What do I do when Guided Access freezes on my iPad?

We have all appreciated the great range of options now available to support learners using an iPad via the new Guided Access feature in iOS 6. Amanda Hartmann, a member of our consultancy team here at Spectronics, has recently posted about these features. Find out more by clicking here

However, we have discovered this feature can freeze at unexpected times! I am sure Apple is working on an update to solve this annoying issue but in the meantime here is a simple solution. Thanks to Katrina Ward at The Hills School in Sydney to alerting us to the following:

“Hi Greg, don’t know if you’ve come across it yet, but there’s a glitch with guided access for  iOS 6 – sometimes it freezes. To get around it, people need to hold the home button first, then the home and power together, then the screen comes back as normal. Regards, Katrina”

Thanks for the tip Katrina.


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About Greg O'Connor

Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of people with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, Australia. Greg’s areas of interest and expertise include supporting people with complex needs, challenging behaviours and autism, and literacy support technologies for people with diverse learning needs. He is passionately committed to the use of inclusive and instructional technologies to support the learning of ALL students in school and post school settings. Greg presents at national and international conferences, provides training and consultancy across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, is currently a committee member of NSW Australian Association of Special Education, and is the Professional and Consultancy Services Manager at Spectronics.

2 Responses to What do I do when Guided Access freezes on my iPad?

  1. Liz says:

    I am having the same problem with my iPhone and I really don’t want to reset it . This trick may work with the iPad but it’s not working with my iPhone.

    • Jay says:

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for your comment, I have passed this on to Greg who is currently out doing some consultancy work. He will be in contact as soon as possible.


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