How To Secure Your iPhone Before Handing It To Someone

If you need to hand your iPhone to a ticket checker, cashier, security guard, or police officer to show a document or your ID, be sure to use Guided Access first, to lock the iPhone into that one app and restrict access. You can also use Guided Access to allow children to play games on your iPhone or iPad.

Comments: 6 Responses to “How To Secure Your iPhone Before Handing It To Someone”

    Dana Schwartz
    2 years ago

    What about Auto-Lock? My iPhone is set to lock rather quickly, and I’ve always hesitated to use it for something like a boarding pass, as I don’t know when to open the wallet or wherever BPs are stored. Will Auto-Lock kick in with Guided Access, making you have to restart it if it times out for the person you’re handing it to?

    2 years ago

    Dana: You don't need to restart if it auto-locks. You just unlock it as normal.

    2 years ago

    I'm constantly amazed how many features are "hidden" away in the iPhone. Thanks to you Gary for discovering them for us :)

    2 years ago

    This is quite handy. I also like that I can use it for something like having my boarding pass open, and not worrying about bumping the screen and having some other application open up and covering up the screen I wanted.

    Ron Housley
    2 years ago

    I'm assuming (because I can't do it) that you are not able to get Apple Pay authorized to make a payment, and then set Guided Access before handing your phone over to the Starbucks Drive-up window person to complete the transaction??? Should I be able to set up Guided Access for Apple Pay once I have authorized it to do a transaction?

    2 years ago

    Ron: Apple Pay needs you to confirm the payment with Touch ID, Face ID or your passcode. So there's no way to have it work like that. Probably not a situation where you should be handing your phone to someone anyway, right when it is set for a financial transaction like that. Starbucks doesn't need you to hand your phone anyway. I've done this at Starbucks. They hold the reader out to you.

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