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If you have an iPad or iPhone, and a friend wants to check out a web site, or your child wants to play a game, you may not feel comfortable lending them the device, since they can access your email, bookmarks, contacts and other personal data.

There's a way to lend a device to someone, however, so they can only access the current app. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and scroll down to the Learning section and tap Guided Access. Turn this on, and enter a PIN. Go back to the Accessibility settings, and scroll all the way down: you'll see, in the Triple-click section, that Triple-click Home is set to Guided Access. (Unless you've already set something else for the Triple-click Home setting.)

Now, to lend your device to someone, open the app they're going to use, triple click the Home button, then tap on Start. (You can also set some options before allowing access; tap the Options button at the bottom of the screen.) When the user is finished, triple click the Home button again to exit Guided Access; you'll need to enter the PIN.

h/t Cult of Mac
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Provide limited, secure, ad hoc access to iOS device
Authored by: Unsoluble on May 08, '13 07:58:58AM

Note that this is available as of iOS 6.



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Provide limited, secure, ad hoc access to iOS device
Authored by: brucio on May 08, '13 08:09:11AM

Thanks for the hint! This is really helpful for anyone who has kids around.

Edited on May 08, '13 08:09:53AM by brucio



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Die! Die! Die!
Authored by: WaltFrench on May 09, '13 06:13:56AM
I am a fairly savvy user of computing having built them, managed them, programmed a few hundred thousand lines of code,

And yet I believe that 99.99% of the US population is in the same sad situation as I am: we would NEVER remember this trick unless we first practiced it maybe a dozen times with a cheat sheet in hand. And if we didn't hand the phone over for a month, that we'd have forgotten it.

This trick defines counter-intuitive and non-discoverability. In a more perfect world, it would not exist, so that nobody could claim it did; then Apple might set up a multi-user system, or at least a robust guest user mechanism.

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Die! Die! Die!
Authored by: jhuls on May 09, '13 12:29:01PM

This feature was meant for a different market where someone might need a kiosk feature. Considering few use the multiuser features of their computers at home to log their kids or anyone else into a different account, I think it's safe to say that this "trick" would do nothing to affect Apple working or not working on a robust multiuser system.



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Authored by: mark hunte on May 10, '13 06:35:38AM
Correct
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Edited on May 10, '13 06:37:53AM by mark hunte


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Die! Die! Die!
Authored by: mark hunte on May 10, '13 06:40:23AM

What are you on about!.

Once setup you just have to remember to be in the app you want to lock the person that you are handing the device into. And triple click the home button.

You are then guided yourself.

Nothing else to remember. Apart from the pass code

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Provide limited, secure, ad hoc access to iOS device
Authored by: mark hunte on May 10, '13 06:27:47AM

Great hint. And once set up easy to use and remember.

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Provide limited, secure, ad hoc access to iOS device
Authored by: richardjenkins on May 12, '13 08:18:20PM
Missed a step: "Go to Settings > General > Accessability ..."

Great tip though, thanks. I'll pass this on to my teacher friends.

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Provide limited, secure, ad hoc access to iOS device
Authored by: kirkmc on May 13, '13 12:10:08AM

Yep, sorry about that. Fixed.

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