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How to disable touch input for iPhone & iPad

Since almost all smartphone devices use touch screen instead of physical keys, they are more prone to accidental taps. There are built-in settings for iPhone and iPad which disable touch input in your iPhone & iPad. This way, your kids will be able to enjoy videos and calls without access over the touchscreen or soft keys and even the hardware buttons like the power button, the home key, or the volume keys. So let’s get started.

Especially toddlers who can’t keep their hands off mobile devices have a tendency to and tap around the entire screen. This usually leads to mess up the phone settings and might even damage your files and data. There are also cases of ghost touch wherein the screen responds to touches you’re not actually making. This could be fixed easily by disabling touch input for iOS devices like iPhone or iPad.

Disable touch input for iPhone & iPad

Disable Touchscreen Input on iPhone or iPad

The iPhone and iPad comes with a built-in functionality to disable touchscreen input for iPhone 4 4S, iPhone 6 6+ 6S 6S+, iPhone 7 7+, iPhone 8 *+, iPhone X, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro. Described as Guided Access, This features lets you disable entire screen, certain areas of the screen, screen orientation and even lock down physical buttons like volume button, power button individually. Here’s how to enable Guided Access to disable touch input on screen for any iPhone and iPad.

  1. Open Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access.
  2. Enable Guided Access.
  3. Go to Passcode Settings to enable Passcode or Touch ID or Face ID. It will be used to end Guided Access.
  4. Finally, enable Accessibility Shortcut. This lets you triple-click the Home button to enter Guided Access anytime.

disable touch input for iPhone & iPad

Once you enabled “Disable Touchscreen Input”, here’s how to use it.

  1. Open the app you’d like to disable touch input or button for lockdown.
  2. Triple-click the Home button (for iPhone X triple-click the power button) to enter Guided Access.
  3. Select the areas on the screen you would like to disable. If you’d like to disable touch on the entire screen, draw around the complete screen area.
  4. Tap on Options in the bottom left corner to disable Sleep or Volume buttons.
  5. Tap Done.
  6. Now, tap on Start at the top of the screen to start Guided Access.

Guided Access triple click to enable touch input in iPhone

The disabled areas of the screen will appear greyed out and will not respond to any touches.

To exit Guided Access, triple-click the Home button (for iPhone X triple-click the power button). Enter the correct Passcode or scan with Touch ID or Face ID for iPhone X to exit.

So this is how you can disable unwanted touch and click by controlling and disabling the touch screen input via a built-in setting called Guided Access on iPhone and iPad. Now you can sit at ease, knowing that no accidental taps can cause mishaps on your handy phone.



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