Please see the steps below on how to change the setting on an iPad:
A 'Kiosk' device is a computer or tablet that’s restricted to a single specific app. There are two options to set up the kiosk mode:
- Single App Mode (which is the ideal solution for a kiosk environment)
- Guided Access feature
Single App Mode versus Guided Access Mode
'Single App Mode' means exactly what it’s called as it completely locks your iPad to a single app. However, this method is a more advanced feature that may not be for everyone. To enable Single Apps Mode, you’ll have to use Apple Configurator or a mobile device management server to set this up.
Further, it can only be disabled by using the same tool. But, there’s a catch as you will need to access your Mac to enable Single App Mode via the Apple Configurator. If this is not possible, 'Guided Access Mode' is a quick and easy way to get around this hurdle. However, it won’t be a perfect solution like Single App Mode.
With Guided Access Mode, customers can attempt to guess your PIN number to use other apps or to even reset the device; therefore, you won't have a concrete way to keep the device secure as someone can always try to guess your PIN.
It’s also important to consider the fact that someone can hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home button together at the same time and reboot your iPad to the PIN screen. Since it will return to the same configured app in Single App Mode, this scenario won’t happen in Single App Mode.
Kiosk Mode with a Single App Mode Solution
To start setting your iPad to a Single App Mode, you have to first put your iPad into 'Supervised Mode' (this will require some work to set up). However, it’s worth the effort as you can also remotely enable Single App Mode through a mobile device management (MDM) server (that is if your business is already using one to manage mobile devices).
For a temporary iPad kiosk, it’s not worth the effort and you can just ignore it. If you wish to set up the iPad without an MDM, you will first need to go to iTunes and download, then install the Apple Configurator.