How to Disable an iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to disable an iPhone. Disabling your iPhone can be useful in various situations, such as when you want to prevent unauthorized access to your device or when you need to troubleshoot certain issues. Let’s delve into the steps.

Step 1: Access the Settings

To start, unlock your iPhone and locate the “Settings” app on the home screen. The Settings app is represented by a gear icon.

Step 2: Navigate to the General Settings

Once you have opened the Settings app, scroll down until you find “General” and tap on it. General settings contain various options related to your device’s functionality.

Step 3: Find and Tap on the “Accessibility” Option

In the General settings menu, scroll down again until you see “Accessibility” and tap on it. Accessibility settings allow you to customize your device according to your specific needs.

Step 4: Locate and Select “Guided Access”

Within Accessibility settings, find “Guided Access” and tap on it. Guided Access is a feature that allows you to lock your iPhone into a single app or restrict certain areas of the screen.

Step 5: Enable Guided Access

In the Guided Access menu, toggle the switch at the top of the screen to enable Guided Access. By doing so, you will be able to disable certain features or restrict access only to specific areas of an app.


  • Password Protect: To further enhance security, consider setting a passcode for Guided Access by tapping on “Passcode Settings”. This way, only individuals who know the passcode will be able to exit Guided Access mode.
  • Triple-Click Home Button: You can set up a shortcut to enable Guided Access by triple-clicking the home button. This can be useful if you frequently need to disable your iPhone in specific situations.

Step 6: Start Guided Access

Now that you have enabled Guided Access, open the app you want to lock your iPhone into. Once the app is open, triple-click the home button (or use the assigned shortcut) to start Guided Access mode.


  • Circle Areas: If there are specific areas of the screen that you want to disable touch functionality on, simply draw circles around them using your finger. This is particularly useful if you want to prevent accidental taps on certain buttons or links within an app.
  • Disable Hardware Buttons: Within Guided Access mode, you can also disable hardware buttons such as volume buttons or lock button by pressing them while in this mode and toggling their availability off.

Step 7: Exit Guided Access

To exit Guided Access mode and re-enable full access to your iPhone, triple-click the home button again (or use the assigned shortcut) and enter the passcode if prompted. You will then be returned to your device’s normal operating mode.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to disable an iPhone using Guided Access.

Remember, this feature can be a powerful tool when it comes to securing your device or limiting its functionality in certain situations. Use it wisely and enjoy a more personalized iOS experience!

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