What is and How to Turn on iPad Kiosk Mode

What is iOS kiosk mode? Does iPad have a Kiosk Mode? Do you wish to set up your iPad as a kiosk or use it for a single app only? Learn what is and how to turn on the iPad kiosk mode.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Nov. 11, 2021
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Whether you are a parent managing your child’s access to certain apps or you are a business owner looking for an advanced kiosk, you can realize your goals by enabling the kiosk mode on your iPad.

Are you curious about what “kiosk mode” is? Do you want to know why and how you should use it? This article introduces everything you need to know about this very useful feature on your iPad.

What is iOS Kiosk Mode

The iOS kiosk mode is also called the Single App Mode. As its name pronounces, this function allows you to lock your device to a single app so that you can use it as a kiosk. By turning the kiosk mode on, you can control access to certain features on your Apple device.

Why I Need Kiosk Mode for iPad

There are various reasons why you may want to use the kiosk mode for your iPad.

  • As a parent, you may want to manage your child’s access to certain apps on the iPad. By using the kiosk mode, you can protect your child from accessing certain content that is not suitable for them.
  • As a business owner, the kiosk mode for iPad can turn your iPad into a high-tech kiosk that can be used in multiple places in your business. It provides you with a simple and convenient solution to collect payments, order for customers, present products, and so on.
  • As a student, you can use the kiosk mode to improve your learning efficiency. While you’re learning, use it to disallow access to distracting apps on your iPad.

There may be many other reasons why people choose to use the kiosk mode. You can also explore it in your own way once you figure out how to turn it on in the next section.

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How Do I Turn on Kiosk Mode on my iPad

You can turn on the kiosk mode by using the Guided Access feature on your iPad or by managing your device through the Apple Configurator on your Mac.

Use Guided Access

Here’s how to use Guided Access on your iPad:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to find Accessibility and tap on it.
  3. Go to Guided Access.
  4. Find Guided Access and toggle it on.
  5. Go to Passcode Settings. This is to set up your passcode that starts and ends the kiosk session for your iPad.
  6. Tap on “Set Guided Access Passcode”. Or you can also enable Touch ID/ Face ID as your passcode

    Turn on Kiosk Mode on iPad

    Turn on Kiosk Mode on iPad

  7. Instead by toggling it on, in which case you can ignore step 7 and step 8.
  8. When prompted, enter a password of your choice.
  9. You’ll be prompted to re-enter the password as a confirmation. Enter the same password you have chosen.

    Turn on Guided Access for iPad

    Turn on Guided Access for iPad

Now the Guided Access feature is enabled on your iPad. Once this step is complete, you can choose an app that you want to use for the kiosk and set it up with Guided Access. See the following steps:

  1. Open the app of your choice.
  2. Triple-click the home button of your iPad to start the Guided Access session.
  3. Now you can circle the area which you would like to disable on the screen or tap Options to set up your kiosk session.
  4. Once finished, tap Start to turn on the kiosk mode for your iPad.

If you want to exit the session, simply triple-click the home button again and enter the password you set up or use Touch ID/Face ID.

Also Read: All About Lost Mode on iPhone/iPad >

Use Apple Configurator

Now, you’ve learned how to use Guided Access on your iPad. Let’s see another way to turn on the kiosk mode!

  1. On your Mac, download and install Apple Configuratorthrough the App Store. (Note: macOS version 10.15.6 or later is required for the current version of Apple Configurator to be installed.)
  2. Connect your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable and turn on Supervised Mode for your iPad.
  3. Open Apple Configurator.
  4. In the menu, click “Actions” and then go to “Advanced”.
  5. Click “Start Single App Mode”.
  6. You’ll be shown a list of apps that you can lock your iPad with. Choose the app you want.
  7. Click “Options” to manage the settings of your kiosk session.
  8. Once finished, click “Select App”.

And now, your iPad is locked to be used for a single app of your choice only. This method is more secure, as, in this way, people can’t triple-click the home button of your iPad and guess your password to exit the kiosk session.

Enabling Supervised Mode for an iPad requires it to be erased. So if you want to maintain content on your iPad, use the Guided Access function described above instead of this method.

With this method, you need to follow the steps below to exit the kiosk mode:

  1. Connect your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable.
  2. Open Apple Configurator.
  3. In the menu, click “Actions” and then go to “Advanced”.
  4. Click “Stop Single App Mode”.

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Bypass MDM Overview

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Click on the Bypass Now Button

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Ensure iPhone on the Remote Management Screen

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The Bottom Line

Have you got sufficient information about the iPad kiosk mode from the article above? Please feel free to let us know if you have any other questions through the comments below. Have fun exploring and using this very helpful feature on your iPad!

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