Kiosk Mode: How to Lock Your iPad to a Single App

If you’re utilizing iPads for surveys, event registration or lead capture,  you’ll want to make sure each iPad stays locked to a specific app. You certainly don’t want users to be accidentally directed away from your content or searching the web instead of filling out a survey.

Although there are a number of apps available to lock an iPad into Kiosk Mode (we like KioskPro), perhaps the easiest way is to use Guided Access in iOS. There is no purchase or download required, and every iPad automatically comes with this option! Read on for a quick guide on using this universal iPad feature.

I. Enable Guided Access in iPad Settings

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to General and then Accessibility.
  3. Tap on Guided Access (located within the Learning section).
  4. Turn the switch to ON.
  5. Tap on Passcode Settings and then Set Guided Access Passcode.
  6. Enter a passcode (you’ll need this passcode to exit Guided Access once activated).

Guided Access in iPad Settings

Guided Access Passcode

II. Configure Guided Access to Lock an App or Website

  1. Open the app you’d like to lock in kiosk mode (we’re using SurveyMonkey in these screenshots).
  2. Triple-click the iPad home button while in the app. This will activate Guided Access.
  3. Triple-click the iPad home button again and enter your password to open the Guided Access menu.
  4. Tap on Hardware Buttons to enable/disable the sleep/wake button, volume buttons, motion, and keyboards.
  5. Tap on Touch to enable/disable touch functions. (Disabling touch will turn your iPad into a view-only device.)
  6. You can also disable any portion of the screen by circling it while in the Guided Access menu. (This is helpful when you want to disable a button, link, or the address bar of a web browser, for example.)
  7. Tap on Time Limit to set a time limit for using the app. Once the limit is reached, the user will be prompted to re-enter the password.
  8. When finished, tap on Resume to activate Guided Access. You’re now in “kiosk mode”!
  9. To Exit kiosk mode, Triple-click the iPad home button, enter your Guided Access passcode and tap End in the top left.

The Guided Access Menu

Touch Area Restrictions

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