How many times have you handed over your iPhone to a friend to show him or her a picture on your device only to find that they have taken it upon themselves to browse through your entire camera roll. Its always awkward when that happens and you find yourself getting a little angry that your friend has taken liberties while at the same time feeling a little guilty for being such a snob. After all, in today’s world, personal space is often taken for granted. But don’t be discouraged. You can still ensure that your personal photos, the ones you don’t want the world to see, will remain hidden, if you have an iPhone running 8.1, that is. The Guided Access feature on your iPhone lets you control how much access you can grant another user. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use guided access to prevent others from browsing your photo library.
Using Guided Access
Before we go ahead with the steps, check out the circumstances when you can make use of Guided Access. Use Guided Access when you want to:
- Temporarily restrict access to a particular app
- Disable certain areas on the screen that are not needed to perform a particular task and which serves as a distraction
- Limit the time up to which another person can use the app
- Disable the Sleep/Wake or volume buttons or typing actions.
How to Setup Guided Access
1. Go to Settings-> General-> Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on.
2. Once guided Access is turned on, tap Passcode Settings. On the Passcode Settings screen, tap Set Guided Access Passcode to set a passcode. Alternatively, you can tap Touch ID to setup Guided Access.
3. Navigate back to the Guided Access screen. If you want to limit access by time, tap Time Limits, and set a sound or you can tap Speak to have the remaining time spoken before it ends. You can also turn on Accessibility Shortcuts when you are in a Guided Access session.
Now that you have turned on Guided Access, its time to update the app.
5. Open the Photos app and select the photo you want to show to your friends.
6. Triple-click (press not tap) the Home button to enable Guided Access on the app.
7. Now tap the Options button at the bottom left corner of the screen. You will see a list of options on the screen. Tap Touch to turn it off and then tap Done. Now at the top of the screen, click Start.
Whoever accesses your iPhone will not be able to browse through your photos as all the options on the screen will be disabled. They might of course, get back to you saying that there is an issue with your iPhone at which point, you can get back your phone and disable Guided Access.
To Disable Guided Access:
1. Triple click the Home button.
2. Enter your passcode.
3. At the top of the screen, click End.