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First thing's first - you should never, ever share your iPhone or iPad passcode with anyone you don’t implicitly trust. Because with access to your iOS passcode, someone could change your Apple ID password, and if you use iCloud for email, completely steal or otherwise abuse your online identity.
However, there are still many reasons you might want to give someone your iPhone. Perhaps you want to let your child play a game in the car while you focus on long drive. Or maybe you want someone to time your laps in a race using the Stopwatch app. Whatever the reason, you need to make sure you are sharing your phone in a safe way, and the solution is Guided Access.
To turn Guided Access on, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access (for older iPhones, try Settings > General > Accessibility), and flick the switch. While you’re here, check out the remaining settings:
With those settings configured, switch to the desired app and triple-click the side or Home button, and if necessary, tap Guided Access in the Accessibility Shortcut list. You can do five things:
Once you tap Start, iOS tells you it’s entering Guided Access and lets you use the current app with the restrictions you’ve applied. If you decide that the restrictions aren’t right, triple-click the side or Home button to return to the setup screen. When you’re done, tap Resume in the upper-right corner.
To leave Guided Access, triple-click the side or Home button, enter the passcode, and in the setup screen, tap End in the upper-left corner.
Once you understand the various limitations of Guided Access, you’ll be able to turn it on and off quickly whenever you need to let someone use your iPhone or iPad for a while. It’s a subtle yet powerful tool for sharing your device without sacrificing the security of your sensitive information.
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