How to pin the screen on an Apple iPhone SE (2020)?

There are times when we need someone else to use our Apple iPhone SE (2020) either to see a photo, a video, use an application or visit a web page, but we do not want them to be able to access the rest of the applications and data on our device either by privacy, security or to avoid mistakes.

For example, there are times when we need to give the Apple iPhone SE (2020) to a friend, family member or even a small child and we do not want them to leave that app that we have opened. This is very useful, for example, so that young children can watch videos on YouTube without leaving the application and we can even prevent them from doing anything other than watching, that is, blocking the touch panel until we want.

Imagine that you want to let someone see a photo or video from Instagram but you don't want them to be able to “like” that publication or see the rest of the publications and “gossip”, since it is possible to do so on our iPhone SE (2020) it is already incorporated in the Apple operating system for a long time, follow the steps below and we will tell you how to configure it.

Estimated time: 2 minutes.

1- First step:

To begin we must activate “Guided access” or check if we have it activated. We open the settings of the Apple iPhone SE (2020), it is the cogwheel icon that you will find on the home screen.

Settings icon iOS

2- Second step:

We go down through the settings of the Apple iPhone SE (2020) until we find the section called “Accessibility”, it is the blue icon that contains the symbol of a person within a white circle. Click to access.

iOS accessibility

3- Third step:

There are many accessibility settings for the Apple iPhone SE (2020), we go down until we find the “Guided Access” section. This is the name chosen by Apple to pin an application on your iPhone SE (2020) and allow someone else to use the device without leaving the application.

iOS accessibility settings

4- Fourth step:

Click on “Guided Access” to activate this accessibility or security feature.

Activate guided access

5- Fifth step:

Click on “Code settings” if you want to define a different code to the one used to unlock your Apple iPhone SE (2020), use your fingerprint or your FaceID to end the guided access.

Guided Access Code Settings

6- Sixth step:

Click on “Time limits” if you want a sound or a voice to play indicating the time remaining with the guided access on your Apple iPhone SE (2020).

Guided access time limits

7- Seventh step:

Click on “Automatic lock” to define a different time than usual to lock the Apple iPhone SE (2020) when it is not being used during the guided access.

Guided access automatic locking

8- Eighth step:

We have already configured the guided access in the Apple iPhone SE (2020), we can now open the application that we want to use during the guided access to lend the iPhone SE (2020) to someone else and that they cannot leave or gossip on your Apple iPhone SE (2020). In this example we are going to use the Safari web browser.
Press three times on the home button of your Apple iPhone SE (2020), it is the TouchID button.

Start guided access

9- Ninth step:

In the lower left we have the “Options” button from which we can define more very interesting settings such as deactivating the side button, deactivating the volume buttons (very interesting for example to leave the Apple iPhone SE (2020) to a child), deactivating the movement, disable keyboards, touchpad, dictionary lookup and activate a time limit. We press “OK” to continue.

Guided access options

10- Tenth step

In the upper right part of the Apple iPhone SE (2020) we have the “Start” button, we press to start the guided access and we can now leave the device to another person with the assurance that they will not be able to exit that application and if we have deactivated the touch panel You will not be able to go through photos for example or touch anything else in that application that we have started.

Start Guided Access

11- Step eleven

To end the guided access session on your Apple iPhone SE (2020) you must press the TouchID home button three times in a row. Guided access options will appear again, click on “Finish” to return to normal mode and deactivate “Guided access”.

End Guided Access

With these simple steps we have learned to activate and use the “Guided Access” in our Apple iPhone SE (2020), once configured you can use it at any time by pressing the button indicated in step eight three times.

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