CLEVER mums have revealed a genius iPhone trick that parents say is a “lifesaver”.
The hack lets you lock the touchscreen on an iPhone or iPad – without turning the display off.
It’s perfect for when young children are watching TV – and you don’t want them to accidentally close the app or press any buttons.
The feature keeps the screen turned on, but deactivates touch-settings completely.
This is great for youngsters who often like to poke and prod the screen.
It’s also perfect for anyone with a cat and an iPad – you can let them play with “virtual fish” apps safely.
The trick was shared by a tech-savvy mum to Facebook, and was quickly shared thousands of times.
She wrote: “Those if you with iPhones…if you turn on Guided Access, you can hand your phone to baby when they’re watching a show and they’ can’t hit any buttons!
“It locks it in that app. To turn off guided access, you have to triple click the home button (so it’s not easily done).”
Her post earned itself 12,000 likes and has been shared more than 128,000 times.
It’s also gone viral on TikTok this week.
TikTok user @melissajean1223 revealed the trick to her followers.
And it’s since been shared a mind-boggling 25million times.
How to lock iPhone touchscreen – Guided Access
First, you’ll need to open the Settings app.
It’s the one with an icon made up of cogwheels.
Then scroll down to Accessibility, which is in the section under the General header.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Accessibility page and tap into Guide Access.
From there, you’ll be able to toggle Guided Access on as a feature. You can leave this toggled on safely.
Then whenever you want to lock the touchscreen, you can simply triple-click the Home button quickly.
If you’ve got a newer iPhone without a Home button, triple-click the side button instead.
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