Lock iPad to an App Natively from Settings

Wether you have a youngster who can't help hitting the Home button or just a child with a little ADD, this little tip can help you keep em on task. This can be done on a large scale via Meraki MDM but it can be a little time consuming and may be a little more than you need. For a small class to a single student this is a quick setup you can do to lock their iPad to a specific App.

Lets open up Settings – General – Accessibility. Scroll to the bottom to Guided Access.

Flip on Guided Access and enter a passcode only you know.

Now open the App you want to lock open and triple press the Home button. You are given a few options like circling a part of the screen you don't want to accept a touch like if there's an exit button actually in the app but for just locking the app open, just hit the Start button in the top right.

That's it. Now if the home button is pressed, there will be a brief message stating to triple press the home button to exit the app. If they try to triple press the home button, however, they will be presented with the passcode unlock screen which they do not know so it will just return them to the app after a few moments.

Just leave this enabled so next time you can do a quick press-press-press to enable the feature again.

Use this along with iPad Cart Guide – Managing Maintaining – App Distribution in iTunes | SchooliPads to setup a whole cart or group at once with this feature and your passcode.

You might like to share this tip with parents ;)


Apple's official how to:

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren’t relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access. From there you can:

  • Turn Guided Access on or off
  • Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

Start a Guided Access session

  • Open the app you want to run.
  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Adjust settings for the session, then click Start.

Disable app controls and areas of the app screen

  • Circle any part of the screen you want to disable.
  • Use the handles to adjust the area.

Ignore all screen touches

  • Turn off Touch.

Keep iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to any other motions

  • Turn off Motion.

End a Guided Access session

  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Enter the Guided Access passcode.



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