Monday, May 25, 2020

Grocery Shopping With Guided Access

Ole Begemann:

Problem: Face ID doesn’t work with face masks. You have to type in your passcode all the time during grocery shopping to check your shopping list.

Solution: Open your shopping list app and activate Guided Access. Tada!


Guided Access limits your device to a single app and lets you control which features are available.


Go to Settings > Accessibility, then turn on Guided Access.


On an iPhone X or later, triple-click the side button.

On the plus side, this keeps the phone unlocked, so you don’t have to type your passcode every time you take it out of your pocket. The downside is that there’s no way to turn off the display to prevent accidental input or battery drain.


Update (2020-05-25): You need to enter your Guided Access passcode to exit Guided Access, and then enter your full passcode to pay with Apple Pay.

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Giovanny Lira

You can also prevent accidental touchscreen input by going into options at Guided Access launch.

Actually, you can sleep a device in guided access if you enable that feature. We set up iPads as POS kiosk devices, and enable that feature so they can be shut off at night and turned on in the morning by staff.

Ole Begemann

It is possible to turn off the display. Make sure the Side Button is enabled in Guided Access options.

@Ole Thanks. To be clear, these options are not in Settings. You have to turn on Guided Access, then start to turn it off and tap Options instead of End.

Do you have a solution for Apple Pay, too?

Or use a shopping list app that works with the Apple Watch if you have one. My wife and I have been using AnyList and it works well. Even before masks, it was a lot more convenient to use the watch than to constantly pull the phone out of my pocket.

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