If you’ve never given your child your smartphone only to get it back with a random contact’s face upside down on the screen, a million selfie bursts of half of your child’s face, and several apps being navigated at once—are you really even a parent?
Thanks to some tech-savvy new parents on TikTok, distracting your small children with an iPhone no longer has to be a struggle.
In a now viral TikTok video, Melissa Jean and her husband walk users through the ultimate parenting hack for iPhone users, that will lock the phone on one single app while children are using the device.
In the video, Melissa’s husband explains about an iPhone feature called “Guided Access.” It’s in your phone settings app, and when you turn it on, Guided Access allows you to lock the phone screen on a single app, and disable all other buttons.
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Simply turn on Guided Access, and the toggle that turns on the Accessibility Shortcut. Then go to YouTube Kids, or wherever you’re playing a show for your child, and simply triple-click the Home button to activate a Guided Access Session. Select which features to turn off—Melissa and her husband turn off all of them—and then return to your child’s show. They can click/touch/tap away and the phone will remain locked on the selected app.
Say goodbye to in-app purchases and redirects from clicking on ads!
As several TikTok users pointed out in the comments, this feature has been available on iPhones for years. But based on how many fellow TikTokers didn’t even know it existed, this is one parenting hack that no new parent should have to live without.
A similar feature is also available for Android users called “Kids Mode.”
“Enjoy this hack,” Melissa writes, “Because we all need help keeping kids occupied.”