Saturday, June 22, 2013

How to "Lock" iPhone/iPad icons

If you're like me, you cave into the temptation of letting your kids play with the iPhone.

And if your kid is like my kid, he'll go about deleting your apps.

It turns out there's an 8-Step Process to "lock" your iPhone icons to keep them from getting deleted.  Here's how:

Step 1: Go to Settings.  That's the icon that looks like gears and is labeled, "Settings."

 Step 2: Click on General, (i.e. General Settings)

Step 3: Select Restrictions... as you're trying to restrict the ability of any user to delete your apps.

Step 4: Enable Restrictions.  By default, Apple doesn't have any restrictions, so you have to enable them.

Step 5: You don't want ANY user to delete apps.  You want only privileged users (ones who know the password) to be able to change this setting.  So if this is your first time enabling restrictions, iOS wants you to set a passcode.

Step 6: Repeat your passcode.  This is to double-check that you inputted what you meant to input.

Step 7: See how the default settings for everything is set to "Allow"?  Go find the Deleting Apps entry and turn that off.

Step 8: When you're done, your screen should look like this:

This procedure has worked - so far - on the iPhones 4, 4S and 5.

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