the Home button, Volume buttons or Sleep/Wake button, nothing will happen and they are stuck with the current application. A message above the screen will also appear to let you know that Guided Access is active and you can turn it off by triple-clicking the Home button. You also need to enter your passcode so make sure to remember it.

If you want to disable Guided Access completely, you can always go back to Settings app, navigate to General and select Accessibility. Scroll down to Guided Access and toggle it off. Simply enter your passcode to turn it off completely.

Troubleshooting Guided Access Feature

If your Home button stopped working and triple-clicking does not work anymore, you will be stuck in Guided Access app. To solve this:

  1. Perform force reboot by holding down the Home and Power button at the same time until the Apple logo appears.
  2. When your iPhone or iPad restarts, simply go to Settings app to disable Guided Access.

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