If you are a youth worker that leaves out their phone to play music and let the teenagers select their music or would like to have your toddler play with a specific app or watch a video, you will want to lock your phone so nothing bad happens. (like a car on eBay) The problem is that locking your phone does not allow people to use the application, but for all Android and iOS 7 users, you can actually lock your application for continued use.
iOS 7 – Setting Up And Running Guided Access
For iOS 7, you have something called guided access that allows you to lock the application for people. Here is how to enable guided access for a specific application:
- Enable guided access by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turning it on as well as setting a passcode.
- Exit Settings and open the application you want to lock.
- Triple-press the home button, enter your passcode you just set, and click resume.
Android – An App Or Restricted Profiles
If you would like to take the time to setup a restricted profile for your device, you can do so using the tutorial here. For those that feel like they would not be able to work that, there are other applications you can use, such as Kids Zone, in Google Play.
Do you use locking for your mobile device? What are some other use-cases beyond letting your child use it or setting it out during youth group?