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Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo

Zach Epstein
October 29th, 2014 at 10:48 AM
iOS 8 Tips

It’s happened to all of us. There’s a photo on your iPhone or iPad that you want to show to a friend or relative. Maybe it’s a picture of your new baby or a photo you snapped while on vacation. The person spends a few seconds looking at the image while oooing and ahhing, and then quickly proceeds to begin swiping through the rest of your photo library.

Having to leap forward and snatch an iPhone out of your grandmother’s hands before she gets to your naked selfies is never fun, but there’s a great hidden trick in iOS 8 to make sure it never happens again.

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Apple’s Accessibility settings are obviously intended to help people with various disabilities and other issues, but they’re also packed full of nifty tricks that most iPhone and iPad users don’t know about. One such trick is called “Guided Access,” and it’s definitely one you’ll want to remember.

As noted in a recent blog post by Christopher Phin, a Guided Access feature can be activated in the settings on iOS 8.1, iOS 8 or any earlier version after iOS 6. The feature allows users to lock the screen and prevent people without a special PIN from doing anything on an iPhone or iPad.

Phin’s video explaining how to enable the trick is embedded below, and more details can be found in his blog post by following the source link.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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